For the past few decades, researchers have been exploring the possibility that cancer, possibly created by the growth of tumors, actually has a particular odor — and dogs can pick up on that smell. Some doctors believe this area of research may lead to more efficient screening methods and cancer treatment procedures. Special correspondent Dr. Emily Senay reports. Continue reading
When honeybees and scorpions sting, it is usually an act of defense — a painful one at that, thanks to the venom injected through the stingers. Scientists, however, may have found a way to co-opt those venoms as a means of defense for humans against cancerous tumors.
Besides being a beloved baseball star, Babe Ruth was one of the first cancer patients to receive a combination of chemotherapy and radiation, a practice that doctors still use today. Continue reading
Thanks to better treatments, more people are surviving cancer. But those treatments come with a downside: Survivors, especially those who got sick as children, are at greater risk for other significant health issues later. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise profiles a clinic at the University of California, San Francisco that specializes in caring for survivors of pediatric cancer and studying their long-term health. Continue reading
One of the biggest success stories in the fight against cancer has been the number of children who are surviving the disease. But ironically, the same treatments that are helping save so many lives can also cause a host of other health problems years later, and children who survive pediatric cancer are at particular risk. A wallet-sized card called a “Survivor Health Passport” can provide patients a portable cheat sheet of their treatment history. Continue reading
This May, Colorado’s governor signed the nation’s first “right to try” bill, which allows terminally ill patients to try unapproved — and potentially dangerous — drugs outside of clinical trials and without approval from federal regulators. Continue reading
In May, Colorado became the first state to pass a so-called ‘right to try’ law, allowing terminal patients access to experimental drugs without FDA approval — and Missouri is about to follow suit. NewsHour Weekend examines the issue by speaking with the Missouri bill’s sponsor and his daughter, who is suffering from cancer. Continue reading
Some cancer patients and their insurers are seeing their bills for chemotherapy jump sharply, reflecting increased drug prices and hospitals’ push to buy oncologists’ practices and then bill at higher rates.
There is a new way to treat hormone-sensitive breast cancer in young women in the early stages of the disease, according to a study released Sunday by the National Institutes of Health. Continue reading
The public health transformation in Rwanda is striking for those with memories of the massacre of nearly one million people 20 years ago. International aid groups were initially wary about getting involved, but Rwanda took ownership of its own development and built a new health care system. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro explores how they’ve worked to overcome a shortage of doctors. Continue reading