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Searching for Orphan Disease Cures

10/23/2009

The worldwide effort to find cures for rare disease is often the work of small organizations such as the the Myrovlytis Trust, a not-for-profit organization in Great Britain dedicated to finding treatments and cures for rare diseases. John Solly, charity manager for the Myrovlytis Trust, talks with host Dr. Bruce Bloom, the rationale for focusing large dollars on diseases affecting a small population and how the Trust is approaching the search for a cure to their first target disease, Birt-Hogg-Dubé Syndrome.

Cancer Society, in Shift, Has Concerns on Screenings

10/21/2009

The American Cancer Society, which has long been a staunch defender of most cancer screening, is now saying that the benefits of detecting many cancers, especially breast and prostate, have been overstated.

New targeted drugs for metastatic renal cell carcinoma

10/20/2009

Metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC) has poor outcomes. Metastatic disease is resistant to radiation therapy and chemotherapy, although some cases respond to immunotherapy. Although targeted cancer therapies have improved progression-free survival for RCC they have not yet demonstrated much improvement in overall survival. What next after failure of these drugs?

Exercise eases fatigue in cancer patients on chemo

10/18/2009

Exercise can reduce the often debilitating fatigue that cancer patients experience during chemotherapy, new research shows.

Pfizer announces joint operations with Wyeth

10/16/2009

Don't Rob Kidney Cancer Patients Of Hope

10/16/2009

In a New York Times Magazine article, Peter Singer asks: "You have advanced kidney cancer. It will kill you, probably in the next year or two. A drug called Sutent slows the spread of the cancer and may give you an extra six months, but at a cost of $54,000. Is a few more months worth that much?" See original New York Times Magazine article: http://tinyurl.com/lb5ek2

Understanding the Challenges of Cancer Survivors With Pre-existing Disabilities

10/11/2009

NCI: Funding for Kidney Cancer Research Increases - DEA Annual Report (PDF)

10/07/2009

Download the National Cancer, Institute Division of Extramural Activities, Annual Report 2008 (in PDF format).

The Case for Integrated Delivery Systems

10/01/2009

A number of studies have shown that integrated care is positively correlated with improved quality, which is achieved through the coordination of care among specialties, the effective use of information technology–based decision-support tools, and other key aspects of integrated systems.

Revolutionary procedure treats kidney cancer

10/01/2009

Joseph is one of the lucky 50 percent of kidney cancer patients who had a scan for another reason when the cancer was detected. So Lee gave Joseph the option to get rid of the cancer with a quick, more simple surgery he pioneered.

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