More Good News on Melanoma Drug

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Researchers from the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and other institutions reported more data today on studies of a new melanoma drug that target products of a cancer-causing mutation in the BRAF gene. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, tracked patients with metastatic melanoma who have been followed for more than a year(...)

Engineering Cures

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I entered uncharted territory when I began the feature story for the latest issue of the Kimmel Cancer Center's magazine Promise & Progress.  I was unaware that Johns Hopkins engineers had joined our cancer experts in the fight against cancer and equally unaware of the great body of work that was coming from this new(...)

Formerly “Ask a Nurse Practitioner about Pancreatic Cancer Symptoms, Problems, and Concerns”

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This web page was part of a research study to assess the effectiveness of online support, nurse practitioner Marian Grant, who answered questions on symptoms, treatments and support for pancreatic cancer patients.  This page is now closed to questions/comments, but for a list of previously answered questions by Marian Grant, go to the comments section(...)

5 Ways to Beat Fatigue During Chemotherapy

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Fatigue during cancer treatment can be tough to manage.  While ranging from mild to extreme, for some there’s no tired like “chemo tired.”  Many patients describe it as feeling weak, weary, worn out, heavy or slow and it can be difficult for friends, family or co-workers to understand. No one wants to drag through the(...)

Amy’s Diary

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As oncologists, we encourage our patients to seek support wherever they can find it - family, friends, religious organizations, community groups... In the last decade or so, thanks to people like Amy Ohm, opportunities for support have begun to emerge on the Web. Several years ago, after Amy was diagnosed with melanoma, she looked online(...)

Lung Cancer: Still the Top Cancer Killer

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Recent news of the full results of the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) published in the New England Journal of Medicine underscores the heavy toll that lung cancer takes on many lives.  It's still the deadliest of all cancers.  For Phyllis Curtis, who had enrolled in the trial at Johns Hopkins, the trial and screening(...)

Avastin: Good Drug, Bad Decision?

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Recent news that the FDA will not approve the use of the drug Avastin for breast cancer has many patients who have benefitted questioning why.  Kimmel Cancer Center director William Nelson believes it is a perfect example of why personalized cancer medicine—getting the right drugs to the right patients—is so important. “Often in trials, drugs(...)

4 Tips to Reduce Hair Loss

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Some types of chemotherapy damage cells that cause hair growth. For some patients, losing their hair is one of the most emotional and upsetting parts of undergoing treatment. The good news is that hair almost always grows back 2 to 3 months after chemo is over. Since it usually takes about one or two weeks(...)

9 Tips for Managing Nausea

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Nausea and vomiting can occur while getting chemotherapy, right after, or many hours or days later.  You’ll most likely feel better on the days you are not receiving chemo.  Here are 9 tips for managing your nausea: 1. Use a journal to record what causes your vomiting and nausea. Discuss this with your doctor or nurse.(...)