New Immunotherapies and Targeted Therapies to Treat Lymphoma

The 2017 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting was held last month in Atlanta, Georgia. This meeting brings together experts from across the globe so they can discuss new advances in the treatment of different types of blood-related diseases including a group of cancers called lymphoma. In this podcast, Michael E. Williams, MD, ScM, highlights some of the research presented at the meeting that may improve the treatment of lymphoma. A study examined whether adding brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris), a targeted therapy, to a chemotherapy combination used to treat Hodgkin…

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How to Get Your Health on Track for 2018

SATURDAY, Jan. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For those still open to adding to their list of New Year’s resolutions, the American Medical Association (AMA) is offering its top 10 healthy suggestions. First, Americans should make an effort to cut back on sugary drinks, medical experts advise. Diabetes screening is also a good proactive step as the new year unfolds. The AMA suggests trying an online tool — a self-screening website — to help you do just that. Go to DoIHavePrediabetes.org. Increasing physical activity is another good idea, based on…

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Best Ways to Quit Smoking, Cut Your Lung Cancer Risk

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — While there is no sure way to avoid lung cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Smoking contributes to 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths, according to the American Lung Association. Men who smoke have a 23 times increased risk of lung cancer. And exposure to secondhand smoke causes approximately 7,330 lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the United States every year. So, if you’ve never smoked, don’t start. If you do smoke, try to quit. Talk…

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4 Things to Ask About Cancer and Hair Loss

Feeling good about yourself during cancer treatment can be challenging, especially as your body goes through physical changes. One of these changes may be losing your hair as a side effect of treatment.  Hair loss, or alopecia, is caused when treatment damages the cells that help hair grow. It is a common side effect of some types of chemotherapy, targeted therapy, radiation therapy, and bone marrow/stem cell transplantation. 1. Who can help me understand my risk for hair loss? Your health care team is there to help explain and manage…

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Chronic Heartburn Tied to Higher Odds for Head, Neck Cancers

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Millions of American seniors suffer the discomfort of chronic acid reflux. Now, new research suggests the condition might raise their odds for even more dangerous foes — head and neck cancers. The research can’t prove cause-and-effect, and the odds of any one person with chronic heartburn developing one of these relatively rare cancers remains low, experts noted. But the study of nearly 28,000 Americans over the age of 65 did show a heightened risk. Overall, a history of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) —…

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