Medical Treatments with Cancer Risks

A Shocking Diagnosis: Breast Implants “Gave Me Cancer” New York Times, May 14, 2017. Breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma is a mysterious cancer that has affected a tiny proportion of the more than 10 million women worldwide who have received implants. Nearly all the cases have been linked to implants with a textured or slightly roughened surface, rather than a smooth covering. Texturing may cause inflammation that leads to cancer. If detected early, the lymphoma is often curable.
Menopause and the ongoing hormone therapy debate Hormone therapy has been used to treat the symptoms of menopause since the 1940s. There has been evidence that these hormones can cause a variety of illnesses, including breast cancer, but some new studies are questioning these findings. But, can they be trusted?
Hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer Hormone “Replacement” Therapy may help reduce the symptoms of menopause, but research has found that it increases the risk of breast cancer and other serious health problems.
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Morcellation devices: a surgical tool that can spread cancer? What you need to know By Anna E. Mazzucco, Ph.D. 2014 If you have uterine fibroids and are considering treatment or if you’ve heard about uterine morcellation in the news, this article will help you understand the issue. What are power morcellation devices?                 A power morcellation device is a small surgical tool which cut tissue into smaller pieces.  This […]
Everything you ever wanted to know about radiation and cancer, but were afraid to ask Do you know how much radiation you are exposed to? Learn more about the risk of developing cancer from various sources of radiation.
Choosing wisely: tests and treatments cancer patients usually DON’T need The ABIM Foundation and Consumer Reports collaborated with specialty medical societies to create lists of “5 Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” as part of a national effort called Choosing Wisely (www.choosingwisely.org). The lists contain evidence-based recommendations made by experts. Here is the list of their recommendations on cancer.
Radiation and thyroid cancer Recent media reports have raised fears that radiation from dental x-rays and mammograms increase the risk of thyroid cancer. Is it true that dental x-rays and mammograms are to blame for the increase in thyroid cancer? Can a simple thyroid shield (an optional extension of the lead apron that blocks x-rays from reaching the neck) reduce the risk and put fears to rest?

Having trouble sleeping? Pills are not a safe solution Findings from a 2012 study suggest that people who take hypnotic sleep medications are more likely to get cancer or die than people who do not take these medications.
Procrit, Aranesp, and Epogen-all risk and no benefit of Erythopoiesis-Stimulating Agents (ESAs) for patients with anemia due to chemotherapy? Anemia drugs are widely used by patients undergoing chemotherapy and patients with chronic kidney disease, but there is growing evidence that the misuse of these drugs is harming many patients. The latest FDA “communication” again raises concerns about the safety of these drugs for any use, including patients with anemia due to chemotherapy. Studies show that cancer patients who receive ESAs have worse outcomes than patients who do not, because of higher mortality rates as well as faster cancer progression.
Doctors were paid to praise hormone replacement therapy How a drug company convinced the medical community that hormone replacement therapy works and is safe: Wyeth paid highly respected physicians to allow their names to be listed as authors of research studies, reviews, commentaries, and letters to the editor, although they had not actually conducted or analyzed the research nor written the articles.
Danger at the dentist’s (and orthodontist’s) office: children exposed to radiation Has your child been to the orthodontist this year? Was he or she exposed to dangerous levels of radiation? More and more dentists and orthodontists are using an imaging device that delivers significantly higher doses of radiation than regular X-rays. While the machine’s promoters claim that this technology is a safe way to obtain highly detailed images of a patient’s mouth and skull, other health experts are concerned about the cumulative effects of radiation from these scans, and think they shouldn’t be used routinely.
Lung cancer and hormone therapy: bad news for former and current smokers Hormone therapy is frequently taken by women suffering from symptoms of menopause, but new research shows that hormone therapy can increase a woman’s chance of dying from lung cancer, especially if she is a current or former smoker.
Heart CT scans: new heart disease test may cause cancer Heart disease is the leading cause of death among adults in the U.S., so some doctors have recently started using Computed Tomography (CT scanning, or “CAT scan”) to detect blockages in the heart’s arteries that can cause heart attacks. Researchers warn that if this test is widely used, we could see many new cases of cancer from increased exposure to radiation.