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Alex Trebek Heading Back to Chemo After Cancer Numbers Go 'Sky High'

TUESDAY, Sept. 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek is heading back for another round of chemotherapy after losing a large amount of weight and having his numbers rise sharply, he told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday.

The news is a setback for the beloved game show host, who's been battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer this year.

In late August, Tr...

Alex Trebek Back Hosting 'Jeopardy!' After Completing Chemotherapy

FRIDAY, Aug. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Long-time "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek has finished chemotherapy -- aimed at beating back pancreatic cancer -- and is returning to host the popular game show.

In video footage that showed Trebek taping a new "Jeopardy!" episode, he said, "I've gone through a lot of chemotherapy and thankfully that is now over," NBC News reported Thursd...

Routine Screening for Pancreatic Cancer Not Warranted, Expert Panel Says

TUESDAY, Aug. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There's nothing to be gained by screening for pancreatic cancer in people with no signs or symptoms of the lethal tumor, according to an influential U.S. panel of experts.

Looking over the accumulated data on the subject, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) on Tuesday reaffirmed its prior recommendation against routine screening f...

New Test Can Pinpoint Which Pancreatic Cysts Might Turn Cancerous

WEDNESDAY, July 17, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- To have surgery or not to have surgery? That is the big question for hundreds of thousands of Americans diagnosed each year with a pancreatic cyst.

The dilemma? While cysts are very common, most will not actually lead to cancer. But for doctors, determining which will from which won't is often a shot in the dark. So many patients undergo a ...

Millions of Life Years, Billions of Dollars Lost to Cancer Each Year

WEDNESDAY, July 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- More than 8.7 million years of life and about $94 billion in earnings were lost to cancer in the United States in 2015, researchers say.

Cancer is the nation's second-leading killer and is expected to cause nearly 607,000 deaths this year. These premature deaths and the lost productivity they cause impose a significant economic burden, the s...

A New Way to Fight a Previously 'Inoperable' Pancreatic Cancer

THURSDAY, May 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new treatment protocol for locally advanced pancreatic cancer can enable surgical removal of previously inoperable tumors and improve survival rates, according to a new study.

"Locally advanced" pancreatic cancer is confined to the pancreas, but the tumor still involves major abdominal blood vessels and usually cannot be removed by surgery....

Alex Trebek Says His Pancreatic Cancer Is 'Near Remission'

WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Long-time "Jeopardy!" Host Alex Trebek may be winning his battle against pancreatic cancer, he and his doctors report.

Trebek, 78, is responding incredibly well to treatments and is in "near remission," his doctors said Wednesday.

"It's kind of mind-boggling," Trek told People as part of its new cover story. Even though th...

Blood Test Could Spot Multiple Cancer Types, Researchers Say

WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A gene-based blood test can accurately detect breast, colorectal, lung, ovarian, pancreatic, gastric or bile duct cancers in patients, researchers report.

The test uses artificial intelligence to identify and interpret "fragments" of DNA in the blood that indicate the presence of cancer, explained researchers led by Dr. Victor Velculescu. He...

Aggressive Approach to Pancreatic Cysts May Prevent Dreaded Cancer

WEDNESDAY, May 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest malignancies, so a new study appears to offer some good news: Early removal of a certain type of precancerous pancreatic cyst may prevent the disease in some people.

These cysts -- called intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms -- can cause enlargement of the main pancreatic duct. This duct is norma...

Treatment Advances Making Pancreatic Cancer a Less Deadly Disease

TUESDAY, April 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Advances in chemotherapy and cancer monitoring can dramatically extend the lives of almost one-third of pancreatic cancer patients with tumors previously considered inoperable, researchers report.

It's good news for patients with a particularly deadly form of cancer that's been highlighted by the recent diagnosis of "Jeopardy!" host Alex Tre...

Pancreatic Cancer Survival Odds Linked to Weight Before Age 50

SUNDAY, March 31, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Need another reason to stay slim? People who are overweight have a greater risk of dying from pancreatic cancer, especially those who are carrying extra pounds before age 50, a new study suggests.

"No matter what the age, there was some increase in pancreatic cancer deaths associated with excess weight. But the as...

Genomics Could Improve Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

THURSDAY, March 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- It's one of the toughest cancers to beat. But new research suggests that identifying the genetics of pancreatic cancer in individual patients could boost survival for some.

The five-year survival rate for pancreatic cancer patients is less than 9 percent. One reason this cancer is so deadly is that many patients are diagnosed at a late sta...

'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek Reveals He Has Pancreatic Cancer

THURSDAY, March 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In a special announcement aired Wednesday on the "Jeopardy!" YouTube channel, long-time host Alex Trebek announced he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but intends to "fight" the disease.

