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Hello, Again, From 1010ParkPlace!

One of my favorite words is "beginning." For me, no words are more powerful than “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Perhaps that’s why the word “beginning” conveys such hope and strength. It’s been a year andShow More Summary

New Study Helps Scientists Understand Melanoma Development

Fair-skinned people who tend to burn (rather than tan) from sun exposure have a much higher risk for melanoma than darker-skinned people. On the surface, it appears that the amount of melanin, the natural substance in the skin that determines pigment and acts as the skin’s “natural sunscreen,” would be the only determinant of melanoma […]

New Method May Allow Breast Cancer Drug to Be Given Through Skin

Endoxifen, one of the most commonly used hormone therapies for breast cancer, has also been shown to prevent the disease. However, taken orally, the drug can cause side-effects such as hot flashes and vaginal atrophy, along with increased risk of endometrial cancer and stroke, that leave it wanting as a routine method of chemoprevention. New […]

Findings Raise Hope of Preventing Breast Cancer with Statins

An association between high blood cholesterol and breast cancer has been found in a study of more than 1 million patients over a 14 year time period in the UK.  Dr Rahul Potluri, founder of the Algorithm for Comorbidities, Associations, Length of stay and Mortality (ACALM) Study Unit and lead author, said: “Our preliminary study suggests […]

Avoiding a Second Biopsy for Breast Cancer Patients

Following a diagnosis of breast cancer, one of the hardest tasks is to distinguish the benign nodes in the breast from the malignant tumors, and this usually requires a tissue sample (biopsy) to be taken. Using the combined approach of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), the key processes in the development […]

Finding the Achilles’ Heel of Ovarian Tumor Growth

Studies published online this week in the journals Gynecologic Oncology and Molecular Cancer Therapeutics show new insight into how ovarian tumors spread throughout the body. A team of scientists, led by principal investigator David D. Show More Summary

African American Women with Breast Cancer Less Likely to Have Newer, Recommended Surgical Procedure

Racial disparities in cancer care remain troubling, especially when it appears that certain groups are less likely to benefit from advances in medical technology. African American women with early stage, invasive breast cancer were 12...Show More Summary

New Tool Predicts Financial Pain for Cancer Patients

It’s an unfortunate reality in our modern society that cancer patients must worry about the cost of their care as they fight for their health.  The cost of health care in the United States is rising faster than the gross domestic product. The cost of cancer care is rising faster than the cost of health care, […]

Social Media And Cancer Awareness: Are We Smart Enough To Take Advantage Of The Opportunity?

This past week I had the privilege of participating in a meeting hosted by the President's Cancer Panel on the role of social media in improving cancer control and treatment. The goal was to give advice to the Panel on a planned series of meetings they will be convening to discuss the topic. Show More Summary

Why Cells Turn Cancerous

Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center DKFZ in Heidelberg are investigating the development of cancerous cells to find out how their growth is controlled and what goes wrong in a cancer cell. Usually a cell receives a chemical signal to divide, but this control is not working in cancer cells. Within the EU funded research project CancerPathways the […]

Lung-MAP--A Bold Initiative To Find New Treatments For Squamous Cell Lung Cancer--Launches Today

Today marks a major step forward in cancer clinical trials and drug development with the launch of the Lung-MAP protocol to evaluate new treatments for squamous cell lung cancer, a common cancer which has proven resistant to the standard drugs currently available. Show More Summary

ASCO 2014 Is A Wrap: If Immunotherapy Is The Queen Of The Ball, Then Panomics Holds The Keys To The Kingdom

As in years past, the trip home from the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago gives me a moment to reflect on what I have heard and hopefully learned over the past five days. This meeting is a whirlwind of activity and information, far too much for any one person to absorb and process. Show More Summary

Diabetes Drug May Also Protect Against Breast Cancer

Metformin, one of the most commonly used medications to control diabetes, may also have positive effects against cancer cell proliferation. New research done at the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) in Mexico, lead by...Show More Summary

The Picture With The Smile That Says So Much About Advances In Cancer Care

It was the picture (see below) that, to me, said it all: a 96 year old woman -- one of the first patients in the world to receive a brand new cancer drug--, and a large tumor on her neck had melted completely away. But it was the smile...Show More Summary

Study Identifies New Way Brain Tumors Become More Malignant

In a study published online in The Journal of Clinical Investigation on May 27, Markus Bredel, M.D., Ph.D., professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Radiation Oncology and senior scientist in the neuro-oncology...Show More Summary

Big Steps Forward In Melanoma Treatment But Tread Carefully

The brave new world of melanoma treatment continues at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago. And notwithstanding the excitement, there are some other pieces of information around the edges that remind...Show More Summary

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