Research on Quality of Life for Cancer Survivors

The 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium: Advancing Care and Research is being held February 16 and 17 in Orlando, FL. This collaborative meeting is designed to help health professionals working in the cancer care system understand the needs of survivors and to help develop models of care to support them. In this podcast, Timothy Gilligan, MD, FASCO, discusses some of the research that will be presented at this symposium. Here are some of the quality-of-life topics that Dr. Gilligan covers: Financial hardship affects many cancer survivors physically and emotionally [2:05]. Transitioning…

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Dad Can Pass on Ovarian Cancer Genes, Too

FRIDAY, Feb. 16, 2018 (HealthDay News) — A gene mutation that’s passed down from a father is associated with earlier onset of ovarian cancer in daughters and prostate cancer in the father and his sons, a new study suggests. Previous research had shown that sisters of women with ovarian cancer have a higher risk for the disease than their mother, but the reasons for this were unclear. “Our study may explain why we find families with multiple affected daughters: Because a dad’s chromosomes determine the sex of his children, all…

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Biosimilars and Cancer Care: An Expert Opinion

Biologic treatments for cancer, such as immunotherapy, are a growing field of drug research and development. These new treatments have had a remarkable effect on the lives of people with cancer, but they often come with high price tags. As the number of available medications has grown, so too has the desire to develop biologically similar drugs, called “biosimilars.” You may be familiar with generic drugs, which are identical copies of brand-name drugs and are often much cheaper. However, the manufacturing process for biologic treatments is so complex that it…

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It May Be Winter, But Keep That Sunscreen Handy

SATURDAY, Feb. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Just because it’s not summer doesn’t mean you’re safe from sun-related skin damage. “The highest level of concern is usually during the summer months, but sun damage can occur year-round, even on cloudy or rainy days,” said dermatologist Dr. Sarah Taylor, an assistant professor at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. “In fact, many people don’t realize that you also get sun exposure through windows at the office, at home or in cars,” she said in a hospital news release. That’s…

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How Mindfulness Helped Me Cope With Cancer

Valérie Tettinek worked at a senior executive level for major corporations for nearly 2 decades. Now she specializes in consulting, training, and coaching, particularly in making positive changes in health care and cancer care. I was 34 years old when I was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma and told that I had 6 months to live. That was 7 years ago. I was an executive at a global aeronautics corporation at the time. When I heard I had cancer, a huge rush of emotions overwhelmed and intimidated me. I have a…

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