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Monthly Archives: August 2015

NCI Awards Yale $11M to Fund Lung Cancer Research Program

Genomeweb  logoThe National Cancer Institute has awarded Yale University a five-year, $11 million grant to establish a new research program to study the biology and personalized treatment of lung cancer. The so-called Specialized Program of Research Excellence, or SPORE, initiative is specifically focused on developing novel therapeutics and personalized prevention strategies by improving the understanding of targetable biochemical and immunological pathways involved in the progression of lung cancer and the acquisition of resistance to therapy, according to the grant’s abstract. [Read more…]

Second cancers are on the rise

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Second cancers are on the rise. Nearly 1 in 5 new cases in the U.S. now involves someone who has had the disease before. When doctors talk about second cancers, they mean a different tissue type or a different site, not a recurrence or spread of the original tumor.

Judith Bernstein of suburban Philadelphia is an extreme example. She has had eight types over the last two decades, all treated successfully. “There was a while when I was getting one cancer diagnosis after another,” including breast, lung, esophageal, and the latest — a rare tumor of her eyelids, she said. “At one point I thought I had cancer in my little finger.” [Read more…]

CDA Presents 2015: Enhanced oral cancer detection can save lives

DrBicuspid logoEnhanced oral cancer detection can help general practitioners save patients’ lives while protecting dentists from malpractice lawsuits, according to a presentation by Dr. Jonathan Bregman at this week’s California Dental Association’s CDA Presents 2015 meeting.

The early detection of oral cancer, which has been aided by new high-tech screening devices, was the focus of Dr. Bregman’s session. He stressed the importance of creating an effective protocol that practices should use, including assessing risk factors and being aware of the changing demographics of the disease. [Read more…]

Former U.S. Surgeon General Advances Oral Health Debate

2015_08_17_14_53_57_268_Satcher_David_175When he was surgeon general of the U.S., David Satcher, MD, PhD, issued the first surgeon general’s report on oral health in 2000. He has continued to show that oral health matters, as he is now championing the use of dental therapists as a way to reduce the prevalence of caries and provide oral healthcare to underserved populations.

In this exclusive interview with, Dr. Satcher talks about the need to improve the oral health of all Americans, how the first surgeon general’s report on oral health came into being, the need for more outcomes research in dentistry, and why it’s not about dentists versus dental therapists. [Read more…]

144,000 Grant From ACS To Boost UTHSCSA Research On Oral Cancer Related Pain

08.12.15 144,000 Grant From ACS To Boost UTHSCSA Research On Oral Cancer Related Pain ( is the first and most significant symptom of oral cancer, with patients experiencing serious pain even if their tumors are quite small. In response to this, researcher Shivani Ruparel from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio was awarded a $144,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to assess the phenomenon of oral cancer pain. This grant is one of 100 dedicated to national research and training that represent over $45.6 million invested by the ACS this year alone. [Read more…]

Before you look at the teeth, look at this: our responsibility to detect and treat oral cancer

dentistry iqIt is easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day routine of doing a crown, filling a cavity, and hopping from one hygiene exam to the next. Our time is important and we have a schedule to maintain, right? While all this is important, the role that we have as health-care providers goes way beyond just fixing teeth — we have a responsibility in the medical community to detect and treat oral cancer. [Read more…]