Cancer in the headlines, August 28



livestrong-summit-lafAnother sunny weekend on my side of the world. However, our thoughts are with the victims of the bush and forest fires in many parts of the world. Such devastations have long-term effects on the environment, including the air we breathe.

I am also bring you the cancer news round up for this weekend. Happy reading.

News from the cancer victims

Senator Edward Kennedy passes away
Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy lost the battle against brain cancer on Tuesday, August 25, 2009. He was 77 years old. The senator’s famous words:

“For those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.”

News from the cancer summit

LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland in Support of Men’s Health
The first ever LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign was held in Dublin, Ireland this week, from August 24 to 26. The Livestrong Summit is an initiative of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF). More than 500 delegates from almost 70 countries met “to share their commitments to fight cancer.” The goal: a world without cancer. Photo from livestrong blog.

News from the airwaves

WEEI / NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon
Thursday and Friday, August 27 – 28, 2009 is the 8th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon on WEEI Sports Radio Network and New England Sports Network. The 36-hour radio broadcast will feature stories and interviews of celebrities (inlcuding Red Sox players), cancer patients, doctors, and other medical professionals. Funds raised will be used to support research and care for both children and adults at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Here are the radio-telethon times:

  • Thursday, August 27: 6 a.m. to midnight
  • Friday, August 28: 6 a.m. to midnight

News from the researchers

Worrisome” radiation doses with imaging, new study finds
Patients undergoing medical imaging procedures for clinical purposes are actually exposed to substantial doses of ionizing radiation, a trend which is “worrisome” according to researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine. Radiation exposure increases the risk for certain types of cancer. According to lead author Dr Reza Fazel

“Our findings that in some patients worrisome radiation doses from imaging procedures can accumulate over time underscores the need to improve their use. Unlike the exposure of workers in healthcare and the nuclear industry, which can be regulated, the exposure of patients cannot be restricted, largely because of the inherent difficulty in balancing the immediate clinical need for these procedures, which is frequently substantial, against the stochastic risks of cancer that would not be evident for years, if at all.”

Specific procedure found to be responsible for most of the radiation exposure are: myocardial perfusion imaging (22%); computer tomography (CT) scans of the abdomen, pelvis, and chest (38%).

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