Oral Contraceptives Reduce Risk for Ovarian and Endometrial Cancers

CancerConnect News: The long-term use of oral contraceptives reduces the risk for developing ovarian and endometrial cancers.  The effect is especially evident in smokers, women who are overweight and those who exercise infrequently, according to the results of a new study published in JAMA Oncology. Earlier studies have demonstrated an association of previous oral contraceptive […]

Five Common Sign & Symptoms of Breast Cancer

CancerConnect News: Breast cancer is a cancer that originates in the area of the breast, where cells replicate too quickly, causing a tumor. Breast cancer is most common in women, but I can also occur in men. Breast cancer is caused by an abnormality that is genetic, but only a very low percentage of such […]

Breast Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease – What You Need to Know!

What should women know about the association between therapies for breast cancer heart disease? Breast cancer therapies, such as chemotherapy and radiation, may damage the heart. Women who are currently being treated for breast cancer or who have been treated for breast cancer in the past should talk to their healthcare team about reducing the […]

Diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma: 10 Tips on How to Get The Most From Your Doctor

1) Choose Your Doctor Carefully Hematologists and oncologists are the primary doctors involved with multiple myeloma and often work in collaboration with stem cell transplant physicians. Pick your primary hematologist/oncologist carefully, rely on people you trust including nurses and other health care professionals who make help with recommendations.  Make sure your doctor is someone you […]

Breast Cancer Treatments May Increase Risk of Heart Disease

American Heart Association Scientific Statement Statement Highlights: Some breast cancer therapies can damage the heart and healthcare providers should carefully monitor breast cancer treatment effects on the heart. Breast cancer survivors, especially older women, are more likely to die from cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure rather than breast cancer. Breast cancer patients may be […]

E-cigarettes May Help Adults Switch From Cigarettes but Encourage Smoking in Teens

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS CancerConnect News: E-cigarettes can be highly addictive, and kids who use them are more likely to start smoking regular cigarettes, concluded a panel of public health experts. A report released this week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is one of the most comprehensive evaluations of existing […]

What Causes Upper Back Pain and What to do About it

Spine Community News: With low back pain afflicting 8 of 10 Americans at some point in their lives, some of us might not even know what causes its kissing cousin – upper back pain. But this equally vexing condition stems from a variety of causes that can be effectively targeted by a bevy of treatment […]

Keytruda Significantly Improved Recurrence-Free Survival in Patients with Stage 3 Melanoma

CancerConnect News:  The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), today announced that the phase 3 EORTC1325/KEYNOTE-054 trial investigating Keytruda (pembrolizumab), an anti-PD-1 precision immunotherapy for surgically resected high-risk melanoma, met the primary endpoint of improving recurrence-free survival. Adjuvant Therapy in Melanoma Melanoma is separated into five staging categories (stages 0-4).  Stage III […]

Ask The Expert About Ankylosing Spondylitis Back Pain and other Inflammatory/Arthritic Conditions of The Spine

TheSpineCommunity Presents: Ask the Expert Series with Dr. David Borenstein TheSpineCommunity Presents: Ask the Expert Series David G. Borenstein, MD will be answering questions in TheSpineCommunity on ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and back pain the week of January 15th.   TheSpineCommunity is an online resource center and support community for individuals affected with ankylosing spondylitis and other […]

Osteoporosis: What You Need to Know About Current Treatment Guidelines

TheSpineCommunity NEWS: Osteoporosis (OP) is a serious illness associated with significant disability and possible mortality.  The illness is underdiagnosed in both women and men.  When a fracture is identified only a minority of patients receive appropriate therapy to prevent the next fracture. The American College of Physicians (ACP) published a guideline in 2017 highlighting 6 […]

Winter and Back Pain – What You Need to Know!

TheSpineCommunity NEWS:  As I watched the snow falling at my front door, I knew that shoveling was in my future. I had done this task countless times since we lived in Maryland, and knew that I would have to gather up my ski pants and long underwear to be warm enough to do the task […]

New Shingles Vaccine Available for at Risk Individuals in the US

R&AConnection News: GlaxoSmithKline has won U.S. approval for a new and improved shingles vaccine that will be marketed as Shingrix.  According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the Shingrix vaccine has proved significantly better than the existing Zostavax vaccine in clinical trials. The FDA approved Shingrix, which is given in two doses, […]

Oral Contraceptive Use Still Linked to Breast Cancer

Women who rely on birth control pills or contraceptive devices that release hormones face a small but significant increase in the risk for breast cancer, according to a large study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.1 This study is the first to examine the risks associated with current formulations of birth control pills […]

Ask The Expert – The Role of Immunotherapy in the Treatment of Advanced Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

Dr. David Jackman MD is the medical director of clinical pathways and an expert in thoracic oncology at the Harvard-Dana Farber Cancer Institute. What are the main treatment options for advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)? I put treatment options for advanced NSCLC into 3 main categories… Targeted Therapy – we test lung cancer for […]