Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 150 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-May-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-May-2004
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Some men with low PSAs have prostate cancer: Most cancers found are not likely to be clinically significant
Men with low PSA (prostate specific antigen) levels on screening tests can still have prostate cancer, according to a study released today by scientists from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Southwest Oncology Group, an NCI-funded network of researchers. In this study, prostate cancers were detected by biopsy in men with normal PSA levels.  more

Breast reduction diminishes breast cancer in high-risk women
Women at high risk of developing breast cancer may have an additional preventative alternative to having their breasts removed – breast reduction surgery, according to a study published in the June issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). more

Information for patients: Breast cancer prevention studies
Breast cancer prevention studies are clinical trials that explore ways of reducing the risk, or chance, of developing breast cancer. Prevention studies are usually conducted with healthy women who have not had breast cancer, but have a high risk for this disease. Through such studies, scientists hope to determine what steps are effective in reducing the risk of breast cancer in women of all races and ethnic backgrounds.  more


Some hospice patients and families talk of hastening death
More that half of social workers who treat hospice patients report that they had been told by one or more patients that they were considering hastening their deaths, according to a survey of hospice social workers in the Carolinas.  more

Clue found on breast tumors distinguishes patients with better survival odds
Cancer researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have discovered a key marker in breast cancer tumors that may help determine which women with early stage breast cancer have a better chance of survival.  more

Benefits of screening for lung cancer with CT are not proven
The medical literature does not support the widely held belief that an advanced screening technique called "CT" (computed tomography) can save lives simply because it detects lung cancers at a smaller size than other screening techniques, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center and the Mayo Clinic.  more

Inexperienced surgeons operate on most ovarian cancer patients in Maryland
Johns Hopkins researchers report that more than half of ovarian cancer surgeries in Maryland are done by surgeons who perform the operation only once or at most four times a year. Previous studies have shown that poor outcomes after such surgery are twice as likely in hospitals with ovarian cancer surgery volumes of fewer than 10 cases per year.  more

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