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Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these cells to invade other tissues, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis. Metastasis is defined as the stage in which cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system. Cancer may affect people at all ages, but risk tends to increase with age, due to the fact that DNA damage becomes more apparent in aging DNA. It is one of the leading causes of death in developed countries.

There are a number of types of cancer. Severity of symptoms depends on the site and character of the malignancy and whether there is metastasis. A definitive diagnosis commonly requires the histologic examination of tissue by a pathologist. This tissue is obtained by biopsy or surgery. Most cancers can be treated and some cured, depending on the specific type, location, and stage. Once diagnosed, cancer is commonly treated with a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. As research develops, therapys are becoming more specific for the type of cancer pathology. Drugs that target specific cancers already exist for several cancers. If untreated, cancers may eventually cause illness and death, though this is not always the case.

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Thalidomide as adjuvant therapy for HCC

Thalidomide as adjuvant therapy for HCC
Thalidomide has shown potential to be used as the first adjuvant treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), as per data presented at the International Liver CongressTM 2011.1. A newly released study found thalidomide gave HCC patients who'd undergone grossly curative resection surgical removal of the malignant part of the liver double the two-year disease free survival rate (65%) in comparison to placebo (33%). However, the study........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 4/3/2011 9:45:13 AM)


Digoxin may be a possible treatment for prostate cancer

Digoxin may be a possible treatment for prostate cancer
Researchers have identified digoxin as a possible treatment for prostate cancer, using a combination of laboratory science and epidemiology that is unprecedented in its cooperative nature. "Epidemiologists and basic researchers often do not understand each other, as we often are only clear on our own strengths and the other's weaknesses," said Elizabeth Platz, Sc.D., M.P.H, professor of epidemiology and the Martin D. Abeloff, M.D., scholar........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 4/3/2011 9:05:33 AM)


No Impact of Age on Outcome in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

No Impact of Age on Outcome in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
While the median age at diagnosis for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is over 60 years old and incidence increases dramatically with age,limited data are available about the long-term outcome for older patients treated with imatinib, the standard first-line treatment used to treat CML. Results from a study published recently in Blood, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology, reveal that age does not affect response to imatinib and........Go to the What-media-blog (Added on 3/31/2011 7:15:48 AM)


Compound may lead to drugs to fight cancer

Compound may lead to drugs to fight cancer
Scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have identified a chemical compound that may eventually lead to a drug that fights cancers that are dependent on a particular anti-viral enzyme for growth. The scientists are testing the compound's effectiveness at fighting tumors in mice. If it is successful, they will then work to develop a drug based on the compound to combat pancreatic and non-small cell lung cancer, two cancer types in which........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 3/10/2011 7:28:52 AM)


Role of Damaged DNA in Tumor Development

Role of Damaged DNA in Tumor Development
DNA provides the instruction manual for all life forms. Occasionally, instructions are not carried out properly, and bad messages are sent leading to the creation of mutant proteins and possible tumor development. Paul Doetsch, PhD, professor of radiation oncology and biochemistry and associate director for basic research at Emory's Winship Cancer Institute and Damien Bregeon, PhD, at Institut de Genetique et Microbiologie in Paris, have........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 3/7/2011 7:27:44 AM)


Why PSA levels reflect prostate cancer progression

Why PSA levels reflect prostate cancer progression
Scientists at the Duke Cancer Institute who have been studying prostate cancer cells for decades now think they know why PSA (prostate-specific antigen) levels reflect cancer progression. "This is the first demonstration of a mechanism that explains why PSA is a bad thing for a tumor to produce," said senior author Sal Pizzo, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Duke Department of Pathology. "I am willing to bet there is also a connection in malignant........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 1/16/2011 9:48:29 PM)


Detecting esophageal cancer with light

Detecting esophageal cancer with light
A tiny light source and sensors at the end of an endoscope may provide a more accurate way to identify pre-malignant cells in the lining of the esophagus. Developed by biomedical engineers at Duke University and successfully tested on patients during a clinical trial at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the device holds the promise of being a less invasive method for testing patients suspected of having Barrett's esophagus, a........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 1/5/2011 6:51:18 AM)


