Gene May Help Shield Hispanic Women From Breast Cancer, Study Says

TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- About one-fifth of Hispanic women have a genetic variation that offers significant protection against breast cancer risk, according to a new study.

Some Lung Patients Buy Cigarettes Along With Meds at Pharmacies: Study

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While picking up a prescription for cholesterol-lowering medication, about one in 20 people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or high blood pressure will also purchase cigarettes, a new study finds.

Herceptin Boosts Survival for Breast Cancer, Study Reports

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Adding the drug Herceptin to chemotherapy for certain breast cancer patients increases overall survival and reduces the risk of recurrence compared to chemotherapy alone, new research shows.

Healthy Lifestyle May Boost Breast Cancer Survival

THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise, healthy eating and good weight control may help improve survival of breast cancer patients, according to a large-scale review.

Immune Therapy Induces Remission for Many With a Tough-to-Treat Blood Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental immune-system therapy can often lead to complete remission in leukemia patients who have run out of other options, a new study confirms.

Medicare Subsidy Helps Breast Cancer Patients Afford Treatment

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A Medicare subsidy program makes it more likely that breast cancer patients in all racial and ethnic groups will continue hormone therapy after surgery for their cancer, a new study found.

Parenthood May Push Cancer Patients to Seek More Treatment

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being a parent makes cancer patients more likely to seek life-extending treatments, a new study says.

Nearly 1 in 20 Cancer Patients Die Within Month of Surgery: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a study of more than 1 million cancer patients who had surgery, Harvard researchers found that almost 5 percent died within one month of their operation.

Allergy to Some Metal Implants Linked to Rare Skin Cancer, Study Says

TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A rare type of skin cancer has been linked to allergic reactions to metal implants, researchers said.

Smoking-Related Illnesses in U.S. Total 14 Million, Report Finds

MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cigarette smoking accounts for approximately 14 million major medical conditions that plague the lives of U.S. adults, according to a new government report.