Monthly Archives: May 2011

New Prostate Cancer Drug Approved by FDA

Good news for patients with metastatic prostate cancer.  The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) has approved Johnson & Johnson’s Zytiga (abiraterone) in combination with prednisone to treat patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer who have received prior chemotherapy.  Abiraterone … Continue reading

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FDA Approved Afinitor for a Type of Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved everolimus (Afinitor) to treat patients with advanced pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs).  pNETs is a rare, slow-growing form of pancreatic cancer.  In theUnited States, there are fewer than 1000 new pNET cases … Continue reading

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New Monoclonal Antibodies Increased Survival in Lung Cancer Patients

A new study showed that non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients who have high level of Met proteins in their tumor can have their survival increase three-fold by receiving experimental antibody MetMAb in combination with erlotinib (Tarceva).  In the trial, 137 previously-treated … Continue reading

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Another New Cancer Drug Crizotinib Shows Improvement in Survival

It looks like a number of new drugs might become available to lung cancer patients in the near future.  Results of an early-stage study suggested that nearly two-thirds of patients with late stage non-small-cell lung cancer who received the experimental … Continue reading

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What should you do if you have Prostate Cancer?

You should check whether you are overweight or obese*.  If you have prostate cancer and are overweight, you should try to lower your weight immediately.   A new study presented at the American Urological Association inWashington,DCfound that overweight and obese prostate … Continue reading

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Tai Chi May Prevent Falls, Improve Mental Health in Elderly

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, ill health is viewed as an imbalance between yin and yang (the 2 opposing life forces).  Tai chi, the practice that combines deep breathing, relaxation with slow and gentle movements, is supposed to rebalance such energy … Continue reading

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Herbs or Massage ease Colic in Babies

Parents often feel helpless, irritated and exhausted when their baby cries or screams frequently without any discernible reason.  A new report published in Pediatrics suggested that fennel or herbal tea that included fennel or herbal tea that included fennel and … Continue reading

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Latest Medical Consensus on Preventing Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with the annual incidence estimated to be 1.4 million cases in 2008.  Rates are highest in North American, Western Europe andAustralia, but the rates are also increasing in developing countries.  … Continue reading

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Best Medical Treatment for Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Heavy menstrual bleeding is not a life-threatening phenomenon, but can cause women anxious and is a social problem. These women have increased amounts of endogenous plasminogen activators that cause clots to dissolve.  Current option approved by the US Food and … Continue reading

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