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Spit-Based Test Could Predict Oral Cancer Recurrence
A new study found that in patients treated for oropharyngeal cancer, the detection of HPV16 DNA via an oral rinse could be a sign of poor prognosis.
Two Inexpensive Drugs Can Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths
A pair of studies suggest that aromatase inhibitors and bisphosphonates can each improve survival for postmenopausal women with early breast cancer.
RT Offers Little to No Survival Boost in Early Breast Cancer
Two trials reported marginal or no improvement in survival with nodal irradiation in early breast cancer patients, though reductions were seen in recurrence.
Biomarker Predicts Aggressive Prostate Cancer in African American Men
Researchers have identified a subset of six biomarkers that together may predict the risk of more aggressive prostate cancer among African American men.
Researchers Find Clues to Resistance in HER2-Positive Breast Cancer
Using a novel imaging technique, researchers have discovered that differences in HER2 homodimers on breast cancer cells may point toward functional differences, with possible implications for metastasis and drug resistance.
Uncovering the Role of Progesterone in the Treatment of Breast Cancer
Researchers have discovered that using progesterone in the treatment of breast cancer could result in better clinical outcomes.
Prenatal Testing Identifies Occult Maternal Tumors
Occult maternal malignancies can be detected through noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT), according to the results of a small preliminary study.
PET/CT Predicts Response to Drug Combo in HER2-Positive Breast Cancer
[18F]FDG-PET/CT could predict response in patients with metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer treated with lapatinib plus trastuzumab.
Even With Advance Planning, Aggressive Cancer Treatment Endures
While having an advance plan for end-of-life decisions has increased in cancer patients, aggressive treatments near the end of life continue to occur.
High Colorectal Cancer Death Rates Still Exist in Three US Regions
Though the United States has seen a decrease in death rates from colorectal cancer, three regions, or "hotspots," continue to experience high rates.
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