Monthly Research Roundup: Post-Cancer Health, Palliative Care, Prostate Cancer, and More

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Every day American Cancer Society researchers and scientists across the world are working to find cancer cures -- and better ways to treat and prevent the disease. Below are some of the interesting stories our researchers think you should know about from April.

  • Tackling cancer from all angles: The American Cancer Society announced its first set of new 2014 grantees in April, awarding a total of $42,899,000 to 103 scientists and health professionals. These grantees will work across all areas of cancer research – from investigating the way specific genetic mutations work to testing new methods and policies to help all populations gain equal access to the best cancer care.
  • Improving specialized palliative cancer care: Dr. Sean Morrison has spent his career working to improve and increase the availability of palliative care and now has big plans to do even more to enhance this type of care for cancer patients, especially pediatric cancer patients, with a just-awarded American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor grant.
  • Making better health after cancer possible: Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., a nutrition scientist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, has developed an intervention that is proven to improve cancer survivors’ health behaviors. Now, she plans to use her just-awarded American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor grant to turn her program into a web-based solution that all survivors could easily access.
  • Cancer recurrence not linked to stress: There is no concrete evidence that stress causes cancer to come back, according to a review of scientific literature by researchers from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
  • Prostate Cancer Patients Can’t Depend on Cialis for Erectile Dysfunction: In men who have had radiation therapy for prostate cancer, the drug Cialis (tadalafil) will not prevent erectile dysfunction, according to a new study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic.

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