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12:00 AM EST December 12, 2011

Breast Cancer Survivors Struggle with Cognitive Problems Several Years after Chemotherapy or Radiation

A new analysis has found that breast cancer survivors may experience problems with certain mental abilities several years after treatment, regardless of whether they were treated with chemotherapy plus radiation or radiation only.

12:00 AM EST November 14, 2011

Alcohol Consumption by Adolescents May Increase Breast Cancer Risk in Those with a Family History of the Disease

Breast cancer patients often wonder what their daughters might do to reduce their risk of also developing cancer. Are there dietary intakes or behaviors that can be modified by their daughters to lower their own chances of getting the disease? A new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, sought information relevant to this question.

October 24, 2011

Advanced Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Improves Women’s Psychosocial and Sexual Wellbeing

After a mastectomy, women who undergo breast reconstruction with tissue from their own abdomen experience significant gains in psychological, social, and sexual wellbeing as soon as three weeks after surgery. That is one of the conclusions of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study’s results provide new information to breast cancer survivors who are contemplating these types of breast reconstruction procedures.

12:00 AM EDT October 10, 2011

Drug Prevents Bone Loss Side Effects of Breast Cancer Medication

A new study has found that an osteoporosis drug protects against the bone damaging side effects of certain breast cancer medications. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that some breast cancer patients could take zoledronic acid in addition to their anti-cancer medications to maintain bone health.

September 26, 2011

Couples Counseling Helps Improve the Sex Lives of Prostate Cancer Survivors and their Spouses

Both internet-based counseling programs and face-to-face therapy sessions for couples improve the sex lives of prostate cancer survivors and their spouses. That is the finding of a new study published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

September 12, 2011

Women Who Inherit BRCA Gene Mutations Develop Cancer Earlier than their Ancestors

A new analysis has found that women who develop certain hereditary cancers develop them at earlier ages than women in the previous generation. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the results point to the importance of tracking younger ages of cancer diagnosis to determine when to provide counseling, screening, and treatment services.

August 22, 2011

Drop in Hormone Therapy Use Linked with Drop in Mammogram Rates

A new analysis has found that a decline in hormone therapy (HT) use among women aged 50 to 64 years is linked with lower mammogram rates among these women.

August 08, 2011

Early Morning Smokers Have Increased Risk of Lung and Head and Neck Cancers

Two new studies have found that smokers who tend to take their first cigarette soon after they wake up in the morning may have a higher risk of developing lung and head and neck cancers than smokers who refrain from lighting up right away.

July 25, 2011

Mismatch Between Cancer Genetics Counseling and Testing Guidelines and Physician Practices

A new analysis has found that many doctors report that they do not appropriately offer breast and ovarian cancer counseling and testing services to their female patients.

July 11, 2011

Bladder Cancer Patients Rarely Receive Recommended Care

A new study has found that almost all patients with high-grade noninvasive bladder cancer do not receive complete care as recommended by current guidelines.

12:01 AM EDT June 27, 2011

Many Advanced Breast Cancer Patients Do Not Receive Recommended Treatment

Radiation after a mastectomy for women with advanced breast cancer saves lives, but almost half of these patients do not receive it. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

June 13, 2011

Certain Head and Neck Cancer Patients Benefit from Second Round of Treatment

A new study has determined predictors that can better identify patients who will benefit from a potentially toxic second course of treatment, which offers a small but real chance of cure in select patients with head and neck cancer.

May 23, 2011

Access to Personal Medical Records Increases Satisfaction Among New Cancer Patients

A new analysis has found that allowing full access to personal medical records increases satisfaction without increasing anxiety in newly diagnosed cancer patients.

May 09, 2011

Sexual Orientation Affects Cancer Survivorship

Gay men have a higher prevalence of cancer compared with heterosexual men, and lesbian and bisexual female cancer survivors report lower levels of health than heterosexual female cancer survivors.

April 26, 2011

Among Lung and Colorectal Cancer Patients, Blacks Are Most Willing to Exhaust Personal Finances for Life-Sustaining Care

Minority races—especially Blacks—are more willing than Whites to expend personal financial resources to prolong life after being diagnosed with lung or colorectal cancer, even if it means using up all of their personal financial resources. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. Delivering quality cancer care that is in accordance with patients’ wishes requires a better understanding of the reasons for these differences in preference.

April 11, 2011

Sleep Issues Contribute to Cognitive Problems in Childhood Cancer Survivors

A new analysis has found that childhood cancer survivors often suffer from sleep problems and fatigue, which negatively impact their attention and memory. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that addressing sleep hygiene among survivors of childhood cancer may help to improve their cognitive health.

March 28, 2011

Certain Breast Cancer Patients Worry Excessively About Recurrence

A new study has found that certain types of women with early stage breast cancer are vulnerable to excessive worrying about cancer recurrence. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study also indicates that worrying about cancer recurrence can compromise patients’ medical care and quality of life.

March 14, 2011

Taking Tamoxifen to Prevent Breast Cancer Can Save Lives and Money

Tamoxifen, taken by certain women as a preventive measure against breast cancer, saves lives and reduces medical costs. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study’s results suggest that the benefits of tamoxifen to prevent cancer can sufficiently compensate for its side effects in post-menopausal women under age 55 years who have an increased risk of developing breast cancer.

February 28, 2011

Fish Oil Fights Weight Loss Due to Chemotherapy

A new analysis has found that supplementing the diet with fish oil may prevent muscle and weight loss that commonly occurs in cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that fish oil may help combat cancer-related malnutrition.

January 24, 2011

Anti-Estrogen Medication Reduces Risk of Dying from Lung Cancer

A new study has found that tamoxifen, an anti-estrogen breast cancer medication, may reduce an individual’s risk of death from lung cancer. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study supports the hypothesis that there is a hormonal influence on lung cancer and that estrogen levels play a role in lung cancer patients’ prognosis.