Knowing Genetic Risk for Cancer May Not Change Behavior

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As more genetic tests are developed that spot increased risks for certain cancers, one might think that high-risk people would be more proactive about getting screened.

Many Americans in Debt, Bankruptcy Paying for Cancer Care

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Besides the danger and worry from the disease itself, many Americans battling cancer are faced with high bills for medical care, two new reports show.

Mutations Linked to Blood Cancers Rise With Age, Study Shows

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Blood cell mutations linked to the blood cancers leukemia and lymphoma increase as people get older, according to a new study.

Y Chromosome Loss May Predict Earlier Death for Men

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly men who've lost the Y chromosome from their blood cells may be at increased risk for earlier death and death from cancer, a new study suggests.

Gene May Help Shield Hispanic Women From Breast Cancer, Study Says

TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one-fifth of Hispanic women have a genetic variation that offers significant protection against breast cancer risk, according to a new study.

Some Lung Patients Buy Cigarettes Along With Meds at Pharmacies: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While picking up a prescription for cholesterol-lowering medication, about one in 20 people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or high blood pressure will also purchase cigarettes, a new study finds.

Herceptin Boosts Survival for Breast Cancer, Study Reports

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adding the drug Herceptin to chemotherapy for certain breast cancer patients increases overall survival and reduces the risk of recurrence compared to chemotherapy alone, new research shows.

Healthy Lifestyle May Boost Breast Cancer Survival

THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise, healthy eating and good weight control may help improve survival of breast cancer patients, according to a large-scale review.

Immune Therapy Induces Remission for Many With a Tough-to-Treat Blood Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental immune-system therapy can often lead to complete remission in leukemia patients who have run out of other options, a new study confirms.

Medicare Subsidy Helps Breast Cancer Patients Afford Treatment

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A Medicare subsidy program makes it more likely that breast cancer patients in all racial and ethnic groups will continue hormone therapy after surgery for their cancer, a new study found.