Researchers have found that compounds released into the air by an agressive form of skin cancer could one day help doctors diagnose the disease in patients. Compared to normal cells, malignant melanoma cells release different types and concentrations of compounds, constituting a unique signature that advanced equipment can detect. Show More Summary
Quality of life issues affect cancer patients during treatment and years later for many.
Researchers have reported that two non-toxic measures, a ketogenic diet and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, can increase the lifespan in a mouse model of cancer. The mice were affected by an aggressive, metastatic cancer, and treatments increased survival by 78%. Show More Summary
It is a disarmingly simple idea: create a blue button logo with a download moniker on it and let it loose so people can actually download, review, and keep their own medical records. But simple on the surface masks complexity below a...Show More Summary
Researchers have identified a protein that plays a major role in late-stage chronic myeloid leukemia. Targeting the protein with drugs could help patients with the disease in its terminal phase, after developing resistance to other treatments. Show More Summary
As we walk the halls and sit in the lectures at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, there's an elephant in the room. It is right there in front of us, but not many of us seem willing to talk about it. Fewer...Show More Summary
Every convention and large meeting has a theme, and at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago the theme is "Building Bridges To Conquer Cancer." But for me, the theme as articulated in my blog the other day is "Is it really different this time?" Some agree with me and some don't, but that's OK. Show More Summary
Anger is normal when dealing with cancer. What's key is how you deal with it. Try to direct it to something positive, be upfront about it and find a way to cope.
Another year and another annual meeting for the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago. This is a meeting that regularly attracts many thousands of doctors, researchers, pharmaceutical folks and others interested in the science...Show More Summary
Currently, women with breast lesions must undergo biopsies to determine whether the cells are cancerous. A new technique to analyze images from mammograms may allow doctors to determine right away whether a lump is malignant, avoiding unnecessary biopsies for many women. Show More Summary
Whether to have a preventive mastectomy or not is a highly personal choice. Know the key issues and alternative strategies.
Today is the beginning of Memorial Day weekend and the summer holiday season. It's a day to remember to enjoy your fried chicken, while not frying your skin. (OK, fried chicken isn't exactly healthy for you, but it is fun once in a while. Show More Summary
Breast cancer cells release a particular protein, which was previously thought to promote the spread of the disease. Drugs against the protein however, were not an effective treatment, and new research suggests that they may have a completely different role. Scientists have reported evidence that the proteins can actually function as a target for the... [Continue Reading]
One hundred years. That is a long time. And although thriving, remaining relevant and engaged for 100 years is a remarkable accomplishment for any organization, the American Cancer Society today takes pride not only in reflecting onShow More Summary
Many men with prostate cancer may want to consider not pursuing aggressive treatment for the disease, a new study suggests. Researchers have found that in older patients and those with other underlying health conditions, other health problems are far more likely to cause death than the prostate cancer. Together with the serious side effects of... [Continue Reading]
Sharing your cancer stories can provide a ray of hope and reassurance to others. Make a difference.
A new study suggests that mental health may have a big impact during a patient’s battle against cancer. Patients who suffer from symptoms of depression are more likely to die than those with normal mental health, according to researchers. Depressed cancer survivors are twice as likely to die prematurely than those who do not suffer... [Continue Reading]
While mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are most commonly known to cause breast and ovarian cancer, they are also linked to cancers of other organs, including the prostate and lung. A new study has shown that a particular drug can limit the progression of non-breast cancers in carriers of the mutant genes. In... [Continue Reading]
So May is skin cancer awareness month. No time like the present to come out with the news: I have been diagnosed with skin cancer. There really isn't much special about that, since it is a distinction I share with over 2 million Americans who have a skin cancer removed every year. Show More Summary
Scientists have discovered that cancer cells send a signal that causes the lymphatic system to change, making the spread of tumors easier. Upon receiving the signal, lymphatic vessels add a protein to their surface, increasing the ability of cancer cells to stick to them during metastasis. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School... [Continue Reading]