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Dentist Enhances Patient Care With New Cone Beam CT Digital 3-D Radiography

Dentist Enhances Patient Care With New Cone Beam CT Digital 3-D Radiography | Cancer Care and Treatment | Scoop.it

Computer software produces 3-D images, giving dentists an unparalleled view of teeth, cavities, fillings, nerves, root canals, sinuses and bone structure. The high-definition 3-D images clearly show internal structures – even components of the jaws and teeth that are not typically visible in a flat, two-dimensional X-ray.


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This dentist gets it right as he announced the addition of CBCT to his practice. We don't usually cover these announcements as they increase in frequency, but this one sings.

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Life after Cancer: 6 Steps to Reclaiming Your Sexuality Infographic

Life after Cancer: 6 Steps to Reclaiming Your Sexuality Infographic | Cancer Care and Treatment | Scoop.it
Sex after Cancer? An important question that is not often discussed. This infographic explores this all important topic and suggests 6 strategies to reclaim your sexuality.
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Should We Be Thinking Differently About Cancer?

Should We Be Thinking Differently About Cancer? | Cancer Care and Treatment | Scoop.it

After analyzing more than 3,500 tumors using different platforms, scientists propose cancers should be classified by molecular and genetic type instead of tissue of origin.


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Graham Player Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 8, 2014 11:12 AM

Cancer is typically classified according to where the cancerous tissues originated. However new research from the University of California, San Francisco, is proposing cancer should instead be classified according to its genetic and molecular features.

Study author Chris Benz, a professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, CA, points out that this study will improve design of clinical trials by helping to identify patients more likely to respond to new treatments based on the genomic reclassification of their tumors.

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Cancer: Unpronounceable Drugs, Incomprehensible Prices

Cancer: Unpronounceable Drugs, Incomprehensible Prices | Cancer Care and Treatment | Scoop.it
Cancer drug prices keep rising.  The industry says this reflects the rising costs of drug development and the business risks they must take when testing new drugs.  I think they charge what they think they can get away with, which goes up every year. Let’s consider the two arguments, and how [...]

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Graham Player Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 14, 2014 1:39 AM

This report is by Dr. Peter Bach, Director of the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He makes it clear by discussing costs and pricing examples that the cost to patients of a new cancer drug has nothing to do with what it took to bring it to market, it has to do with when it came on the market.  Today’s tolerance for high drug prices is just greater than it was three years ago and much greater than it was a decade ago.

This rapid rise in prices has put cancer drugs near the top of the list of growth categories in healthcare spending.  Nearly $30 billion on cancer drugs last year. The phenomenon has bled into other diseases more recently.  A new drug for cystic fibrosis called Kalydeco costs $26,000 per month.  It needs to be taken for life.

A comment from the WHO regarding the Pharmaceutical Industry is that there is now “an inherent conflict of interest between the legitimate business goals of manufacturers and the social, medical and economic needs of providers and the public to select and use drugs in the most rational way”.

This is particularly true where drugs companies are the main source of information as to which products are most effective. In the United Kingdom, where the medical profession receives more independent, publicly-funded information than in many other countries, promotional spending by pharmaceuticals companies is 50 times greater than spending on public information on health.

In an attempt to address this problem, the World Health Assembly adopted, in 1988, the WHO Ethical Criteria for Medicinal Drug Promotion, dedicated to the rational use of drugs. However, many observers complain that these guidelines have been largely disregarded - as has the voluntary Code of Pharmaceutical Practices developed by the industry's own International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Associations (PharMA).

There is no doubt that the for-profit health industry, and prescription drugs are big business. Prescription drug pricing in the United States is unregulated, which means that the Pharma companies can charge whatever they want for prescription drugs. In 2012, the top 11 global drug companies made nearly $85 billion in net profits.

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Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence Infographic

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Breast cancer survival rates are improving. Many women live long and productive lives after treatment. However, in a minority of cases breast cancer does return.
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Breast Cancer Early Detection Infographic

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Detecting breast cancer early is critical for successful treatment. Here are seven practical tips you should consider about early breast cancer detection.

