A study should help men facing prostate cancer treatment get a better sense of how good their sexual function will be down the road.
September 20, 2011 Around half in a group of men who had surgery or radiation for prostate cancer recovered or maintained sexual function, researchers found. The finding should give men facing prostate cancer treatment a more realistic idea of what to expect before starting down the road.
September 8, 2011 Two doses of the HPV vaccine may be enough to protect women against the virus that causes cervical cancer, according to a new study. After four years, women who had just one or two shots had the same infection rate as women who had three shots. That could increase the number of women protected.
August 30, 2011 Only people with lung cancer that tests positive for a particular genetic variation are candidates for treatment with Pfizer's twice-a-day cancer pill called Xalkori. Most of those who qualified in clinical tests saw dramatic shrinkage of their tumors.
The scientists who sequenced the marijuana plant say they hope the next generation of pot will have stronger therapeutic compounds.
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August 19, 2011 A startup company has sequenced the genome of Cannabis sativa, the marijuana plant. The company hopes the data will help scientists breed plants without much THC, so they can study other compounds that may help fight pain or cancer.
Roche Genentech developed a new melanoma drug for people with advanced cases.
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August 18, 2011 The drug was approved faster than many other drugs under review, and advocates of personalized medicine say this bodes well for other gene-based drugs in development.
An increase in toxic chemicals in cigarettes may also be to blame for the high risk of bladder cancer for women who smoke.
August 16, 2011 Scientists used to think that women were less likely to get bladder cancer than men. A new study shows that's not the case. Scientists think they know why: More women are smoking, and cigarettes have become more deadly.
A vendor sells betel leaf wrapped in silver foil in Lucknow, India.
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August 16, 2011 India and many Southeast Asian cultures, people chew spice and nut packets wrapped in betel leaves called paan. But now the tradition is being threatened by chewing tobacco, raising health concerns. However, neither habit is actually very healthy.
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Until now, scientists have had a tough time getting therapeutic genes to go where they need to go.
August 11, 2011 Gene therapists are looking for persistence. They want the therapeutic gene to stick around and help T-cells fight cancer cells. And in two new reports, that's what they got. But don't expect to find the treatment at a hospital near you any time soon.
A CT scan of the brain shows the cerebellum, a small portion of each temporal lobe, and the sinuses.
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August 11, 2011 Making CT scans safer should start with simple step of figuring out how much radiation you actually need to get the job done, researchers say.
A study suggests that listening to music is a simple way for cancer patients and their families to help manage stress.
August 10, 2011 There's new evidence that music therapy can help patients and their families manage the anxiety and pain that comes with cancer treatment. Music therapists can even help get insurers to pay for the therapy.
Messages like this on one at Pier 27 in San Francisco seem to be getting through to Californians.
July 14, 2011 California health officials say smoking rates in the state are down to 11.9 percent, making it only the second state so far to achieve a federal target of reducing adult smoking rates to 12 percent by 2020.
Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, of Karolinska University Hospital, implants a synthetic windpipe.
July 8, 2011 A 36-year-old geology student received a synthetic windpipe created in a laboratory from plastic and his own bone marrow cells. The transplant was needed to replace his natural windpipe, which was being blocked by a fast-growing tumor.
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Katie Couric at the "Make That Call" For Colon Cancer Screening campaign launch in New York in March.
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July 5, 2011 Two out of every three Americans between 50 and 75 are up-to-date with colon cancer screening guidelines. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says doctors still need to recommend everyone else that they be screened.
June 30, 2011 A friendship over fixed-gear bikes blossoms as a Flickr user battles cancer — and shares his experience with the world.
June 30, 2011 The European Commission gave the OK to an expansion of Avastin's approval to include using the drug in combination with Xeloda, a chemotherapy medicine, to treat metastatic breast cancer.
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