Posts Tagged 'cancer'

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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GTx Drug to Treat Muscle Wasting Fails to Meet Late-Stage Requirements

A drug designed to treat cancer-induced muscle wasting has failed its late-stage development trials. A story by Reuters reports that the drug, named enobosarm, did not meet its requirements to improve body mass and physical function in cancer patients. The manufacturer, GTx Inc, will therefore not be receiving FDA approval for its new drug.

Enobosarm was tested on about 650 patients with non-small cell lung cancer and did not meet any of the pre-specified requirements. ...

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Man represents ‘new breed’ of mesothelioma plaintiff

An article in the Wall Street Journal tells the story of a Texas man who died from the form of cancer called mesothelioma, and the attempts on his and his family’s part to get compensation from the company responsible.

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelium, which is the protective lining that covers many of the body’s internal organs. In the vast majority of cases, it’s caused by exposure to asbestos — ...

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Radiation used to treat mesothelioma

Different types of surgery are available to treat the type of cancer known as mesothelioma, according to the American Cancer Society. But radiation therapy is frequently used as well.

Radiation therapy involves using high energy rays, such as x-rays, to kill cancer cells or shrink tumors.

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelium, which is the protective lining that covers many of the body’s internal organs. In the vast majority of cases, it’s ...

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