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50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology Will Feature Breakthrough Research in Blood Diseases

The American Society of Hematology (ASH), the world’s largest professional association of hematologists concerned with the causes and treatment of blood disorders, expects more than 20,000 attendees at the 50th ASH Annual Meeting from December 6-9, 2008, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. The meeting will showcase the latest research and treatments for blood disorders. In honor of the Society’s golden anniversary,…

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Added by Peter Hofland, PhD on December 5, 2008 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Cryoablation of Early Invasive Ductal Breast Cancer With MRI Confirmation Shows Promising Clinical Benefits

Early clinical experience using a Visica® Treatment System to ablate malignant tumors and a margin of surrounding tissue, confirm the effectiveness of ultrasound guided cryoablation, a minimally invasive non-surgical procedure that uses extreme cold to destroy tumors, to completely eradicate small, unifocal Invasive Ductal Breast Cancer (IDC).



Initial data from this multi-center study confirming the data was presented today during the 94th Scientific Assembly and Annual… Continue

Added by Peter Hofland, PhD on December 5, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Relative Risk Similarly Increased for Low and High Dose of Bevacizumab

Vascular complications, including venous thromboembolism (VTE) are one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in patients with cancer. A variety of antineoplastic agents with angiogenesis inhibiting activity (thalidomide, lenalidomide, bevacizumab, sunitinib, sorafenib) have received for clinical use while others have entered clinical trials.



Given the well-known interplay between the blood clotting system, angiogenesis, and tumor growth, researchers observed… Continue

Added by Peter Hofland, PhD on December 5, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Modifications in Assay Design Increase Detectable Frequency of Tumorigenic Cells

How common is the tumorigenic potential or tumor promoting property in human cancers? For many years, cancer researchers have tried to answer the fundamental question whether all tumor cells are equally likely to cause new cancers.

 

A generally supported idea is that only a tiny subset of highly prolific cancer cells, dubbed cancer stem cells and…

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Added by Peter Hofland, PhD on December 5, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New Mammography Technology Effective in Detecting Breast Cancer

Positron emission mammography or PEM, a new technique for imaging the breast, is not affected by either breast density or a woman’s hormonal status, two factors that limit the effectiveness of standard mammography and MRI at detecting cancer, according to a study presented during the 94th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting (November 30 – December 5, 2008) of the…

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Added by Peter Hofland, PhD on December 5, 2008 at 8:00am — No Comments

New Imaging Technology Targets Hard-to-Detect Breast Cancers

Breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI) is effective in the detection of cancers generally not found on mammograms or by clinical exam, according to a study presented at the 94th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting (November 30 - December 5, 2008) of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago on… Continue

Added by Peter Hofland, PhD on December 4, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cells May Offer Novel Therapeutic Option for Skin Disorder

Stem cells derived from bone marrow may serve as a novel therapeutic option to treat a disease called epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a disorder characterized by extraordinarily fragile skin, according to a study pre-published online in Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology.



Epidermolysis bullosa is a…

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Added by Peter Hofland, PhD on December 4, 2008 at 5:00pm — No Comments

CT Colonography Offers One-Stop Screening for Cancer and Osteoporosis

New research reveals that computed tomography (CT) colonography, also known as virtual colonoscopy, has the potential to screen for two diseases at once—colorectal cancer and osteoporosis, both of which commonly affect adults over age 50. The results of this study were presented on Tuesday at the 94th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting (November 30 – December 5, 2008) of the Radiological Society of North America…

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Added by Peter Hofland, PhD on December 4, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Breast Cancer Treatment Offers Better Outcome to Women with Implants

Women with early-stage breast cancer who have undergone breast augmentation may be treated successfully with a partial-breast radiation treatment called brachytherapy, according to a study presented at the 94th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting (November 30 – December 5, 2008) of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) on Monday. Patients treated with brachytherapy have better cosmetic outcomes and avoid the risk of…

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Added by Peter Hofland, PhD on December 4, 2008 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Why a Multidisciplinary Team Approach in Managing Prostate Cancer Makes Sense

Prostate cancer is among the most prevalent cancers in the developed world. It also remains one of the most complex diseases to treat. According to the American Cancer Society prostate cancer is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths.[1] While the advent of PSA (prostate specific antigen) testing has shifted detection from late-stage disease to early-stage disease, it has also raised the challenge of distinguishing between fast-growing cancers that must be treated aggressively versus…

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Added by Peter Hofland, PhD on April 12, 2007 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Breast Cancer in Young Women: Emotional Support Remains Crucial

A deadly disease. You may think you can’t get it. But it can happen to anybody. How to cope?



In September 2000, one week before turning 32, Hazel Flynt, a specialist in the study of patient-centred care, crashed into a wall she couldn’t have imagined was in front of her. The mother of a toddler daughter and an infant son was diagnosed with breast cancer. "I thought people had to be in their 50s to get cancer," the Amsterdam resident says. "And then it happened to me.” Flynt was…
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Added by Peter Hofland, PhD on November 28, 2005 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Coping with a silent killer: New Ways in the treatment of Ovarian Cancer

When Jennifer Madelyn Trichot was diagnosed with stage III epithelial ovarian cancer it was like she was dealt a death sentence. “For the first time I was confronted with my mortality,” Trichot recalls. I did not understand the disease and with the ‘good’ advice of well-meaning friends I found myself getting depressed and more detached from reality. For at least 8 months I lived in a constant state of denial and kept my mind off the disease as much as possible.… Continue

Added by Peter Hofland, PhD on September 18, 2005 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Are New and Innovative Drugs Expensive: The Economic Impact of New Drug Therapies

Policymakers often raise the question “Do ‘new’ and innovative drugs costs too much?”. Although innovative ‘new’ drugs may be more expensive than alternative, existing, drug therapies, they are extensively reviewed for their benefits and costs and are considered to be among the most cost effective treatments available. Furthermore, ‘new’ drugs are also expected to reduce mortality in diseases that claim many lives today, such as cancer.



So, are ‘new’ and innovative…

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Added by Peter Hofland, PhD on September 12, 2004 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Photodynamic Therapy Shows Efficacy in Head and Neck Cancers

Temoporfin-mediated photodynamic therapy represents a major advance in the treatment of head and neck cancer, yielding complete response rates comparable with those published for surgery or radiotherapy, according to phase II data reported here last week during ECCO 11, the European Cancer Conference.

Temoporfin-mediated photodynamic therapy (Foscan PDT) is an "effective and well-tolerated treatment" and can be administered without surgery, said Dr. Colin Hopper, a consultant…

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Added by Peter Hofland, PhD on November 1, 2001 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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