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Gut Bacteria and the Body’s Response to Cancer Drugs

According to a few new studies, an individual's gut bacteria can play an important role in how the body response to certain immunotherapy drugs. These studies were published in Science and claim that "good" bacteria responds well to the PD-1 inhibitors, while "bad' bacteria doesn't respond at all. PD-1 inhibitors are a type of immunotherapy. The current research is promising. However, to be proactive in helping patients combat cancer and help the body respond to cancer drugs, further clinical research and trials must be conducted.

Can Aspirin Help Treat or Prevent Cancer?

Preventing and reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke by taking low dose aspirin has proven to be effective. However, more recent studies are showing the benefits of low dose aspirin in the treatment and prevention of certain cancers.

Gardasil 9 Approved for Men & Women up to Age 45

Men and women, ages 27 to 45 can now receive the Gardasil 9 vaccination, according to a recent FDA approval. This vaccination prevents the spread of HPV, which can lead to certain cancers.

One Size Does Not Fit All: Individual Risk and Breast Cancer Screening (Part 2)

Certain factors exist that can put a woman at an increased risk for developing breast cancer. Because DNA testing can be expensive, recognizing these risk factors can help a woman be more proactive in their mammogram screenings and to determine if a heightened possibility of developing breast cancer is present.

A Guide to Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare recipients, it’s that time of year again … open enrollment! Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plan or Medigap? This article gives you a breakdown of all your options as well as new changes for 2019.

Study Evaluates Quality of Life in Women Who Underwent a Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy

Over the past decade, there has been a significant rise in the number of patients electing to undergo a contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) - removing the opposite breast, even if cancer is only present in one. A recent study from Memorial Sloan Kettering takes a closer look at the psychosocial impacts of a CPM, such as cancer worry, quality of life and body image, as this can be an important factor when evaluating options and deciding on treatment.

How can you reduce your risk of breast cancer?

While there is no guaranteed way to prevent breast cancer, certain lifestyle changes may help you reduce your risk of developing the disease.

One Size Does Not Fit All: Individual Risk & Breast Cancer Screening (Part 1)

Up to 75 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer had no identifiable risk factors for this disease. This is why regular screening mammograms are so important, as is knowing your individual risk. Recent advances in genetic testing have allowed us to identify patients who are at increased risk, and take action to increase surveillance for early signs that the disease may be developing.

Using Your Phone to Improve Your Health

Many of us own a FitBit or other health tracking device, use a calorie-counting mobile phone app, or use our healthcare providers’ online health portal. While having instant access to your daily steps, physical activity, and nutrition is a great start, it is important to remember that improving your health still requires a commitment for you to make a conscious behavior change.

New Drug Targets Cancers Related to the Epstein-Barr Virus

New research shows that certain drugs may help patients with cancers related to the Epstein-Barr Virus.

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