Congressional Bills Would Mandate Equal Coverage for Oral, IV Cancer TherapyCongressional Bills Would Mandate Equal Coverage for Oral, IV Cancer Therapy

A bipartisan group of House and Senate legislators introduced bills last week that would require health plans to cover the growing number of oral chemotherapy pills as favorably as they do intravenous chemotherapy. Kaiser Health News
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People diagnosed with cancer have a multitude of treatment options, many of which are standard therapies that have been well-studied to improve their chances of surviving their disease or avoiding recurrence. But people are increasingly also folding in complementary medicine approaches — which include nutrients, herbal remedies and other so-called natural supplements — with their cancer treatment regimes. While these are not nearly as well-studied as conventional therapies like surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, many people rely on them because they believe they can improve their chances of surviving their ca...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Cancer healthytime Source Type: news
This study investigated the presence of Streptococci, Staphylococci, aerobic gram negative bacteria (AGNB), Candida and bacterial endotoxins in the oral cavities of patients receiving chemo- and/or radiotherapy for cancer.MethodsSamples of oral cavity rinse were collected from 100 patients on cancer treatment and 70 healthy individuals. Demographic and clinical data were recorded. Samples were cultured onto various agar plates for qualitative and quantitative analysis and tested for the presence of endotoxin. Results were analysed using the Mann-Whitney and chi-square tests.ResultsIn cancer patients, S. aureus counts were ...
Source: Microbial Pathogenesis - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
ConclusionNatural agents proved to be promising in healing cancer induced oral mucositis but future demands further randomized controlled clinical trials on these agents which should also be focused on drug interactions of the natural remedies.
Source: Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research - Category: Dentistry Source Type: research
Patients with oral cancer can develop complications related to the tumor, the treatment, or patient factors. Surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or some combinations of these treatments are used for oral cancer, depending on the type of cancer, anatomic site, and stage. The major objectives of oral cancer therapy are complete control of the tumor with minimal complications and better quality of life for the patient. The development of acute or long-term toxicities can limit the patient's tolerance to therapy, sometimes leading to a suboptimal treatment schedule, poor patient outcome, increased hospital stays, and higher treatment costs.
Source: Dental Abstracts - Category: Dentistry Tags: Hands On Source Type: research
Purpose or review There is a large body of evidence supporting the efficacy of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) also known as PhotoBioModulation (PBM) when used for the prevention and/or treatment of oral mucositis in patients undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, or high-dose chemotherapy regimens. This review aims at giving the state of the art of this technique in this indication. Recent findings Recent advances in LLLT/PBM technology, together with a better understanding of mechanisms involved and dosimetric parameters may lead to the management of a broader range of complications associated with cancer ...
Source: Current Opinion in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: SUPPORTIVE CARE: Edited by Jean A. Klastersky Source Type: research
ConclusionsClinicopathological features and survival outcomes in the PBM-treated patients were similar to previously published data for conventional treatments in patients with advanced OSCC. In this study, prophylactic use of PBM therapy did not impact treatment outcomes of the primary cancer, recurrence or new primary tumors, or survival in advanced OSCC patients.
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
This study indicates that frailty and other age-related diseases could be prevented and significantly reduced in older adults. Getting our heart risk factors under control could lead to much healthier old ages. Unfortunately, the current obesity epidemic is moving the older population in the wrong direction, however our study underlines how even small reductions in risk are worthwhile." The study analysed data from more than 421,000 people aged 60-69 in both GP medical records and in the UK Biobank research study. Participants were followed up over ten years. The researchers analysed six factors that could impa...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Senolytic compounds are those capable of selectively destroying senescent cells. They are useful because the buildup of senescent cells over time is one of the root causes of aging. A number of mechanisms have been discovered by which senescent cells can be provoked into self-destruction, such as bcl-2 inhibition or interference in FOXO4-p53 interactions. These examples are fairly well understood. Other mechanisms are known but less well understood; they require more work in order to proceed on the production of improved senolytic compounds. In some cases, however, the primary mechanism of action of a compound found...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs
Patients diagnosed with oral cancer and scheduled for oral cancer therapy require a thorough workup and dental care plan to be completed before oncologic therapy begins. In addition, the treatment plan should cover the period before treatment begins; the time when the patient will be receiving radiation, chemotherapy, or both; and the period after such therapy is completed. This comprehensive plan will help to avoid or minimize the development of complications and enable the treatment team and the patient to be prepared to handle the conditions that can accompany treatment for head and neck cancer.
Source: Dental Abstracts - Category: Dentistry Tags: Hands On Source Type: research
In this study, poly(dl-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) nanoparticles coated with chitosan hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride was used as a carrier of rebamipide, and its usefulness was evaluated using a mouse model for oral mucositis. The surface properties and particle size of this nanoparticle were considered to be advantageous for the treatment of oral mucositis. Positively charged nanoparticles with an average particle diameter of 97.0 ± 36.7 nm were prepared. From the results of the mucin adsorption study using a periodic acid/Schiff colorimetric method, it was confirmed that the mucin adsorptive capacity of ch...
Source: Colloids and Surfaces - Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tags: Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces Source Type: research
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