Posts Tagged 'cancer'

Intravenous Cancer Drug Now Carries Risk of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

stevens-johnson syndrome risk associated with aranespFirst Word Pharma carries word of a health warning issued to cancer patients and their healthcare professionals regarding Aranesp; as the drug now carries the risk of Stevens-Johnson syndrome, as well as other severe side effects.

Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a potentially life-threatening condition, and use of Aranesp should be discontinued immediately if SJS symptoms develop. Patients may at first exhibit flu-like symptoms such as fever, exhaustion, and muscle and ...

continue reading...

Jury Finds Definitive Link Between Johnson & Johnson Talc and Cancer

johnson and johnson covered up link between talc powder and cancerIn a first of its kind decision, a St. Louis jury not only found that evidence indicated that Johnson & Johnson talcum powder caused a woman’s fatal ovarian cancer but also that the company knew about the possible dangers associated with its use. The jury found that Johnson & Johnson completely failed to act on this information and was ordered to pay some $72 million in ...

continue reading...

New Tool Compares Costs and Potential Benefits of Cancer Treatments

new tool released to help compare cancer costsA long-awaited tool has been developed by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) to assist patients in evaluating and comparing the costs and benefits of different cancer therapies. As oncology treatment becomes increasingly diverse and expensive, patients require more precise and calculated evaluation of treatment options, including an understanding of both the risks and benefits, as well as the potential financial costs associated with their treatment options. A Reuters ...

continue reading...

Medicare Subsidy Program Found to Be Effective With Breast Cancer Treatment Affordability

A preliminary study, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Boston, found that a Medicare subsidy program has made it easier for breast cancer patients to continue with the treatment they need. This improvement was found to be constant throughout all demographics and promotes continuation of hormone therapy after surgery. The study, detailed in a Medline Plus article, focused on over 23,000 early stage breast cancer patients.

The group included in the ...

continue reading...

Different surgeries available for mesothelioma

The American Cancer Society says different forms of surgery might be used to treat some forms of mesothelioma.

Major surgery might be needed to attempt a cure – or at least extend the patient’s life — if he or she is otherwise in good health and the tumor appears to be in only one place. In most cases, though, the cancer has spread to other places before it is found and surgery ...

continue reading...

Michigan Doctor of Oncology Charged in $35 Million Medicare Fraud Case

A government press release reports the arrest of the owner of the Michigan Hematology Centers with charges of widespread Medicare fraud. In the past two years, these centers billed Medicare for a total of $35 million. The doctor allegedly prescribed unnecessary treatments and chemotherapy to patients who either did not need it or could not benefit from it.

Putting patients at risk of chemotherapy side effects, the doctor has reportedly falsely diagnosed cancer and began treatment for those that ...

continue reading...
Page 1 of 8 12345...»