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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

Dietary Changes May Help Fight Cancer

New research suggests that caloric restriction may improve outcomes for women with breast cancer. According to a study published May 26th in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, the triple negative subtype of breast cancer – one of the most aggressive forms – is less likely to spread, or metastasize, to new sites in the body when […]

In An Era Of Bold New Cancer Treatments An Older Drug Shows Real Promise For Advanced Prostate Cancer

The annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology here in Chicago is a place where many commercial interests jostle for attention to make their latest promising therapy the star of the show. But this weekend, a standard...Show More Summary

From The ASCO Meeting In Chicago: A Focus On Cost, Value, And Financial Toxicity Of Cancer Care

At the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) here in Chicago, something vitally important is happening: there is an increasing recognition of something no one really wanted to talk about in polite company until now. Show More Summary

The FDA Lays Down The Law About The Dangers Of Indoor Tanning

In what has to be considered a major victory for those concerned about the proliferating use and risks of tanning beds, the Food and Drug Administration this week issued a final rule requiring devices used for indoor tanning to meet very specific requirements before they can be marketed to the public. Show More Summary

Me, a Talk Show Host?

©Ramobrella, LLC. All rights reserved. Who would have ever thought I might have my own national TV talk show? Stranger things have happened... I believe little men with big heads from a galaxy far, far away, may have landed in the desert...Show More Summary

Parabens: Do They Cause Cancer and Do They Prevent Chemo From Killing It?

Parabens and their links to breast cancer are in the news again. Widely used as preservatives in many cosmetic and toiletry products like antiperspirants, parabens have been found to have an estrogen-like effect in the body, and estrogen is an established risk factor for breast cancer. Show More Summary

Most Women Who Have Double Mastectomy Don’t Need It

Recent studies have shown an increase in women with breast cancer choosing to have both breasts removed following a breast cancer diagnosis. This more aggressive surgery, called contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, raises the question...Show More Summary

Why Are Cancer Patients Afraid of Clinical Trials?

Despite understanding the importance of clinical trials, many patients reported that their fears and misconceptions of what clinical trials actually are have prevented them from seeking more information. Research relies upon these patients...Show More Summary

Circadian Disruption Aggravates Chemotherapy Side Effects

The circadian system, better known as our biological clock, is responsible for coordinating all the processes that take place within our body. Circadian disruption or chronodisruption has been linked to an increased incidence of cancer, obesity, diabetes, depression, cognitive problems, or cardiovascular diseases. Show More Summary

"Don't Fry Day" Reminds Us To Take Care Of The Skin We Are In Since It's The Only One We Get

"Don't Fry Day," which we "celebrate" every year on the Friday before Memorial Day is an annual reminder to be good to the skin you're in. It's the only one you get. Wear it out or damage it and you don't get to replace it, like we do with heart valves, knees, hips, and so on. This year Don't Fry Day is even more personal to me. Show More Summary

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