Breast Reconstruction: Choosing Implants

Breast Reconstruction: Choosing Implants
diagnosis of breast cancer and the fight that follows often represent a highly emotional, challenging time for a number of women and their families. In particular, medical procedures such as mastectomy (removal of a breast) can shake a woman's most basic sense of identity and leave equally devastating emotional scars. As part of the rebuilding process, a number of women elect to undergo breast reconstruction surgery. Performed by a plastic........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 1/2/2011 10:22:35 PM)


Depression drug may relieve pain from breast cancer treatment

Depression drug may relieve pain from breast cancer treatment
drug usually used to treat depression and anxiety disorder was effective at reducing joint and muscle pain linked to a breast cancer therapy, as per a research studyfrom the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The women in the study were taking aromatase inhibitors, a type of drug designed to block the production of estrogen, which fuels some breast cancers. About half of women taking these drugs experience aches and pains in........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 12/13/2010 7:12:50 AM)


Normal Genetics May Influence Cancer Growth

Normal Genetics May Influence Cancer Growth
The genes we possess not only determine the color of our eyes and hair and how our bodies grow, they might also influence the changes that occur in tumors when we develop cancer. A study by scientists at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC - James) suggests that our normal genetic background - the genetic variations that we inherit -........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 11/11/2010 7:48:36 AM)


Lemon-lime soft drink as anti-cancer drug

Lemon-lime soft drink as anti-cancer drug
Experiments with an artificial stomach suggest that a popular lemon-lime soft drink could play an unexpected role in improving the effectiveness of an oral anticancer drug. The experiments produced evidence that patients will absorb more of the unnamed drug, tested in Phase I in clinical trials, when taken with "flat" or degassed Sprite. The study appears in ACS' Molecular Pharmaceutics, a bi-monthly journal. Faraj Atassi and his colleagues........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 10/14/2010 7:54:42 AM)


Targeted Therapy in Ovarian Cancer

Targeted Therapy in Ovarian Cancer
Research published in the recent issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine (JNM) shows that a molecular imaging technique may prove useful in early evaluation of therapy response for cisplatin-resistant ovary cancer. "One of the most promising aspects of molecular imaging is its potential capacity to measure treatment effects long before changes in the tumor size and shape are detected," said Marijke De Saint-Hubert, medical scientist in the........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 10/3/2010 9:17:51 PM)


A Cluster Bomb for Cancer Care

A Cluster Bomb for Cancer Care
Chemotherapy, while an effective cancer therapy, also brings debilitating side effects such as nausea, liver toxicity and a battered immune system. Now, a new way to deliver this life-saving treatment to cancer patients - getting straight to the source of the disease - has been invented by Dr. Dan Peer of Tel Aviv University's Department of Cell Research and Immunology and the Center for Nano Science and Nano Technology together with Prof.........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 8/24/2010 7:28:57 AM)


Assess severity of prostate cancers

Assess severity of prostate cancers
Rutgers scientists are in the process of developing methods that can accurately assess the severity of prostate cancer by analyzing magnetic resonance images and spectra of a patient's prostate gland. This may help physicians decide more confidently which patients need aggressive therapy and which are better served by "watchful waiting," and could even postpone or eliminate invasive biopsies in patients with low-grade tumors. In a........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 8/11/2010 7:07:46 AM)


Targeting advanced prostate cancer

Targeting advanced prostate cancer
In its early stages, prostate cancer requires androgens (hormones that promote the development and maintenance of male sex characteristics) for growth, and current first-line therapies target the receptor for these hormones to slow cancer's development and spread. However, advanced prostate cancers are often androgen-independent, meaning that androgen-blocking therapies are ineffective. Researchers aren't sure how this shift occurs as........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 7/7/2010 7:00:50 AM)


