Dear Doctors: I keep reading about new cancer drugs that have been developed in clinical trials. What exactly is a clinical trial and how does it work? A clinical trial is a scientific study that looks into [...]
Good news: Cancer survival rates are improving. The five-year cancer survival rate has risen from 49 percent in the mid-1970s to 69 percent in 2013,
https://youtu.be/3EGBM10Fyv0 For the vast majority of patients with lung cancer, advances in treatment have been minimal. Chemotherapy remains the standard of care, and for those whose cancer worsens during or after initial treatment, the outcome of so-called second-line therapy has been poor: Only about 10 percent of patients show [...]
At the age of 50, just after sending the youngest of my 3 beautiful daughters off to live in Israel for a year, I went for my annual mammogram. I received a phone call on a Friday afternoon explaining that I needed to come back for some additional images. The [...]
Colored coronal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan through the head of a 48-year-old male patient with a glioblastoma (red), with surrounding oedema (fluid) that is compressing the left ventricle (at right). A glioblastoma is a particularly malignant brain cancer that arises from the supporting glial cells in [...]
I have melanoma, stage 4. It’s in the liver, lungs, and brain,” says Laura Mayes, 40-year-old wife and mother.