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5 questions patients might be reluctant to ask about radiation therapy

Radiation therapy for cancer raises plenty of questions – some of which you might feel nervous asking. Nina Sanford, M.D, tackles five common questions patients might be afraid to bring up with their doctors. Read more.

Cancer

Colon Cancer in Young Adults on the Rise

The rates of colon cancer in young adults have been on the rise, making screening more important than ever.

Cancer

Dedicated Clinic for Lymphoma Cancer Treatments

A dedicated clinic at UT Southwestern specializes in cutaneous lymphoma cancer treatment.

Cancer

Interventional Radiology Procedures to Fight Cancer

Using interventional radiology procedures to fight cancer allows doctors to guide treatments right to the cancer site.

Cancer

Identifying Cancer Biomarkers for Immunotherapy

Researchers have been identifying new cancer biomarkers for immunotherapy that can benefit patients. These three discoveries are some of the highlights.

Cancer; Transplant

Hepatitis C treatment can cut risk of liver-related death by 50% for patients with a history of liver cancer

This study looked at medical records for patients who were cured of liver cancer at 31 North American medical centers. The findings demonstrate that patients who were treated and cured of their hepatitis C had significantly better survival rates than those patients whose hepatitis C was not treated.

Cancer; Discovery; Prevention

Precision medicine, immunotherapy drive largest single-year drop in cancer deaths

Cancer death rates have dropped nearly 30% since 1991, and more that 2% between 2016 and 2017 alone – the biggest one-year drop on record. The driver has been precision medicine, an approach that focuses on personalization and collaboration. Learn more now.

Cancer; Prevention

Real expectations in treating pancreatic cancer – and the power to prevent it

Media coverage of celebrities with pancreatic cancer such as Alex Trebek and Ruth Bader Ginsburg can lead to misconceptions about typical outcomes. In this week’s MedBlog, John Mansour, M.D., discusses realistic goals of treatment, advanced therapies, and a novel prevention program that can spare at-risk patients’ lives. Learn more.

Cancer; Digestive; Prevention

Skip the colon cancer screening? Not in the U.S.

Is colon cancer screening necessary? A study out of the U.K. published in The BMJ suggests average-risk patients age 50-79 might not need a colonoscopy if they have low risk-score. But Syed Kazmi, M.D., disagrees when it comes to U.S. patients. Find out why in this MedBlog.

Cancer; Prevention; Women's Health

3 ways patients benefit from 3D mammograms

Even with known benefits of 3D mammography – such as reduced healthcare costs and earlier detection of cancer – the technology still has its critics. But what some people call an upsell opportunity, is actually the best patient care. Breast imaging expert Basak Dogan, M.D., discusses the benefits of 3D mammography in this week’s MedBlog. Learn more.