Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 245 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Sep-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Sep-2003
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Elderly and younger lung cancer patients benefit equally from combined chemotherapy and radiation treatment
A recent study, led by Steven Schild, MD, and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona and the North Central Cancer Treatment Group (NCCTG) examined concerns about toxicity and survival that often keep cancer doctors from offering aggressive therapy to older patients with Stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).  more

Older american and european cancer patients willing to undergo aggressive treatment
A study, led by Martine Extermann, MD, Assistant Professor of Oncology and Medicine at the University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, examined the common perception in the medical community that older cancer patients especially Europeans are unwilling to undergo aggressive chemotherapy. more


Wrist bands can ease cancer nausea, especially for patients who expect them to work
Cancer patients who expected acupressure wrist bands to ease the nausea they have from chemotherapy were much more likely to gain relief than either patients who were not given the bands or those who received them but didn't expect them to help.  more

U.S. pedestrians, cyclists at greater danger than European counterparts
American pedestrians and cyclists beware: You are two to six times more likely to be killed on the road than your German or Dutch counterparts.  more

Health insurance scams leave thousands with large medical debts and no coverage
A recent unprecedented increase in unauthorized and illegal health insurance plans, spurred by rising health care costs and increasing numbers of uninsured, has left approximately 100,000 people with millions of dollars in medical debts and no coverage, according to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund. Companies selling phony insurance collect premiums from enrollees but fail to pay health care providers. With no safety net, such as a state guaranty fund, to pay medical claims when these plans become insolvent, victims are often left with huge medical debts.  more

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