Treatment to Reduce Hearing Loss | Melanoma | Cervical Cancer, Cancer Information Highlights, 10/19/2022

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From the National Cancer Institute
Updating you about cancer causes, prevention, screening, treatment, coping, and more
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Treatment Approved to Reduce Chemo-Related Hearing Loss in Children with Cancer
child in earphones sitting at a table   Chemotherapy with cisplatin often causes permanent hearing loss. Sodium thiosulfate (Pedmark) is the first approved treatment that can reduce the risk of hearing loss and the severity of damage to the inner ear in children treated with cisplatin.
Immunotherapy before Surgery Appears Effective for Some with Melanoma
  For melanoma that can be treated with surgery, a few doses of pembrolizumab (Keytruda) beforehand looks to be a good choice. In a clinical trial, people who got the immunotherapy before surgery were much less likely to have their cancer come back than those who only received it after surgery.
What Is Cervical Cancer?

This new page defines cervical cancer and links to more information about cervical cancer symptoms, causes and risk factors, and how it is diagnosed and treated.
Is a Genomic Test Better at Finding Aggressive Prostate Cancer?
  In a recent study, the Decipher genomic test was able to find high-risk prostate cancer in men that other tests had flagged as lower risk. This difference appeared to happen more often for African American men.
Dense Breasts: Answers to Commonly Asked Questions

Breast density describes the amount of glandular and fibrous tissue in the breast compared with fatty tissue. This updated page explains how dense breast tissue affects a mammogram, whether it is a risk factor for breast cancer, and other common questions.

Also of Interest
Surgery Choices for DCIS or Breast Cancer

If you have ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) or breast cancer that can be removed with surgery, you may be able to choose which type of breast surgery to have. It can be hard to know what to do, so this page compares the different surgery choices to help you decide.
COVID-19: What People with Cancer Should Know

The COVID-19 situation continues to change, and so does guidance from experts as they learn more about the disease. Read the latest on how to protect yourself from COVID-19, including new information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about COVID vaccines that target the Omicron variant for children as young as age 5.
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