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Chemotherapy + radiation may improve survival for some elderly

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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Source: journals.lww.com Author: Carlson, Robert H., Oncology Times Because the toxicity of concurrent chemoradiation is greater than radiation therapy alone for definitive head and neck cancer treatment, many clinicians have reservations about offering chemoradiotherapy for elderly head and neck cancer patients. But a new study shows that combining chemotherapy with radiation therapy improves survival rates […]

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Study supports immunotherapy/radiation combo in head and neck cancer

Monday, April 11, 2016

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Source: www.onclive.com Author: Laura Panjwani There may be potential synergy between radiation therapy, given with or without chemotherapy, and immune checkpoint inhibitors in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN), according to results of a prospective study. The study, which was presented at the the 2016 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer […]

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Forgotten patients: New guidelines help those with head-and-neck cancers

Monday, April 11, 2016

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Source: www.fredhutch.org Author: Diane Mapes and Sabrina Richards Stigma, isolation and medical complexity may keep patients from getting all the care they need; recommendations aim to change that. Like many cancer patients, Jennifer Giesel has side effects from treatment. There’s the neuropathy in her hands, a holdover from chemo. There’s jaw stiffness from her multiple […]

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Patient survives stage IV, inoperable throat cancer in clinical trial

Monday, March 21, 2016

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Source: medicalxpress.com Author: staff It took a white lie to get David Polisini, 79, to a doctor in 2004, after months of being unable to swallow. “Two of my daughters, Toni and Susie, showed up on my back porch and told me to put my jacket on,” he says. “They told me we were just […]

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Immunotherapies gaining traction in head and neck cancers

Thursday, February 18, 2016

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Source: www.targetedonc.com Author: Greg Kennelty An explosion of immunotherapies is on the horizon for patients with metastatic head and neck cancer, specifically as phase III trials begin to report findings for PD-1 inhibitors. This upcoming wave of new therapies places importance on understanding optimal treatment settings and adverse events associated with these therapies. In late […]

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Depressed Head and Neck Cancer Patients Have Lower Survival and Higher Recurrence Risk

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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Source: www.OncologyNurseAdvisor.com Author: Kathy Boltz, PhD   Depression is a significant predictor of 5-year survival and recurrence in patients with head and neck cancer, according to a new study published in Pyschosomatic Medicine (doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000256). These findings represent one of the largest studies to report on the impact of depression on cancer survival. Although depression […]

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Poison’s Rikki Rockett Reveals He Is Battling Oral Cancer

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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Source: www.loudwire.com Author: Chad Childers   Poison drummer Rikki Rockett revealed during an appearance on the Eddie Trunk Live radio show that he’s completed nine rounds of chemotherapy and seven weeks of radiation treatments after being diagnosed with oral cancer this past summer and that he’ll find out in February if the treatments were successful. […]

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Cetuximab plus RT linked with high toxicity in head and neck cancer

Sunday, December 13, 2015

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Source: www.cancernetwork.com Author: Anna Azvolinsky, PhD The combination of radiation therapy plus the EGFR inhibitor cetuximab had higher rates of acute toxicity among patients with locally advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) compared with radiation therapy plus the chemotherapy cisplatin, according to results of a phase II trial based in Italy. […]

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Head, Neck Cancer Patients May Be at Higher Risk for Suicide: Study

Friday, November 13, 2015

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Source: www.health.usnews.com Author: Robert Preidt   THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Head and neck cancer patients may be at raised risk for suicide, new research suggests. However, the overall risk is still small, the findings showed. The study included over 350,000 patients in the United States diagnosed with head and neck cancer between […]

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Marathoner Harriette Thompson, 92, runs to her own inspiring rhythm

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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Source: http://espn.go.com/ Author: Lynn Olszowy Harriette Thompson has found a clever way to pass the time when she runs marathons. The classically trained concert pianist imagines her favorite pieces of music. “When I’m in a place that might be pretty boring, I run to some music in my mind,” she explained. “I hardly know I’m […]

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