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2012-12-03 20:46:20

Johns Hopkins experts are recommending early post-surgical assessment -- preferably within 24 hours -- for trouble chewing and swallowing food, or speaking normally, among patients who have had benign tumors removed from the base of the brain. Such early assessments, they say, may minimize complications associated with the sometimes hazelnut-sized tumors, called vestibular schwannomas. Damage can arise when the tumors themselves press on the nearby cranial nerves -- key to controlling the...

2012-11-15 11:32:47

A promising new approach to treating solid tumors with radiation was highly efficacious and minimally toxic to healthy tissue in a mouse model of cancer, according to data published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Some patients with solid tumors, including prostate cancer, are treated using a clinical technique called brachytherapy. Brachytherapy involves the surgical implantation of radioactive "seeds" within a patient's tumor to expose the...

2012-10-30 12:33:09

An oral rinse of the antidepressant doxepin significantly eased pain associated with oral mucositis in patients receiving radiation therapy for cancers of the head and neck, a study led by Mayo Clinic found. The findings were presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology annual meeting in Boston. MULTIMEDIA ALERT: A video interview with Dr. Miller is available for journalists to download on the Mayo Clinic News Network. "Oral mucositis or mouth sores is a painful and...

HPV Test Combination Better Than Viral DNA Test Alone
2012-09-19 09:44:56

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Two new studies published in the journal of the American Association for Cancer Research discovered that assessments of the human papillomavirus (HPV) that test for a single DNA biomarker alone are a weak indicator for determining the risk of HPV-driven head and neck cancers. On the other hand, the studies point to a combination of genetic markers that may provide a more robust test. Past research has found that HPV can lead to...

2012-08-22 12:19:10

A University of Rochester Medical Center study challenges treatment guidelines for early stage follicular lymphoma, concluding that six different therapies can bring a remission, particularly if the patient is carefully examined and staged at diagnosis. The research underlines the fact that when cancer strikes, modern patients and their oncologists across the United States are taking many diverse treatment paths when there is scant data to support one method over another. This study...

2012-08-01 10:34:07

High-risk human papilloma virus found with Epstein Barr virus Two common viruses known to be associated with human cancers are both present — and may even be collaborating with each other - in most male prostate cancers, a new study suggests. The research involved examination of 100 specimens of normal, malignant and benign prostate samples from Australian men. It revealed that both the human papilloma virus (HPV) and Epstein Barr virus (EBV) were present in more than half of...


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