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A Cancer Trial’s Unexpected Result: Remission in Every Patient

A Cancer Trial’s Unexpected Result: Remission in Every Patient

It was a small trial, just 18 rectal cancer patients, every one of whom took the same drug. But the results were astonishing. The cancer vanished in every single patient, undetectable by physical exam, endoscopy, PET scans or M.R.I. scans. Dr. Luis A. Diaz Jr. of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, an author of a …

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'Masked' cancer drug stealthily trains immune system to kill tumors while sparing healthy tissues, reducing treatment side effects

‘Masked’ cancer drug stealthily trains immune system to kill tumors while sparing healthy tissues, reducing treatment side effects

Many cancer treatments are notoriously savage on the body. Drugs often attack both healthy cells and tumor cells, causing a plethora of side effects. Immunotherapies that help the immune system recognize and attack cancer cells are no different. Though they have prolonged the lives of countless patients, they work in only a subset of patients. …

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Vickie Dunlevy survived bladder cancer in 2020 and is now back on her paddle board. "I love to stay active," she said.

Dell Medical School trying to end desert in Austin bladder cancer care

Dorothy De La Garza had frequent urinary tract infections. Then she was told she had “an overactive bladder.” “Everyone assumes a woman is leaking because she’s old,” the 78-year-old from Austin said. After years of being on antibiotics on and off, and going to both a urologist and her primary care doctor for the same …

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Cancer screenings like colonoscopies are supposed to be free. Hers cost $2,185

Cancer screenings like colonoscopies are supposed to be free. Hers cost $2,185

Preventive care should be free to patients under the Affordable Care Act, but Elizabeth Melville of Sunapee, NH., was charged $2,185 for a colonoscopy in 2021. Philip Keith/KHN hide caption toggle caption Philip Keith/KHN Preventive care should be free to patients under the Affordable Care Act, but Elizabeth Melville of Sunapee, NH., was charged $2,185 …

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