Erbitux Approved for New Use in Head and Neck Cancer

The US Food and Drug Administration has expanded the approval of Erbitux cetuximab to include the initial treatment in combination with platinum-based chemotherapy of selected patients with recurrent or metastatic squamous cell head and neck cancer Head a [...]

HPV Vaccine Recommended for Boys

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC has recommended that boys be vaccinated against human papillomavirus HPV Human papillomaviruses HPV consist of more than 100 different viruses Some t [...]

Chemotherapy During Pregnancy Not Linked with Developmental Problems in Kids

According to a study presented at the 2011 European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress children born to women who received chemotherapy during pregnancy do not appear to have an increased risk of heart or cognitive problems Since relatively few women are d [...]

Clinical Trial Participation Is Inadequate

A large proportion of cancer patients do not enroll in clinical trials and those who do participate may not adequately represent age groups cancer stages cancer types and racial and ethnic groups These findings were recently reported in the Annals of Surg [...]

Laser Therapy Reduces Oral Mucositis in Head and Neck Cancer

The use of low-level laser therapy LLLT may reduce the incidence and severity of oral mucositis caused by chemotherapy andor radiation therapy among patients with head and neck cancer These results were presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American [...]

Study Evaluates Whole-brain Radiation Following Surgery or Radiosurgery in Cancer Spread to the Brain

Results from a randomized Phase III study indicate that whole-brain radiation therapy WBRT following removal of one to three brain metastases with surgery or radiosurgery does not improve overall survival or duration of functional independence but does re [...]

Study Evaluates Incidence of Lymphedema Resulting from Cancer Treatment

A systematic review of 47 studies evaluating treatment for melanoma head and neck cancer genitourinary cancers gynecologic cancers and sarcoma indicates that lymphedema is a common side effect of treatment for these diseases These findings were recently p [...]

Mixed Findings on Combination Therapy for Nasopharyngeal Cancer

Results of a Phase III trial indicate that treating nasopharyngeal cancer with a combination of radiation and chemotherapy can significantly reduce disease progression but that the combination may also increase the rate of death from other causes These fi [...]

Chemotherapy plus Radiation Doubles Survival Time in Advanced Head and Neck Cancer

The addition of chemotherapy to radiation therapy doubles median survival time as well as event-free survival in patients with locally advanced head and neck cancer who have not undergone surgery according to the results of a study published in the Lancet [...]

Uninsured Have Worse Head and Neck Cancer Survival

Even after accounting for stage at diagnosis and several other prognostic factors head and neck cancer patients who are uninsured or covered by Medicaid or Medicare disability Medicare under age 65 have worse survival than patients with private insurance [...]