Cancer Today Staff

Can Molecular Analysis be Tapped to Tackle Brain Cancer?

Compared to treatment advances for other types of cancer, progress in treating brain cancer has been frustratingly slow. Still, understanding the molecular changes that drive brain cancer remains “potentially transformative,” says Paul Mischel, a cancer biologist and neuropathologist at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in San Diego.

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Broadening Clinical Trial Participation

Patient enrollment in clinical trials has long been on the minds of oncologists and researchers. In 1990, fewer than 3 percent of patients were enrolled in clinical trials—which spurred then president-elect of the American Cancer Society, Walter Lawrence Jr., MD, to write an editorial calling for more concerted efforts. More than 25 years later, clinical trial participation hovers around 5 percent.

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Palliative Care: Putting a Cloak on Cancer

Hospice care and palliative care share similar goals in providing relief of pain and other symptoms, but they remain distinct: For cancer patients, hospice care can aid the terminally ill who have no treatment options, but palliative care can potentially improve quality of life for anyone with the disease, beginning at diagnosis.

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New Guidelines Suggest Individualized Approach to Prostate Cancer Screening

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released draft recommendations April 11 suggesting that doctors inform men ages 55 to 69 of the potential benefits and harms of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood testing to screen for prostate cancer. The draft says the decision to be screened is an individual one that should be made after consulting with a physician.

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