October 29, 2012 Proton therapy can be targeted much more precisely than regular radiation. The hope is that it translates into far fewer side effects, such as impotence and incontinence. But it also costs twice as much as regular radiation. And there's no proof it's more effective — it could potentially be worse, say some radiation experts.
August 8, 2012 An artist at a Seattle hospital turned a teenage leukemia patient's room into an art installation using nearly 2,000 photos of cats solicited through social media. "In the hospital, you feel cut off," says the patient. "So the photos made me feel like I was part of the world again."
August 8, 2012 Scientists have learned that compact fluorescent light bulbs could give off ultraviolet radiation if their inner coating cracks. Light-emitting diodes, another eco-friendly lighting option, won't give you a sunburn, but they do have the potential for other mild health effects.
August 8, 2012 Camp Fantastic allows kids who are too sick to attend traditional camp — such as those living with active cancer — to get the summer camping experience.
August 1, 2012 Three separate teams of scientists have shown that so-called cancer stem cells can be found in brain tumors and early forms of skin and colon cancer. Evidence has been mounting in recent years for the existence of these cells, which are believed to resist standard chemotherapy and fuel the growth of tumors and relapses.
July 30, 2012 Arjit Guha, a graduate student at Arizona State, felt sick after coming back from a trip to India in early 2011. His severe stomach pain was caused by advanced colon cancer. He maxed out his health insurance and harnessed the Web to raise money to cover his care. A Twitter conversation with Aetna's CEO opened a new chapter in the story.
July 26, 2012 The two patients in Boston seem to be free of HIV after treatment for cancer, Harvard researchers say. But they're still on antiviral drugs, unlike the so-called Berlin patient, who's the only person in the world to be fully cured.
July 23, 2012 For many people of African descent, a lack of registry information and genetic diversity make bone marrow matches tough to find. Lawyer and Winter Olympic hopeful Seun Adebiyi made his battle with leukemia a quest for more donors and better registries in African countries.
June 18, 2012 Consumers who were expecting the Food and Drug Administration's new requirements for sunscreen labels to be implemented this month will have to wait. The agency has given sunscreen manufacturers until December to catch up to the mandate for clearer information on labels.
June 15, 2012 The number of American cancer survivors will increase from 13.7 million in January 2012 to nearly 18 million in January 2022, according to a report from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute.
June 12, 2012 The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded in draft recommendations released Tuesday that taking vitamin D and 1,000 milligrams of calcium every day doesn't reduce the risk for bone fractures among postmenopausal women. So the group is taking steps to recommend that women refrain from taking the supplements for those purposes.