Potential biomarkers for colorectal cancer

Potential biomarkers for colorectal cancer
Colorectal cancer, cancer of the colon and rectum, is a common cause of mortality worldwide. Statistical data showed that the number of deaths caused by colorectal cancer is increasing in both men and women. Proteins are functional components of the cell that regulate the cell's activity. Understanding the differential expression of proteins in colorectal cancer and normal tissues will lead to a better understanding of the development of the........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 6/24/2010 11:03:49 PM)


Key Enzyme in Melanoma Cell Development

Key Enzyme in Melanoma Cell Development
Virginia Commonwealth University scientists have discovered a mechanism by which an enzyme regulates gene expression and growth in melanoma cells, a finding that could someday lead to more effective drugs to attack cancers and make them more treatable. Melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, is highly resistant to current therapeutic strategies for reasons that are not well understood. New research at VCU suggests that an enzyme........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 6/18/2010 7:16:14 AM)


Exercise may keep cancer patients healthier

Exercise may keep cancer patients healthier
Breast and patients with prostate cancer who regularly exercise during and after cancer therapy report having a better quality of life and being less fatigued, as per scientists at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. "Using exercise as an approach to cancer care has the potential to benefit patients both physically and psychologically, as well as mitigate therapy side effects," says study main author Eleanor M. Walker, M.D., division director of........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 5/21/2010 7:18:01 AM)


Gene can determine cancer susceptibility

Gene can determine cancer susceptibility
It is an accepted fact that genetics play a key role in a person's susceptibility to cancer, and that throughout life, mutations can cause damage to tumor suppressor genes (TSGs) further increasing the chances of developing malignant tumors. Now a newly released study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) demonstrates that even subtle changes in expression of the PTEN tumor suppressor gene can significantly........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 4/24/2010 9:50:48 AM)


Cancer in the other breast in women with breast cancer

Cancer in the other breast in women with breast cancer
Postmenopausal women, including those over 70 years old, who have been newly diagnosed with cancer in one breast have higher cancer detection rates when the other breast is scanned for tumors with MRI, in comparison to premenopausal women, say scientists at the Mayo Clinic campus in Florida. They observed that 3.8 percent of 425 women had breast cancer in the undiagnosed breast that had not been found with a clinical or mammographic........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 3/9/2010 8:35:18 AM)


A potent suppressor of endometrial cancer

A potent suppressor of endometrial cancer
Endometrial cancer is the most common cancer of the female reproductive tract, representing 6% of all cancers. There is currently no screening method or biomarker to indicate early presence of disease. "It is a very common malignancy that affects women of all ages" comments paper author Dr. Diego Castrillon. The cancer forms from the cells that grow along the inner lining of the uterus, which is called the endometrium, and commonly it is........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 2/8/2010 7:43:40 AM)


Overcoming taxane resistance in cancer

Overcoming taxane resistance in cancer
Taxanes, a group of cancer drugs that includes paclitaxel (Taxol) and docetaxel (Taxotere), have become front-line treatment for a variety of metastatic cancers. But as with a number of chemotherapy agents, resistance can develop, a frequent problem in breast, ovarian, prostate and other cancers. Now, cancer scientists at Children's Hospital Boston report a protein previously unknown to be involved in taxane resistance and that could........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 1/27/2010 8:22:46 AM)


Palliative care in health-care reform

Palliative care in health-care reform
New Rochelle, NY, January 15, 2010Opinion leaders in the field of palliative medicine explored the unparalleled opportunities that now exist for the palliative care community, which matches therapy to the desires of informed patients and their families, to help define evolving health care reform policy. The thought-provoking Roundtable discussion, "Palliative Medicine: Politics and Policy," is published online ahead of print in Journal of........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 1/18/2010 8:17:25 AM)


