Tag Archives: cancer

Pancreatic cancer, childhood

If you need medical advice, you can look for doctors or other healthcare professionals who have experience with this disease. You may find these specialists through advocacy organizations, clinical trials, or articles published in medical journals. You may also want to contact a university or tertiary medical center in your area, because these centers tend… Read More »

How one bit of medical jargon fuels public confusion about cancer treatments

Most new cancer treatments haven’t been proven to help patients live longer or feel better. Instead they delay the growth of tumors — which may be faster to measure but doesn’t necessarily indicate a tangible benefit for patients. But you wouldn’t grasp that sobering fact from some recent news coverage: A headline in the UK’s… Read More »

Theranos redux? Not really. But claim of a ‘simple’ test for breast cancer warrants scrutiny

Once again the lure of a “simple” test has made headlines. This time the catalyst was a news release issued by the UK’s National Cancer Research Institute. Its title: “Simple blood test for early detection of breast cancer.” In fact, no such test exists. As the body of the PR news release acknowledged, it’s an… Read More »

Trump Will Nominate Cancer Doc as FDA Head

President Donald Trump announced on November 1 that he will nominate Stephen Hahn, MD, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, as the new commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett Giroir, MD, will serve as interim FDA head during Hahn’s confirmation process. The… Read More »