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Research shines light on cancer photo therapy


For years, doctors have been harnessing the power of light as a tool in the fight against cancer. In a process called photodynamic therapy (PDT), light-sensitive drugs are injected into the body and settle into cancer cells. When the cells are exposed to certain light waves, the drugs are activated to kill the cells and shrink the tumor. Now researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have announced a breakthrough that may take light-based therapy to the next level.

Knowing your dad's health may be a gift to you


This Father’s Day, you may want to sit down with your dad and discuss his medical history. Knowing about your father’s health may help you and your doctor determine your risks for a number of health issues, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Does talcum powder cause ovarian cancer?


Based on prevailing research, the science is hardly decided on whether the regular use of talcum powder causes ovarian cancer. But at least two juries in St. Louis, Missouri, would beg to differ after awarding a total of $127 million in cases involving two women who said they got ovarian cancer from using Johnson & Johnson® talcum powder.

Healthy grilling: The do's and don'ts of barbecues


With Memorial Day behind us, it’s time to prepare for the season ahead—summer, and the favorite American pastime that comes with it: cookouts on the grill. Grilling is a popular way cook up meats and vegetables, but many people may not be aware that there are healthy, and unhealthy, ways to fire up the grill and the food we eat from it.

Having a family after cancer


Certain cancer treatments may impact your fertility, either through removal of reproductive organs such as ovaries or testicles, or by receiving chemotherapy or radiation that affect hormones or damage egg or sperm quality. If you’re about to undergo treatment and want to preserve your fertility, it’s crucial to talk to your oncologist as soon as possible about your options.