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Aggressive Leukemia Linked to Mutations in Four Genes, Suggesting New Treatment Strategy

A subtype of leukemia, acute dendritic leukemia, is particularly aggressive and difficult to treat. By examining the genome of these cancerous cells, researchers have found that biologically, they resemble another type of leukemia, suggesting the disease might respond to a similar therapy. Acute dendritic leukaemia is a rare type of leukaemia, but one with the […]

Misperceptions by Parents Explain Poor HPV Vaccination Rates: Experts

Misinformation and incorrect perceptions may explain why HPV vaccination rates remain low, experts argue. The vaccine can prevent most cases of cervical cancer, but many parents hesitate to have their children immunized, often based on incorrect perceptions of the vaccine. A Mayo Clinic physician and two other pediatric experts say that parental perceptions pose a […]

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New Imaging Technique Can Track Drug Effects on Breast Cancer

A newly-developed imaging technique can distinguish different subtypes of breast cancer and track whether a treatment is working, according to a new study. The technique measures the metabolism of tumor cells, which changes if the cancer is responding to drug therapy. An optical imaging technique that measures metabolic activity in cancer cells can accurately differentiate […]

Personalized Medicine Revolution Will Require Revolutionary Changes In How We Care For Cancer Patients

I attended a meeting in Washington this past Wednesday that got me to thinking about the fact that as we revolutionize cancer research and treatment, we are also going to have to revolutionize cancer care. And that may prove to be an...Show More Summary

Study Examines Why Parents Don’t Vaccine Their Kids Against Cervical Cancer

The HPV vaccine can prevent most cases of cervical cancer, but many families do not fully vaccinate their children. A new study has examined their reasons, which could help health care professional improve the quality of communication and information about the benefits of the vaccine. A new study explores why girls in minority groups and […]

New Database Helps Researchers and Doctors Match Disease Genes to Drug Therapies

A new database will help research scientists be able to more easily find which drugs can target specific genes. This may help researchers more quickly move from identifying disease genes in individuals to effective treatments. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have created a massive online database that matches thousands of […]

Four Gene Variants Linked to Increased Risk of Esophageal Cancer

An important new study has identified several specific genetic changes that are linked to an increased risk of esophageal cancer. The finding helps explain inheritance of the disease in families, and could give researchers molecular insights into the disease. Show More Summary

Levels of Circulating Tumor Cells More Useful Measure of Prostate Cancer Improvement

In a specific type of prostate cancer, measuring a patient’s response to treatment is important to decide whether the current therapy choice is effective. Researchers have found that measuring cancer cells circulating in the blood is a better measure than levels of a specific protein, which is currently used. A new study reveals that in […]

Tips for seeking second opinion on cancer care

A second opinion sheds new light on cancer treatment options and gives you confidence on how to proceed with your care.

No Major Adverse Effects Found From HPV Vaccine

A study of almost a million girls in Scandinavia has found no significant adverse effects of the vaccine against the virus that causes cervical cancer. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and their Danish colleagues have monitored HPV-vaccinated girls via patient data registries in order to examine the incidence of a wide range of diseases […]

High Levels of “Good” Cholesterol Impact Breast Cancer Risk

While high levels of “good cholesterol” benefit cardiovascular health, they increase the risk of breast cancer. New research suggests that the cholesterol receptor could be blocked on breast cancer cells, potentially reducing the risk. Show More Summary

Drug Can Help Anti-Cancer Treatments Reach Metastases in the Brain

The blood-brain barrier prevents many substances contained in the blood from passing into the brain. This includes blocking many drugs, including those against cancer. This makes it difficult to treat cancers that have spread to the brain, but new research suggests a solution to the problem. Some breast cancer drugs can penetrate the blood-brain barrier […]

Clinical Trials Find New Treatment for Gastric Cancer Improves Survival Rate

A new drug has been shown to double the rate of survival after six months in patients with gastric cancer. The drug prevents a tumor from developing new blood vessels, which are needed for growth. This international trial, published in The Lancet, is one of the largest phase III trials in second-line treatment of gastric cancer. […]

Genomics study targets women with breast cancer

Study aims to better understand why current standard chemotherapy works well for some women with breast cancer but not others, and to improve treatment.

New Drug Strategy Identified That Could Treat Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Breast cancers that don’t contain three key proteins are called “triple-negative”, and are the most aggressive forms of the disease. Triple-negative breast cancers have a very poor prognosis, but new research has suggested a strategy to develop an effective drug. Often deadly “triple-negative” breast cancers might be effectively treated in many cases with a drug […]

What's your definition of cancer survivor?

Some people living with cancer prefer the term thriver rather than survivor. Others can be in the category of previvor. Previvors are people have survived the risk of cancer due to genetic mutation.

Prostate Cancer Prognosis Associated with Deterioration of Chromosome Ends

Structures at the ends of chromosomes are important for protecting the integrity of DNA, and shortening of the structures, called telomeres, has been linked to cancer. A new study find the link is even more significant- changes in telomeres are associated with metastasis and a poorer prognosis in prostate cancer. Like the plastic caps at […]

Understanding prostate cancer, one man at a time

Mayo Clinic study aims to help physicians better understand which drugs to prescribe for prostate cancer, based on the genetic makeup of each person's individual cancer.

Regular Screening Could Prevent 40% of Colorectal Cancers

A new study on screening for colorectal cancers by colonoscopy suggests that a large proportion of cases could be prevented. Researchers estimate that increased regular screening could have a major impact, for a disease that kills tens of thousands of Americans every year. According to a large, long-term study from Harvard School of Public Health […]

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