How to Safely Handle and Dispose Medication

During and after cancer treatment, you may have medication to take at home. This may include chemotherapy in a form such as a pill that is taken by mouth, called oral chemotherapy.  There may also be medicine for symptoms and side effects, such as opioid pain medication. It is important for you and your family caregivers to know the safest ways to store and dispose of specific types of medication. In this podcast, Paul Celano, MD, talks about topics related to patient safety as well as how to dispose of…

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Generic Drugs Don’t Always Push Prices Down

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Generic drugs tend to trigger big drops in the cost of their expensive, brand-name counterparts, but that has not been the case with the cancer drug commonly known as Gleevec (imatinib). There’s been only a small drop in the price of imatinib since a generic version was introduced to compete with Gleevec, a new study finds. Gleevec is used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia. It cost nearly $4,000 a bottle when it became available in 2001, and the price rose to $10,000 a…

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Breast Cancer Prognosis May Be Worse If Diagnosis Follows ‘Negative’ Mammogram

THURSDAY, May 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — About 15 percent of breast cancers are diagnosed in the interval between regularly scheduled mammograms, where the last mammogram showed no signs of a cancer. Now, new research suggests that these “interval cancers” may have a worse prognosis, especially for younger women. The take-home message is “that we need to identify patients at risk for an interval cancer and possibly screen them more frequently,” said Dr. Alice Police, who helps direct breast surgery at Northwell Health Cancer Institute in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. She…

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How to Honor Your Loved One Through Cancer Advocacy

Voices on Cancer is an award-winning Cancer.Net Blog series where advocates share their stories and the lessons they have learned about being a cancer advocate. Valerie Guild is President of AIM at Melanoma, an international melanoma foundation engaged and invested in advancing melanoma care through innovative research, legislative reform, education, and patient and caregiver support. Valerie began working in melanoma advocacy in 2003 after the death of her daughter, Charlie, at the age of 26, from melanoma.             My advocacy story In 2003, my daughter, Charlie, lived and worked in San Francisco, packing…

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Heavy Alcohol Use Increases Cancer Risk

(HealthDay News) — Heavy drinking increases your risk of developing cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, liver, colon and breast, the American Cancer Society says. The society says alcohol abuse may: Damage body tissues. Help toxic chemicals, such as those in tobacco smoke, trigger bodily harm. Limit the body’s absorption of key nutrients. Raise levels of estrogen, which could raise a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. Increase the likelihood of weight gain. Copyright © 2018 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

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