Trebek, 78, said he was concerned about the media reporting his condition inaccurately, so "I wanted to be the one to pass along this information."

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Obesity-Linked Cancers On the Rise Among Young  Americans

MONDAY, Feb. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- As more young American adults struggle with extra weight, they are paying an even steeper price as the rates of obesity-related cancers rise in this age group.

Obesity has already been linked to rising rates of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and knee replacements. Now, new research suggests cancer can be added to that list, and the rate of obes...

Adding Blood Test for Pancreatic Cancer May Aid Early Detection

MONDAY, Jan. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Using a new blood test for pancreatic cancer alongside the current blood test may improve early detection and help screen people at high risk for the deadly disease, researchers say.

The combination approach detects 70 percent of pancreatic cancers with a less than 5 percent false-positive rate, according to the team led by scientists at the V...

Suicide Risk Rises Following Cancer Diagnosis

MONDAY, Jan. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A cancer diagnosis can be tough to take, and a new study finds many patients contemplate suicide.

That risk is most pronounced in the year following the diagnosis, researchers reported.

The risk for suicide among newly diagnosed cancer patients also varies by the type of cancer, they added.

"Both cancer and suicide are leadi...

Is Your State a Hotspot for Obesity-Linked Cancers?

THURSDAY, Dec. 27, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- What state you call home may have a great deal to do with your chances of developing an obesity-related cancer, a new report suggests.

A nearly twofold difference exists between U.S. states with the highest and lowest proportion of obesity-related cancers, American Cancer Society researchers have found.

The highest is in the Distri...

Chemo 'Cocktail' Embraced as Pancreatic Cancer Breakthrough

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- When researchers announced that a four-drug chemotherapy regimen can add years to the lives of some patients with earlier-stage pancreatic cancer, doctors didn't wait.

Trial results were released last spring, and were immediately "practice-changing," said Dr. Hedy Kindler, an oncologist at the University of Chicago who was not involved in t...

Teenage Obesity May Raise Pancreatic Cancer Risk Years Later

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity in the teen years may increase the risk of developing deadly pancreatic cancer in adulthood, researchers report.

The odds for this rare cancer can quadruple due to obesity, the Israeli research team found. Moreover, the risk rises as weight increases, even affecting men in the high normal weight range.

"It's been known fo...

Most People Don't Know if They Have Genetic Risk for Cancer

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Most people carrying genes that put them at risk for cancer don't realize it, new research suggests.

Genetic screenings of more than 50,000 people found that more than 80 percent of those who carry a known gene variant for breast, ovarian, prostate or pancreatic cancer were unaware of their risk.

Researchers noted that most peopl...

New Treatments May Extend Pancreatic Cancer Survival

MONDAY, June 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Innovative ways of using chemotherapy can significantly extend the lives of patients with pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly cancers known, two new clinical trials report.

A four-drug chemo "cocktail" extended surgical patients' lives by nearly two years over the current standard single-drug chemo regimen for pancreatic cancer, a clinica...

Some Blood Pressure Meds Tied to Pancreatic Cancer Risk in Women

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Certain drugs prescribed to treat high blood pressure may boost a woman's risk for developing pancreatic cancer after menopause, new research suggests.

In a large study of postmenopausal women, those who had ever taken a short-acting calcium channel blocker (CCB) saw their pancreatic cancer risk shoot up by 66 percent.

And women w...

Busting Myths Surrounding Cancer and Genetic Testing

FRIDAY, April 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- While only 5 percent to 10 percent of cancers are caused by an inherited gene mutation, genetic testing may benefit people with a strong history of family cancer, an expert in genetics suggests.

This is especially true in families with a history of breast, ovarian, prostate or pancreatic cancers (especially if you are of Ashkenazi Jewish des...

Low-Fat Diet May Cut Pancreatic Cancer Risk for Overweight Older Women

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A low-fat diet may lower older women's risk of pancreatic cancer, a new study suggests.

The study included more than 46,000 overweight and obese women between the ages of 50 and 79 who ate high-fat diets when they joined a clinical trial between 1993 and 1998.

Some were assigned to eat less fat and more vegetables, fruits and grain...

Weight-Loss Surgery May Curb Risk for Certain Cancers

TUESDAY, Oct. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Weight-loss surgery could help some severely obese people reduce their risk for cancer by at least 33 percent, a new study suggests.

The researchers examined medical data compiled by health insurance and health care delivery systems in the western United States, including Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Colora...

Obamacare Paid Off for Poorer Cancer Patients

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of poor, newly diagnosed cancer patients without health insurance fell in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but remained high elsewhere, according to a new study.

The American Cancer Society study also found a small increase in early stage diagnosis of some common cancers in Medicaid-expansion s...