Cancer news headlines from the week of 6.18.12-

Scientists have learned how a common cold virus can kill tumors and trigger an immune response, like a vaccine, when injected into the blood stream.  This is a significant step forward in developing this new cancer treatment.

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.

Why is it important to have a conversation about minorities and cancer?   Dr. Oralia Dominic of Penn State Hershey College of Medicine says, “When you hear the word ‘cancer,’ you associate it with a death sentence. 20 or 30 years ago, there wasn’t a lot of hope. But today, in 2012, we are more advanced in what we know and the tools that are available to detect and, treat and prevent the disease.  My hopes for this conversation are that individuals are inspired and encouraged to take action and take control of their health.“

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.

Researchers from UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have found that they are able to use PET scans to predict increased survival in cancer patients after just a single cycle of neoadjuvant chemotherapy.

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

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