New biomarkers for colon cancer

New biomarkers for colon cancer
Researchers in China are reporting discovery of two proteins present in the blood, of people with colon cancer that may serve as the potential biomarkers for accurately predicting whether the disease will spread. Their study is in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research, a monthly publication. Maode Lai and his colleagues note that in 2008, 150,000 new cases of colon cancer and over 50,000 deaths from the disease occurred in the United States........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 1/14/2010 8:18:53 AM)


The cancer 'TRAP'

The cancer 'TRAP'
Current research suggests that TNF-receptor associated protein-1 (TRAP-1) may prevent cancer cell death. The related report by Leav et al, "Cytoprotective Mitochondrial Chaperone TRAP-1 as a Novel Molecular Target in Localized and Metastatic Prostate Cancer," appears in the January 2010 issue of the American Journal of Pathology Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 12/30/2009 8:03:17 AM)


Targets For Cancer And Degenerative Disease

Targets For Cancer And Degenerative Disease
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers have identified a key step in the biological process of programmed cell death, also called apoptosis. Apoptosis is important in human biology as it removes unwanted and sometimes dangerous cells from our bodies, protecting us against cancer development. It can also, however, lead to the development of degenerative diseases when healthy cells are errantly destroyed. The research, led by Dr Ruth........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 12/18/2009 7:14:31 PM)


Heart drugs show promise for fighting colon cancer

Heart drugs show promise for fighting colon cancer
Researchers in Sweden are reporting for the first time that a group of drugs used to treat heart failure shows promise for fighting colon cancer. The study is in ACS' Journal of Natural Products, a monthly publication. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, with more than 150,000 cases diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Jenny Felth, Joachim Gullbo, and his colleagues note that cardiac glycosides are a family of........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 12/17/2009 8:13:07 AM)


Medical Scooters

Medical Scooters
Medical scooters, as the name suggests, are power-operated vehicles used as mobility aids for physically unfit people. These are also called electric scooters or mobility scooters and powered through batteries that are rechargeable. The seats on the two rear wheels may swivel for improved access. Medical Scooters: Types A mobility scooter comes in two main types, such as Front-wheel drive (FD): Ideal for indoor use, this scooter is........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 12/15/2009 7:54:57 AM)


 

DNA Damage and cancer

A potent suppressor of endometrial cancer
Cancer may affect people at all ages, but risk tends to increase with age, due to the fact that DNA damage becomes more apparent in aging DNA. Exposure to certain conditions can also significantly increase the risks of various forms of cancer. For instance, due to exposure to elements like asbestos, miners and construction workers tend to have extremely high rates of mesothelioma . If you or a family member are affected with mesothelioma and you need asbestos litigation information, there are attorneys who specialize in assistance with all of the matters associated with your concerns. (Added on 7/7/2011 9:03:30 AM)


Alternate method of prostate cancer diagnosis

Alternate method of prostate cancer diagnosis
Scientists have observed that it may not be necessary to look for tumors directly in prostate cancer patients � analyzing non-tumor tissue appears to be an effective option, as per study results published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. "A biopsy needle does not need to hit a tumor to detect the presence of tumor," said lead researcher Dan Mercola, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pathology and........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 4/1/2011 7:24:08 AM)


rotein that protects cancer cells from chemo and radiation

rotein that protects cancer cells from chemo and radiation
Research led by Daitoku Sakamuro, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and the LSUHSC Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, has identified a protein that enables the activation of a DNA-repair enzyme that protects cancer cells from catastrophic damage caused by chemo and radiation treatment. This protein, called c-MYC oncoprotein, can initiate and promote almost all human cancers and discovering the role it........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 3/25/2011 7:31:22 AM)


Combining Two Peptide Inhibitors

Combining Two Peptide Inhibitors
newly released study suggests that combining two experimental anticancer peptide agents might simultaneously block formation of new tumor blood vessels while also inhibiting the growth of tumor cells. This early test of the two agents in a breast cancer model suggests that the double hit can stifle tumor progression, avoid drug resistance and cause few side effects, say scientists at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center -........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 3/15/2011 7:38:30 AM)


