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Switching to E-Cigarettes? Read This Study First

Researchers find cause for concern in preliminary study

(Newser) - As the FDA considers how to regulate e-cigarettes, a recent study finds very tentative reason for concern: When it comes to promoting cancer development in certain types of lung cells, it may not matter whether you're smoking the real thing or the nicotine-laced vapor in an electronic cigarette. How... More »

'Groundbreaking' Drug Stalls Breast Cancer

Palbociclib appears to double time before disease worsens: study

(Newser) - A new breast cancer drug may help prevent the disease from getting worse, a study shows—and some experts are seeing major benefits ahead. Palbociclib almost doubled the time patients survived without seeing their disease progress, Reuters reports, noting that the women in the study had the most common form... More »

Mom Dies So Her Baby Can Live

Elizabeth Joice died March 9, six weeks after giving birth

(Newser) - Cancer survivor Elizabeth Joice was told the chemotherapy that helped her beat sarcoma in 2010 would also leave her infertile, so when she and husband Max got the news that she was in fact pregnant last year, "it very much felt like a miracle," he tells CNN . The... More »

School Kicks Out 3rd-Grader for Shaving Her Head

Support for friend with cancer doesn't go well

(Newser) - Kamryn Renfro shaved her head because, she says, "it felt like the right thing to do" to support a friend who is fighting cancer—but the compassionate gesture got Kamryn kicked out of school, 9 News reports. Kamryn, a third-grader, wasn't allowed to return to Caprock Academy in... More »

After Birth, Mom Told She Has Rare Placenta Cancer

Jenna Hinman in medically-induced coma

(Newser) - The days that follow giving birth—to twins, no less, in the case of Jenna Hinman —should be joyful ones. Instead, the military wife and mom from Fort Drum, NY, was handed almost unimaginable news following her March 3 emergency C-section: a diagnosis of stage 3 choriocarcinoma, an incredibly... More »

Skeleton Yields Oldest Known Case of Cancer

Disease killed man 3.2K years ago

(Newser) - Scientists hope the skeleton of a very sick man from 3,200 years ago will give new clues to the evolution and causes of cancer. The remains found in an ancient Sudanese tomb bear traces of what is believed to be the oldest case of metastatic cancer ever found, reports... More »

Mom Faked Son's Cancer for Donations: Cops

Sandy Nguyen allegedly accepted more than $25K in donations

(Newser) - A Colorado mother has been arrested after allegedly convincing her family and friends that her young son was dying of cancer and accepting more than $25,000 in public donations. Police arrested 28-year-old Sandy Nguyen on felony charges of theft and criminal impersonation Thursday. She allegedly convinced members of the... More »

Longtime Boston Mayor Fighting 'Advanced Cancer'

Docs stumped as to source of Menino's cancer

(Newser) - Boston's longtime former mayor, Thomas Menino, is battling what the Globe calls an "advanced cancer"—and one that has thus far stumped his doctors since his diagnosis last month. The cancer has metastasized to his liver and lymph nodes, but doctors are clueless as to where it... More »

Drug Firm Caves, Helps Dying 7-Year-Old

Experimental drug could save his life

(Newser) - After a social media campaign—and an avalanche of bad publicity—a drug company has done a U-turn and agreed to give a dying 7-year-old boy an experimental drug that could save his life. The FDA allows "compassionate use"of unapproved drugs in such cases, but the Chimerix pharmaceutical... More »

Late-Stage Chemo Linked to 'Less Peaceful' Death

Subjects who continued chemotherapy in last months less likely to die at home

(Newser) - Sad news for cancer patients: A new study finds that those who receive chemotherapy during the end stages of the disease are at a higher risk of enduring a less peaceful death. Of 386 terminally ill patients in a new study, 65% of those who received chemotherapy during the final... More »

Alzheimer's Deaths May Rival Cancer

Study says it's under-reported, is actually No. 3 cause of death

(Newser) - The official stats on Alzheimer's have it as the sixth-leading cause of death in America, with about 83,000 fatalities a year. But new research suggests that undershoots the mark six-fold, reports CNN . The study in Neurology estimates that Alzheimer's kills 503,000 people a year, a number... More »

High-Protein Diet 'Risky as Smoking' for Middle-Aged

But effects were reversed among over-65s

(Newser) - Good news and bad news for meat lovers: People who eat a diet high in protein in middle age are a staggering four times more likely to die of cancer than people on a low-protein diet, according to new research, but people over 65 who consumed more protein were less... More »

Tom Brokaw Has Cancer

Doctors are optimistic for 74-year-old, says NBC

(Newser) - Tom Brokaw revealed today that he has cancer—but doctors are optimistic about his recovery, reports CNN . The 74-year-old "was diagnosed with multiple myeloma , a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow," back in August at the Mayo Clinic, says NBC . Brokaw has continued to work on... More »

Curt Schilling: I Have Cancer

ESPN hasn't said if he'll remain on TV

(Newser) - Curt Schilling has been diagnosed with cancer, the World Series hero and ESPN personality revealed yesterday. "I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges," he said in a statement released by ESPN . "We've been presented with another... More »

UN: Cancer Cases to Jump 50% by 2030

Officials slam tobacco companies

(Newser) - Disturbing news on World Cancer Day: Cases are poised to surge in the coming years, jumping 50% by 2030, according to a UN report. That means 21.6 million cases per year, compared to a rate that was 14 million in 2012, AFP reports. By 2035, we're likely to... More »

Dying Dad Writes 800 Notes for Daughter's Lunch

Virginia man has cancer, but wants to fulfill a promise

(Newser) - Garth Callaghan has been leaving inspirational notes with his daughter's lunch since her days in kindergarten—but now that he's dying of cancer, they both know that one day the notes will have to stop. So he's writing hundreds of them ahead of time to fulfill his... More »

Dogs Pass Oldest-Known Cancer by Having Sex

The venereal tumor dates back 11,000 years, say UK scientists

(Newser) - Scientists have spotted the oldest-known living form of cancer, and it's an odd one—passed sexually from dog to dog over the past 11,000 years, the Smithsonian reports. By decoding the cancer's genome, British researchers found that it dates back to a dog with short, dark fur... More »

Toilet Paper Can Disguise Cancer Sign: Doctor

Blood in the toilet bowl could actually be red ink, he says

(Newser) - What looks like blood in your toilet bowl could actually be red ink seeping from your toilet paper, says colorectal surgeon Guy Nash—but he's still upset about it. That's because people who use toilet paper decorated in red may think they're seeing blood in the toilet... More »

Ex-NYT Editor, Wife Question Cancer Blogger, Outrage Ensues

Bill, Emma Keller wrote about Lisa Bonchek Adams

(Newser) - A pair of columns questioning a woman's very public battle with Stage IV breast cancer are lighting up the Internet. Former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller and his wife, writer Emma Gilbey Keller, both wrote pieces on Lisa Bonchek Adams, who is chronicling her fight via Twitter... More »

Look Out, Cancer Cells, Here Come 'Sticky Balls'

Cornell researchers develop promising technique to keep tumors from spreading

(Newser) - It sounds ingenious: Cornell researchers have created roving proteins whose sole purpose is to destroy cancer cells in the bloodstream. If further tests hold up, this could offer a way to keep cancers from metastasizing, or spreading, reports the BBC , which uses the phrase "cancer-killing sticky balls" to describe... More »

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