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Twitter Hits and Impressions Double At #ASCO14

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 10th, 2014 |

Last month, oncologists were a-twitter about the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual meeting—#ASCO14 for those conversant in Twitter parlance. According to numbers from Symplur, a U.S. firm specializing in health care social media analytics, tweets from the meeting hit 38,056 this year, greatly outstripping the 14,634 sent out at the 2013 convention. “Impressions,” a… Read 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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Prediction Update: Lung Cancer

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 2nd, 2014 |

In January, we asked, “What will be the most important clinical development in lung cancer in 2014?” Now, at the half-year mark, we return to Peter Mazzone, MD, MPH, of the Cleveland Clinic; Mary E. Reid, MSPH, PhD, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.; Marcelo DaSilva, MD, of Loyola University in Chicago; and… Read More

If You’re HIV-Positive, You’re Less Likely to Get Cancer Treatment

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 1st, 2014 |

Scientists have long recognized that cancer patients with HIV infections have lower survival rates than cancer patients without the virus. A Journal of Clinical Oncology paper published online today might offer new insight into this phenomenon: Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that HIV patients with several early-stage cancers are between some two and… Read More

Woman survives scary lung cancer diagnosis and finds new life’s work

Posted by Samantha Powell on June 22nd, 2014 |

Six months to live. Mary Jo Grand sat in the sterile exam room. The tumors spat out by her undiagnosed lung cancer had lit up the PET scan — dense black splotches throughout her lungs and arms and abdomen and neck and chest. The doctor was talking. Grim, horrible statistics. Treatment. Experimental medicine. Grand hadn’t… Read More

Bob Hertzel writes about his wife’s brave battle with cancer

Posted by Samantha Powell on June 8th, 2014 |

The role of caregiver is not something Bob Hertzel ever expected to play. A successful real estate broker with Coldwell Banker, in 2008 he was living a good life in Weston. But his life changed suddenly, when his wife, Susanne Klein-Hertzel, a nonsmoker, was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer. Mr. Hertzel then… Read More

Fasting for three days renews entire immune system, protects cancer patients, ‘remarkable’ new study finds

Posted by Samantha Powell on June 5th, 2014 |

Fasting for three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as “remarkable.” Although fasting diets have been criticized by nutritionists, research suggests that starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing more white blood cells, which fight off infection. Scientists at the University of… Read More

Liver, Pancreatic Cancers To Surpass Breast, Prostate as Leading Causes of Death

Posted by Samantha Powell on May 19th, 2014 |

Date: 5/19/14 Outlet Full Name: KETK NBC Author: No author By 2030, the top cancer killers in the United States will be lung, pancreas and liver, according to a new report published Monday in the American Association for Cancer Research’s journal. Lung cancer is already the top killer overall, but pancreatic and liver cancer… Read More