Cancer Clinical Trials See Shortage of Participants

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Despite widespread public awareness campaigns on behalf of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), it seems the majority of patients don’t know about the cancer clinical trials available to them.
Clinical trials are still the only means to test new cancer treatment and medication, but the AACR says fewer than five percent of cancer patients volunteer. The same report indicates that 75 percent would be willing to participate if they were informed of relevant clinical trials. What is responsible for the disconnect?
“There are some barriers to participating in clinical trials despite the possibilities. Insurance doesn’t always cover involvement in trials, and some physicians advise older patients against participating,” explains oncologist Dr. Stephen D. Nimer, the Leukemia Service Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, “But a great deal of medical research refutes both of those objections.”
Nimer notes studies from the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that patients enrolled in trials don’t necessarily accrue higher treatment costs, as well as others evaluating the participation of elderly patients.
“Most patients diagnosed with cancer are 65 and older, yet that age group is extremely underrepresented in cancer trials. Evidence is growing that reasonably fit seniors can undergo aggressive chemotherapy just as well as younger adults,” says Nimer, who recently discussed treatment advances for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in an interview with Hildy Dillon from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
MDS causes immature blood cells to build up in bone marrow, leading to a shortage of red and white blood cells and platelets. The disease is often a precursor to certain leukemias.
New drug treatment alternatives for MDS may be on the
horizon — there are medications being explored in drugs in phase 3 clinical trials like rigosertib (ONO1910. Na) from Onconova Therapeutics, which is being tested in many centers around the world. The clinical trial, called ONTIME, is designed for MDS patients who haven’t responded to previous treatment.
Ask your doctor about clinical trials, especially if your cancer is advancing. Learn more about the MDS clinical trial with rigosertib at mdsclinicaltrial.com.

Do You Take Drinking Water for Granted?

You turn on the tap, and water comes out. Period. Safe, plentiful and affordable drinking water is one of our nation’s most precious resources and something most of us take for granted.

But what if you turned on the tap and nothing happened, or if the water you drank made you sick?

While pouring a glass of water may seem simple, before it arrives at your tap there is a complex process of collecting, storing, treating and distributing the water that helps ensure its availability and quality. In fact, water utilities implement comprehensive water management plans to ensure that adequate amounts of drinking water are available. These include conservation and reuse, reclamation and sourcing strategies.

The National Children’s Cancer Society Observes 25 Years

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The battle against childhood cancer is ongoing. Over the past 20 years, incidence of children diagnosed with cancer has risen from 11.5 cases per 100,000 children in 1975 to 14.8 per 100,000 children in 2004 — during this same time, however, death rates declined dramatically, according to the National Cancer Institute. Many experts agree that these higher survival rates can be attributed to better medicine — and awareness.
One such organization that delivers essential action, The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS), has established a legacy of providing emotional, financial and educational assistance to children with cancer and their families.
This year, NCCS is marking its 25th anniversary — that’s 25 years of assistance to more than 28,000 children in the U.S. Since its beginning, NCCS has grown and evolved with programs such as the Pediatric Oncology Program (POP), which has distributed over $52 million to families, and Beyond the Cure. This year alone, Beyond the Cure — a survivorship program designed to educate children and their families about the challenges they may face as childhood cancer survivors — has awarded $100,000 in college scholarships to 32 cancer survivors.
“The NCCS recipients show all of us how to successfully turn a challenge into something positive,” says Mark Stolze, NCCS president and CEO. “The Beyond the Cure Scholarship Program is a vehicle to help these individuals move forward with their lives in a meaningful way.”
The programs give children suffering from cancer a better chance to make a full recovery, especially children who don’t have access to quality health care or proper treatment. And POP lessens the family’s financial strain by helping with the ongoing expenses of treatment, such as meal assistance, gas money and, in some cases, health insurance premiums. This gives some added peace of mind to those parents whose incomes have become affected by their child’s illness.
For more information on the NCCS or coping with pediatric cancer, go to www.thenccs.org. To learn more about Beyond the Cure, visit www.beyondthecure.org.

Women and Cancer: Safeguard Your Future Fertility

Fertility may be the farthest thing from your mind when you’ve just received a cancer diagnosis, but it’s the right time to think about your future family. Cancer treatments can affect your ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term. Ask your doctor about preserving your fertility before your treatment begins.

Understanding how treatment may affect your fertility is the first step in assessing your options for fertility preservation. Chemotherapy can damage eggs, the sacs holding the eggs and the production of sex hormones. Radiation therapy has similar effects, sometimes causing irregular periods or halting them altogether.

