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leuprolide (Lupron, Eligard)

leuprolide (Lupron, Eligard)

What is leuprolide, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Leuprolide is an injectable, man-made hormone that is used for treating prostate cancer, endometriosis, central precocious puberty (early onset of puberty), and fibroids. It is similar to but stronger than human gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH). GnRH is made in the hypothalamus (a part of […]

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Scientists Spot Clues to Predicting Breast Cancer’s Return

Scientists Spot Clues to Predicting Breast Cancer’s Return

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Cancer News WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Figuring out which breast cancer patients will live disease-free after treatment is a bit of a guessing game. But new research indicates breast cancer cells hold molecular clues that may allow doctors to predict who is at high risk of having […]

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AI Takes Aim at Lung Cancer Screening

AI Takes Aim at Lung Cancer Screening

Latest Cancer News WEDNESDAY, March 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The term artificial intelligence (AI) might bring to mind robots or self-driving cars. But one group of researchers is using a type of AI to improve lung cancer screening. Screening is important for early diagnosis and improved survival odds, but the current lung cancer screening […]

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octreotide (Sandostatin)

octreotide (Sandostatin)

What is octreotide injection, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Octreotide acetate is an injectable medicine that is very similar to the hormone somatostatin, which is naturally produced in the body that has several effects including inhibition of the release of hormones. Octreotide works in a similar fashion as somatostatin, but is degraded […]

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FDA Approves 1st Immunotherapy Drug for Breast Cancer

FDA Approves 1st Immunotherapy Drug for Breast Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given its blessing to the first immunotherapy regimen for breast cancer. Latest Cancer News The combination of immunotherapy (Tecentriq) and chemotherapy (Abraxane) was given accelerated approval for triple-negative breast cancer that is locally advanced or has spread, cannot be surgically removed, and has cells that have a protein […]

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Cancer: Does mental health influence a person’s outlook?

Cancer: Does mental health influence a person’s outlook?

New research that now appears in the British Journal of Cancer suggests that a person’s history of mental health issues may raise their risk of dying from cancer following diagnosis. Mental health can play a key role in the outlook of someone who has just received a cancer diagnosis. Though the cancer mortality rates in […]

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‘Jeopardy’ Host Alex Trebek Reveals He Has Pancreatic Cancer

‘Jeopardy’ Host Alex Trebek Reveals He Has Pancreatic Cancer

By E.J. MundellHealthDay Reporter Latest Cancer News THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In a special announcement aired Wednesday on the “Jeopardy” YouTube channel, long-time host Alex Trebek announced he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but intends to “fight” the disease. Trebek, 78, said he was concerned about the media reporting his condition inaccurately, […]

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Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic Cancer

What tests do doctors use to diagnose pancreatic cancer? Most people do not need to be screened for pancreatic cancer, and the tests available for screening frequently are complex, risky, expensive, or insensitive in the early phases of the cancer. Those who may qualify usually have a set of factors that increase the risk for […]

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Low-Dose Aspirin Doesn’t Prolong Survival in Prostate Cancer

Low-Dose Aspirin Doesn’t Prolong Survival in Prostate Cancer

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Cancer News TUESDAY, March 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Will an aspirin a day keep prostate cancer at bay? Not necessarily, according to new research. Danish scientists say low-dose aspirin doesn’t seem to reduce a man’s risk of death from prostate cancer, but it may slow down the disease in […]

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Pancreatic cancer: Two-hit treatment approach shows promise

Pancreatic cancer: Two-hit treatment approach shows promise

It may be feasible to treat pancreatic cancer by using one drug to get the cancer cells to depend on a single source of energy, and another drug to take it away from them. Using two types of drugs at once may combat hard-to-treat pancreatic cancer. The approach looks promising after a recent study successfully […]