Fewer Radiation Treatments | Weight-Loss Surgery | Survivorship Video, 12/14/2022

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Shorter Course of Radiation for Early-Stage Breast Cancer
2 anatomy pictures of the breast. 1 shows  a tumor in the breast with lymph nodes under the arm. There is a circle around the tumor in the breast. The other shows a tumor in the breast and the lymph nodes under the arm. There is a circle around the breast tumor and a circle around the lymph nodes.   In a large clinical trial, a shorter course of radiation therapy was as effective and safe as a longer course for some with early-stage breast cancer who had a lumpectomy. This shorter radiation course makes treatment less of a burden for this group of patients.
Weight-Loss Surgery May Reduce the Risk of Some Common Cancers
In a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, staples are placed in the stomach, creating a small pouch in the upper section, and part of the small intestine is divided and attached directly to the small stomach pouch.   A new study suggests that people with obesity who had bariatric surgery had a much lower risk of five common cancers that aren’t related to hormone levels, including lung, colorectal, and esophageal cancer.
Video: Cancer Survivorship

The number of cancer survivors in the United States continues to increase. Watch this video to learn about this growing population.
Drug Combination Shows Promise for Rhabdomyosarcoma, but…

An NCI study in mice has found a new drug combination that may help treat children with rhabdomyosarcoma. But one of the drugs, ganitumab, is no longer being made. The NCI researchers who led the study are trying to figure out how to move the treatment to clinical trials despite this roadblock.

PDQ Updates
Nutrition in Cancer Care

Nutrition in cancer care can be challenging due to the cancer itself and its treatment. This updated page includes information about nutrition before, during, and after cancer treatment and nutrition concerns when a patient is at the end of life.
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Contact Us for Help

Information specialists at NCI’s Cancer Information Service (CIS), NCI's contact center, are available to help answer your cancer-related questions in English and Spanish. Reach us by phone, chat, or email.
Hair Dyes, Other Hair Products, and Cancer Risk

This page has been updated with information about hair straighteners and relaxers, including exposures in the workplace.
Common Moles, Dysplastic Nevi, and Risk of Melanoma

The updated page includes photos and descriptions of moles and dysplastic nevi and explains how they are related to melanoma.