It’s hard to be a physician and a mother

25 November 2019 0
The emotional support from colleagues is there, but many hurdles are present for physician mothers, making the maternity/family leave a big challenge for several women. “Physicians taking maternity leave experience unique challeng... [ more ]

A new form of psychotherapy overcomes the fear of cancer recurrence

28 October 2019 0

A pilot randomised clinical trial demonstrates that acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a feasible and promising treatment for fear of cancer recurrence (FCR), a very disruptive condition affecting cancer survivors. Since the number of cancer survivors is expected to increase in the coming years, this treatment may be beneficial to a large number of people. [more]

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Older women rarely benefit from mammography

23 October 2019 0
Mammograms are unlikely to benefit older women with increased comorbidity, as they would probably die from something else before they could develop breast cancer. That is what results from a new study on more than 220,000 women, p... [ more ]

Less frequent screening for lung cancer is equally lifesaving

23 September 2019 0

The ten-year results of the Multicentric Italian Lung Detection (MILD) trial demonstrated that prolonged screening with biennial low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) is safe and effective compared to annual test, leading to a comparable reduction in lung cancer (LC) mortality in subjects with negative baseline LDCT. [more]

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Highlights of the 20th World Conference on Lung Cancer

16 September 2019 0

The latest developments in the field of lung cancer were discussed last week in Barcelona (Spain) during the 20th edition of the World Conference on Lung Cancer organized by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). The focus of clinical studies ranged from screening to treatment of advanced disease. [more]

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Cancer is twice as deadly as heart disease in high-income countries

9 September 2019 0

Cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of mortality among middle aged adults globally, accounting for 40% of all deaths, but in high-income countries cancer is now responsible for twice as many deaths as CVD (55% vs 23%), according to a new report from the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiologic (PURE) study published in The Lancet. [more]

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Health warnings on alcohols are invisible for most young drinkers

19 August 2019 0

Labels containing warnings on the health risks associated with alcohol consumption are usually not noticed and remembered by teenagers, who should be in principle among the main targets. According to a study published in the Jou [more]

Labels containing warnings on the health risks associated with alcohol consumption are usually not noticed and remembered by teenagers, who should be in principle among the main targets. According to a study published in the Jou... [ more ]

An unexpected side-effect of radiotherapy

18 March 2019 2
The staff of a crematorium in the United States was contaminated after dealing with the dead body of one or more persons who had died right after a radiotherapy course, raising concerns about the risk for human ashes to become pot... [ more ]

Second opinions offend oncologists in two ways

6 September 2018 1
Physicians seem to accommodate to patients’ requests of second opinions trying not to harm neither the relationship with patients themselves nor with colleagues. Oncologists usually cooperate among each other, even though they do ... [ more ]

Chasing teenage clouds away, with music

3 July 2018 0
The song is captivating, with professional music and arrangements. The voices are those of the teenage patients of the pediatric unit of Milan’s Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori who worked for several months to record a video just re... [ more ]

SEEKing cancer with liquid biopsy

29 May 2018 0
It’s called CancerSEEK the first experimental noninvasive blood test that could screen eight different cancers and localize their source. It was developed by an international research team based at Johns Hopkins University in Balt... [ more ]

ABC4, Lisbon 2017: day two report

13 November 2017 1
Day two of ABC-Lisbon featured a pioneer in metastatic breast cancer advocacy, Musa Mayer, who gave the ABC Award lecture. Mayer told the history of how the “silent voices” of women with advanced disease came eventually to be hear... [ more ]

A is for apple (but not always in Africa)

26 October 2017 0
In many books used for teaching the alphabet to children, the letter A is associated to an apple: the association may seem obvious, but usually it is not so for an African child: in Africa A is not for apple, but more likely for a... [ more ]

The (overrated) power of the hazard ratio

24 October 2017 0
«Maybe in our fight against cancer we are just looking at the wrong endpoints, focusing our attention on techinicalities like the hazard ratio of a trial instead of thinking at the best way to help the patient improving its qualit... [ more ]

Cancer prevention, bad luck and bad wording

31 March 2017 0
Cancer, genetics, “bad luck” and prevention through lifestyle: two years after their first study that tried to quantify the random mutations that accumulate during stem cell divisions in healthy cells and drive cancer in different... [ more ]

Personalized oncology: too good to be true?

6 October 2016 0
Is there too much hype surrounding personalized oncology? An article just published on The New England Journal of Medicine (available only to subscribers) essentially invites to use more caution: «There should be a clear message t... [ more ]