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New Developments in Cancer Research

The 2012 ASCO Annual Meeting was held in Chicago, Illinois, from June 1 through June 5, 2012. The ASCO Annual Meeting is the platform for the release of thousands of scientific abstracts – highly anticipated research news for many people, including patients, caregivers, and the general public.

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The Path to Cancer Treatment Breakthroughs

It’s a simple question with no simple answer: When are you going to cure cancer? At the National Cancer Institute, the component of the National Institutes of Health tasked with leading America’s research efforts against all forms of this disease, we understand the urgency of the question; we also understand the fear of cancer that drives the search for answers. NCI’s efforts to reduce cancer incidence and mortality cover a wide range of research areas, including prevention, screening, early diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship efforts.

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Know Your Fertility Options

by Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, and Kate Waimey Timmerman, PhD

In April 2010, Tiffany and Dave were juggling their busy lives and in the midst of planning a European vacation when Tiffany noticed an unusual lump in her breast. As a typical, healthy 28-year-old, Tiffany assumed the lump was benign, and when she went to the doctor to have it checked, she was shocked to find out it was breast cancer. Immediately after her diagnosis, Tif­fany was sent to a variety of specialists, including the fertility preservation pa­tient navigator at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL.

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Managing Infections and Low White Blood Cell Counts

by Carlton G. Brown, PhD, RN, AOCN®

A low white blood cell count is a common side effect of some cancers and cancer treatment. When your white blood cell count is too low, you have a high risk of getting an infection. Infections can be very serious in people with cancer. If you get an in­fection or if your white blood cell count is very low, your chemotherapy may be delayed, and you may need to be treated in the hospital.

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New Guide Helps Obese People with Cancer Under­stand Optimal Weight-Based Chemotherapy Dosing

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has released recommendations to help obese people living with cancer under­stand and discuss with their doctors the appropriate dosing of chemo­therapy for their body weight.

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American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has released Clinical Cancer Advances 2011: ASCO’s Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer, an independent review of the advances in cancer research that have had the greatest impact on patient care in 2011. The report also identifies the most promising trends in oncology and provides insights from experts on where the future of cancer care is heading.

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Tips for Preventing Infections during Chemotherapy

People with cancer who are treated with chemotherapy are more likely to get infections through everyday activities with their family and friends or from healthcare settings. One out of every 10 people with cancer who receives chemotherapy gets an infection that requires a hospital visit.

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Most Cancer-related Blood Clots Occur in Outpatients

In a study of nearly 18,000 people with cancer, University of Rochester Medical Center researchers have found that when blood clots develop – a well-known and serious complication of cancer treatment – 78 percent of the time they occur when a person is out of the hospital, at home or elsewhere, while on chemotherapy.

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