Cancer

Oral chemotherapy kills or weakens cancer cells, and it usually comes in the form of a pill. As with other prescription medications, people can take oral chemotherapy drugs at home. While intravenous chemotherapy can be life-saving, it can also be inconvenient and potentially painful. The individual has to go to the hospital or a clinic
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Many people use baby powder to absorb moisture and cut down on friction. This can help prevent rashes and skin irritation from chafing. Some, but not all, baby powders are talcum powder, made with talc. Talc is one of the softest minerals in the world. As a powder, it can absorb oils, moisture, and odor,
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New research suggests that having a larger brain could put people at risk of developing aggressive brain cancer. The findings are likely due to the large number of brain cells involved, the researchers think. New research finds a link between brain size and the risk of brain cancer. According to current estimates, doctors will diagnose
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Penile cancer is a type of cancer that affects the penis and other male genitalia. It is rare and often easy to treat with an early diagnosis. Read on to learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of penile cancer. What is penile cancer? For men, penile cancer accounts for less than 1 percent
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Nicotine is the primary substance in cigarettes that causes addiction, but most experts agree that it does not directly cause cancer. Most research points to cigarette smoke, not nicotine, as being the primary contributor to cancer among smokers. However, although most experts agree that nicotine does not directly cause cancer, some research suggests that nicotine
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Two recent studies detail a natural mechanism that, if harnessed properly, may be able to destroy cancer cells and their ability to become resistant to treatment — without any of the side effects of chemotherapy. When normal cells mutate into cancer cells, ‘punching in’ a kill code may cause the cancer cells to self-destruct. In
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Common drugs that doctors prescribe to treat heart problems, arthritis, and cancer can actually pose a threat to lung health, and this problem “affects a considerable number of people.” This is the conclusion of a new review of the literature conducted by researchers from the United Kingdom. Drug-induced interstitial lung disease affects more people than
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Opioid use can lead to constipation. The person may notice that they pass formed stools less often than usual, and the stools that are hard and difficult to pass. Opioid-constipation is a common problem for people using some types of pain relief medication. Figures suggest that between 21 and 90 percent of people who use
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Pancreatic cancer is often very aggressive and treatment-resistant, and survival rates are typically low. The authors of a new study in mice, however, may have found a fresh way of attacking these stubborn tumors. Researchers have now identified a protein that is a very promising therapeutic target for pancreatic cancer. According to estimates by the
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Neuropathy is nerve damage that can cause tingling, numbness, and other sensations, often in the feet and hands. Neuropathy is a common side effect of chemotherapy. Doctors believe it happens because chemotherapy damages healthy cells, including nerves. Chemotherapy can damage nerves that affect feeling and movement in the hands and feet. Doctors call this condition
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Cancer ribbons are simple loops of ribbon that people wear to show their support for people who have cancer or to spread awareness about the disease. There are many different types of cancer ribbons, each with their own symbolic color. In this article, we list all the cancer ribbon colors and their purposes, as well
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Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have found that regular aspirin use can reduce the risk of developing liver cancer. Scientists reinvestigate aspirin and its impact on liver cancer. The findings — which appear in JAMA Oncology — support the results of prior studies on the same topic. Data from this report show that taking aspirin
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New research shows how a normal mechanism that helps the breast adapt to breastfeeding could lead to the accumulation of premalignant breast cells. Some of the mechanisms that enable breasts to lactate could also lead to the accumulation of abnormal breast cells. The link between breastfeeding and breast cancer has been the subject of several
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Levels of a particular protein in breast cancer cells that escape the primary tumor and migrate to the bone could be an indicator of lethal cancer recurrence, according to a recent study. Tests using a newly discovered protein marker ‘could further improve curative treatment of breast cancer,’ researchers say. The process of forming secondary tumors
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A muscle-relaxant first discovered in 1848 might soon be at the cutting edge of cancer treatment. Researchers from The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center investigate. A new study approaches the challenge of hypoxia in cancer. There are a number of ways to attack cancer; one of the most commonly used is radiation therapy. Radiation
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Dr. Nalinikanth Kotagiri of the Cincinnati Cancer Center in Ohio has just received the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Breakthrough Award to study the use of light to target cancer cells in late-stage breast cancer. The researcher explains the benefits of light therapy for metastatic breast cancer. A new form of light therapy could drastically
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Cardiac tamponade is the accumulation of fluid around the heart muscle, which places excessive pressure on this organ. In people with cardiac tamponade, also known as pericardial tamponade, fluid or blood builds up between the heart and the sac that surrounds the heart. This sac is called the pericardium. The pericardium consists of two thin
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