Renal and Thyroid Cancer Increased in US Kids and Teens
Childhood cancer continues to be a leading cause of death among children and teens in the US every year. But rates of two cancers in particular — renal and thyroid — may be rising more than others.
Possible Alternatives to Kidney Removal
Looking for a less extreme alternative to surgical removal of the organ, a new study assessed the effectiveness of two alternative treatments for kidney cancer patients.
Extra Weight May Increase Risk for Certain Cancers
Many people want to slim down to cut their risks for heart disease and diabetes, but a new study suggests that being overweight may also affect cancer risk.
Lower Kidney Function Linked to Certain Cancers
The kidneys help rid the body of toxins. When the kidneys don’t function properly, it can open the door to other serious diseases, and cancer may be among them.
Advancing the War Against Advanced Kidney Cancer
Currently, there’s no standard of care to treat kidney cancer that has spread to other parts of the body. A phase ll trial involving an existing drug may change that.
Which Rx is Better for Advanced Kidney Cancer?
Along with the effectiveness of a cancer medication, physicians and patients want to know about its side effects. What’s the quality of a patient’s life while taking the medicine? Two kidney cancer medications are effective at treating cancer, but have markedly different side effect profiles.
Cancer Surgery Options Not Clear Cut
Figuring out the best course for cancer treatment can be complicated. In addition to dealing with the cancer itself, the long-term impacts of treatment need to be considered. Longer life is obviously a key goal.
FDA Rejects Potential Kidney Cancer Rx
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has altered its rules for approving cancer medications. The agency used to judge medications based on the time during which the cancer didn’t get worse (progression-free survival).
Robotic Cancer Surgery Better But Costlier
Treating kidney cancer involves surgery to remove the tumor. There are three ways this surgery is performed. A new study looked at the benefits and costs associated with all three.
Genes Make the Cancer Difference
Scientists are continuing to discover that the location of a cancer isn’t the whole story. The genetic make-up of the tumors makes a huge difference in how the cancer behaves and how it can be treated.