Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer in study

Immune therapy scores big win against lung cancer in study

CHICAGO—For the first time, a treatment that boosts the immune system greatly improved survival in people newly diagnosed with the most common form of lung cancer. It’s the biggest win so far for immunotherapy, which has had much of its success until now in less common cancers. In the study, Merck’s Keytruda, given with standard […]

There’s nothing ‘simple’ about a blood test for cancer

There’s nothing ‘simple’ about a blood test for cancer

Hello and happy Saturday! Here’s this week’s round-up of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. ‘Simple’ blood test for cancer concerning By Kelly Crowe “If you ever hear about a simple blood test run for the hills because there is no such thing.” […]

Many new cancer drugs don’t save lives

Many new cancer drugs don’t save lives

Hello and happy Saturday! Here’s this week’s roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. When researchers in the U.K. took a close look at the effectiveness of new cancer drugs approved by the European Medicines Agency between 2009 and 2013, they discovered […]

Age matters when it comes to screening for cervical cancer

Middle-aged women can choose which test to undergo for cervical cancer screening, according to a draft recommendation from an influential group backed by the U.S. government.         Women ages 30 to 65 can choose to receive a Pap test every three years or a human papillomavirus (HPV) test every five years, according to the U.S. Preventive Services […]