New cancer diagnosis linked to arterial thromboembolism

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Patients newly diagnosed with cancer may have a short-term increased risk of arterial thromboembolism, according to a new study. The research showed that, within 6 months of their diagnosis, cancer patients had a rate of arterial thromboembolism that was more than double the rate in matched control patients without cancer. However, the risk of arterial thromboembolism varied by cancer type. [Read Article]

Popular theory of mast cell development is wrong, team says

Mast cells
Stem cell factor (SCF) and KIT signaling are not necessary for early mast cell development, according to research published in Blood. It has been assumed that the differentiation of hematopoietic progenitors to mast cells requires SCF and KIT signaling. However, researchers found that mast cell progenitors can survive, mature, and proliferate in the absence of SCF and KIT signaling. [Read Article]

Cancer patients perceive their abilities differently than caregivers do

Cancer patient receiving chemotherapy
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New research suggests older cancer patients and their caregivers often differ in their assessment of the patients’ abilities. In this study, patients generally rated their physical and mental function higher than caregivers did. The study also showed that differences in assessment of patients’ physical abilities were associated with greater caregiver burden. This research was published in The Oncologist. [Read Article]