What is Cancer Research? A recent study done by witf as part of Facing Cancer Together indicated that there are many people that believe there is a cure for cancer that the research industry is hiding to protect their profits. I realize many who believe this won’t be so easily swayed as to believe me but perhaps if I explain a little bit about cancer research and clinical trials there will be a better understanding of the whole process.

Washington, D.C., May 29, 2012—The National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) applauds Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) who, along with Senators Collins (R-ME), Brown (D-OH), Murkowski (R-AK), Shaheen (D-NH), Heller (R-NV), Warner (D-VA) and Grassley (R-IA) introduced legislation, S. 3237, aimed at ending breast cancer. Similar legislation, H.R. 3067, was introduced in the House of Representatives last fall by Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA-33) and Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH-2) and currently has more than 210 bipartisan cosponsors.

Uplifting Athletes is a non-profit organization that raises money for the research of rare diseases. It all began in 2003 when former Penn State football player Scott Shirley learned that his father was diagnosed with kidney cancer, which is considered a rare disease since fewer than 200,000 Americans are afflicted by it.

Cancer News May 23, 2012

New lung cancer screening guidelines now recommend annual scans but only for an older group (aged 55 to 74) of current or former heavy smokers.  As the risks of screening younger or older smokers or nonsmokers outweigh any benefits.

By checking YES on line 35 of the PA 40 income tax form, Pennsylvanians have contributed nearly $3 million for cancer research.  

Cancer can take a tremendous physical, emotional, and mental toll on those diagnosed with the disease. But how do doctors and scientists, who are charged with treating survivors and conducting cancer research, cope with the disease? What's it like to tell a patient he or she has cancer, or to work tirelessly to come one step closer to finding a cure?

Researchers in California discovered that dogs can smell cancer on a human’s breath with 99 percent accuracy.  Now, new technology mimics a dog’s olfactory sense to sniff out cancers.

Carlisle, Pa., March 6, 2012– Carlisle Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center have signed an agreement that will expand the range, comprehensiveness and quality of oncology services to patients at CRMC through affiliation with Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute.

In our new "Ask the Experts" video blog series, expert oncologists in Central PA help us answer thought-provoking questions about cancer.

We asked Dr. Shanthi Sivendran, a hematologist/oncologist at Lancaster General Health to help us answer these questions:

Is there more cancer today then ever?
Can stress cause cancer?

Entire months are dedicated to bringing awareness to certain types of cancers, but what about those cancers that don’t affect as many people?

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