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Planning Ahead With an Advance Directive

Planning ahead with an advance directive is crucial Dealing with a life-changing diagnosis such as cancer makes having an advance directive to outline treatment even more important. Monoclonal antibody drugs for cancer: How they work Get the facts on how monoclonal antibodies are being used in cancer treatment. Managing chemotherapy [...]

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Chemo after Radiation Therapy Improves Brain Cancer Survival

A clinical trial co-led by researchers at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and Wake Forest School of Medicine has found that adding chemotherapy following radiation treatment improves survival for adults with low-grade gliomas by approximately five-and- a-half years. Results of the clinical trial were made public today by the National Cancer Institute. Gliomas are tumors [...]

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Cancer Patients May Not be Getting Adequate Care for Debilitating Fatigue, Mayo Clinic Finds

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Many people who have been through cancer and its treatment have trouble with their recovery because of severe, debilitating fatigue that can last for months or even years. But even though a variety of treatments exist for cancer-related fatigue, few doctors are recommending them to patients, according [...]

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Mayo Clinic in Arizona is the First in the Southwest to Offer New Treatment for Recurrent Glioblastoma Brain Tumors

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Mayo Clinic in Arizona is the first and only clinical center in the Southwest to offer a new treatment that disrupts the growth of recurrent glioblastoma brain tumors. The new treatment features the NovoTTF-100A System, a portable, noninvasive medical device that affixes to a patient's head and [...]

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Molecule Thought Cancer Foe Actually Helps Thyroid Tumors Grow

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — June 20, 2012.  A molecule widely believed to fight many forms of cancer actually helps deadly thyroid tumors grow, and cancer therapies now being tested in humans might boost the activity of this newly revealed bad guy, researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida say. Their findings are [...]

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Four-Drug Mix Treats Multiple Myeloma With Fewer Side Effects, Mayo Clinic-Led Study Finds

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — June 4, 2012.  A four-drug combination of chemotherapy drugs scored high marks as a highly effective treatment for patients newly diagnosed with the blood cancer multiple myeloma, according to results from a Mayo Clinic-led study. The multidrug regimen, called CYCLONE (comprised of Cyclophosphamide, Carfilzomib, Thalidomide and Dexamethasone), [...]

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A Nurse Practitioner-Driven Palliative Care Intervention Improves Cancer Patients' Quality of Life, Mayo Clinic Study Says

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — May 18, 2012.  Recent studies have shown that palliative care interventions aimed at addressing patients' emotional, spiritual and social needs have a significant impact on cancer patients' quality of life and may even improve cancer patients' overall survival. Despite this, most cancer patients being cared for in [...]

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Mayo Clinic Study Identifies Optimal Gene Targets for New Colon Cancer Test

ROCHESTER, Minn. — April 2, 2012.  A study presented today by Mayo Clinic researchers at the American Association for Cancer Research(AACR) Annual Meeting 2012 in Chicago identified two genes that are optimal targets to be analyzed in a new noninvasive test for colorectal cancer developed by Mayo Clinic, in collaboration [...]

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Rhabdomyosarcoma

Dr. Carola Arndt, a Mayo Clinic oncologist, discusses symptoms, evaluation & diagnoses, and finally treatment of Rhabdomyosarcoma in pediatric patients. Dr. Arndt also discusses Mayo Clinic's involvement in the Children's Oncology Group which studies cancer in children. Through the Children's Oncology Group, Mayo Clinic has access to a number of [...]

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Researchers Say Drug Shows Dramatic Results in Fight Against Some Thyroid Cancers

A medication that helps stop the growth of new blood vessels has produced dramatic benefits for some patients with aggressive thyroid cancer, research from Mayo Clinic indicates. At the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Mayo investigators report that cancer in about two-thirds of 37 patients [...]

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Study May Help Cool Hot Flashes

A pill used for nerve pain offers women relief from hot flashes, Mayo Clinic researchers report at the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). They say the agent, pregabalin, decreased hot flash severity and frequency about 20 percent more than did a placebo agent. Thus, [...]

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Pediatric Brain Tumor Research

Dr. Cynthia Wetmore, a Mayo Clinic pediatric oncologist discusses her research at regarding pediatric brain tumors. Each year in the United States, about 2,000 children under 16 are diagnosed with a brain tumor. Brain tumors are the most common type of solid tumor and second most common type of cancer (after [...]

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Weight Study and Risk for Pancreatic Cancer

Robert McWilliams, M.D., a Mayo Clinic medical oncologist and Gloria Petersen, PhD, a Mayo Clinic epidemiologist, published an editorial in the June 24 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The editorial commented on a study published in the same issue conducted by Donghui Li, PhD, University of [...]

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Researchers Find Race Has Role in Incidence, Survival of Rare Brain Tumor

The incidence of a rare and deadly tumor called primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) is two times higher in black Americans, ages 20 to 49, than in white Americans, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the June issue of Journal of Neuro-Oncology. In patients older than 49, [...]

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Understanding Prostate Cancer

In this video, Dr. Winston Tan, an oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Florida, provides an overview of the prostate gland, cancer risk factors, screening, diagnosis and treatment options and why Mayo Clinic should be considered as a treatment destination for this disease. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA850b8s40c]

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Brain Tumor Diagnosis and Treatment

Dr. Joon Uhm, a Mayo Clinic neuro-oncologist and brain tumor specialist, describes symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors, as well as hopeful research and what's special about Mayo Clinic's team approach to patient care.

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Breast Cancer and Fitness

Paying attention to nutrition and maintaining a healthy body weight can be advantageous to breast cancer survivors in reducing their risk of cancer in the future. This advice comes from Donald W. Northfelt, M.D., Hematology/Oncology, and Associate Medical Director of the Breast Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. In the [...]

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Dr. Timothy Moynihan on Cancer

This Mayo Clinic Medical Edge Weekend features Mayo Clinic oncologist, Dr. Timothy Moynihan talking about cancer. Medical Edge Weekend 9-26-09

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Sisters Have Same Breast Cancer Risk But Made Different Decisions (pkg)

The risk most women have of getting breast cancer in their lifetime is 12 percent. But if a woman tests positive for one of two known breast cancer genes, that risk shoots up to as high as 80 percent. The sisters in this story both tested positive for a [...]

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Drug Fails to Reduce Diarrhea in Patients Receiving Radiation Therapy

Sulfasalazine, a drug commonly prescribed to reduce diarrhea in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, does not reduce diarrhea in patients receiving radiation therapy for cancers in the pelvic area. The Mayo Clinic-led study also found that the medication may be associated with a higher risk of diarrhea than a placebo when [...]

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