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Kidney Cancer

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The kidneys are a pair of organs on either side of the spine in the lower abdomen. Each kidney is about the size of a fist. Attached to the top of each kidney is an adrenal gland. A mass of fatty t...
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Radiation Therapy and You - National Cancer Institute

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Information about what to expect during radiation therapy, including the general effects of treatment and how to deal with specific side effects.
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Managing Emotions and Health

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Cancer survivors usually go through an emotional overhaul. It is very important to help them to have better control over their feelings and emotions. What is normal and what is not, is a big questi...
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The 24 Best Breast Cancer Health Blogs of 2013

The 24 Best Breast Cancer Health Blogs of 2013 | Cancer Care and Treatment | Scoop.it
Many passionate bloggers focus on the topic of breast cancer, and you can learn from them. Read on for the 24 Best Breast Cancer Health Blogs of 2013.
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Cancers Could Be Treated with Red Wine, Grape Skin Compound

Cancers Could Be Treated with Red Wine, Grape Skin Compound | Cancer Care and Treatment | Scoop.it
A new US study has found that resveratrol, a compound that exists in grape skin and red wine, could aid in the treatment of several cancers.
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Is Breast Cancer Screening Good or Bad? | Health Tips

Is Breast Cancer Screening Good or Bad? | Health Tips | Cancer Care and Treatment | Scoop.it
Cancer is a life-threatening disease. The diagnosis of something so serious as breast cancer can have a severe impact on the patient. The disease is definitely harmful, but the awareness that you have cancer in your body can be equally damaging.
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Can Womb Cancer be Related to Lifestyle?

Can Womb Cancer be Related to Lifestyle? | Cancer Care and Treatment | Scoop.it
Since the beginning of this century, the number of deaths caused by womb cancer every year has gone up by a whopping 400, as reported by Cancer Research,UK
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Oral Hygiene for Kids Infographic - Rainbow Dental Practice

Oral Hygiene for Kids Infographic - Rainbow Dental Practice | Cancer Care and Treatment | Scoop.it
Nothing is as special as your child’s happy, healthy smile. Learn how you can care for your child’s teeth. When will the baby’s teeth come in? Most children’s baby teeth — also known as primary teeth, deciduous teeth, or milk teeth — emerge in a certain order. Here’s what you’re likely to see as your …
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Body-mass index and risk of 22 specific cancers: a population-based cohort study of 5·24 million UK adults : The Lancet

Body-mass index and risk of 22 specific cancers: a population-based cohort study of 5·24 million UK adults. By - Dr Krishnan Bhaskaran PhD, Ian Douglas PhD, Harriet Forbes MSc, Prof Isabel dos-Sant...

 

Findings5·24 million individuals were included; 166 955 developed cancers of interest. BMI was associated with 17 of 22 cancers, but effects varied substantially by site. Each 5 kg/m2 increase in BMI was roughly linearly associated with cancers of the uterus (hazard ratio [HR] 1·62, 99% CI 1·56—1·69; p<0·0001), gallbladder (1·31, 1·12—1·52; p<0·0001), kidney (1·25, 1·17—1·33; p<0·0001), cervix (1·10, 1·03—1·17; p=0·00035), thyroid (1·09, 1·00—1·19; p=0·0088), and leukaemia (1·09, 1·05—1·13; p≤0·0001). BMI was positively associated with liver (1·19, 1·12—1·27), colon (1·10, 1·07—1·13), ovarian (1·09, 1.04—1.14), and postmenopausal breast cancers (1·05, 1·03—1·07) overall (all p<0·0001), but these effects varied by underlying BMI or individual-level characteristics. We estimated inverse associations with prostate and premenopausal breast cancer risk, both overall (prostate 0·98, 0·95—1·00; premenopausal breast cancer 0·89, 0·86—0·92) and in never-smokers (prostate 0·96, 0·93—0·99; premenopausal breast cancer 0·89, 0·85—0·94). By contrast, for lung and oral cavity cancer, we observed no association in never smokers (lung 0·99, 0·93—1·05; oral cavity 1·07, 0·91—1·26): inverse associations overall were driven by current smokers and ex-smokers, probably because of residual confounding by smoking amount. Assuming causality, 41% of uterine and 10% or more of gallbladder, kidney, liver, and colon cancers could be attributable to excess weight. We estimated that a 1 kg/m2 population-wide increase in BMI would result in 3790 additional annual UK patients developing one of the ten cancers positively associated with BMI.InterpretationBMI is associated with cancer risk, with substantial population-level effects. The heterogeneity in the effects suggests that different mechanisms are associated with different cancer sites and different patient subgroups.


