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News from ASCO 2000
Participants attending the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in New Orleans, the year's premier clinical-research sessions on cancer, give their impressions on what they learned.

Reflections of Courage
Charlotte Getschel is alive and well a decade after cutting-edge therapy for metastatic melanoma. She tells her story on this first of a series of inspirational accounts on CancerEducation.com. This was a live Webcast that is now archived for viewing at your leisure. The Webcast was supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Chiron Therapeutics.

And highlights of recent MedClipsä

Colorectal Cancer Overview
Dr. Ted S. Gansler of the American Cancer Society presents statistics on the annual incidence of the disease and describes the anatomy of the colon to give a better understanding of how the disease occurs. He also shows the typical steps that lead to formation of different types of colorectal cancers and polyps.

Complementary Medicine and the Mainstream: Where Do They Mesh?
Dr. Barrie Cassileth, chief of the integrative medicine service at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, talks about complementary and alternative medicine, offering a perspective on where each fits into mainstream medicine. Her talk was given to reporters at the recent American Cancer Society Science Writers Seminar in Tampa. Dr. Cassileth was chairman of a session on complementary and alternative medicine.

A Medical Update on Leukemia and Lymphoma from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Welcome and Introduction of Mary Ellen McFadden, R.N.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Robin Kornhaber, M.S.W., and Carson W. Jacobi, MPH, offer a welcome to the organization's medical update. They introduce the event's featured speaker, Mary Ellen McFadden, R.N., M.S.N., of Amgen, an oncology clinical support specialist.

Overview of Acute Leukemias and Mqlignant Lymphomas
Amgen's Mary Ellen McFadden, R.N., provides a cogent presentation of the key differences in the complex group of diseases known as hematologic cancers. She talks about evaluations, diagnoses, and treatments for Hodgkin's disease, non-Hodgkin's, acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL), and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). What are the differences between Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma? McFadden discusses them.

Skin Basics, Skin Cancer, and Melanoma, a Six-Part  MEDCLIPST Series from the American Cancer Society's Dr. Ted Gansler

Skin Cancer and Basic Skin Anatomy
Dr. Ted Gansler of the American Cancer Society discusses skin basics, offering an introduction to melanoma and an assessment of the impact of skin cancer. He provides definitions and statistics and offers a primer on getting to know your skin. He discusses various kinds of skin cancer, from the more common varieties to the potentially lethal malignant melanoma. He reviews basic skin anatomy and physiology.

Skin Cancer Prevention
The American Cancer Society's Dr. Ted Gansler discusses skin basics, explaining risk factors for melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers and ways to prevent these malignancies. He talks about how clothing, sunscreen, and other protective measures can keep skin cancer at bay. 

Recognizing Your Skin Cancer When You See It
Dr. Ted Gansler of the American Cancer Society discusses skin basics, talking in this segment about how you can recognize your own cancer. He demonstrates how to perform head-to-toe skin self-examination and how to recognize suspicious skin areas that may be melanoma or basal-cell or squamous-cell carcinoma.

Diagnosing Skin Cancer and Deciding How to Treat It
Dr. Ted Gansler of the American Cancer Society discusses skin basics, explaining how diagnoses are made and decisions on treatment are reached. He explains the role of medical history, physical examination, and biopsy in the diagnosis and evaluation of skin cancers.

Treating Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer
Dr. Ted Gansler of the American Cancer Society discusses skin basics, explaining the ways that nonmelanoma skin cancers are treated. He talks about what doctors mean when they use such terms as lymph-node dissection, radiation therapy, photodynamic therapy, chemoprevention with retinoids, and chemotherapy.  Dr. Gansler also suggests important questions to ask your physician.

Treating Melanoma
Dr. Ted Gansler of the American Cancer Society discusses skin basics, explaining the way malignant melanoma may be treated. He explains what doctors mean when they use such terms as  sentinel lymph node biopsy and excision, surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy-including IL-2, interferon-alfa, and vaccines.  Dr. Gansler also discusses clinical trials and emerging therapies. He suggests questions to ask your physician and how to take an active role in your treatment. 


NewsClips are quick audio updates on cancer put together by our CancerEducation.com staff.  They aim to provide perspective for patients-and their doctors-on clinical developments in cancer that may be hyped or oversimplified on the front pages and on the nightly news. 

To listen to the cancer NewsClips, click on http://www.cancereducation.com/cancersyspagesnb/a/statyb2.cfm?pg=news

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Ultrasound detects melanoma metastases missed by clinical examination
** Ultrasound screening of regional lymph nodes is clearly superior to clinical examination in detecting local and regional metastases in patients with cutaneous melanoma, according to a study appearing in the June 1 issue of Cancer. The study's authors recommend that ultrasound screening become a part of routine follow-up of such patients. http://www.cancereducation.com/CancerSysPages/Reuters/ViewArticle.cfm?Article=Cancer/20000602clin003.htm

Overall cancer rates lower in U.S. Hispanics
** Among Hispanic men and women living in the U.S., the overall incidence of cancer is lower than for non-Hispanic whites. However, incidence for several specific types of cancer is significantly elevated, according to a report in the June 1 issue of Cancer.

Cancer patients only reveal alternative remedies when pressed
** Cancer patients, who seem to be using alternative approaches far more than previously thought, tend to divulge their use of these remedies only when directly questioned by their physicians, according to a report at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in New Orleans.

Link between fat intake and breast cancer in postmenopausal women refuted
** A study of more than 40,000 women refutes the reported link between dietary fat intake and breast-cancer risk in postmenopausal women,  according to a report in the May 17 Journal of the National Cancer Institute. However, the study data  point to increased risk among women with no history of breast disease who have high intakes of certain fat subtypes.

Long-term HRT confirmed to increase risk of endometrial cancer
** Extended use of unopposed estrogens as hormone replacement therapy has been confirmed to increase the risk of endometrial cancer, researchers report in the May  Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.

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