Posts tagged ‘pancreatic cancer’

Cancer treatment in 2014: Making the most of research

December 29, 2013 | by
Fighting cancer
Cancer will be defeated not in one enormous advance, experts agree, but in incremental advances. Those incremental advances often go unnoticed by the public at the time of their discovery, but in the years to come, they add up – to more life years, to greater survival rates, to more time spent with families and loved ones. In 2014, patients will begin to see the benefits of many of those advances. Here, City of Hope’s physicians describe some of the recent scientific and medical developments they expect to benefit patients in the year ahead. Breast cancer: A…

Annual report finds U.S. cancer deaths on decline (w/VIDEO)

December 22, 2013 | by
Dan Raz, M.D., co-director of City of Hope's Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology Program, says lung cancer screening with low-dose radiation chest CT scans saves lives.
Although there is still much progress to be made in treating, preventing and educating about cancer, the incremental improvements are bearing fruit. This is exemplified by the national Annual Report to the Nation on the status of cancer — published online in the journal Cancer on Dec. 16 — showing that death rates from all cancers are still declining, continuing a trend that began in the early 1990s. A new report finds that cancer deaths are on the decline, thanks to better treatments and lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking. The report — from the American Cancer Society, the…

Cancer: What today’s caregivers – family members – need to know

September 20, 2013 | by
As cancer care allows for more outpatient treatment, home caregivers have more responsibility for helping loved ones to heal. A City of Hope program focuses on supportive services for lung cancer patients and their caregivers to promote physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being.
As cancer care advances, allowing patients to recover from surgeries at home and receive the bulk of their care on an outpatient basis, the primary caregivers aren’t doctors or nurses. They’re family members. As cancer care allows for more outpatient treatment, home caregivers are taking on more responsibility for helping loved ones heal. A City of Hope study is now analyzing the difference that supportive services can make for lung cancer patients and their caregivers. Such services have the potential to improve physical, psychological, social and spiritual well-being. “For 99 percent of the time, cancer care is provided at home by…

Pancreatic cancer: An exploration of leading surgical techniques

August 22, 2013 | by
Pancreactic cancer . surgery. Shown here: normal pancreas.
Treatment of pancreatic cancer starts with surgery, when operable. And though the overall statistics are often grim, newer treatment algorithms continue to evolve with the ultimate aim of  beating this cancer. Pancreactic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. A recent webinar explored leading-edge surgical procedures used against the disease. Shown here: normal pancreas. Said Gagandeep Singh, M.D., chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, and the head of pancreatic and liver surgery at City of Hope: “Pancreatic cancer is a top 10 cancer in the United States. It is the fourth-leading cause…

Summer grilling tips to lower your cancer risk

July 3, 2013 | by
For many Americans, the Fourth of July would not be the same without a backyard barbecue filled with steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs. But grill masters beware: research says high-heat grilling can increase cancer risk. Summer grilling can be fun, delicious and healthy with some preparation and smart food choices. Cooking meats at very high temperatures converts proteins and sugars found in red meat, pork, poultry and fish into heterocyclic amines (HCAs), while dripping fats and juices from meat create polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Both compounds are known to cause DNA-altering changes that can increase the risk…

A stomach bug means bad news for lymphoma

September 4, 2012 | by
Photo of researcher holding egg
Usually, we hate salmonella. It’s the reason you’ve got to make sure your chicken is cooked through. These bacteria cause food poisoning so serious it can even be deadly to people with weakened immune systems. We may yet learn to like salmonella if City of Hope virologist Don J. Diamond, Ph.D., has his way. Diamond is leading studies to turn the household bug against diseases such as non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He plans to take advantage of a surprising trait of salmonella: The bacteria naturally seek out tumor cells. Salmonella as a cancer-fighter isn’t a new idea.…

Could two targeted therapies be a better solution for pancreatic cancer?

July 24, 2012 | by
Image of scary silhouette in doorway
Imagine a familiar scenario straight out of your favorite scary movie. A relentless villain sets his sights on a bunch of carefree teens. As the terror mounts, they throw one obstacle after another in his path. But lock a door and he breaks through a window. Barricade a window and he busts through the wall. No matter what, he finds a way to keep … on … coming. Cancer has a lot in common with our cinematic slasher. That’s how it gets ahead. It’s got a lot of different tools it uses to grow, multiply…

Pancreatic cancer: Put a cork in it

June 26, 2012 | by
Photo of kid with cork in his mouth
One of the reasons pancreatic cancer is so tough to beat is that it can survive the damage caused by radiation and chemotherapy. But City of Hope researchers figured out a way to make pancreatic cancer cells more vulnerable to therapy. They hope to push their studies into clinical trials in the near future. “Pancreatic cancer patients are a special case of the particularly unlucky, and in many ways the most miserable. The drug and radiation resistance of this cancer is legendary,” says City of Hope physician-researcher Sanjay Awasthi, M.D., who leads the effort. So…

When radiologists treat cancer, the results are electric

May 8, 2012 | by
Photo of the NanoKnife
City of Hope radiologists are using the NanoKnife, a medical tool that destroys tissue using electricity, to zap stubborn tumors that do not respond to chemotherapy or radiation and that lie in locations that are difficult to reach with traditional surgery.   NanoKnife (Courtesy of AngioDynamics) John Park, M.D., chief of the Division of Interventional Radiology in City of Hope’s Department of Diagnostic Radiology, and several of his colleagues have started using the new unit. The NanoKnife consists of several probes wired to an electric source. While a patient sleeps under anesthesia, doctors carefully insert…

Cancer death rate continues to fall

January 10, 2012 | by
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James Lacey Jr. James V. Lacey, Jr., Ph.D., is an associate professor in City of Hope’s Division of Cancer Etiology. He recently commented on the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) “Cancer Facts and Figures 2012,” the latest report on cancer diagnoses and deaths throughout the country. The report showed that so many more people are now avoiding or surviving cancer that more than 1 million cancer deaths have been avoided over the past two decades. The “War on Cancer” is now part of the national lexicon, but these new statistics from the ACS remind us of…