7 Key Cancer Trends For 2018

January 3, 2018 6:48 pm

By: Elaine Schattner

I expect progress. Here’s my list of major trends and issues that will affect the lives of cancer patients in 2018:

1. Less chemotherapy

recent report finds that among patients with the most common form of … Read more

Health Matters: Testing Your Genes for Cancer

December 12, 2017 12:21 am

Whether you’ve already been diagnosed, or you want to know your risk, health experts can test your DNA to determine your chances of developing cancer.

“The testing itself determines whether or not they have inherited this broken gene that could … Read more

Ultra-Personal Therapy: Gene Tumor Boards Guide Cancer Care

October 23, 2017 3:30 pm

By: Marilynn Marchione

Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Alison Cairnes’ husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumors. Now she takes it too, but the choice was no guesswork. Sophisticated gene tests … Read more

More Expansive Genetic Testing Needed in Ovarian Cancer

October 5, 2017 3:30 pm

More research is needed on the other genetic mutations, besides BRCA, that patients with ovarian cancer harbor so that they can be used to help plan treatments.

However, there is hope for such research to emerge. Ophira Ginsburg, M.D., director … Read more

The Role of Genetic Testing in Ovarian Cancer

August 8, 2017 2:59 am

Pathologists and oncologists work closely together to treat patients with cancer, and will continue to do so as more individualized treatments become popular. In ovarian cancer, tumors evolve over time, making this relationship between members of the treatment team even … Read more

Gene Testing Could Help Predict Ovarian Cancer Patients’ Sensitivity

January 2, 2017 7:55 pm

Testing for a gene commonly mutated in ovarian cancers could pick out patients who will respond well to a promising new class of cancer drugs, a major new study reveals.

Scientists found that defects in a gene called ARID1A caused … Read more

The Unbearably Slow Adoption of Genetic Cancer Tests

July 12, 2016 5:29 pm

Over the past 20 years, Nazneen Rahman has identified a steady stream of genes that influence the risk of breast, ovarian, and childhood cancers—work that has earned her scientific, popular, and even royal acclaim. But her latest accomplishment, and one … Read more