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Beyond Lung Cancer: Other Diseases Linked to Smoking

Health think tank Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) reported that in the Philippines alone, annual deaths due to tobacco-related diseases reach over 100,000. In Southeast Asia, more than 500,000 die due to tobacco-related diseases,…
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Metastatic Lung Cancer: What Should You Do?

If you or your loved one has received a diagnosis of metastatic lung cancer, you may feel anxious, angry, overwhelmed, confused, and so many other emotions. Allow yourself to feel all these things. You have the right to feel them. Metastatic…

Causes of Lung Cancer: How to Avoid Them

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancer types worldwide. In the Philippines, it is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and is the third for women. In the Philippines, the Global Cancer Observatory (GLOBOCAN) recorded 17,255…
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Why Smokers Should Undergo Lung Cancer Screening

Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the Philippines. Many cases are attributed to smoking but one’s family history and prolonged exposure to certain chemicals, compounds, and radioactive minerals are also…
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Immunotherapy: How can it help treat cancer?

Immunotherapy is a new treatment that is widely considered to be a breakthrough in cancer care. The way it fights cancer cells in the body is different from other treatments such as chemotherapy. Here’s why: Immunotherapy is not Chemotherapy Chemotherapy…
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How to Effectively Wean from Smoking

We have heard the warning “Smoking is dangerous to your health” many times over. In fact, in the Philippines and other countries in Asia Pacific, this warning comes with graphic images of the deteriorating effect of smoking to the body…
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Different Causes of Cancer

How many times have you read a headline with these words – “Experts find link between X and cancer”? Smoking, obesity, excessive alcohol drinking, exposure to UV rays, tanning beds, exposure to microwave, cellular sites, power lines,…
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Being an Emotional Anchor to Cancer Patients

A cancer diagnosis can trigger a rollercoaster of emotions for patients - fear, sadness, anger, anxiety and a whole lot more. The emotional burden of suffering from this illness must be considered and addressed, as much as its physical…
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Quick Guide to Understanding Hodgkin Lymphoma

There are over 100 types of cancers according to the National Cancer Institute. Many are familiar with cancers of the breast, lung, brain, skin, and leukemia. But some types of cancers are less known such as Hodgkin's Lymphoma (HL) which is…
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Facts Not to Miss on Cancer Remission

According to a new report released by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), 2018 has seen 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 million cancer deaths. In fact, cancers of the female breast, colorectum and lungs were found…
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Answered: Your Most Burning Questions About Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer, the sixth most common cancer worldwide according to the World Health Organization (WHO), arises in the nasal cavity, sinuses, lips, mouth, salivary glands, throat, thyroid gland, and larynx or the voice box. People usually…
Melanoma cancer survivor Danny Dimabuyu became cancer-free after receiving immunotherapy – an innovative form of treatment system that identifies cancer cells and allows the immune system to attack it

Defeating Skin Cancer With Immunotherapy

Danny Dimabuyu already knew a killer disease was in his body even before a doctor told him. “Nagkaroon ako ng balat o nunal sa likod. At pinabayaan ko yun. Nung isang araw, nakikinig ako ng radyo at sinabi ng doktor, ‘kapag ang nunal na…
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Dear Cancer Heroes: Honoring People in Clinical Trials

“Cancer research” can bring to mind labs, medicines, and graphs showing how well one treatment compares to another. But how often do we think of the people behind those graphs? The patients who participate in clinical trials…
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A NEW FRONTIER IN HEAD AND NECK CANCER TREATMENT

A Point of View by Dr. Jonathan Cheng, vice president, Oncology Clinical Development, MSD Research Laboratories Dr. Cheng has been treating head and neck cancer patients for many years. This is his personal perspective. I have…
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OVARIAN CANCER - TOO MANY LIVES CUT SHORT

By Scot Ebbinghaus, vice president, clinical research, Merck Research Laboratories Sixty years ago, in 1958, Dr. Rosalind Franklin died following a two-year fight with ovarian cancer. She was only 37-years-old. Her pioneering research…
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Lung Cancer 101

Lung cancer is considered as one of the most dangerous types of cancer. It is characterized by two main types -- non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Between the two, the small cell lung cancer is more aggressive, spreading faster…
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Gastric Cancer 101

Gastric Cancer is not commonly heard of but it is quite rampant and is in fact the third common cause of cancer-related deaths, according to experts. It is a disease in which malignant cancer cells form in the lining of the stomach, the body’s…
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5 Important Questions Answered About Melanoma

Many people think that simply putting on sunscreen is enough to protect one from melanoma orskin cancer. Others are led to believe that tanning beds are safer alternative to sunbathing. As aresult, people are unknowingly exposing themselves…