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Childhood Cancer Warriors at Higher Risk of GI Cancers
Gastrointestinal cancers show up anywhere along the digestive tract. And while risk factors for each organ vary, a separate group of people appear to be at greater risk.
Lifestyle Matters: Specific Recommendations
Lifestyle impacts different cancers differently. While healthy diet, regular exercise and ideal weight generally improve the outlook for most cancer warriors, current research offers specific advice for specific types of the disease. In this installment of Lifestyle Matters we look at these research-based recommendations for men and women living through and beyond breast, colorectal and prostate cancer. This series is based on the recently published American Cancer Society Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Survivors , which summarizes the latest findings on lifes...
Avastin Prolongs Life of Colorectal Cancer Patients
Treating colorectal cancer that has spread to other sites involves a combination of chemotherapies. One regimen that's been in use has been proven to extend life and is likely to become the standard of care. A phase III trial has found that continued use of Avastin ( bevacizumab ), along with different first- and second-line chemotherapies, prevents the disease from progressing by 1.6 months longer than traditional therapy. This research also indicates that people using Avastin lived with advanced colorectal cancer another 1.4 months. Ask your doctor the exact benefits of all th...
Something Fishy About Colorectal Cancer
Eating more fish and less red meat is generally considered to be a healthy dietary change. And you've no doubt heard about taking your fish oil. Now there's another feather in the health hats of fish.
Colorectal Cancer Screening Cuts to the Chase
In terms of colorectal cancer, "the most effective screening test is the one that people choose to take.”
Electronically Cleansed Colon Screening
If you've ever had a colonoscopy, you know about the colon emptying routine. It can be unpleasant. A new screening technology eliminates the need for all that eliminating.
Beta Blockers Don't Block Colorectal Cancer
Beta blockers, which are used to treat high blood pressure, block the action of a stress hormone. And this hormone can encourage cancer cells to grow and spread.
Does Aspirin Lower Cancer Risk?
Recent news that aspirin performs as well as the blockbuster blood thinning drug Plavix , may not be the crowning achievement of this respected drug.
Run Forrest Run!
You remember the scene in "Forrest Gump" where his friend Jenny urges him to "Run Forrest run!" to get away from a pesky group of kids. He takes off, the braces that have been shackling him fly off. And he's free.
Linking Fat and Cancer
Changing characteristics of people in the last century in the western world have had some unlikely effects. Rising levels of gastric cancer, for example, caused one researcher to examine whether obesity could be the cause. A group from North Ireland's Queen's University Belfast published an overall analysis of obesity and digestive tract cancers, looking at cancers both in the stomach and throat. Ask your doctor about how to get started on long term, effective weight loss. Researchers concluded that absolutely obesity indicated higher chances of both forms of cancer, but surpris...