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Krishan Maggon 's curator insight, August 13, 2014 8:31 PM

Obesity in the UK increases the risk of developing 10 common cancers by 60% and adds 12000 new cancer cases each year.

 

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The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 14 August 2014doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60892-8Cite or Link Using DOIThis article can be found in the following collections: Nutrition & Metabolism (Obesity); Oncology (Cancer epidemiology & prevention & control, Oncology-other) Copyright © 2014 Bhaskaran et al. Open Access article distributed under the terms of CC BY Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.Body-mass index and risk of 22 specific cancers: a population-based cohort study of 5·24 million UK adultsDr Krishnan Bhaskaran PhD a , Ian Douglas PhD a, Harriet Forbes MSc a, Prof Isabel dos-Santos-Silva PhD a, Prof David A LeonPhD a, Prof Liam Smeeth PhD a b
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Breast Cancer Risk Lower for Women Who Consistently Exercise

Breast Cancer Risk Lower for Women Who Consistently Exercise | Cancer Care and Treatment | Scoop.it
Just 30 minutes walking per day can cut the risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women, researchers have said, but only if you keep it up long-term

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Graham Player Ph.D.'s curator insight, August 11, 2014 11:11 AM

Women who exercise are less likely to develop breast cancer. A study of nearly 60,000 women found those who had exercised for the equivalent of 4-hours a week were 10% less likely to develop breast cancer than those who were sedentary. However the effect was only found in women who exercised consistently over four years.

Women who had been active and had stopped more than 5-years ago, were more than 16% likely to develop cancer than those who continued.

The findings were not affected by the women's weight or waist circumference showing that the benefits came from being active, not from losing weight.

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2014 Cancer Statistics Report Infographics

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Despite continuing breakthroughs cancer remains a major health problem. One in four people in the United States will die of cancer. This infographic is an overview of cancer incidence, mortality, survival rates, and trends. It includes the number of cancer cases and deaths in the United States in 2014.

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http://www.empowereddoctor.com/2014-cancer-statistics-report

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Infographic: 10 Reasons To Seek a 2nd Opinion for Cancer Treatment

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Cancer is a challenging diagnosis. Suddenly a patient and their family are confronted with a vast amount of information and the need to make many critical choices
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Infographic on Natural Sleep Techniques to Help Cancer Patents

Infographic on Natural Sleep Techniques to Help Cancer Patents | Cancer Care and Treatment | Scoop.it

A new report released by researchers at Penn Medicine shows that you may find relief with simple behavioral therapies - without the use of any additional pharmaceuticals.

 

 

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Infections after Cancer Treatment

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Having cancer and undergoing cancer treatment can weaken the immune system. This, in turn, makes the body more vulnerable to pick up infections or develop fever or flu frequently. There are differe...
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Eliminating A Health Care Provider

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It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see...Henry David Thoreau. As you've heard me state many times before here on 'The Purple Jacket," one of the most important roles that  a Care...
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Future of Cancer Treatment and Medicine

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The future of cancer treatment is still in the dark as there is no sure-shot drug, therapy or medicine that could kill the disease. However, there are medicines and hope to increase lifespan and im...
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Proton Therapy

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Future course of treatment for cancer Proton therapy, also known as proton beam therapy, is a typical radiation treatment done with the help of protons instead of x-ray, for treating cancer. A prot...
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Understanding the Role of Marijuana in Cancer Treatment - 2000 Calories Diet Plan

There has been an endless discussion in the international media regarding the medical use of marijuana, which is otherwise also known as pot, grass, cannabis and ganja.
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Breast Cancer Gene that you were Unaware About

Breast Cancer Gene that you were Unaware About | Cancer Care and Treatment | Scoop.it
The world was taken by a surprise when the leading Hollywood actress, mother of six, and humanitarian, Angelina Jolie, announced that she underwent a preventive mastectomy as her only resort to red...
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