Palliative experts say Ind. painkiller rules could hurt patients | Study compares survival, quality of life with kidney cancer drugs | Wellness services can help launch palliative programs
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August 29, 2013
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Palliative experts say Ind. painkiller rules could hurt patients
The Indiana Medical Licensing Board is considering guidelines to reduce the abuse of painkillers that would add requirements for physicians who prescribe the drugs and patients who take them. Palliative care experts cautioned that while the rules would exempt patients with terminal illness, they could make it less likely for patients who live with cancer or who have chronic pain to get appropriate treatment. The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (8/21)
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Study compares survival, quality of life with kidney cancer drugs
Survival times for patients with advanced kidney cancer were comparable with either pazopanib or sunitinib, but pazopanib was linked to milder side effects and better quality of life, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. GlaxoSmithKline, which makes pazopanib, paid for the head-to-head comparison. HealthDay News (8/22)
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Company seeks to test, launch wireless breast self-examination tool
Eclipse Breast Health Technologies is trying to raise funds for the testing and launch of its wireless system designed for the early detection of breast cancer. The system, which leverages "transphotonic" technology, consists of imaging software and a hand-held device that monitors breast density changes. The wireless breast self-exam device also allows users to upload their data on the Pink Cloud platform and share it with their providers. MobiHealthNews.com (8/22)
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Blood test and ultrasound evaluation improves ovarian cancer detection
Using a blood tumor marker called CA125 to determine a woman's risk for ovarian cancer, in conjunction with trans-vaginal ultrasound, can help identify the cancer earlier, when it's more amenable to treatment. In an 11-year study of 4,051 post-menopausal women, 10 underwent surgery following trans-vaginal ultrasound exams that yielded suspicious results, and seven were found to have cancer. All seven were then treated successfully for the disease, according to findings published in the journal Cancer. The Economic Times (India)/Press Trust of India (8/26), HealthDay News (8/26)
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Study: Decitabine may halt breast cancer metastasis
Data from lab and animal research revealed that the blood cancer drug decitabine may help stop breast cancer metastasis by activating a gene coding for protein kinase D1. The results appear in the journal Breast Cancer Research. Business Standard (India)/Asian News International (8/26)
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Follow-up report confirms benefits of finasteride therapy
A New England Journal of Medicine report said follow-up data from a study of finasteride that ended in 2003 showed it can reduce the overall risk of prostate cancer in men who were regularly screened for the disease. The study update confirmed results of the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial and found that an increased risk of high-grade cancer associated with use of the drug did not have an effect on mortality. AAFP News Now (8/23)
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