Young women with cancer face unique challenges | St. Louis report shows disparities in cancer mortality | Massage helps ease distress for brain cancer patients, study finds
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December 20, 2012
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Young women with cancer face unique challenges
Young women with cancer often face different issues than do older cancer patients, including early menopause, fertility issues, parenting concerns and job stress. Support groups targeted at this age group can be especially helpful for women to cope with the emotional challenges of cancer. ?The people you?re with don?t know what?s going on in your head. It?s very tough, just wondering what?s down the road and knowing anything could happen,? said Dawn Irwin-Groleau, a 43-year-old breast cancer survivor. The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) (12/18)
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St. Louis report shows disparities in cancer mortality
A St. Louis Regional Health Commission report on 14 health care measures sorted by ZIP code found cancer rates are dropping in the region overall, but black men are more likely to die from prostate cancer than are white men. Data showed women in certain neighborhoods die of breast cancer younger than in other locations, and some areas of the city had higher hospitalizations for lung diseases, suggesting environmental pollution may be a factor. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (12/13)
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Study: More cancer patients decline CPR after seeing video
About 20% of terminal cancer patients who watched a short video on CPR said they wanted the aggressive treatment at the end of life, compared with 48% who were just told about what happens during the procedure, Massachusetts General Hospital researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Susan Gaeta at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center commented that videos are good but need to be part of a wider discussion about patients' goals and values. Reuters (12/12)
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NIH boosts metabolomics funding
The NIH plans to offer $2 million through the National Cancer Institute for new collaborations that will cross-train scientists in the field of metabolomics. Twelve to 14 research projects already funded by the NIH will be eligible for up to $100,000 per year to add a metabolomics component. GenomeWeb Daily News (free registration) (12/17)
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Cancer Research & Health Policy
Kids with cancer will suffer under sequestration
Budget cuts scheduled to go into effect Jan. 2 would slow approval of drugs for children and severely affect the Children's Oncology Group's research on pediatric and adolescent cancers, the St. Baldrick's Foundation cancer charity says. "Children with cancer would be unable to access clinical trials, medical discoveries that improve the lives of children will be stifled, and promising research on childhood cancer cures will grind to a halt," the organization said in a statement. Sequestration would cut cancer research funding by more than $450 million, the coalition One Voice Against Cancer said. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (12/14)
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Study looks at role of detection method on breast cancer survival
An analysis of data on 126,537 women in Japan found that mammography and clinical breast examination may be better for patients than mammography alone. Women screened using mammogram and clinical breast exam had a 96.8% five-year survival rate compared with 92.7% for those diagnosed by clinical breast exam alone, and 86.6% for those diagnosed by self-detection. The results didn't prove that mammography together with clinical examination had any protective effect. The study was published in the journal Breast Cancer. FoodConsumer.org (12/15)
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Iram had been married to his high school sweetheart for nine years when he learned he had brain cancer. He thought that by not talking to his wife about his diagnosis, he was protecting her. After she filed for divorce, Iram wondered if his lack of communication pushed someone he loved away. Learn more about Iram’s story and the emotional support services the LIVESTRONG Foundation offers at LIVESTRONG.org/Iram.
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Are You a Blue Mussel?
IBM's John Gordon recently talked about the idea of “big data” and what it can offer the health care world. Gordon also discussed a Nordic drilling company that uses blue mussels to detect leaks in their pipes and pumps because mussels close if their surroundings have been contaminated. Lessons can be learned from big data and blue mussels that could have an impact on the progress made to end cancer. Using patient feedback as the next form of big data and having a mussel-inspired problem alert system could have a meaningful impact on the future of cancer. For the full story, visit the LIVESTRONG blog.
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-- Barbara R., cancer survivor
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