Breast Cancer Chemotherapy in Older Patients With Comorbidities: Nina Tamirisa, MD

Many older patients with breast cancer have significant comorbidities, increasing the challenges of treatment. These challenges are compounded by the fact that elderly patients with multiple comorbidities are frequently excluded from participating in clinical trials, resulting in a lack of treatment data for this population. Nina Tamirisa, MD, and colleagues recently published a study in JAMA Oncology reporting that in older patients with multiple comorbidities and estrogen receptor–positive, no...
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PTSD Increases Risk for Heart Disease and Cancer

Because post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can place the body in a constant state of alarm called hyperarousal, those with PTSD are at risk for developing an array of comorbidities, including cardiovascular, respiratory, gastroenteric, and sleep disorders. Do PTSD patients also have an increased risk of developing cancer? In a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research, scientists have come closer to answering that question. When the researchers studied 84 participants diagnosed ...
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Artificial Intelligence Predicts Symptoms in Cancer Patients

Cancer patients have to deal not only with symptoms of cancer and adverse effects due to treatments, but also with comorbidities such as depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbance. Because these symptoms greatly reduce patients' quality of life, it is imperative to combat them. Scientists have discovered how to better treat these symptoms by utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) in order to predict their presence and severity in cancer patients before they occur, allowing doctors to identify hi...
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