Cancer Information Highlights, October 20, 2016

National Cancer Institute

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Cancer Information Highlights
From the National Cancer Institute
Updating you about cancer causes, prevention, screening, treatment, coping, and more
New from NCI
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Study Confirms Benefits of Early Palliative Care for Advanced Cancer

A recent clinical trial has shown that patients with advanced cancer who receive palliative care have a better quality of life and mood than patients who do not.


New Immunotherapy Drug Shows Promise in Some Patients with Rare Skin Cancer


In a clinical trial, a new immunotherapy drug called avelumab was effective in treating metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma. Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare, aggressive skin cancer that is difficult to treat.

PDQ on tablet  

Endometrial Cancer Prevention

Our revised PDQ summary includes updated information on the number of new cases of endometrial cancer and the number of deaths that it causes. The section on risk factors and protective factors for endometrial cancer has also been updated.


Prostate Cancer Screening


Updated information about prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests and other tests used to screen for prostate cancer has been added to our PDQ summary. We’ve also updated the information about possible side effects of treatment.


Unusual Cancers of Childhood


We’ve updated our PDQ summary with information on targeted therapy and on Mohs micrographic surgery, which is used to treat skin cancer in children.

Also of Interest

Surgery Choices for Women with DCIS or Breast Cancer

Women with operable breast cancer face many decisions about surgery. This page compares the different types of surgery and helps women think about which one is best for them.


Understanding Breast Changes: A Health Guide for Women


Many breast changes are not cancer. This information can help women follow up with their healthcare provider after an abnormal mammogram or breast change.


Inflammatory Breast Cancer


This fact sheet covers inflammatory breast cancer, which is a rare and very aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. It is called “inflammatory” because the breast often looks swollen and red.