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Berkeley pushes for cancer warning stickers on cell phones

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 15th, 2014 |

Berkeley, undaunted by abandoned efforts in San Francisco, is attempting to become the first city in the nation to require retailers to put stickers on cell phone packaging warning people that the devices may emit cancer-causing radiation. City officials say they have learned from San Francisco’s similar attempt in 2010, which ended two years later […]

UCSF Medical Center Makes Best Hospital List

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 15th, 2014 |

San Francisco’s UCSF Medical Center cracked the Top 10 of a list of the country’s best hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday. The 650-bed hospital ranked 8th. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, topped the magazine’s list. The clinic led the annual rankings for the first time. Massachusetts General Hospital in […]

Improving quality and access to advanced cancer care in India and South Asia

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 11th, 2014 |

Major advances in radiation therapy and radiosurgery for the treatment of cancer are being highlighted in a three-day Oncology Summit taking place in Mumbai from 10-12 July, 2014. Renowned national and international cancer experts from seven countries are meeting to share best practices and exchange knowledge on modern technologies making treatment for cancer patients more […]

VA rejects link between Gulf War service and cancers

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 7th, 2014 |

The Department of Veterans Affairs has rejected a request from members of Congress and veterans advocates to make brain cancer, lung cancer and migraines presumptive conditions for Gulf War veterans. Officials said they cannot prove the high rate of these illnesses among Gulf War vets are related to military service. VA officials said the number […]

We Need to Talk About the Costs of Cancer Treatment

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 7th, 2014 |

Recently, investigators at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University reported on a new tool, COST, for measuring patients’ concerns about the financial burden of cancer treatment. The acronym stands for “COmprehensive Score for financial Toxicity.” Talking about money is not an easy thing for some doctors, including oncologists. Many hesitate to bring up the […]

Baptist Health System Creates the South Texas Lung Institute, the Region’s First Dedicated Lung Disease Treatment Program

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 4th, 2014 |

Lung cancer is responsible for more cancer-related deaths in both men and women in the United States than the next three most common cancers combined (colon, breast and pancreatic). According to the American Cancer Society, almost 220,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year, with tobacco use being a major risk factor in the […]

In rare move, Genentech to buy breast cancer drug company for up to $1.7 billion

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 2nd, 2014 |

Genentech Inc. will buy startup Seragon Pharmaceuticals Inc. for $725 million upfront and as much as $1 billion in milestone payments — just the second acquisition by the biotech powerhouse in its 38-year history. Genentech, the South San Francisco-based North American beachhead of Swiss drug maker Roche, said late Tuesday that the acquisition of privately […]

Cancer Doctors Ring Up Big Medicare Bills for Tarnished Drug Procrit

Posted by Samantha Powell on June 19th, 2014 |

Many cancer doctors now use a drug called Procrit sparingly. It was approved in 1989 for anemia and became a popular treatment for that side effect of chemotherapy. But regulators later learned Procrit can speed tumor growth and hasten death in cancer patients. Today, use of this class of drug—best known as EPO, a substance […]

OncLive to Host “Giants of Cancer Care” Celebration Event in New York City

Posted by Samantha Powell on June 18th, 2014 |

The 2014 Giants of Cancer Care are here, and tomorrow OncLive will host a special celebration event in New York City to honor the three Big Apple-based members of this year’s class of Giants. The reception, which will feature remarks from OncLive representatives, local Giants and other industry leaders, will be held at the Sheraton […]

Medicare’s Puzzling Refusal to Cover Lung-Cancer Screening

Posted by Samantha Powell on June 17th, 2014 |

If you could save thousands of lives, would you do it? That’s the question Medicare officials are now considering—whether to approve lung-cancer screening for Medicare beneficiaries, which we estimate could save 14,000 lives each year in that group alone. Most patients are discovered with lung cancer at a stage already too late for a cure, […]