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Recently developed radiation therapy techniques aim to reduce adverse side effects


Radiation therapy is an important tool in the treatment of many cancers. But it often comes at a cost: adverse side effects that may impair patients’ ability to function normally. To help patients maintain their quality of life, recently developed tools and technologies are being deployed in appropriate cases to help reduce radiation damage to healthy tissue and lower the risk of debilitating side effects for some patients.

Statins show promise against small cell lung cancer, study shows


A new study published in the PLOS ONE medical journal suggests that several prescription drugs now being used for other conditions may benefit certain small cell lung cancer patients. The study suggests the possibility that statins, primarily used to lower cholesterol levels, may contribute to improved survival rates for some metastatic lung cancer patients, adding important data to a relatively neglected area of research.

Love and Cancer - Getting through the disease together


The 1984 hit song asks the question, “What’s love got to do with it?” When it comes to fighting cancer, the answer for some is: plenty. Four couples share how love helped them cope with the disease during their treatment journeys and survivorship.

Beginner's guide to a cancer diagnosis: What to do next


Discovering you have cancer can trigger a wide range of emotions, including fear and confusion, as you begin to try to navigate the complexities of cancer care. Becoming better educated about your diagnosis and formulating the next steps may help you gain a feeling of control over the process.

Expanding cancer treatment options demand expertise from doctors


The five-year survival rates for most cancers are rising, thanks to earlier diagnoses and an influx of more targeted, personalized treatments. But those advances are not reaching everyone who needs them, and studies show some cancer patients are not satisfied with the care they receive. Given the increasing complexity of treatment options, how can cancer patients have confidence that their medical team has the expertise they need?