Cancer

1:34am

Mon February 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

Targeted Cancer Drugs Keep Myeloma Patients Up And Running

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 1:13 pm

Don Wright runs at an indoor track at the Maplewood Community Center in North Saint Paul, Minn.
Ariana Lindquist for NPR

Don Wright got diagnosed with multiple myeloma at what turned out to be the right time. It was 10 years ago, when he was 62.

That was at the beginning of a revolution in treating this once-fearsome blood cell cancer, which strikes around 20,000 Americans every year. The malignancy can literally eat holes in victims' bones, which can snap from the simple act of bending over to pick up a package.

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12:19pm

Tue February 5, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why Prostate Cancer Screening Is So Tricky

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 12:56 pm

When is the right time to check the PSA box?
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Men can be forgiven for being confused over screening for prostate cancer. Doctors are confused, too.

When it comes to figuring out if the benefits are worth the risks, the simplest solutions may not be best, a study of the options finds.

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1:40am

Thu January 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

Female Smokers Face Greater Risk Than Previously Thought

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 11:19 am

Women smoke in New York City's Times Square.
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There's still more to learn about the risks of smoking and the benefits of quitting.

Studies in this week's New England Journal of Medicine show that the risk for women has been under-appreciated for decades. New data also quantify the surprising payoffs of smoking cessation — especially under the age of 40.

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9:55am

Wed January 23, 2013
Shots - Health News

Old Drug Extends Life For Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Originally published on Wed January 23, 2013 1:55 pm

A CT scan showing an adenocarcinoma of the pancreatic head.
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A large study is providing a rare glimmer of hope for patients with pancreatic cancer, perhaps the deadliest of all malignancies.

By the time they're diagnosed, most patients with pancreatic cancer have advanced disease that's spread to the liver and lung. And the primary tumor may be inoperable because it's wrapped around vital blood vessels and nerves.

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10:23am

Thu January 17, 2013
The Salt

4 Tips To Help A Foodie Get Through Chemo

Originally published on Mon February 4, 2013 1:12 pm

Some of the author's favorite foods, like yogurt, just didn't taste good during chemo.
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When I was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, it was clear that I would be thinking about a lot of things — myriad doctor visits, multiple tests, surgeries and chemotherapy.

Here are some things I knew about chemotherapy going in: it is unpleasant; it poisons your body; it makes you nauseated.

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