Can losing weight help breast cancer patients survive? Fitbit joins study to find out.

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Scientists are recruiting thousands of women for a large clinical trial to find out if weight loss should be prescribed as a treatment for breast cancer in some patients.

The trial will put obese and overweight women who are 18 and older and recently diagnosed with breast cancer on diets and track exercise to see if losing a little weight could help prevent a cancer recurrence.

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US trade rep threatens Colombia's peace process over legal plan to offer cheap leukemia meds

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Colombia wants to produce Novartis's leukemia drug imatinib under a compulsory license, something it is allowed to do under its trade agreement with the USA, to bring the price down from $15,161/year (double the annual average income) to prices like those charged in India ($803/year). Read the rest

Boy, 7, who donated his hair to child cancer patients is diagnosed with metastatic cancer

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For two years, Vinny Desautels grew out his hair to donate to children with cancer who have lost their hair during treatment. The 7 year old Roseville, California boy was recently diagnosed with an unknown form of metastatic cancer, according to reports from his family and in local news.

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Exponential population growth and other unkillable science myths

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There's a widespread understanding that the vaccine-autism link and climate denial are bullshit, but there are plenty of widespread science myths that are repeated by people who should know better, from the idea that early screening lowers cancer mortality to the idea that the human population is growing exponentially. Read the rest

AIDS-drug-gouging hedge-douche reneges on promise to cut prices for Daraprim

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Martin Shkreli, the hedge-fund douche-bro who hiked the price of an off-patent drug used by AIDS and cancer patients from $13.50 to $750, then promised to lower the prices after becoming the Most Hated Man on the Internet did no such thing, because he is a liar. Read the rest

UK launches massive study of aspirin's cancer-fighting ability

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The UK's NHS’s National Institute for Health Research announced it will embark on a 12-year study involving 11,000 patients to study the effects of aspirin on different types of cancer.

From Motherboard:

It’s not the first time scientists have looked into whether aspirin could help stave off cancer. One 2012 study that found that a daily low-dose aspirin lowered the risk of developing common lung, prostate, and colon cancers by an average of 46 percent. In 2014, another study published in the Annals of Oncology confirmed that aspirin “protects most strongly” against bowel, stomach, and oesophageal cancers, and also more weakly against lung, prostate, and breast cancers. The study found that aspirin prevented fewer deaths from both cancer and heart attacks in a population tghat took aspirin every day. And just this week, a study found that aspirin could help women with a particular inflammatory condition increase their chances of getting pregnant by 17 percent.

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Antioxidants protect cancer cells, help tumors to spread

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The largely unregulated supplement industry sells a variety of weird and sometimes dangerous stuff that it wink-nudge promises will cure what ails you, but even the most accurately labeled, evidence-based supplements can make sick people much, much sicker. Read the rest

Cancer patient receives 3D printed titanium ribs and sternum

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Melbourne, Australia's Lab 22 produced a 3D printed, custom set of ribs and artificial sternum that were implanted into a 54-year-old male Spanish cancer patient's chest-cavity at Salamanca University Hospital. Read the rest

Indoor tanning contributes to doubling of melanoma rate in 30 years

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Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer is on the rise, due in part to the increased popularity of indoor tanning beds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly a third of young white woman visit a tanning at least once a year. Also at risk: older white men, who are less apt to use sunblocking preparations.

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Man plays Beatles song "Yesterday" on guitar while undergoing surgery for brain cancer

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The 33-year-old patient sang and played guitar while the doctors performed the surgery. It began with a song he composed for his son, born a few months ago, followed by "Yesterday" by the Beatles, and other tunes.

Condolence cards designed by a cancer survivor

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If you want a card for a friend or family member who has cancer, Emily McDowell -- who survived Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma at age 24 -- has created the best I've seen: Witty, warm, and acerbic.

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World’s oldest African penguin gets cancer surgery

Tess, a 40 year old African penguin who lives at the Pueblo Zoo in Colorado, has an aggressive skin cancer on her face. She was taken to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where she was zapped with radiation. She seems to be recovering nicely, and is back at the zoo, swimming with her friends. Read the rest

Help Spider Robinson's daughter pay her cancer bills

Writer Spider Robinson writes, "My daughter Terri Luanna da Silva, a Stage IV breast cancer patient since 2011, is now in hospice in the Palliative Care wing of Middlesex Hospital, 28 Crescent St, Middletown CT 06457-36454. She is not expected to recover. (No visitors, please. But cards and flowers are welcome.)" Read the rest

How I use medical marijuana: vaporizers, science, weed, and cancer

A primer on the healing power of weed, and how to vaporize correctly, for cancer patients and others who truly have a medical need for marijuana. Sponsored by Ascent by DaVinci, a vaporizer we think works really well.

Punktober, not Pinktober

A sickly-sweet, brand-policed, trivializing ad campaign cannot communicate the awful reality of breast cancer experienced by sufferers and their families. Naomi Horn on why she doesn't go pink.

Beauty After Breast Cancer: kickstarting a photography book on our bodies, in treatment and beyond

“What if among the many overwhelming materials you see at the time of a breast cancer diagnosis there was a simple book that inspired hope instead of fear, and showed beauty instead of disfigurement?”

Drug derived from sea creature may help ovarian cancer patients

"Sifting through puddles from the firehose of last week’s American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting brought to my attention some promising news from the world of ovarian cancer," writes David Kroll.

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