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To Prevent Cancer After Radiation, Scientists Reprogram Stem Cells

The body has evolved ways to get rid of faulty stem cells. A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published today in the journal Stem Cells shows that one of these ways is a “program” that makes stem cells damaged by radiation differentiate into other cells that can no longer survive forever. Radiation makes a stem cell […]

Whole-Genome Sequencing Can Successfully Identify Cancer-Related Mutations

UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer researchers have demonstrated that whole-genome sequencing can be used to identify patients’ risk for hereditary cancer, which can potentially lead to improvements in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and care. Show More Summary

Understanding How Lung Cancer Spreads

UK scientists have taken microscopic images revealing that the protein ties tethering cells together are severed in lung cancer cells – meaning they can break loose and spread, according to research recently published in Cell Reports. The researchers at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute discovered that the ties which lash cells together – controlled […]

How Red Wine Prevents Cancer

Alcohol use is a major risk factor for head and neck cancer. But an article published in the November issue of the journal Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology shows that the chemical resveratrol found in grape skins and in red wine may prevent cancer as well. “Alcohol bombards your genes. Your body has ways to repair […]

Synthetic Molecule JK-31 Helps Fight Cancer

A study recently published in the journal PLOS ONE reports that the synthetic molecule JK-31 blocks the signalling of a “growth factor” chemical that promotes the creation of networks of blood vessels to feed tumours. Researchers at the University of Leeds have made a new synthetic anti-cancer molecule that targets two key mechanisms in the spread […]

New Form of Testing May Speed up Childhood Cancer Diagnosis

Each year almost 1,600 children are diagnosed with cancer in the UK. These cancers tend to behave differently to cancers in adults and therefore require different treatments. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge and Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, found unique molecular fingerprints for 11 types of children’s tumors, which could be used to develop […]

Number Of Skin Cancers And Costs Of Treatment Have Increased Dramatically Reinforcing Need For Prevention

The numbers about skin cancer incidence and costs in the United States are worse than anyone expected. That's the message that comes from a report published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine on research from the...Show More Summary

Defining Value in Cancer Care Depends On Your Perspective

(This blog was originally posted on Medpage Today and is reprinted here with permission) +++++++++++ Value. A simple word with lots of meanings, all of which depend on the context of the moment. Value in healthcare -- especially in cancer care -- is certainly no exception. Show More Summary

Prostate Cancer Patients Surveyed

A comparison of five-year sexual function outcomes, as reported by patients treated with external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) versus combination EBRT plus brachytherapy, indicates that the utilization of vessel-sparing radiation therapy makes cure possible without compromising long-term sexual function. Show More Summary

CanceRX 2014: We Need Innovative Approaches To Support Cancer Drug Development

What if you were sitting in the room with some of the best financial and scientific minds in the country and someone asked how many of you would be willing to contribute a modest sum of money to create a company with the potential of...Show More Summary

Kidney Cancer Study Confirms Aristolochic Acid Is a Carcinogen

Kidney cancer kills more than 140,000 people every year. In Central Europe, incidence rates have been increasing dramatically. New research by the international Cancer Genomics of the Kidney consortium reveals an important connection between kidney cancer and exposure to aristolochic acid, an ingredient in some herbal remedies. Show More Summary

Prostate Cancer Recurrence Risk Much Greater Due to Elevated Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

Higher levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides, two types of fat, in the blood of men who underwent surgery for prostate cancer, are associated with increased risk for disease recurrence, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. “While laboratory studies support an […]

BMI Impacts Response to Chemo in Obese Youths

Obese youths with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are known to have worse outcomes than their lean counterparts. To find out why, investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles studied patients who were obese at the time of their diagnosis with ALL to determine if body mass index (BMI) impacted response to initial chemotherapy. This response to […]

Cancer Drug May Lower Sudden Cardiac Death Risk

A study done by the Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) at Rhode Island, The Miriam and Newport hospitalshas found that a new class of drugs, originally developed to treat cancer, reduces sudden cardiac death risk after a heart attack. “Currently,...Show More Summary

Terminally Ill Ovarian Cancer Patients Use Intense Medical Services More Frequently Despite the Rise in Use of Hospice

As more and more patients choose to spend their last days in hospice care rather than a hospital bed, the line of thinking is the use of intensive and costly hospital services would decrease. A recent study by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute shows for one group of terminally ill cancer patients, that is not what […]

Helping Breast Cancer Patients Adhere to Hormone Therapy

Despite advances in modern medicine, cancer survivors face a steep financial burden. However, a new study shows that a federal prescription-subsidy program for low-income women on Medicare significantly improved their adherence to hormone therapy to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer after surgery. Show More Summary

An Impassioned Woman, A Young Man, And A Message About Tobacco That Can Teach All Of Us A Lesson

With a dedication and thanks to Carolyn for her passion about the impact of smoking, especially on our youth. ++++++++++++ You never know when something special is going to happen, as in one of those times when you just wish you hadShow More Summary

Many Women Receive Unnecessary Pap Tests

As many as half to two-thirds of women who’ve undergone hysterectomies or are older than 65 years in the United States report receiving Pap tests for cervical cancer. This prevalence is surprising in light of the 2003 U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce guidelines recommending that women discontinue Pap testing if they have received a total hysterectomy […]

Study Shows Americans Undergo Colonoscopies More Often Than Necessary

While colonoscopies are a very valuable procedure by which to screen for the presence of colorectal cancer, it seems that healthy Americans who do undergo this sometimes-uncomfortable examination often have repeat screenings long before they actually should. Gina Kruse of Massachusetts General Hospital in the US and colleagues advise that endoscopists stick to the national […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Is About More Than Mammograms: What You Need To Know

It's October and that means we are about to see a lot of pink for the next 31 days. And virtually all of the work comes down to one simple -some might say overly simple-message: get a mammogram. But as National Breast Cancer Awareness...Show More Summary

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