January 9, 2012 |
Chemotherapy can destroy ovarian function in premenopausal women and much research has been dedicated to finding ways to preserve fertility in these women. Among breast cancer patients, for instance, about one in 200 are younger than age 40, and some of them may wish to become pregnant after successful cancer treatment. At least one of the strategies to preserve fertility in these women looks to be a failure, however. Researchers led by Dr. Pamela Munster at UC San Francisco conducted a study of premenopausal women undergoing chemotherapy.
April 15, 2011 |
A shortage of the chemotherapy drug cytarabine is threatening the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in children around the country, with some hospitals rationing supplies of the drug and others turning away new patients. Cytarabine is a key ingredient in the drug cocktails given to such children. "Without it, most patients die," Louis J. DeGennaro, chief mission officer of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, told Bloomberg News . "There's really no substitute for cytarabine in those chemotherapy regimens.
November 10, 1998 |
Massachusetts medical authorities disciplined a doctor who prescribed overdoses of chemotherapy that killed one woman and seriously sickened another, questioning his competence and finding him guilty of malpractice, officials said Monday. The state's Board of Registration in Medicine suspended Dr. James Foran for prescribing four times the proper dosage of chemotherapy drugs to the women at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in November 1994.
December 8, 2004 |
Mary Travers, 67, of Peter, Paul and Mary, is undergoing chemotherapy for a form of leukemia, but a full remission is expected within a few months, her publicist, Ken Sunshine, said Tuesday. "Mary looks forward to touring again with the trio soon and is grateful for the well wishes that have come to her from all over the world," the statement said. No other details were released.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1987
In his response (Letters, Jan. 22) to my article (Editorial Pages, Jan. 9), "Chemotherapy: Snake-Oil Remedy?," Dr. Gregory Sarna referred to two randomized controlled studies, which he indicated have shown "survival benefits with chemotherapy plus radiation for limited pancreatic carcinoma." Both were led by Dr. Charles Moertel of the Mayo Clinic. In the more recent paper, the authors concluded, "although this study does provide some evidence of a therapeutic gain in pancreatic carcinoma, the gain can hardly be considered substantive.
August 20, 2010
Certain types of chemotherapy can be brutal, causing nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. However, an ancient Chinese remedy shows promise in animal studies for relieving some of those symptoms as well as enhancing the effects of chemotherapy in destroying cancer cells. Dr. Yung-Chi Cheng, a professor of pharmacology at Yale University, tested an herbal preparation called huang quin tang that has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 1,800 years to treat stomach and intestinal disorders.