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Some Women Not Benefiting From Breast Cancer Treatment

Kevin Anderson - Thursday, November 10, 2011
A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology assessed whether or not all ages of women are benefiting from breast cancer treatment. The report classified women into four age groups: 20-49, 50-64, 65-74, and 75 and older. The results showed that the death rates were stable for women 20-49, but increased for women 65 and older. The results also showed that African American women are not seeing improvement in outcomes, evidenced by a death rate 38% higher than Caucasians. To view the abstract and purchase the full article, please click here.

Organ Transplant Recipients Are At Increased Risk For Cancer

Kevin Anderson - Friday, November 04, 2011
Researchers have conducted a study which results have shown that people who receive solid organ transplants have double the risk of the general population for various forms of cancer. Researchers used data from the U.S. Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients and from various state and regional cancer registries to determine the cancer risk. Some cancers that there was an increased risk for included cancers linked to infection and those not. To view the abstract and purchase the full article, please click here.

A Low-Fat Diet With Fish Oil Supplements Reduces Growth Rate of Prostate Cancer Cells

Kevin Anderson - Friday, October 28, 2011
Researchers from UCLA have discovered that the growth of prostate cancer cells slowed down in men that ate a low-fat diet supplemented with fish oils, compared with men who ate a Western diet which was high in fat. Men who ate the low-fat diet for four to six weeks before their prostate removal had a significantly lower growth rate of their prostate cancer cells. Researchers also found that men who ate the low-fat diet were able to alter their cell membranes in both healthy and cancerous cells. However, further tests were needed. To view the abstract and purchase the full article, please click here.

New Study Declares Limited Male Breast Cancer Awareness Costs Lives

Kevin Anderson - Thursday, October 27, 2011
In a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, men have later onset of breast cancer and more advanced stages of the disease than their female counterparts. Survival rates of men when their breast cancer is caught at the same stage as women are actually higher, but researchers believe that it is due to a lack of awareness of male breast cancer that men's cancer is being caught in later stages. To view the abstract and purchase the article, please click here.

New Study Reports Cell Phones Do Not Cause Tumors

Kevin Anderson - Thursday, October 27, 2011
The largest study ever on whether cell phones cause tumors to the central nervous system has found that cell phones do not cause tumors. The Danish study involved an 18 year period involving 358,403 people, self reportedly the largest study on the topic. The researchers determined that within a 10 year period of cell phone use, that cell phones do not cause brain tumors; however, longer periods than 10 years still need to be examined. To see the abstract and full article, please click here.

Age Is A Major Factor In Prostate Cancer Deaths

Kevin Anderson - Tuesday, October 25, 2011
According to a University of Rochester analysis, men age 75 and older are diagnosed with late stage and more aggressive forms of cancer more often than younger men, leading to more deaths. This study is relevant in light of the findings of a government panel which determined that healthy men 50 and older should not be routinely tested for prostate cancer because the test does not save lives and can lead to over-treatment. To view the abstract and gain access to the article, please click here.

U.S. President Obama Supports National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Kevin Anderson - Tuesday, October 25, 2011
In a statement from the White House, President Barack Obama has encouraged women and men to talk to their doctors about breast cancer, and to avoid risk factors for the disease such as diet and maintaining a healthy weight. President Obama offers his support to those diagnosed with this devastating disease. To view the complete release, please click here. To visit the National Cancer Institute's website, please click here.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Kevin Anderson - Monday, October 10, 2011

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) organization is dedicated to increasing the awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer. Click here for a link to NBCAM's website. This website provides information on different types of breast cancer, and offers information and support for those diagnosed with breast cancer. This website also provides information on how to get involved with the organization. We encourage everyone to check it out!

 

Diacor Attends 2011 Annual ASTRO Meeting

Kevin Anderson - Monday, October 10, 2011

Diacor recently attended the 2011 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting held in Miami, Florida from October 2-6. Diacor displayed the Zephyr hdr and the Zephyr xl which were met with great reception. We thank everyone who stopped by and made the meeting such a success! Here are some pictures of our booth from the conference:

 

 

10 Ways to Better Communicate With Your Doctor About Cancer

Kevin Anderson - Monday, September 26, 2011
A recent commentary has been published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, which outlines 10 ways in which a doctor and patient can communicate better, in order for the patient to better understand the treatment risks associated with treating cancer. The commentary gives suggestions such as insisting on plain language, focusing on the absolute risk, and ordering the information in a way in which the patient will best remember it. To view the abstract and purchase the full article, please click here.

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