Category: Cancer

The FDA has recently approved Xermelo (telotristat ethyl), a new prescription medication for adults with carcinoid syndrome diarrhea. Xermelo is the first and only oral treatment for carcinoid syndrome diarrhea – so this is exciting news for those who suffer from the signs and symptoms of carcinoid syndrome. Carcinoid syndrome is caused by a rare tumor that can… Read More

The FDA recently ruled that Pylera will now require a boxed safety warning on its labeling. A boxed warning or “black box warning” is the most serious warning regarding potential side effects and is used to call attention to serious or life-threatening risks. What is Pylera indicated for? Pylera is used in combination with omeprazole to treat stomach… Read More

Oxycontin (oxycodone ER) is an extremely strong prescription pain medication, previously approved for adult use only. Now, the FDA has also approved it for use in children 11 to 16 years of age. The approval has caused some outrage, and has many people questioning why the FDA would allow such a powerful and addictive medication to… Read More

In 2016, 1,685,210 new cases of cancer are projected to occur in the United States. Hard to believe, but that actually means it’s getting better. Something’s working. Whether it’s more appropriate screening or the effects of diet- and exercise-shaming finally soaking in, death rates from cancer have declined and are continuing to go down. Here is… Read More

A generic for cancer med Gleevec (imatinib mesylate) has been approved, and will be available soon. Gleevec is used to treat multiple types of cancener, including chronic myeloid leukemia. Chronic myeloid leukemia or CML is a rare blood-cell cancer that begins in the bone marrow, and causes your body to produce too many white blood… Read More

Metformin is an inexpensive generic drug widely used for type 2 diabetes in the U.S. Although it only costs pennies, it is now featured on the World Health Organization’s list of “essential medications.” Now, metformin (the brand is Glucophage) is also being studied for cancer and aging prevention. You may know that metformin works to lower… Read More

You may wonder whether the many hormone injections required for the process of in vitro fertilization (IVF) put you at a higher risk of female cancers. Some reassuring results were just presented American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2015 Annual Meeting but there are some risks to know about. Here’s what they found. Ovarian cancer: In women who undergo in vitro… Read More

This is where the treatment of cancer is going—along with the future of medicine. Targeted cancer therapies, also known as personalized medicine or precision medicine, are drugs that target a cancer’s specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that lead to the growth and spread of that cancer. Confused? Here are ten facts to help you… Read More

Some interesting news came out of a study done at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where a common high blood pressure medication was shown to improve survival in those with ovarian cancer. In addition to standard treatment with surgery and chemotherapy, women taking propranolol (Inderal) or other similar medications lived longer. How do heart meds help with… Read More

Hidden ingredients or substances not listed on the labels of unregulated muscle-building supplements can be risky. A new study in the British Journal of Cancer found out how risky, and turns out, for testicular cancer it’s impressive. This matters because use of muscle-building supplements is increasing among younger men and rakes in billions of dollars…. Read More