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Researchers closer to genetic test for aggressive prostate cancer

Screening for mutations would distinguish between aggressive cancer and less harmful forms of disease say scientists Scientists believe they have come a step closer to devising genetic tests that can identify men with prostate cancer who have a high risk of dying from the disease, enabling them to be monitored…

New genetic test could identify aggressive prostate cancers

A new test — looking at three genes — could predict which prostate cancers will turn aggressive, helping avoid invasive treatments for those that will grow more slowly, a study out Wednesday said. Used alongside existing tests, the analysis will help doctors determine whether treatment is needed or if “active…

Poet Pablo Neruda’s body to be exhumed on April 8

The remains of Chilean Nobel prize winning poet Pablo Neruda will be exhumed Monday to determine if he died of cancer or was poisoned, according to the judge on the case. The leftist, who died 12 days after the 1973 military coup that ousted socialist president Salvador Allende and brought…

Warren Buffett has prostate cancer, but feels ‘great’

WASHINGTON — US tycoon Warren Buffett announced he has early-stage prostate cancer, and indicated he had no intention of stepping down as head of his investment firm Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett, a larger-than-life financier known as the “Oracle of Omaha” for his investment savvy, said: “I feel great.” With his big…

New prostate cancer therapy shows fewer side effects: study

A new prostate cancer treatment using high frequency sound waves may be a viable alternative to surgery and radiotherapy with less chance of incontinence or impotence, researchers said Tuesday. A clinical trial funded by Britain’s Medical Research Council examined the efficacy of a new treatment known as high-intensity focused ultrasound…

Can aspirin really reduce the risk of cancer?

New research findings that a daily dose of aspirin can help prevent cancer throws up all sorts of questions – here are some answers A daily dose of aspirin can reduce the risk of cancer and prevent the disease from spreading, studies show. But the drug has side effects that…

Unnecessary cancer treatment in men on the rise

Men with low-risk tumors and a life-expectancy of less than 10 years — for instance, men in their 80s or 90s — are not candidates for so-called curative therapies like radiation or prostate surgery because there’s little evidence it would benefit them. Yet the proportion of men in that category…

New Hampshire lawmaker suggests the pill causes cancer in men

A New Hampshire lawmaker thinks she has found one more reason for health insurance not to cover contraception for women. During a Thursday hearing on a resolution calling for President Barack Obama to exempt religious institutions from covering birth control, state Rep. Jeanine Notter (R-Merrimack) made the surprising claim that…

Aspirin could beat cancer spread: study

Aspirin and other household drugs may inhibit the spread of cancerbecause they help shut down the chemical “highways” which feedtumours, Australian researchers announced on Tuesday. Scientists at Melbourne’s Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre said they have made a biological breakthrough helping explain how lymphatic vessels – key to the transmission of tumours throughout the body —…

Men’s hopes for robot prostate surgery unrealistic

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Robot-assisted surgery for prostate cancer has been heavily hyped, and a new study suggests that men’s expectations of the surgery may be too high. Researchers found that of 171 men facing prostate cancer surgery, those having robotic surgery expected a shorter hospital stay, and a…

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