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What's the difference? Small cell and non-small cell lung cancer


Diagnosing and treating lung cancer requires far more than measuring the size of cancer cells under a microscope. But those sizes are a critical first step in understanding the distinction, scope and extent of the disease and its treatment options. That’s because, even today, lung cancers are generally divided into two categories: small cell (SCLC) and non-small cell (NSCLC), named when pathologists first differentiated lung cancers by the size of the affected cells.

The dangers of fake medical news


In today’s busy news environment—with its 24-hour story cycles, social media platforms and flood of information—phony medical news spreads like a flu virus. Even serious topics like cancer, heart disease and drug addiction aren’t immune to becoming fodder for fake news, with misinformation masquerading as facts. If you search for the term “cancer treatment” on Google, you’ll get millions of pages of articles and websites on the topic.

What's the difference? Genetics vs genomics


Although commonly used interchangeably, the terms “genetics” and “genomics” are not synonyms. Both involve the study of genetic material and both are derived from the Greek word gen, which means birth or origin. But the similarities largely end there.

Preventive tools for women at high risk for breast cancer


Some women are more prone to getting breast cancer than others. Knowing your risk may prove empowering, especially at a time when prevention efforts are growing in both importance and availability. With today’s focus on preventing cancer when possible, some medical leaders are designing programs specifically to identify high-risk women and help them avoid becoming the one in eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

Fatigue: A common complaint among cancer patients


When you’re healthy and having trouble keeping your eyes open in a mid-afternoon meeting, getting an extra hour or two of sleep may be all it takes to renew your energy. When you have cancer, though, rest often isn’t enough. Even after a few nights of extra sleep, many cancer patients still feel tired and unable to complete normal, everyday activities.

Colorectal cancer rates rising sharply in younger people


Cancer—especially colon cancer—is a disease normally associated with older people. But a recent study, published last month in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found a surprising trend: a sharp rise in colorectal cancers in adults as young as 20- and 30-something. Compared to people born around 1950 and earlier, millennials and Generation Xers have double the incidence rates of colon cancer and quadruple the rate of rectal cancer, according to the new findings.