Jennifer Grey Joins Forces With Partners Against Pain

Movie icon, dancing star, and patient advocate Jennifer Grey is one of the millions of Americans who has lived with chronic pain. According to the Institute of Medicine, over 100 million adults in the United States suffer from chronic pain conditions. Grey’s journey with this complex medical condition began more than ten years ago, and it has impacted her personal life and career.

Now she is sharing her experience to inspire others to become ‘communication experts’ about pain. Grey understands how important open and honest dialogue is to developing an individualized treatment plan with your healthcare professional.

Peyton Manning Throws a Hail Mary Pass With Stem Cell Therapy

When Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning said he was doing everything he could to get his health back, he was telling the absolute truth. After months of physical therapy and three failed surgeries to repair his neck, the 35-year-old traveled to Europe to receive adult stem cell therapy.

Stem cell procedures are commonly in use in Europe and China. Americans are beginning to understand the regenerative power of stem cells and are looking to become part of this new direction in medicine. Manning’s European physicians removed some of his body fat, extracted stem cells from it and then injected the cultured cells into his neck to rejuvenate the damaged nerves and tissue.

The National Children’s Cancer Society Celebrates 25-Year Commitment

It’s hard not to be moved when you hear about the stress that cancer can put on a family – especially when it affects a child. It’s now time to salute one of the driving forces behind the efforts to try make these lives a little more joyful and longer.

Over the past 20 years, incidence of children diagnosed with cancer has risen from 11.5 cases per 100,000 children in 1975 to 14.8 per 100,000 children in 2004 — during this same time, however, death rates declined dramatically, according to the National Cancer Institute. Many experts agree that these higher survival rates can be attributed to better medicine — and awareness.

Childhood Cancer Can Lead to Infertility

When you or a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, the main things on your mind are treatment options and how to cope. However, another facet of the harsh reality of cancer is the potential infertility  that can result–an issue that can affect children as well as adults with cancer.

While childhood cancer is highly treatable, some treatments, like chemotherapy and radiation, can render young boys and girls infertile before they even hit puberty. Chemotherapy can harm eggs, sperm and the cells that generate sex hormones. Radiation has similar effects when targeted at the pelvis, stomach, brain or pituitary gland.

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Do you wish you could preserve your younger, healthier stem cells to help heal you in case of tragic accidents, diseases or conditions later in life? Well, you can!

One company with revolutionary technology has made it not only possible but affordable to invest in your future health by extracting adult stem cells from your fat. American CryoStem is the first-ever adult stem cell bank that exclusively cryogenically preserves your more youthful adult stem cells that could save your life.

Daily Supplement Proven to Help With Osteoarthritis

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – New research using cutting-edge Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for the first time confirms that pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulphate (CSbBIO-ACTIVE) significantly helps reduce the effects of osteoarthritis in the knee.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting 27 million people in the U.S. alone. Over time, this condition leads to breakdown of the cartilage and other parts of the joint, causing stiffness, pain and loss of movement. Cartilage is a firm, rubbery covering on the ends of joint bones that reduces friction and acts as a shock absorber. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage loses elasticity and wears away; without the cushioning cartilage provides, the bones can rub against each other. Cartilage deterioration can affect the shape and makeup of the joint so it no longer functions smoothly. Also, bruises called bone marrow lesions can develop inside the bone and may cause knee pain.
Trial results recently published in a leading arthritis journal showed that chondroitin sulphate treatment significantly reduced cartilage loss and bone marrow lesions from osteoarthritis of the knee.
Chondroitin is a natural substance in the body that helps keep cartilage healthy by absorbing fluid and providing building blocks to produce new cartilage. Chondroitin may also block enzymes that break down cartilage.
Recent advances in MRI made it possible for Dr. Jean-Pierre Pelletier and his team at University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre in Canada to measure for the first time the impact of chondroitin sulfate on cartilage loss and other changes to the joint, including bone marrow lesions. The latest technology enabled researchers to measure and demonstrate significant improvements after treatment with chondroitin sulphate.
By six months, patients showed significantly less cartilage loss compared with those receiving placebo. By 12 months, treatment significantly decreased bone marrow lesion size.
“Reducing bone marrow lesions may help lessen some of the pain associated with osteoarthritis,” said Dr. Pelletier. “From these results, we can conclude that chondroitin sulfate is a safe drug that significantly reduces the volume of cartilage loss and slows down the progression of osteoarthritis in the knee.” He notes, “Patients must be provided highly purified pharmaceutical-grade chondroitin sulphate, the one used in this study, as this is the only one that can guarantee such efficacy and specifically, safety results.”