August 28, 2013 |
As hospitals race to offer the latest in high-tech care, a major California health insurer is pushing back and refusing to pay for some of the more expensive and controversial cancer treatments. Blue Shield of California is taking on this high-cost radiation treatment just as Scripps Health in San Diego prepares to open a gleaming, $230-million proton beam therapy center this fall, only the second one in California and the 12th nationwide. This week, Blue Shield began notifying doctors statewide of its new policy for early-stage prostate cancer patients, effective in October.
May 20, 2013 |
Former President Clinton visited Colombia last week, meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos while visiting Cartagena, where Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro showed him around the city in an electric taxi. Then Clinton took time out to visit with Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez , 86. Marquez has been said to be suffering from dementia. Last summer, his brother, Jaime Garcia Marquez, announced that cancer treatments the writer had undergone hastened a memory decline.
April 24, 2013 |
It stands to reason that the longer a woman waits to start breast cancer treatment, the worse her prognosis. A new study of California women puts some hard numbers on the cost of delaying treatment - and finds that Latinas, African Americans and poor women were most likely to put their recovery at risk by waiting six weeks or more to have surgery or begin chemotherapy. Researchers from UC Irvine and Children's Hospital of Orange County focused on breast cancer patients between the ages of 15 and 39. Women in this age group account for only 5% to 6% of all breast cancer patients, but their cancers are typically more aggressive, and the urgency to begin treatment is higher.
March 27, 2013 |
Better cancer treatments and an aging population will push the number of cancer survivors in the U.S. to nearly 18 million by 2022, according to a new report from researchers at the National Cancer Institute. As of January 2012, there were 13.7 million survivors of bladder, breast, colorectal, kidney, lung, prostate, thyroid and other cancers, the report says. Over 10 years, that figure is projected to grow 31% to 17,981,391, the researchers estimate. Today, the biggest group of cancer survivors is women who had breast cancer (22%)
March 13, 2013 |
These days, thanks to advances in treatment and detection, millions of women survive breast cancer. But surviving the disease doesn't necessarily mean the entire battle is over, a population-based study of breast cancer survivors in Sweden and Denmark, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine , seems to suggest. Assessing a total of 2,168 women whose breast cancer was treated with radiation therapy between 1958 and 2001, a team of researchers found that women's chances of having a major coronary event - a heart attack, bypass surgery or heart disease death - rose in proportion with the radiation dose they received, even at the lower doses of radiation delivered in newer treatments.
February 18, 2013 |
President Hugo Chavez returned to Venezuela from Cuba today to continue treatment for cancer less than a week after the government released the first photos of him since December. Chavez thanked his doctors, Cuban President Raul Castro and his brother Fidel and God, according to his official Twitter account. He landed in Venezuela at 2:30 a.m. local time and went to the Carlos Arvelo military hospital, Diosdado Cabello, the head of the National Assembly, said on his Twitter account.