PARP Drugs Help Some Breast Cancer Patients, But They’re No Magic Bullet
For patients with metastatic breast cancer, doctors don’t yet know how to predict long-term responses to this PARP drug.
For Patients, Social Media Provides Perks and Perils
Social media does have its advantages for patients. But once you post about your medical condition, you can’t take it back.
Which Patients Will Be Helped By Immune Cancer Drugs? This Test May Tell
It’s possible that tumor mutation burden (TMB) predicts if cancer―of any type―will respond to treatment with immune drugs, but this remains to be tested.
At Penn State, THON—The World’s Largest Student-Run Charity—Helps Kids with Cancer
Dancing for cancer may seem a crazy idea, paradoxical, and wildly inefficient as a fundraising scheme. But it’s become the thing to do, a good karma-generating phenomenon, and year-round source of pride for the Penn State community.
How The 21st Century Cures Act Should Support Public Health
We need and can afford both: to raise the bar so that everyone has access to modern healthcare, and to advance treatments through medical science.
MammaPrint, Agendia’s Breast Cancer Test, Is Having A U.S. Moment. Can It Reduce Overtreatment?
The potential to reduce overtreatment, in women with a low chance of recurrence for which chemo is unlikely to be of benefit, is huge.
A Turning Point In The Breast Cancer Screening Debate?
The series invites women and doctors to step out of their pro- or con- trenches, take a look at the modern screening landscape, scrutinize everything and re-assess all options.
To Educate Great Physicians, Focus On Science, Ethics And Future Learning Skills
Tomorrow’s doctors need to grasp more concepts in science and technology than did any previous generation of physicians.
Five Key Issues For The Future Of Cancer IT
If there’s one thing that’s become clear about precision medicine – and the delivery of optimal care based in science – it will require super technology. This need is especially urgent in oncology.
Why Many Cancer Drugs Don’t Have To Cost So Much
The concept of valuing drugs, at least in part, by how easy it is to reliably produce, distribute and take them, appeals to reason.
Precision Medicine Is A Needed Goal That Will Benefit Cancer Patients
A common misconception is that precision medicine is about one drug for one disease. But for most cancer types, it will involve combining medications in effective cocktails.
Notes From The ‘Die-In,’ A Demonstration For Metastatic Breast Cancer
Die-in for metastatic breast cancer, Washington DC, October 13, 2015 (photo courtesy of Zachary Parker)
Patients Shouldn’t Be Used As Hostages, Vulnerable To Sudden Drug Price Increases
Martin Shkreli is not the only bad player in the game of hiking up drug prices.
Precision Medicine Will (Eventually) Lower Cancer Care Costs
Over time, the costs should drop, like for smartphone tech, what my Dad – a chemistry major and retired physician – called “magic.”
Can Journalists Be Too Skeptical About Progress Against Cancer?
On Twitter this week, I happened upon a discussion having to do with the possibility of curing cancer.
SCOTUS Saves Obamacare, But More Change Is Needed
What’s needed is greater moral stewardship of health care resources.
Breast Cancers Are Rising in Younger And In Older Women: Reasons For Concern
The increasing invasive, ER+ breast cancers in women who are otherwise healthy can’t be ignored.
On The Death Of Beau Biden, Brain Cancer, Progress And Hope
Brain cancer is an outlier in 2015. It’s among a handful of broad tumor types including liver and pancreatic cancer that, sadly, still kill in most cases.
Miami Beach Offers Free Sunscreen: Spreading Prevention?
“We want a safer and healthier community,” Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine said. “Whether it’s reducing pre-cancer or sunburns, it’s a way of helping our tourists and our residents.”
‘Shower Shirt’ Takes Innovation Prize, Enables Women To Shower After Mastectomy
The Shower Shirt is made of waterproof parachute material on the outside, with microfiber on the inside of the neck, a water-resistant zipper, flap, and Velcro all the way down in front.
Lynparza, First In A New Class Of Cancer Drugs, Is Surprisingly Active In A Wide Range Of Tumors
So far, the studies demonstrate that Lynparza has activity in cancer patients with and without inherited BRCA mutations.
Task Force Punts On Women Under 50, Jeopardizing Access To Mammograms
The panel’s C recommendation lessens the likelihood that women under 50 years will be encouraged to get mammograms and opens up the possibility that insurance will not cover their screening.
Finding Beauty: How Lisa Bonchek Adams Told Her Cancer Story
Lisa wasn’t quiet about life or living with a devastating condition.
For Colon Cancer Screening, Cologuard Test Offers A Solid New Option
Getting checked, one way or another, has even been deemed cost-effective. The question for colorectal cancer, if you choose to be screened, is how: what’s the best method?
On The Death Of David Carr, And Cancer Survivorship
Carr’s story highlights the need for improved survivorship care. As his recent autopsy disclosed, he died with an aggressive form of lung cancer and heart disease.
All Women Should Have Access To Ultrasound Screening For Breast Cancer
Radiologists who publish academic papers on breast imaging may be influenced by idiosyncrasies in training, what machines their practices own or hospitals happen to have purchased, anecdotal experiences and personal skills.
Why The FDA Panel’s Nod To Sandoz’s Filgrastim (Zarzio) Is Good News For Patients
The implications extend beyond cancer drugs. Biosimilars have the potential to significantly reduce the costs of modern health care for people with all kinds of illness
Why Yes, We Should Treat Cancer
To deny new cancer treatments that might prolong life in a good way, possibly for cure or a remission, or even just to tame the disease, is a misguided proposition.
‘Lily,’ A Film About A Young Artist With Breast Cancer, And What’s Next In Her Life
What this movie gets right is the loneliness of having cancer – the feeling that kicks in when you’re awake and alive in some sort of hyper-sterile place receiving therapy, where there’s no one else.
Why Some Ebola Patients Bleed, And How Plasma Might Help Recovery
U.S. doctors are scrambling to understand how the virus affects humans, and how best to treat those infected.
Ebola, Hygiene And Your Health: Practical Questions For The CDC
Quarantines don’t work. We have to stop Ebola with science. Meanwhile, we need to take care and not down-play risks.
‘Decoding Annie Parker’ Focuses On Women, Breast Cancer And Changing Science
This film touches on tough cancer subjects as few movies do: women’s feelings of physical inadequacy after surgery, issues of sexuality and potential turning off of partners…
Genetic Testing For BRCA Is A Personal Decision
BRCA genetic test results inform but don’t dictate an individual woman’s risk of developing cancer.
Ovarian Cancer Awareness: A Declining Disease Rate, And Looking Ahead to New Drugs
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. You might not notice.
What in the Air Causes Lung Cancer?
Many have assumed that air pollution causes cancer, but proof was lacking. Until now.