News In Brief 7.27

It is still a mystery why black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than whites, according to a new study that shows the racial disparity can't be chalked up to obesity differences.

News In Brief 7.21

A Chinese herbal remedy found in the indigo plant may block brain tumors from migrating to other parts of the brain. The study comes from Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Taller women have an increased risk of developing many types of cancer, compared with their shorter counterparts, according to new research in the Lancet Oncology.

(Harrisburg) -- This month minor league ballparks across the state will host amateur home-run derbies, and many of the teams are captained by state lawmakers. The series of contests is part of the "Take a Swing Against Breast Cancer" campaign organized by the PA Breast Cancer Coalition to raise money for breast cancer research.

It's what every cancer researcher dreams of – the "cure" – a vaccine that reduces or even eliminates cancerous tumors.

Recently, an article which appeared in the New York Times written by a respected medical reporter, Gina Kolata, told a dark tale of less than honorable people producing less than notable science which may, or may not, (the courts will decide) have had an adverse impact upon patient care.

In her piece, Ms. Kolata describes the cancer world as “reeling" as a result of these occurrences.  I am not so sure.  I am sure that there were some Department chairs who lost a night's sleep and grew a few extra gray hairs.  I am sure that there were anxious investors whose bank accounts were marred with red ink.  But as an observer of and participant in the "cancer world" for 40 years, I did not feel the earth move.  I saw some bald heads shake, and heard some tongues click, and heard some deep sighs.  But the Richter Scale did not register a disturbance.

On Thursday July 7, my favorite medical journal, The New York Times, had a story entitled “How Bright Promise in Cancer Testing Fell Apart”. My wife, also a physician, slid the article across the breakfast table and asked me,”Now what does this do to your plan to use genetic tests to treat your patients?” The short answer is, “nothing.” The long answer is …longer.

HARRISBURG, Pa.  (August, 27 2011) – From Los Angeles to Atlanta to Harrisburg, Free to Breathe® event participants across the country will walk, run, stretch and tee off this year to make a difference in the lives of those impacted by lung cancer through the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s research, education and awareness programs. Harrisburg-area residents will have their chance to join the movement at the second annual Free to Breathe® Harrisburg 5K Run/Walk on August 27, starting from Riverview Pavilion on City Island.

Many people at the Greencastle, PA Relay for Life signed up to participate in the American Society's third cancer research effort.

Exciting research conducted at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine has shown that a compound found in green vegetables such as broccoli and lettuce could soon be used to help prevent and manage mild forms of skin cancer.

Is there a link between cell phone usage and cancer?  A World Health Organization report released last week said it could but it doesn't seem to have stopped many people from using their phones.

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