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Delay in breast cancer treatment reduces life expectancy

Delay in breast cancer treatment reduces life expectancy

Journal of Clinical Oncology . For this, 1,786 women enrolled in the health system North Carolina Medicaid diagnosed with cancer of between January 2000 and December 2002. All were followed up until July 2006. The median time between biopsy diagnosis and initiation of treatment was 22 days. Of the total, 66% started treatment within 30 days and 90% within 60 days. One in 20 women studied, however, started treatment 60 days after diagnosis.

Data showed that among those with advanced cancer, a delay of more than 60 days in treatment was associated with an 85% greater risk of death due to problems associated with the disease. The risk of death from other causes, in turn, was 66% higher compared to women who started treatment earlier. For the researchers, the study not only reinforces the importance of conducting preventive examinations, but also adhering to treatment , although the diagnosis points to the disease in an advanced stage. In other words, it is always possible to help the patient. This is what advocate psycho-oncologist Luciana Holtz, president of the Oncoguia Institute. According to her, the more toxic and aggressive treatment of advanced cancer does not necessarily mean more suffering or less optimistic expectations for the patient. "Today there are so many treatment options and drugs that control the side effects that it is possible to provide enough comfort to the individual," he says.

It is worth remembering that each case is a case. "The prognosis of a colleague can not be compared to yours," warns the psycho-oncologist. Although we are bombarded daily with negative news about the disease, the future of each patient is different. After all, treatments are increasingly individualized, increasing the chances of success and reducing side effects.

For this, however, it is essential to attend consultations and schedule exams with discipline. Providing a world of options to the patient will only have some value if he adheres to the treatment. Also remember that you do not have to face the disease alone. Bringing escorts to the doctor and receiving support from the family helps and a lot in the fight.


Little sleep can increase risk of stroke

Little sleep can increase risk of stroke

Previous studies have associated a few hours of sleep with a greater risk of cardiovascular problems. Now, a survey presented at SLEEP 2012, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS), has not only strengthened this relationship but was able to establish a minimum amount of sleep necessary to reduce the risks of suffering a stroke (stroke, also called a stroke).

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Zika virus: out of 4000 cases of pregnant women with symptoms in RJ, only 176 are confirmed

Zika virus: out of 4000 cases of pregnant women with symptoms in RJ, only 176 are confirmed

Agência Brasil - Bulletin released on Thursday (25) by the Superintendency of Epidemiological Surveillance of the State Department of Health, reports that since November 18 last year, when notification of pregnant women with red skin patches (exanthema) became mandatory in Rio de Janeiro, 4,746 cases were reported.

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