Do you qualify for Social Security disability as a cancer patient? 5 tests

Posted by  | caregiving, Issues & Perspectives, treatment, Uncategorized

Social Security pays benefits for a medical condition that is expected to last for at least a year, or may result in death.  Supplemental Security Income (SSI) supports the aged, blind or disabled who have little or no income, providing cash for basics like food, clothing and shelter. According to social workers at the Johns Hopkins(...)

‘Individualized’ Immune Cell Engineering Therapy for Cancer Clears First FDA Hurdle

‘Individualized’ Immune Cell Engineering Therapy for Cancer Clears First FDA Hurdle

Posted by  | precision medicine

*Update Aug. 30, 2017 - The FDA has approved the CAR-T therapy tisagenlecleucel for certain leukemia patients. News of an FDA advisory committee that has reviewed one pharmaceutical company's approach to engineering a cancer patient's own T-cells, the so-called soldiers of the immune system, and injecting them back into patients with astounding success has prompted questions(...)

Should all prostate cancers be treated?

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“Prostate cancer mortality has been declining since prostate cancer screening started in 1995,” says William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. “There’s no question that it works. The problem is diagnosing these cancers in men who aren’t threatened by the disease and then pursuing treatment." "When(...)

How common is prostate cancer?

Posted by  | Research

Prostate cancer is extremely common in the U.S. “It’s the most common life-threatening cancer in men, responsible for 26,000 deaths per year,” says William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. But there are a lot of prostate cancers that are not life-threatening, he says. “In autopsies(...)

Natural Remedies Being Studied for Breast Cancer

Natural Remedies Being Studied for Breast Cancer

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In your Facebook feed, in conversations with friends, in a magazine article—the talk about natural remedies for preventing and treating breast cancer seems to pop up everywhere. But which natural products are actually being tested in the lab and in clinical trials, and what’s the evidence for their effectiveness? Saraswati Sukumar, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins oncology(...)

What is PSA?

Posted by  | Prevention/Screening

“PSA, or prostate specific antigen, is an enzyme that normally appears in the ejaculate or central reproduction but when there’s a cancer present, it leaks into the circulation system so you can detect it in the bloodstream, where it becomes a marker of prostate cancer and other prostate diseases,” explains William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D.,(...)