Prostate Cancer Treatment Is Different For Everyone

Prostate Cancer Treatment Is Different For Everyone
Prostate cancer is always a very scary diagnosis and one that many men do not know exactly what to do with. There are some ways that you can look at prostate cancer treatment and determine your course of treatment. Looking at the treatments that have proven to be the most successful can help you determine where you are going to go next. Exploring all of the treatment options can help you to discover what is available for your treatment.........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 3/5/2011 5:20:13 PM)


"Profiling" To Detect Abnormalities: Including Cancer

An Ohio State University mathematician and colleagues are finding ways to tell the difference between healthy cells and abnormal cells, such as cancer cells, based on the way the cells look and move. They are creating mathematical equations that describe the shape and motion of single cells for laboratory analysis. Though this research is in its early stages, it represents an entirely new way of identifying cell abnormalities, including........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 1/26/2011 7:26:44 AM)


Parallels Between Cancers, Infection Suppression

Parallels Between Cancers, Infection Suppression
Tiny parasitoid wasps can play an important role in controlling the populations of other insect species by laying their eggs inside the larvae of these species. A newly hatched wasp gradually eats the host alive and takes over its body. The host insect is far from defenseless, however. In Drosophila (fruit flies), larvae activate humoral immunity in the fat body and mount a robust cellular response that encapsulates and chokes off the wasp........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 1/4/2011 6:35:08 AM)


Boosting supply of key brain chemical

Boosting supply of key brain chemical
cientists at Vanderbilt University have "engineered" a mouse that can run on a treadmill twice as long as a normal mouse by increasing its supply of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter essential for muscle contraction. The finding, reported this month in the journal Neuroscience, could lead to new therapys for neuromuscular disorders such as myasthenia gravis, which occurs when cholinergic nerve signals fail to reach the muscles, said Randy........Go to the What-media-blog (Added on 12/21/2010 6:43:29 AM)


Expert analysis of HER2 tests

Expert analysis of HER2 tests
Results for testing breast tumors for HER2 (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer/AN00495) proteins and genes is most often straightforward when one piece of tumor (a single tumor block) is analyzed. However, tumors can be diverse, and scientists at Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.org/) observed that HER2 results can vary in up to 10 percent of patients when several tumor blocks are analyzed. This could have significant........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 12/13/2010 7:19:00 AM)


Personalized vaccine for lymphoma patients

Personalized vaccine for lymphoma patients
A personalized vaccine is a powerful treatment to prevent recurrence among certain follicular lymphoma patients, as per the latest results of ongoing research led by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The new findings show that when these patients whose tumors are marked by a specific protein that appears to be present in up to half of people with this type of cancer -- receive a vaccine made from their own tumor cells,........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 12/7/2010 7:48:46 AM)


Physical symptoms among patients with cancer

Physical symptoms among patients with cancer
Patients with cancer who experience pain or depression also have a high rate of physical symptoms, such as fatigue, dry mouth and nausea, as per a report in the October 11 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Having a number of physical, or somatic, symptoms is known to adversely affect patients in primary care settings and those with chronic medical conditions other than cancer, as per background........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 10/12/2010 7:34:15 AM)


Tobacco control results in lower lung cancer rate

Tobacco control results in lower lung cancer rate
A study led by scientists at the University of California, San Diego shows that California's 40 year-long tobacco control program has resulted in lung cancer rates that are nearly 25 percent lower than other states. "The consistency in the trends from cigarette sales and population surveys was reassuring" said John P. Pierce, PhD, Sam M. Walton Professor of Cancer Research in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at UCSD School of........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 9/29/2010 11:07:31 PM)


4 possible risk factors for ovarian cancer

4 possible risk factors for ovarian cancer
A consortium of cancer scientists has identified four chromosome locations with genetic changes that are likely to alter a woman's risk of developing ovary cancer. The findings are published in Nature Genetics in an article authored by a Mayo Clinic researcher. Scientists say that while more needs to be learned about the function of the specific chromosomal regions involved in susceptibility, the discoveries move them a major step closer to........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 9/20/2010 7:21:03 AM)


