Cancer is undoubtedly the one word you never want to hear from your doctor, but the truth is that more of us are surviving the disease than ever before. Thanks to better detection methods, earlier diagnoses, and huge advances in treatment, survival rates are now 68 percent, an impressive improvement from a 50 percent survival rate 36 years ago.

Since the Facing Cancer Together initiative began last spring, we've heard many stories about how much a diagnosis of cancer transforms lives.  There obviously are physical, mental and emotional changes, but a study out this summer points to another aspect of life that seperates cancer survivors from those who have never had cancer -- jobs.

Cancer News In Brief 8.31.11

Patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy for malignant glioblastoma appeared to have better overall survival if they also received the anti-seizure medication valproic acid.

In a mid-stage trial, an experimental cancer treatment was found not effective in patients with colorectal cancer, just a week after the same treatment method showed strong efficacy in treating primary liver cancer patients. Delcath Systems Inc is designing a minimally invasive procedure to administer high dose chemotherapy drugs to only the diseased organs or regions of the body -- thereby restricting the harsh effects of chemo drugs on other body organs.

Not a week goes by that we don't hear a story about a food or drink that either can contribute to cancer or maybe prevent it.  It can get confusing for those who want to eat healthy.

News In Brief 8.18.11

The Food and Drug Administration announced the approval of a new drug to treat advanced melanoma, a deadly form of cancer.
The drug, Zelboraf, was approved for patients with metastatic melanoma, the most life-threatening form of skin cancer and one that cannot be removed with surgery.

Lab trials conducted on mice seem to indicate that drinking coffee, or even caffeine rubbed directly on the skin might be able to prevent harmful UV light from causing skin cancer.

Summertime means strawberries. And wouldn’t you enjoy those delicious berries even more if they could also help reduce your risk of cancer?  Finding connections between food and cancer treatment is a top research question at the moment.

(Harrisburg) -- Lauren Hodge, a Dallastown Area High School student from York Township recently won top honors in her age group at the Google Science Fair in California. Her science fair project looked into whether certain marinades reduce the amount of cancer-causing compounds created by the grilling of meat, specifically chicken.

Patients often do not give a detailed family history because they do not see how this information has any significance to their current care.

Dr. Victor Vogel is director of Geisinger's cancer center and he has been a medical oncologist for 25 years.  He shares some thoughts on how far we've come in the war on cancer, and where we are heading in research.  Scroll down to watch the video.

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