Woman receiving chemotherapy.
New tools help doctors and breast cancer patients decide whether chemotherapy is needed. A recent study suggested that many can forgo chemo. But the decision is complicated. Here's why.
One in ten cancer patients can expect to face fertility issues after their treatment.
One in ten cancer patients will face fertility issues after treatment, but less than 50% are given options to preserve fertility. And those who are offered options can face significant cost barriers.
Cancer’s development and progression represent an evolutionary process.
Humans can more easily tolerate tumours in large or paired organs than in small, critical ones. This could be why the latter have evolved more cancer-fighting mechanisms.
Some cancer patients at St Vincent’s hospital were treated with off-protocol doses of a chemotherapy drug.
There is actually no existing evidence to show that a flat dose of 100mg of carboplatin provides inferior outcomes.
Glioblastomas are often resistant to the one type of drug that breaks the blood-brain barrier.
Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer that has a very poor prognosis. Despite the current best therapies half its sufferers survive for 15 months and less than 5% are alive after 5 years.
Research shows some families pressure doctors to attempt heroic interventions on elderly relatives.
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We found one third of patients near the end of their life received non-beneficial treatments in hospitals around the world. These included initiating chemotherapy and providing emergency surgery.
Methotrexate is used for arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer.
Methotrexate is a drug used for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease. It is taken on just one day a week. Accidental daily dosing can cause life-threatening toxicity.
We’ve come a long way since the 1950s in our understanding of breast cancer and how to treat it.
New research that more isn't better when it comes to chemotherapy mirrors the evolution of surgery approaches to breast cancer that, a few decades ago, were far more radical than now.
The cost of cancer drugs is killing patients and it needs to stop
Chemotherapy is used either to shrink cancers before surgery or to mop up cancer cells left behind after surgery.
Unlike most other types of drugs, the dose a chemotherapy patient is given isn't fixed. Instead it's individually selected based on height, weight and underlying health.
The best choice?
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Research on IV devices is underdeveloped, underfunded and understudied. That means doctors don't always have the information they need to choose the best one for their patients.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of cisplatin’s accidental discovery as an anticancer drug.
Cancer drug cisplatin was accidentally discovered to help treat cancer in 1965. And it's been doing exactly that since it was approved for use in 1978.
Vomiting, nausea and diarrhoea are common chemotherapy side effects that can be so severe that patients may refuse further treatment.
It’s unthinkable to give a placebo to someone to treat their cancer, but could we use one to treat chemotherapy’s well-known side effects? Unfortunately, we may never be able to answer this question because…
Research suggests the chemicals in chokeberry have a synergistic effect with a cancer drug.
Extracts from a berry can improve the effectiveness of a chemotherapy drug, according to research published today in the Journal of Clinical Pathology. But it’s best to view this finding with caution because…
Carbon monoxide has been found to shrink tumours and improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy in treating cancer. Small…
Around 70% of cancer survivors report difficulties with memory and concentration after chemotherapy.
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Cancer and its treatments cause a variety of side effects, some of which people recover from quickly, while others last long after treatment is over. After chemotherapy, around 70% of cancer survivors…
A new study of mice receiving chemotherapy could enable researchers to develop and test fertility-protecting drugs. Currently…
A simple blood test can now determine how well chemotherapy is working in Hodgkin lymphoma patients, a study has revealed…
In a first for Australia, an ovarian tissue transplant has helped a woman fall pregnant after chemotherapy.
For the first time ever in Australia, a woman whose chemotherapy rendered her infertile has fallen pregnant using ovarian…
An immune system “kill switch” that destroys blood stem cells when the body is under severe stress could have implications…