Gastrointestinal Cancer Latest News
Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin,” may be helpful for people diagnosed with colon cancer, says Charles Fuchs, MD, MPH, director of Yale Cancer Center.
- June 01, 2019
Pembrolizumab may provide alternative to chemotherapy for certain gastric, gastroesophageal junction cancers
CHICAGO — First-line pembrolizumab appeared noninferior to chemotherapy for OS among patients with PD-L1-positive, HER2-negative advanced gastric or gastroesophageal junction cancer, according to findings from the randomized phase 3 KEYNOTE-062 study presented at ASCO Annual Meeting.
- April 19, 2019
A new study concludes that high doses of vitamin D may help hinder the growth of advanced colorectal cancer in combination with chemotherapy.
- April 10, 2019
Donors Making a Difference: Physician, Researcher and Author C. Richard Boland, MD, (YSM ’73) Accelerates Research Surrounding Familial and Hereditary Gastrointestinal Cancers with Recent Gift
Inspired by an intense curiosity about his family’s long history with colon and other cancers and a desire to help his and other families with similar cancer histories, C. Richard Boland, MD, ’73 has devoted his entire medical career to finding the causes of hereditary colorectal cancer.
- April 09, 2019
Results of a small clinical trial suggest that supplementing chemotherapy with high doses of vitamin D may benefit patients with metastatic colorectal cancer by delaying progression of the disease. The findings, by researchers from Yale Cancer Center and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
- April 07, 2019
Patients suffering pain and jaundice from blocked bile ducts can find relief without going through major surgery, with the use of endoscopic ultrasound, according to the director of the Yale Center for Pancreatitis. “Endoscopic ultrasound has been there for many years, but now we are trying new techniques in new areas,” said Dr. Thiruvengadam Muniraj. “One reason is we are having more tools and gadgets” available. For example, in a procedure used to remove gallstones in patients with gastric bypasses, known as EDGE, “that needs a special stent that has only been on the market for a few years or so,” he said.
- March 26, 2019
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. It may not be the most pleasant topic, but those screenings do save lives. "That the rate of colon cancer is going down and the survival in colon cancer is improving, and we think a lot of that is due to colonoscopies," according to Dr. Jeremy Kortmansky, co-director of the Gastro-Intestinal Cancers program at Yale New Haven and Smilow Cancer Hospitals. No, they are not pleasant. Nobody likes them, but doctors say there is just nothing better for finding colorectal cancers than colonoscopies. "The gastroenterologists, who are the ones who do the procedures take good care," said Dr. Kortmansky. "They've made them a little bit less onerous, but the procedure itself is pretty straightforward."
- March 26, 2019
Dr. Xavier Llor, Director of the Colorectal Cancer Program at Yale Cancer Center, talks about the importance of Colon Cancer screening and prevention. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
- March 18, 2019
Former TODAY anchor Katie Couric joins Studio 1A, along with her Stand Up to Cancer colleague Dr. Charles Fuchs, to raise awareness about colon cancer, the disease Couric’s husband died from in 1998.
- March 07, 2019
he announcement by Alex Trebek, the long time host of 'Jeopardy', is on a lot of people's minds. The iconic host is now battling pancreatic cancer. He shares, "This week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Now normally the prognosis of this is not very encouraging but I'm going to fight this." His diagnosis is prompting many conversations and raising questions, which is the focus of News 8 On Call. Pancreatic cancer is tough to diagnose early because symptoms are mild, such as an upset stomach, The American Cancer Society says there is no screening test that has been shown to increase the rate of survival. There are a number of commonly asked questions about pancreatic cancer. News 8 asked Dr. Khanh Nguyen with Smilow Cancer Hospital at Griffin Health many of these common questions.