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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?

The strange past and inspiring future of cancer treatment


The history of the fight against cancer is filled with chapters both troubling and triumphant. For much of the past 150 years, doctors struggled to find ways to attack the malignancy without unduly injuring their patients. Cancer, after all, is a disease of damage to self. The question has always been: How to attack the tumor while leaving the healthy tissue unharmed?