Some women in the UK are inventing family histories of breast cancer in order to have treatment
"They say the women, 1% of patients, are likely to have a psychological disorder similar to Munchausen's Syndrome."

Attention grabbing



A billboard in Australia promoting the use of sunscreen to prevent skin cancer.

Vitamin E supplements are useless
It has been written before that there is poor data supporting the use of vitamin E for the prevention of cancer and heart disease. Now comes a study suggesting an association with heart failure. An editorial asks, Is there hope for vitamin E? I say no.

Elidel is next on the FDA black box hit list



"Research shows the creams are absorbed into the body and can cause cancer, the FDA said. The creams will carry a "black box" warning — the strongest warning carried on medicines.

And babies should not be treated with the creams at all, the FDA said.

In February members of an FDA advisory panel said they ...

Read more...

"Why am I not dead?"
"A terminally ill cancer patient who tried to end his life with drugs prescribed under Oregon's assisted-suicide law awoke three days later, alert and talkative."

How an HMOs financial incentives to limit testing sunk a physician during a malpractice trial
Moral of the story - protect yourself and rule out the worst disease possible (i.e. the one that will get you in trouble if you miss it). The patient in this case saw the physician six times before the cancer was found. After the third or fourth visit of persistent symptoms, an ...

Read more...

A new retrospective review of 700 women aged 65 or older shows that taking adjuvant chemotherapy for lymph-node positive breast cancer is associated with a reduction in recurrence of and death from breast cancer.

Although the older women had a higher treatment-related mortality (33 deaths), the authors suggest that "older breast cancer patients ... ask their physicians about the opportunities to receive chemotherapy that might be helpful to ...

Read more...

As a reminder to all, this link from the American Cancer Society reviews the guidelines on screening and surveillance for the early detection of polyps and colorectal cancer.

There are three risk catagories: average, increased, and high. Check out the table at the bottom of the link to see what risk category you fall in.

50,000 people die from colon cancer each year - one every 9.3 ...

Read more...

When patients deny illness

Much denial-blogging today. Alisha's mother-in-law won't accept physical limitations imposed by her cancer. Orac tries to help a patient who rejects her malignant biopsy results. What is denial, and how should we approach it? (Pause for a quick check - has the Cheerful Oncologist posted about this yet? No? I'd love to know what he thinks!) Here's Dr. Simon Wein, MD, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering ...

Read more...

The role of targeted therapy in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is being explored, tested, reported and argued about almost continuously in the medical oncology literature. Rituximab, a highly specific monoclonal antibody that binds to an antigen called CD20 on B-lymphocytes, is commercially available and has been studied extensively. It is quite active against both indolent and aggressive NHL.

Whether rituximab prolongs survival in this disease is still to be determined. ...

Read more...

Most Popular

Join 145,000+ subscribers

Get the best of KevinMD in your inbox

Sign me up! It's free. 
close-link
✓ Join 145,000+ subscribers 
✓ Get KevinMD's 5 most popular stories
Subscribe. It's free.
close-image