Cancer Pain in the Pocketbook; Sugar-Sweetened Deaths; More Cancer in Younger Adults

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Patients are paying more than ever out of their own pockets for cancer care. (American Cancer Society, Journal of the National Cancer Institute)

Medicare beneficiaries also are feeling the financial pinch from growing use of targeted anticancer drugs. (JCO Oncology Practice)

More evidence that less sitting, more moving around reduces cancer risk, breast cancer in this case. (British Journal of Sports Medicine)

Computer modeling identified specific sequences of chemotherapy drugs that could reduce the cost of treating metastatic breast cancer while preserving patients’ quality of life. (University of North Carolina)

Consuming two or more sugar-sweetened drinks a day increased the risk of dying of an obesity-related cancer. (American Cancer Society; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention)

Preoperative PET imaging showed “astonishing” accuracy for predicting which borderline resectable and locally advanced pancreatic cancers would respond to neoadjuvant chemotherapy. (Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network)

Rates of cancer in adults younger than 50 have risen worldwide. (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology)

Genetic makeup that accelerates caffeine metabolism may explain why coffee consumption has been associated with lower prostate cancer risk and more favorable outcomes in men who have the disease. (European Urology Oncology)

Neoadjuvant atezolizumab (Tecentriq) for resectable non-small cell lung cancer led to double the survival rate expected after surgery and chemotherapy in a phase II trial. (OSUCCC – James, Nature Medicine)

Adjuvant nivolumab (Opdivo) significantly improved recurrence-free survival in a randomized trial of stage IIB/C melanoma, Bristol Myers Squibb announced.

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    Charles Bankhead is senior editor for oncology and also covers urology, dermatology, and ophthalmology. He joined MedPage Today in 2007. Follow

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