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Friday 04, Feb 2011

  Risk of Osteoporosis raised by chemotherapy

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Risk of Osteoporosis raised by chemotherapyChemotherapy for lymphoma should be recognized as a risk factor for the development of osteoporosis, according to Dr. Bhaskar Dasgupta in a poster session at the annual meeting of the British Society for Rheumatology.

Dr. Dasgupta, director of rheumatology, Southend Hospital NHS Trust, Westcliff on Sea, England, said patients with lymphoma have greatly improved survival rates because of advances in treatment, but their quality of life may be compromised by long-term complications of chemotherapy.

Osteoporosis is a complication that can result from treatment with alkylating agents and the steroids that are usually given with chemotherapy.

Tuesday 20, Jul 2010

  Steroid pills more than just useful for Multiple Myeloma patients

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Steroid pills more than just useful for Multiple Myeloma patientsPatients with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow, can experience significant relief and improved survival rate with steroid pills, as per researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Multiple myeloma is a severe health complication that takes lives of nearly 14,000 people on a yearly basis in the United States alone.

The use of prednisone in response to an upfront chemotherapy can be easily classified as a safe and effective treatment option for prolonging the lives of patients, according to James Berenson, M.D., lead author of the Southwest Oncology Group sponsored study and Director of the Multiple Myeloma and Bone Metastasis Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Tuesday 06, Jul 2010

  Steroid pills useful to improve survival among multiple myeloma patients

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Steroid pills useful to improve survival among multiple myeloma patientsTreatment involving steroid pills could be an effective option to enhance survival rate of patients afflicted with multiple myeloma, which is a cancer of the plasma cells in the region of bone marrow.

James Berenson, M.D., lead author of the Southwest Oncology Group sponsored study and Director of the Multiple Myeloma and Bone Metastasis Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, remarked that use of Prednisone in response to an upfront chemotherapy could be believed as a safe option of treatment in order to prolong lives.

This finding was disclosed by researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Sunday 13, Jun 2010

  Side effects of cancer treatment options can be reduced by Acupuncture

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Side effects of cancer treatment options can be reduced by AcupunctureAcupuncture can prove to be an effective yet safe treatment option when it comes to the management of common debilitating side effects of hot flashes, excessive sweating, and night sweats that are associated with breast cancer treatment. This finding was disclosed in a study that also suggested that acupuncture has no treatment side effects.

These findings were part of a first-of-its-kind study that was presented at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology’s 50th Annual Meeting in Boston.

Eleanor Walker, M.D., lead author of the study and a radiation oncologist at the Henry Ford Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology in Detroit, remarked that acupuncture is more durable than a drug presently used to treat symptoms of vasomotor.

Tuesday 25, May 2010

  Rheumatoid Arthritis inhibited by suicide molecule

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Rheumatoid Arthritis inhibited by suicide moleculeA novel way for halting and even reversing rheumatoid arthritis has been developed by a researcher from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. This invention is concerned with the development of an imitation of a suicide molecule, which floats unidentified into overactive immune cells responsible for the disease.

Harris Perlman, the lead author and an associate professor of medicine at Feinberg, said the new therapy stops the disease cold in 75 percent of the mice.

The study was published in the February issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism.

Wednesday 28, Apr 2010

  Acupuncture minimizes breast cancer treatment side effects

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acupuncture-minimizes-breast-cancer-treatment-side-effectsWhen compared to conventional drug therapy, acupuncture is equally effective and long-lasting in managing the common debilitating side effects of hot flashes, excessive sweating, and night sweats that are associated with breast cancer treatment as per a study. It was also noted that acupuncture has no treatment side effects.

These findings were part of a first-of-its-kind study presented at the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology’s 50th Annual Meeting in Boston.

Eleanor Walker, M.D., lead author of the study and a radiation oncologist at the Henry Ford Hospital Department of Radiation Oncology in Detroit, said that acupuncture is more durable than a drug presently used for treating the vasomotor symptoms.

Friday 23, Apr 2010

  New evidence suggest light therapy useful against fungal infections

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New evidence suggest light therapy useful against fungal infectionsAccording to Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators at Duke University Medical Center, a recently discovered mechanism plays an important role in virulence of an infectious fungus.

It was suggested by the finding that light changes after fungal invasion of the human body could be an important and previously neglected cue that sparks infection as per the researchers.

HHMI investigator Joseph Heitman, M.D., James B. Duke professor of molecular genetics and microbiology and medicine at Duke, said that light therapy can provide an effective method for combating against a variety of fungal infections when combined with anti-fungal treatments.

Monday 19, Apr 2010

  Preemptive treatment helps in preventing skin toxicity with Panitumumab

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Preemptive treatment helps in preventing skin toxicity with PanitumumabPatients receiving panitumumab for treating metastatic colorectal cancer can avoid some of the skin-associated toxicities with a preemptive and prophylactic skin regimen, as per data presented at the 2009 American Society of Clinical Oncology Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco.

Edith Mitchell, M.D., a clinical professor in the Department of Medical Oncology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, presented data from the study that was the first prospective study for comparing preemptive and reactive skin treatment for skin toxicities related to panitumumab.

The study was co-led by Dr. Mitchell and Mario Lacouture, M.D., an assistant professor of Dermatology at Northwestern University‘s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Wednesday 07, Apr 2010

  Steroid pills provide considerable relief to multiple myeloma patients

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Steroid pills provide considerable relief to multiple myeloma patientsTreatment of multiple myeloma, a dreadful type of cancer, with steroid pills is an effective form of treatment for improving the overall survival rate of patients, as per researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow that is believed to claim approximately 14,000 lives annually in the United States alone.

James Berenson, M.D., lead author of the Southwest Oncology Group sponsored study and Director of the Multiple Myeloma and Bone Metastasis Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, remarked that use of prednisone in response to an upfront chemotherapy can be classified as safe and effective for treating patients suffering from multiple myeloma.

Thursday 18, Mar 2010

  Steroid pills effective for Multiple Myeloma sufferers

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Steroid pills effective for Multiple Myeloma sufferersTreatment based on steroid pills may prove to be an effective option for improving the overall survival rate of patients with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow.

This finding was disclosed by researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

The use of prednisone in response to an upfront chemotherapy can be considered as a safe treatment option to prolong the lives of multiple myeloma affected patients, as per James Berenson, M.D., lead author of the Southwest Oncology Group sponsored study and Director of the Multiple Myeloma and Bone Metastasis Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

The involved researchers said that remissions can be better maintained and patients can live for long when oral prednisone is administered in long-term after chemotherapy treatment.

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