Cancer http://wesa.fm en Report: More Cases of Cancer, But Fewer Deaths in Pennsylvania http://wesa.fm/post/report-more-cases-cancer-fewer-deaths-pennsylvania <p>More people in Pennsylvania are being diagnosed with cancer, but less are dying.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (</span>ASCO<span style="line-height: 1.5;">), which released the State of Cancer Care in America: 2014 — the first-ever <a href="http://www.asco.org/practice-research/cancer-care-america">report</a> of its kind.</span></p><p>According to ASCO, the report provides a “comprehensive look” at demographic, economic and oncology practice trends and how they will affect the United States in the future.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:11:58 +0000 Jessica Nath 27217 at http://wesa.fm 'Stars' Film Makes Stars, And Friends, Out of Young Cancer Patients http://wesa.fm/post/stars-film-makes-stars-and-friends-out-young-cancer-patients <p>"The Fault in Our Stars," a movie adaptation of a critically and commercially popular young adult novel, has just finished filming in Pittsburgh and in the Netherlands.</p><p>The book and movie center around two teenagers who meet and fall in love at a cancer support group. Many of the extras in the movie are young people with cancer.</p><p>There’s a lot of buzz surrounding the movie adaptation of the beloved novel. Book author John Green says the story goes against the typical trope popular media brings us about the ailing.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 13:03:27 +0000 Erika Beras 19772 at http://wesa.fm Working Like a Dog http://wesa.fm/post/working-dog <p>Dogs are called man’s best friend for good reason. They have served with distinction in the military, sniffed out bombs and been caring companions to people with disabilities.</p><p>New research now pinpoints advances in the use of dogs to diagnose human diseases and help solve environmental problems.</p><p>Dr. Cindy Otto, of the <a href="http://pennvetwdc.org/">University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog Center</a>, notes that some diseases and bacteria have a special odor, which dogs can smell. Medical studies in Europe have shown that some dogs can even pinpoint people with cancer. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:04:46 +0000 Nick Frost 19673 at http://wesa.fm Working Like a Dog New Cancer Test Could Save Patients From Diagnostic Surgeries http://wesa.fm/post/new-cancer-test-could-save-patients-diagnostic-surgeries <p>ThyroSeq, a new way of genetically testing thyroid nodules for cancer, could save patients an extra procedure.</p><p>Developed at the University of Pittsburgh, ThyroSeq is a genetic sequencing test that allows researchers to accurately diagnose a thyroid growth for cancer.</p><p>Dr. Yuri Nikiforov, director of thyroid molecular diagnostics at the Pitt School of Medicine, said thyroid nodules typically appear as a lump on the neck close to the &ldquo;Adam&rsquo;s apple.&rdquo; He said they are more common in women and the elderly.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Tim Camerato 17641 at http://wesa.fm New Research Helps Find Most Effective Chemotheraphy for Ovarian Cancer http://wesa.fm/post/new-research-helps-find-most-effective-chemotheraphy-ovarian-cancer <p>Research by a Pittsburgh physician could help women diagnosed with ovarian cancer determine the most effective chemotherapy treatments with their doctors.</p><p>The study, led by Dr. Thomas Krivak, assistant director of Gynecological Oncology at West Penn Allegheny Health Systems, supports the ChemoFx chemoresponse assay, a tool used to accurately predict how individual women will respond to platinum-based chemotherapy for ovarian cancer.</p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 13133 at http://wesa.fm Doctors Confirm Effectiveness of Less Invasive Procedure for Early Stage Breast Cancer http://wesa.fm/post/doctors-confirm-effectiveness-less-invasive-procedure-early-stage-breast-cancer <p>Each year more than 200,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer, and now doctors in Pittsburgh have confirmed that a less-invasive surgical procedure for women with early stage breast cancer is as effective as traditional surgery.</p><p>According to Dr. Thomas Julian, associate director of the Breast Care Center at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), a 10-year follow up on a clinical trial involving 5,611 women with invasive breast cancer showed no significant difference in overall survival or disease-free survival.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 21:58:22 +0000 Kevin Gavin 10705 at http://wesa.fm Cancer Plan For Pennsylvania Built During Pittsburgh Meeting http://wesa.fm/post/cancer-plan-pennsylvania-built-during-pittsburgh-meeting <p>State administrators, health care providers and researchers gathered in Pittsburgh Thursday to work on building a comprehensive plan to do battle with cancer in Pennsylvania.&nbsp;</p><p>The five-year plan is required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Director Nancy Davidson said the plan is being built with the center’s input.&nbsp;</p><p>Davidson said the group is using the standards put forward by the CDC to set the tone, but she stressed that it is Pennsylvania’s plan, not the CDC’s plan.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 20:05:45 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 7695 at http://wesa.fm