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Genetic Markers Linked To the Development of Lymphedema in Breast Cancer Survivors

A new University of California San Francisco (UCSF) study has found a clear association between certain genes and the development of lymphedema, a painful and chronic condition that often occurs after breast cancer surgery and some other cancer treatments. The researchers also learned that the risks of developing lymphedema increased significantly for women who had more advanced breast cancer at the time of diagnosis, more lymph nodes removed or a significantly higher body mass index.

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Medication Duloxetine Helps Reduce Pain From Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Among patients with painful chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, use of the anti-depressant drug duloxetine for 5 weeks re­sulted in a greater reduction in pain compared with placebo, according to a study in the April 3, 2013, issue of JAMA.

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Put an End to Cancer Pain

by by Kim Thiboldeaux and Mitch Golant, PhD

For many people, the most fright­ening part of any diagnosis is experiencing pain that is not treatable. Many people, however, un­dergo cancer treatment without ever having pain. If you do experience pain, you should talk to your healthcare team and together create a plan to manage your pain.

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Lymphoseek Approved to Help Locate Lymph Nodes in Patients with Certain Cancers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Lymphoseek Injection, a radioactive diagnostic imaging agent that helps doctors locate lymph nodes in patients with breast cancer or melanoma who are undergoing surgery to remove tumor-draining lymph nodes.

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Taking Steps toward Future Fertility

by Kara Goldman, MD, and James Grifo, MD, PhD

For many survivors, maintaining the potential for parenthood is essential to leading a complete and meaningful life. However, many treatments necessitate surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy that may impair fertility. Women who wish to have children after cancer treatment must work together with their doctors to plan for future fertility.

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U.S. Cancer Mortality Rates Continue to Drop

The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975–2009, shows that overall cancer mortality rates continued to decline in the United States among both men and women, among all major racial and ethnic groups, and for all of the most common cancer sites, including lung, colon and rectum, female breast, and prostate. The special feature section on human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cancers shows that incidence rates are increasing for HPV-associated oropharyngeal and anal cancers and that vaccination coverage levels in the U.S. during 2008 and 2010 remained low among adolescent girls.

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ASCO Issues Recommendations for Improving Cancer Survivor Care in the United States

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has issued recommendations to help improve the quality of care for the more than 13 million cancer survivors living in the United States. ASCO's recommendations come at critical time when more people than ever before are surviving the disease as a result of advances in prevention, treatment and follow-up care.

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Cancer Pain Management Myths

by Rob Yates, MPAS, PA-C

Once you hear your doctor say, “I’m sorry, but you have cancer,” your life is changed forever. With that diagnosis, a number of fears immediately surface. One of the most feared symptoms of cancer and its treatment is pain. Here are six common myths about cancer-related pain.

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