FRIDAY, Jan. 19, 2018 -- A pill-sized device that you swallow might help detect a change in the esophagus that can lead to a deadly form of cancer, researchers are reporting.
The esophagus is the tube that carries food from your mouth to your stomach. And the change that occurs in the esophagus, known as Barrett's esophagus, usually results from long-term reflux. Barrett's esophagus is considered a precursor to a type of cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma.
THURSDAY, Jan. 18, 2018 -- In an early step toward "one-stop" screening for cancer, researchers report they've developed a blood test that can detect eight types of the disease.
The blood test is dubbed CancerSEEK. It was able to catch cancer cases anywhere from 33 percent to 98 percent of the time, depending on the type. The accuracy range was better -- 69 percent to 98 percent -- when it came to five cancers that currently have no widely used screening test, the scientists reported in a new study.
THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 -- Cancer drugs have become so pricey that U.S. patients often can't afford them, a new study finds.
The findings suggest that high out-of-pocket costs may be a barrier to potentially life-saving or life-prolonging treatments, the researchers said, and raise questions about whether patients will be able to take advantage of new cancer treatments.
TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 -- Treatments that help people beat cancer also can cause them to age prematurely and die sooner, Mayo Clinic researchers report.
Cancer survivors naturally age faster than others who haven't had cancer, and are more likely to develop long-term health problems related to aging while they're still relatively young, the study authors said.