Cancer

12:58pm

Fri July 19, 2013
Shots - Health News

HPV Vaccination Might Help Reduce Risk Of Throat Cancers

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 2:29 pm

Vaccines against the HPV virus are already used to prevent cervical and anal cancer.
Harry Cabluck AP

A study of women in Costa Rica is raising hope that getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, or HPV, could lower the risk of throat cancers.

The research doesn't show that. It would take a much bigger and longer study to do that – if such a study could ethically be done at all.

What this study does show is that among the nearly 6,000 women in the study, those who got vaccinated against two strains of the virus had 93 percent fewer HPV throat infections four years later.

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12:43pm

Tue July 16, 2013
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Mining Cell Data To Answer Cancer's Tough Questions

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 2:47 pm

Chemistry, genetics and computing give us clues to understand cancer cells.
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Sometimes a drug hits cancer hard. Sometimes the cancer cells are unfazed. But it's often hard to know which outcome to expect.

A group of scientists at the National Cancer Institute has spent the last three years turning some mathematical algorithms loose on giant sets of data to better understand the relationship between cancerous cells and cancer drugs.

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8:03pm

Thu July 11, 2013
StoryCorps

A Father And Daughter 'Keep The Faith' During Cancer Fight

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 3:13 am

Faith in 2008, on her fifth birthday.
Courtesy of Jerris Marr

For the past three years, StoryCorps' Legacy program has given people facing serious illness the chance to record interviews with loved ones and caregivers. Recently, StoryCorps expanded the program to include children.

In 2007, Faith Marr was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer on her spine. She was 4 years old. That year she had her first of eight surgeries, replacing her vertebrae with titanium rods. Doctors were uncertain about her chances of survival.

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10:24am

Wed June 26, 2013
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Men Pick Robotic Surgery For Prostate Cancer Despite Risks

A billboard advertising robotic surgery hangs outside Boston's Fenway Park in 2009. Hospitals and doctors have heavily promoted robotic surgery.
Charles Krupa AP

Pretty much every medical organization has told men to back off on screening for prostate cancer, because it can lead to unneeded treatment, including surgery that can leave a man incontinent and impotent.

But it's hard to resist a robot.

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2:36pm

Mon June 17, 2013
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After Long Search, Komen Foundation Replaces Brinker As CEO

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 7:45 am

Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, seen at a dinner honoring the recipients of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors in December.
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The Komen Foundation for the Cure has a new chief executive.

Dr. Judith Salerno, 61, a geriatrician, is replacing Nancy Brinker, the philanthropy's founder and longtime CEO, the group said Monday.

"Judy's years of proven leadership in public policy and research make her the right choice to lead all aspects of Komen's mission," said Linda Custard, chair of the Komen board, in a statement.

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