Month: April 2012

Article: Ultrasound-Guided Breast-Conserving Surgery May Reduce Need for Further Surgeries

A new study shows using ultrasound to guide the surgical removal of tumors from women with palpable breast cancer is significantly better than the standard approach in ensuring that all cancerous tissue is removed while minimizing the removal of healthy tissue.

Dr. Krekel and her colleagues randomly assigned 124 patients with palpable early-stage breast cancer to either ultrasound-guided surgery or palpation-guided surgery. They found that only 3.3 percent of the margins in the ultrasound-guided surgery group contained cancer cells, compared with 16.4 percent in the palpation-guided surgery group. They also found that less healthy tissue was removed in the ultrasound-guided surgery group.

“If we get the same results in the United States, and these results can be incorporated into community practice, it will spare many women unnecessary re-excision surgery,” said Dr. Jo Anne Zujewski, head of Breast Cancer Therapeutics in NCI’s Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis.

Read full article here.

Article: Colorectal Cancer Screening

Colorectal Cancer; 1 in 3 adults are not being screened.

Colorectal cancer is the #2 cancer killer in the US among cancers that affect both men and women. But it doesn’t have to be. Screening can find precancerous polyps (abnormal growths) so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Between 2003 and 2007, approximately 66,000 colorectal cancer cases were prevented and 32,000 lives were saved compared to 2002. Half of these prevented cases and deaths were due to screening.

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Article: Drawbacks of Adding MRI to Mammography Plus Ultrasound May Outweigh Benefits

Adding ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to annual screening mammograms for women with an increased risk of breast cancer and dense breast tissue detects more new breast cancers than mammography alone but also results in more false-positive findings, according to results of a multicenter clinical trial.

Researchers found that adding ultrasound to mammography increased breast cancer detection by an average of 3.7 cases per 1,000 women screened after the second and third rounds of annual screening. The majority of cancers detected only by ultrasound were node-negative invasive cancers. Until now, it had been unclear whether continuing annual ultrasound screening would detect more cancers.

Although MRI was better at detecting cancer than mammography plus ultrasound, women found it less tolerable. “Despite its higher sensitivity, the addition of screening MRI rather than ultrasound to mammography in broader populations of women at intermediate risk with dense breasts may not be appropriate, particularly when the current high false-positive rates, cost, and reduced tolerability of MRI are considered,” the authors concluded.

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Article: Targeted Drug Shows Promise in Common Form of Lymphoma

Preliminary results from two early-phase clinical trials suggest that the investigational drug ibrutinib may benefit some patients with an aggressive type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The treatment was well tolerated, with only minor side effects.

Two patients in the phase I trial had a complete response, one had a partial response, and a fourth patient who had not responded to any prior treatment had substantial tumor regression and a major improvement in his symptoms. One patient with a complete response continues to take the oral therapy daily and has shown no signs of disease for 16 months, Dr. Staudt stated. And the patient whose disease stabilized had enough tumor shrinkage to qualify for an allogeneic bone marrow transplant and is now in complete remission.

Drs. Staudt and Wilson are continuing their work with ibrutinib. “We’re already discussing strategies for the next trials,” Dr. Wilson said.

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Article: Breast Cancer and Obesity

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute study finds overweight and obese women at greater risk of breast cancer recurrence

Women who are overweight or obese when they are diagnosed with breast cancer are at higher risk of cancer recurrence or related death than are leaner women, according to a new study.

“Several other studies have shown that being overweight or obese at the time that a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer is linked to a higher risk of recurrence. However, questions have been raised in the past whether obese women were receiving relatively lower doses of chemotherapy due to their weight. Our study mandated that each patient received a chemotherapy dose adjusted to her weight, so these results suggest that treatment factors are not responsible for the differences in recurrence rates seen in heavier women,” Dr. Ligibel said.

Although the link between obesity and the development of breast cancer is well known, there has been less research to date looking at its effect on cancer recurrence and survival.

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Program Event: What Did You Say? Chemotherapy and Your Ability to Hear

On Thursday, May 10, we will host “What Did You Say? Chemotherapy and Your Ability to Hear,” presented by Nora Stewart, MAFAAA, from HearCare Connection. This program will explore topics including prevalence of hearing loss with certain chemotherapy drugs, importance of monitoring hearing ability during chemotherapy treatments, and effects of untreated hearing loss. Hearing screenings will be available after the presentation.

When: Thursday, May 10, 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana
Healing Arts Center
6316 Mutual Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

For reservations call 260-484-9560 or toll free 866-484-9560

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Article: New Pancreas Cancer Treatments

Hutchinson Center scientists break through pancreas cancer treatment barrier

Pancreas cancer tumors spread quickly and are notoriously resistant to treatment, making them among the deadliest of malignancies. Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found a way to break through that defense, and their research represents a potential breakthrough in the treatment of pancreas cancer.

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Free Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Program

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is partnering with us to present Dr. David Zimmerman of Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology as he explores Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Dr. Zimmerman will discuss the subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and the most recent treatment updates.

Register today for this free program and complimentary dinner by Thursday, April 26!

When: Tuesday, May 1, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Healing Arts Center
Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana
6316 Mutual Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

For registration information please contact Claire Kammen at (800) 846-7764 ext. 217 or .

Touch, Caring & Cancer- massage training

We will host licensed massage instructor Lori Schlatter on Saturday, April 28, for Touch Caring and Cancer, a program that teaches participants simple massage techniques to help those with cancer in their lives. The session is $25 per participant- cancer patient or survivor. Bring a caregiver to the training free of charge.

This is a chance to practice touch techniques with an instructor nearby. Previous participants have said:

  • Great course…enjoyable, informative and helpful.
  • I feel more confident in helping my wife feel better.
  • We love it so much! It has drawn us closer.
  • We enjoy coming in for massage, but now we can actually do massage ourselves.
  • We hold hands more; we even talk a little more.

When: Saturday, April 28, 2012, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Where: Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, Healing Arts Center, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825

For reservations call 260-484-9560 or toll free 866-484-9560