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Complex Neck Surgery for Medullary Thyroid Cancer Restores Health and Hope
Complex Neck Surgery for Medullary Thyroid Cancer Restores Health and Hope

Pope “Mac” McCorkle thought his severe bouts of diarrhea were a symptom of irritable bowel syndrome, but soon learned it signaled medullary thyroid cancer. Aft ...

Duke Cancer Institute Joins National Endorsement of HPV Vaccination
Duke Cancer Institute Joins National Endorsement of HPV Vaccination

The Duke Cancer Institute joined all 68 other top U.S. cancer centers in issuing a statement that urges increased HPV vaccinations to prevent cancer in respons ...

Diagnosing Lung Cancer May Get Easier for Some Patients
Diagnosing Lung Cancer May Get Easier for Some Patients

A new test may reduce the need for expensive and invasive procedures to diagnose lung cancer in some patients. Momen Wahidi, MD, an interventional pulmonologis ...

New Treatment Guidelines for Thyroid Cancer Finds Less May Be More
New Treatment Guidelines for Thyroid Cancer Finds Less May Be More

People with small thyroid tumors may soon be hearing their doctor recommend they undergo a partial thyroid removal rather than a total removal, based on new Am ...

A New Approach to Treating DCIS
A New Approach to Treating DCIS

Time magazine's cover story sheds light on doctors' new thinking about how to treat ductal carcinoma in-situ or DCIS with active surveillance, rather than more ...

Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient Meets Stranger Who Saved His Life
Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient Meets Stranger Who Saved His Life

Randy Pence was going to die without a bone marrow transplant to treat his chronic leukemia. A match was found through the National Bone Marrow Donor Program. ...

Novel Therapy Offers Second Chance at Life for People with Melanoma
Novel Therapy Offers Second Chance at Life for People with Melanoma

Teresa Byrd almost lost hope after being diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma. After participating in a clinical trial studying a new class of drugs that received F ...

Celebrating 30 years, 5,000 Adult Bone Marrow Transplants
Celebrating 30 years, 5,000 Adult Bone Marrow Transplants

Gerald Madren was a 29-year-old newlywed when he was diagnosed with leukemia in 1997. Nearly 18 years later, he’s cancer free, thanks to a stem cell transplant ...

Bouncing back after rare cartilage cancer
Bouncing back after rare cartilage cancer

Brandon Lail has always been known for his upbeat approach to life. However, even he had trouble staying positive after cartilage cancer took his right arm and ...

Run/Walk to Support Brain Tumor Research
Run/Walk to Support Brain Tumor Research

Clara Guy will never forget the day doctors diagnosed her with an aggressive brain tumor and told her she had 18 months to live. Today, the mother of two is a ...

Tetanus Vaccine Helps Improve Survival in People with Glioblastoma
Tetanus Vaccine Helps Improve Survival in People with Glioblastoma

Nine years ago, Sandy Hillburn was diagnosed with a brain tumor and told she had three months to live. Today, she walks up to four miles per day and enjoys mon ...

High Cost of Cancer Drugs Can be Bad for your Health
High Cost of Cancer Drugs Can be Bad for your Health

Cancer treatments are supposed to help you get better, but ongoing research finds their high costs may be having the opposite effect. Here, Yousuf Zafar, MD, a ...