Articles Posted in ‘treatment’

New options and benefits regarding breast cancer treatment presented at ASCO

Sentinel lymph node biopsy. First of three panel illustration showing radioactive substance and/or blue dye is injected near the tumor, the injected material is followed visually or with a probe, and the first lymph nodes to take up the material are removed and checked for cancer cells.

Results from four separate clinical trials presented at ASCO this year should change clinical practice and could spare many women the side effects of some common cancer therapies.

Can Cancer-Related Fatigue be Treated with Novel Drugs?

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People are surviving cancer in greater numbers than ever before thanks to treatment options that include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and medication. But during or after treatment patients are often hit with a common side-effect of the disease—a debilitating and whole-body exhaustion that cannot be relieved by rest or sleep—called cancer-related fatigue.

Research has been conducted to test the characteristics and properties of drugs currently used to enhance alertness, treat depression, arthritis—and even narcolepsy—for their effectiveness in treating cancer-related fatigue. NCI-supported investigators conducted a review of literature on 32 clinical trials that were held in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, to better understand how these treatment options work.

The Financial Burden of Cancer

Credit: Rhoda Baer (Photographer), NCI

Cancer care cost the American public $104.1 billion in 2006 – the most recent year for which statistics are available – according to NCI’s newly released Cancer Trends Progress Report-2009/2010 Update. The financial burden of cancer looms even larger, however, when you consider other costs, such as losses in time and economic productivity.