News in brief 9.28.12

Researchers have identified four genetically distinct types of the breast cancer, which is fundamentally reshaping the scientific understanding of the disease.  Within those types, they discovered genetic changes that are driving many cancers.

Central PA prostate cancer survivors and advocates Jay Snyder and Thomas Goodman, Jr., report back from the ZERO Summit to End Prostate Cancer in Washington D.C. where they learned about the latest in prostate cancer awareness, research and legislation.

News in brief 9.20.12

Snakes are able to convert their venom back into harmless molecules that scientists say could help find a cancer cure and be used to treat diabetes.

As most people are aware, there are many changes coming to healthcare as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is fully implemented within the next two years.

“We’ve done air quality studies, we’ve done economic impact studies, and we have seen that there has been no change in the revenue that is collected from those places that are smoke-free,” says Judy Ochs, the director for the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control.

Dozens of Pennsylvania parks and recreational areas are being declared smoke-free zones.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 withstood a Constitutional challenge earlier this year.  Unless a new Congress votes to overturn the entire healthcare law or portions of it, the law will be implemented in its entirety by 2014.

Cancer patients may suffer from various symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, anxiety and depression. These symptoms can be caused either by the cancer itself or by chemotherapy and radiation therapy offered by oncologists.

Aug. 14, 2012 Hummelstown – Pennsylvania Department of Health Executive Deputy Secretary Michael Wolf today presented nearly $3.1 million in Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement Program, or CURE, grants to support three, two-year research projects focused on cancer treatment technologies.

What role do clinical trials play in treating cancer?

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