Posts Tagged ‘survivors’

Does radiation therapy for cervical cancer increase your risk of later colorectal cancer?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

logo1267406_mdIn a recent study published online in the journal Medical Oncology researchers found that young women treated with radiation for cervical cancer had a higher incidence of secondary colorectal cancer later in life than women who were not treated with radiation therapy. As a result they recommended earlier colorectal cancer screening for this group than earlier recommended starting at about 8 years after treatment instead of waiting until age 50.

Researchers analyzed data on over 64,500 cervical cancer cases collected between 1973 and 2009. Among cervical cancer survivors studied, colon, rectum, and anus tumors were found to be two to four times more frequent in the group treated with radiation than in the group not treated with radiation. The rate of colorectal cancer in the group receiving radiation for cervical cancer varied by time and began about 8 years after treatment and increased over time until after 35 years they were 3 to 4 times more like to develop colorectal cancer than women who had not had radiation.

Pain, Fatigue, Insomnia and Brain Fog Continue After Treatment for Many Cancer Patients

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

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Research presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago June 4-8 reported that following treatment cancer survivors often continue to suffer moderate to severe problems of pain, fatigue, sleep, memory, and concentration for 3 to 5 years. Two hundred forty eight cancer survivors (breast, colorectal, lung,and prostate) primarily female, with most beyyond 5 year survival were evaluated. The most common symptoms reported were: fatigue (16%), disturbed sleep (15%), pain (13%), and cognitive impairment (13%). Physicians and health care providers need to be more aware of these problems and educate survivors on natural ways to deal with them.

Survivors of Childhood Cancer Have Increased Risk of Later Gastrointestinal Complications Than Their Siblings

Friday, May 13th, 2011

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A study recently reported in Gastroenterology concluded that surviving children who received cancer therapy had an increased risk of later developing gastrointestinal complications (upper, lower, and liver) than their siblings.

Data from part of the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study was collected in one of the 26 collaborating institutions on childhood cancer survivors and a random sample of their siblings. The median age at cancer diagnosis was 6.8 years and at outcome assessment was 23.2 years for survivors and 26.6 years for siblings. Subjects were diagnosed between 1970 and 1986. In the study, doctors evaluated the incidence of long-term gastrointestinal outcomes and the treatment related factors in order to determine the incidence of self-reported adverse GI conditions that occured at least 5 years following diagnosis and determine the effect of different treatments on the risk of developing later gastrointestinal problems. Researchers concluded “Survivors are at elevated risk for ongoing gastrointestinal complications after therapy.” Implications of these findings for treatment were discussed.

Lymphedema Risk Reduced by Weightlifting Following Breast Cancer Treatment

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

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In an earlier post on this site (August 21, 2009) research on the benefits of weightlifting to reduce lymphedema risk after treatment for breast cancer in the New England Journal of Medicine was presented. Now another study by this research group in the Journal of the American Medical Association and presented concurrently at the Breast Cancer Symposium in San Antonio reports additional positive results. Previous research prior to these studies showed that up to 47% of breast cancer survivors who had surgery later develop lymphedema. In this current study researchers concluded “Weightlifting may play a key role in the prevention of the painful limb-swelling condition lymphedema following breast cancer treatment……limits the worsening of symptoms among women who already have lymphedema. ”

One hundred fifty four breast cancer survivors without lymphedema treated within the past 5 years were enrolled into the program. Subjects were given a 1 year membership in a fitness center near their homes and attended twice weekly, ninety minute, small group classes for the first 13 weeks. Classes by certified fitness professionals taught safe techniques of weight lifting. Following the 13 week program subjects exercised on their own and were monitored monthly for changes in arm circumference and also reported any changes in symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness and others, on a weekly basis.

Results showed that a slow progressive weight lifting regime cut the risk of developing lymphedema by 35% over the one year study period. Compared with a control group who did not change their physical activity regime, 11 % of the subjects developed lymphedema whereas 17% of the controls developed lymphedema. Results were even more dramatic for women who had 5 or more lymph nodes removed during surgery and later practiced slow progressive weight lifting. This group experienced almost a 70% reduction in the development of lymphedema with 7% developing lymphedema compared to 22 percent in the controls.

More information is available at:

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20101210/Weightlifting-may-help-prevent-lymphedema-following-breast-