Volume 7 Issue 178
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Jun-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Polls finds many Americans believe cancer myths

An American Cancer Society survey finds up to half of Americans mistakenly believe surgery can spread cancer, and more than one in four thinks a cure for cancer already exists but is being held back by a profit-driven industry. Results of the survey are published in the August 1, 2005 issue of Cancer. The authors say it shows the American public is significantly ill-informed about cancer, and that most overestimate how much they know. more  

Cancer drug slows poxvirus in mice

Mice given a relatively new cancer drug can survive an otherwise lethal dose of vaccinia virus, a relative of smallpox virus, report scientists supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. The findings, say the investigators, suggest that Gleevec or similar drugs might be useful in preventing adverse side effects of smallpox vaccine. The classic smallpox vaccine is made from live, weakened vaccinia virus and is not recommended for people with compromised immunity, except in emergency situations where they may have been exposed to smallpox virus. more

Moving health records into the electronic age

Some oncologists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have a hypothesis: Patients will more accurately report the ill effects of treatment if they can do it in real time. To test this hypothesis, beginning this September, some patients will use their home Internet connections to record instances of nausea, fatigue, and other treatment-related symptoms into their individual Dana-Farber electronic medical record (EMR). more  

Colorectal cancer risk increased by red and processed meat diet

High levels of consumption of red and processed meat are associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, while high levels of fish consumption are associated with a decreased risk of the disease, according to a new European study published in the June 15 Journal of the National Cancer Institute. more

Thyroid cancer risk related to radiotherapy for childhood cancer  

Radiotherapy used to treat childhood cancers may contribute to survivors developing subsequent thyroid cancer, say researchers from NCI's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) in the June 11 Lancet. Chemotherapy given for the original cancer had no impact on later thyroid cancer risk, nor did it modify the risk found from radiotherapy. more

Erlotinib effective against some brain tumors  

A report in the June 15 Journal of the National Cancer Institute provides the first hints of how to identify brain tumor patients who will respond to the drug erlotinib (Tarceva), originally developed for lung cancer. more

Antibiotics help combat dangerous tropical disease

The disease is triggered off by the bite of an infected mosquito: together with its anticoagulant the mosquito pumps threadworm larvae into its host's body. These gravitate towards the lymph nodes, where they grow into threadworms which may be up to ten centimetres long. The body reacts by producing inflammation which halts the flow of lymphatic fluid. The consequence of this is that arms, legs and genitals swell to monstrous proportions hence the name elephantiasis. More than 120 million people worldwide are infected with the pathogen wuchereria bancrofti. more


Use of the electronic medical record can benefit cancer patients and their doctors.