March 2017 News Roundup

March 2017 News Roundup

Every month, we compile a list of the latest cancer news and research. Check out what’s new in March!

Some Melanoma Survivors Still Seek Out the Sun

March 2, 2017 (MedlinePlus via HealthDay News)
A recent study has found that some survivors of melanoma continue to expose themselves to the sun without protection. More research is needed to determine exactly why some melanoma survivors do not take steps to protect their skin from UV rays. Improving education about the seriousness of melanoma may encourage both survivors and those who have never had skin cancer to practice better sun safety.

Soy Safe, Even Protective, for Breast Cancer Survivors

March 7, 2017 (MedlinePlus via HealthDay News)
A study of 6,200 breast cancer survivors has shown that higher consumption of soy and soy-based products had a lower overall mortality rate over a 10-year period. The benefits of higher soy consumption were highest in those who did not have cancers which were hormone-receptor positive, which are more sensitive to estrogen. The study did not address why soy improves mortality rates for breast cancer survivors.

Mechanism Triggering Spread of Prostate Cancer to Bones Found

March 13, 2017 (via ScienceDaily)
Recent research has revealed how prostate cancer cells are able to spread to bones. An enzyme called MAOA triggers multiple reactions that better allow cancer cells to grow into bone cells. Researchers found encouraging signs that when they suppressed MAOA expression, cancer cells were less able to spread to the bones. Further research will be needed to identify whether this method can be clinically applied.

Seniors With Brain Cancer May Have Better Treatment Option

March 15, 2017 (MedlinePlus via HealthDay News)
New research has found that a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy improves the survival rate of older patients with brain cancer. This new therapy may become the global standard for treating patients with brain cancer who are over the age of 65.

Prostate Cancer Trial Shows Treating with Precision Radiotherapy Cuts Course of Treatment by 50 Percent

March 16, 2017 (via ScienceDaily)
A study of 1,206 men has demonstrated that condensing the duration of radiation therapy for prostate cancer results in similar outcomes to normal treatment length. The shortened duration of therapy also decreased the amount of side effects in some men.

First Global Guidance for HPV Vaccination for Cervical Cancer Prevention

March 17, 2017 (via ScienceDaily)
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has issued the first global clinical practice recommendations for HPV vaccination to prevent cervical cancer. This new guidance takes into consideration the social and economic structures of a community, local resources, and capabilities of a region’s health system to provide the best recommendations by area.

Advanced Form of Proton Therapy Shows Promise for Treating Lung Cancer Recurrence

March 17, 2017 (via ScienceDaily)
An advanced form of radiation therapy known as Intensity Modulated Proton Therapy (IMPT) shows positive early results to treat recurring lung cancer. While further study is needed to determine whether IMPT may be a viable widespread option, initial findings indicate that patients who received higher doses had lower recurrence rates as well as improved survival.

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