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Strong Chemo Plus Stem Cell Transplant May Halt MS

Study used extremely small sample size, but results are encouraging

(Newser) - The sample size was quite small, but research on patients with multiple sclerosis shows promising results on stopping the progression of the incurable disease that causes the immune system to attack the coating around nerve fibers (and the fibers themselves) in the brain and spinal cord, the BBC reports. Per... More »

Mom Won't Treat Brain Tumor Until She Gives Birth

'The baby saved me. Now it's my turn to save him': New York woman

(Newser) - For Kim Vaillancourt, pregnant while staving off aggressive rare brain cancer, it comes down to this: "The baby saved me. Now it's my turn to save him." Vaillancourt was diagnosed with glioblastoma—deadly and fast-growing tumors known to reappear within eight to 12 weeks—after going to... More »

Study Uncovers Potential 'Game-Changer' in Breast Cancer Treatment

The results are being called 'groundbreaking'

(Newser) - A new breast cancer trial out of Britain has experts proclaiming its results "astonishing" and "groundbreaking" with "game-changing potential," the Guardian reports. According to the Telegraph , the trial from Cancer Research UK gave women with aggressive breast cancer (known as "HER2 positive" breast cancer) a... More »

Using Chemo to Treat MS Shows 'Remarkable' Promise

It's part of treatment that essentially resets a person's immune system

(Newser) - Chemotherapy is well-known as a cancer treatment, but it could also be a big part of the cure for many with multiple sclerosis, the Guardian reports. Over the past few years, about 20 MS patients in the US, England, Brazil, and Sweden have been given a new treatment—known as... More »

Amish Girl's Forced Chemo Battle Is Over

Judge ends oversight in the case

(Newser) - A judge formally ended the court-ordered guardianship of an Amish girl who resisted a hospital's attempts to force her to resume chemotherapy, bringing a close to the fight that raised questions about the rights of parents in making medical decisions for their children. The judge's decision, announced Friday,... More »

Gene Test Can Tell Who Needs Chemo, Who Doesn't

98% of 'low-risk' breast cancer patients who didn't get chemo were alive 5 years on

(Newser) - Chemotherapy is "not pretty," a breast cancer survivor tells the AP —so a new study on women with early-stage breast cancer is encouraging, claiming a gene test can parse out patients who may be able to skip chemo because it won't ultimately provide much, if any,... More »

Doc Told Hundreds of Healthy People They Had Cancer

Farid Fata faces 175 years for horrifying fraud scheme

(Newser) - Dr. Farid Fata put hundreds of people through hell in order to line his own pockets, and now federal prosecutors are seeking to put the Detroit-area oncologist away for 175 years. Fata has admitted that he misdiagnosed patients—553 of them, according to prosecutors—and ordered chemotherapy and other unnecessary... More »

Teen Must Stay Confined to Hospital for Chemo: Court

And Cassandra's mom isn't allowed to visit her, per court order

(Newser) - A 17-year-old ward of the state of Connecticut who's being forced to continue her chemotherapy treatments has just lost another court battle. Cassandra C. wanted to leave Connecticut Children's Medical Center, where she's currently confined, to wrap up her treatments at home, but a judge denied that... More »

Chemo Doesn't Have to Mean Baldness Anymore

Women saving their hair by freezing their scalps

(Newser) - Say the word "chemo" and what comes to mind? Cancer? Nausea? Hair loss? It seems that final association is, for some, becoming a thing of the past. The New York Times reports that some breast cancer patients are hanging on to the hair on their head, even as other... More »

Death of Girl Who Refused Chemo Under Investigation

The 11-year-old, a member of the First Nations tribe in Canada, died of a stroke

(Newser) - Makayla Sault made headlines last year when, after undergoing 12 weeks of chemotherapy to treat her acute lymphoblastic leukemia, she stopped treatment in May, opting instead for "traditional" medicine. The 11-year-old member of the First Nations tribe in Canada died of an apparent stroke Sunday, which her family says... More »

Court Rules Teen Must Undergo Chemo

Connecticut 17-year-old thinks it will do more harm than good

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl in Connecticut lost a court battle today to stop her chemotherapy treatments. The state Supreme Court ruled that child-welfare authorities were within their rights to take temporary custody of the teen because she and her mom think the chemo will do more harm than good, reports the... More »

Girl Fights Connecticut Over Right to Refuse Chemo

Cassandra's chance of survival put at 80%-85% with treatment

(Newser) - After 17-year-old Cassandra was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in September, she underwent two chemotherapy treatments in November at Connecticut Children's Medical Center before running away from home because she didn't want to complete the prescribed chemo. Now Cassandra is in the middle of a legal battle headed... More »

TV Host Dies After Skipping Chemo to Save Unborn Baby

26-year-old Qiu Yuanyuan succumbed to cancer 100 days after son's birth

(Newser) - An up-and-coming TV host in Zhengzhou, China, always gave as much time as she could to her job, often working 14-hour days without complaint, a co-worker says. But when Qiu Yuanyuan became pregnant in March, her focus switched over to her unborn child—so much so that when she found... 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 »

Morton's Asks Cancer Patient to Remove Cap

Man needed it for the extra warmth; witnesses outraged

(Newser) - Multiple diners say they witnessed staff at a Nashville Morton's Steakhouse treating a cancer patient poorly, Fox 17 reports. The man was part of a large party that had come in for a company holiday gathering and spent more than $2,000; toward the end of the meal, he... More »

Amish Family Flee Forced Chemo for Daughter

Doctors warn Ohio girl could die within a year

(Newser) - An Amish family has fled their farm in Ohio after a court battle with authorities who want to force their 10-year-old daughter to resume chemotherapy treatments for her leukemia. The family, who operate a produce stand south of Cleveland, has not been seen since before an appeals court last month... More »

Breast Cancer Radiation Raises Heart Risk

But study's author says the benefits outweigh dangers

(Newser) - A new study looks at the heart dangers posed by radiation in breast cancer treatment, but despite the 2,168-woman, 43-year survey, the meaning of the results comes down to who you ask. "This is a major concern," one oncologist tells USA Today , while a cardiologist warns that... More »

Cancer Patients Often Get 'Chemo Brain'

Study suggests about a quarter suffer from mental fog after treatments

(Newser) - A new study suggests that up to a quarter of cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy end up with a side effect known as "chemo brain," reports NPR . Those afflicted say they're just not as sharp as they were before treatments—"it literally felt like your were... More »

Husband's Good Deed May Save His Life

He shaves head to support wife, discovers cancer of his own

(Newser) - A thoughtful gesture pays off in a big way: When a Georgia woman was diagnosed with breast cancer, her husband shaved his head to support her through chemotherapy. And that was how Bud Stringer discovered he had stage 3 melanoma on the top of his head, reports KSL.com , picking... More »

Vatican Pushes for ... Bald Barbie?

She could help rehab doll's image, Vatican newspaper notes

(Newser) - Forget any number of controversial stances the Vatican has taken, it's now weighing in on ... Barbie dolls. Following a Facebook campaign earlier this year, Mattel decided to launch a bald friend of Barbie in a nod to sick kids who've lost their hair and donate the dolls to... More »

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