Posts tagged ‘cancer’

17-year-old wonders about bone marrow donor; soon, she’ll get answers

April 18, 2014 | by
Kayla Saikaly, 17, and her mother Samar fought her aplastic anemia together. They will meet the match who donated bone marrow for her lifesaving transplant at City of Hope May 9.
For most of her life, Southern California teenager Kayla Saikaly described herself as healthy, even very healthy. She played basketball. She never missed school with as much as a fever. Her worst childhood illness was nothing more than a cold. Kayla Saikaly, 17, and her mother, Samar, fought her aplastic anemia together. They will meet the donor of her lifesaving bone marrow at City of Hope on May 9. Then, when she was 13, her nose started bleeding after a basketball game. That incident, coupled with unexplained bruising on her arms and legs, worried her…

Cancer urban legends: True or not true? Ask the experts (w/ VIDEO)

April 14, 2014 | by
water bottle
Deodorant, plastic bottles, grilled foods, artificial sweeteners, soy products … Do any of these products really cause cancer? With so many cancer myths and urban legends out there, why not ask the experts? They can debunk cancer myths while sharing cancer facts that matter, such as risk factors, prevention and the research underway at City of Hope. Join us on April 19 in Lancaster, Calif., to hear from Nimit Sudan, M.D., assistant clinical professor of medical oncology, and Vijay Trisal, M.D., medical director of City of Hope’s community practices and an associate clinical professor of surgical oncology. Or…

Musician George Winston has new goal: Say ‘thank you’ in German

April 11, 2014 | by
Musician George Winston
George Winston, known worldwide for his impressionistic, genre-defying music, considers music to be his first language, and admits he often stumbles over words – especially when he attempts languages other than English. George Winston, shown here with Los Angeles Dodger Tim Leary at the 2013 Celebration of Life bone marrow transplant reunion, will meet his donor at this year’s event on May 9. There’s one German phrase he’s determined to perfect, however: danke schön. Winston thinks he’ll have it mastered by his first face-to-face meeting with the 20-year-old German woman who donated the bone marrow…

College student with lymphoma advises: Don’t let cancer define you

April 9, 2014 | by
Anna Kendrick with cancer patient at City of Hope
Young adults and adolescents with cancer face unique challenges both during their treatment and afterward. Not only are therapies for children and older adults not always appropriate for them, they also must come to terms with the disease and treatment’s impact on their relationships, finances, school or career, and fertility. All of these challenges point to the need for more research to improve care and follow-up for this age group. Here, one of those patients –  20-year-old Monica Curiel – shares her experience with lymphoma and also her advice for others in her position. ** By Monica Curiel Lymphoma…

Mammograms: Screening should be based on individual risk, study says

April 8, 2014 | by
Review of eight studies on mammograms concludes breast cancer screening should be based on a woman's individual risk.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer, other than skin cancer, among women in the United States. It’s also the second-leading cause of cancer death, behind lung cancer. In the past several years, various task force recommendations and studies have questioned the benefits of broad screening guidelines for mammograms, disagreeing over how often to screen, when women should start screening and when they should stop. Review of eight studies on mammograms concludes breast cancer screening should be based on a woman’s individual risk. The waters become especially muddy when experts discuss the potential harm caused by “overdiagnosing”…

New prostate cancer treatment uses MRI to guide ultrasound ablation

April 1, 2014 | by
City of Hope recently treated the first prostate cancer in the U.S. with an investigational procedure that uses MRI-guided ultrasound to "ablate" prostate cancer.
Men with prostate cancer face tough choices: when, or even if, to treat their cancer; what procedure to use; and how to balance their chosen treatment with their quality of life. Now, a new multicenter clinical trial seeks to offer men another option – one that physicians hope will treat prostate cancers with fewer side effects. City of Hope recently became the first center in the U.S. to treat a prostate cancer patient with an investigational procedure that uses MRI-guided ultrasound to “ablate” prostate cancer. As part of that trial, City of Hope has become…

E-cigarettes as smoking-cessation devices? Study adds to skepticism

March 24, 2014 | by
Though often marketed as a potential aid for smokers who want to quit, no studies support e-cigarettes as smoking cessation tools. A new JAMA study adds to the growing pile of evidence that the devices don't help smokers quit.
E-cigarettes have ignited plenty of debate recently, especially as cities have begun to ban public use of the devices, just as they’ve done with traditional cigarettes. Although users say e-cigarettes, or e-cigs, can help smokers quit, evidence that the devices are effective has been unconvincing – and a new study has failed to come to their defense. E-cigarettes are often marketed as a potential aid for smokers who want to quit, but no studies support use of the devices as smoking-cessation tools. Instead, a new JAMA study adds to the evidence that the devices don’t help…

Scientists uncover important step in tumors’ blocking of immune system

March 19, 2014 | by
Cancers thrive and spread in part because of their ability to create fortresses around themselves that ward off the body’s natural immune defenses, a so-called immunosuppressive microenvironment.  A new study sheds light on how a tumor is able to work against the body’s immune system, a discovery with the potential to unlock new immunotherapies. Although a healthy body’s defenses against cancer and infection are driven by T cells that recognize and destroy foreign intruders, the environment created by cancer tumors often prevents this system from working. A new City of Hope study may ultimately provide…

Concern about Paxil’s effect on breast cancer risk misses larger point

March 4, 2014 | by
Antidepressants are a common therapy to combat depression in cancer patients. A new assay that found one antidepressant raises questions that should be researched, but no one should stop medications without consulting a doctor.
A new test that allows researchers to quickly identify drugs and chemicals that could disrupt the balance of hormones in the body – potentially affecting development and progression of cancer, including breast cancer – has raised worries about the common antidepressant Paxil. Antidepressants are a common therapy to combat depression in cancer patients, but a new assay that found one antidepressant, Paxil, could have an estrogen-promoting effect. That same assay found that other common drugs could have an estrogen-inhibiting effect. City of Hope’s Joanne Mortimer urges women and their doctors to focus on the larger…

Weight gain can be an unexpected side effect of cancer treatment

February 19, 2014 | by
Weight gain linked to cancer
A side effect of cancer treatment many people don’t expect? Weight gain. Weight gain is an often unexpected side effect of cancer treatment that can expose survivors to higher risk. Foods like fruits and vegetables, high in nutrients and fiber while low in calories, can help weight control. People with certain cancers – such as breast, prostate and colon cancer – are more likely to gain weight during treatment due to the therapies used to combat their disease. Hormone therapy, some chemotherapy regimens and medications such as steroids  all can cause weight gain, as well as water…