High-risk prostate cancer and bone mineral content loss

High-risk prostate cancer and bone mineral content loss
Men with prostate cancer lose significantly less bone mineral content (BMC) as they age than men who are free of the disease, as per research in the recent issue of BJUI The findings are important because loss of BMC can play a key role in the development of fragile bones, fractures and osteoporosis. American scientists studied 519 participants who joined the Baltimore Longitudinal Study at an average age of 56 between 1973 and 1984. The........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 7/14/2010 7:48:42 AM)


Do spending cuts cost lives?

Do spending cuts cost lives?
Radical cuts to social welfare spending to reduce budget deficits could cause not just economic pain but cost lives, warn experts as per a research findings published on bmj.com today. While there is a major debate under way about the potential economic impacts of radical budget cuts in Europe, David Stuckler from the University of Oxford and colleagues dissect the effect of public spending on people's health. Their analysis shows that........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 6/24/2010 11:04:40 PM)


Studying Cells in 3-D

Studying Cells in 3-D
Showing movies in 3-D has produced a box-office bonanza in recent months. Could viewing cell behavior in three dimensions lead to important advances in cancer research? A newly released study led by Johns Hopkins University engineers indicates it may happen. Looking at cells in 3-D, the team members concluded, yields more accurate information that could help develop drugs to prevent cancer's spread. The study, a collaboration with scientists........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 6/22/2010 7:20:38 AM)


Against advanced melanoma

Against advanced melanoma
The combination of two different chemotherapies and a previously approved therapy for kidney and liver cancers is not effective against advanced melanoma, as per results disclosed in an oral presentation today at the 46th annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago. "With each newly released study, we learn something important about the therapy of melanoma," said John M. Kirkwood, M.D., professor of........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 6/6/2010 8:45:41 PM)


Making the tumor glow

Making the tumor glow
A series of novel imaging agents could light up tumors as they begin to form before they turn deadly and signal their transition to aggressive cancers. The compounds fluorescent inhibitors of the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) could have broad applications for detecting tumors earlier, monitoring a tumor's transition from pre-malignancy to more aggressive growth, and defining tumor margins during surgical removal. "We're very excited........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 4/29/2010 6:28:06 AM)


Getting Physical Against Cancer

Getting Physical Against Cancer
Conventional biological wisdom holds that living cells interact with their environment through an elaborate network of chemical signals. As a result a number of therapies for the therapy of cancer and other diseases in which cell behavior goes awry focus on drugs that block or disrupt harmful chemical signals. Now, a new road for future therapies may have been opened with scientific evidence for a never seen before way in which cells can also........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 3/11/2010 11:13:42 PM)


Gene mutation that causes endometrial cancer

Gene mutation that causes endometrial cancer
A mutation in a single gene can cause endometrial cancer that is responsive to a specific drug treatment, scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found in an animal study. The finding suggests that eventually it might be possible to screen women with endometrial cancer to see if they have that mutation and use the drug as targeted treatment, the scientists said. "Our data suggest that deficiency of this gene can indicate both........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 2/10/2010 8:08:49 AM)


Cancer patients become bold advocates

Cancer patients become bold advocates
Sociologists at Case Western Reserve University observed that when passive cancer patients become survivors, they have plenty of bold advice to offer other cancer patients, as per a research studyin JAGS, the Journal of American Geriatric Society Eva Kahana, Robson Professor of Sociology and director of the Elderly Care Research Center at Case Western Reserve, reported the findings from interviews with 100 cancer survivors. These survivors........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 2/3/2010 8:21:01 AM)


Cancer studies with yeast

Cancer studies with yeast
A researcher at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science is investigating the potential use of non-pathogenic baker's yeast as a promising, natural treatment for cancer. Dr. Mamdooh Ghoneum presented his findings Tuesday, Feb. 2 at a special conference on "Cell Death Mechanism," sponsored by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) at the Omni San Diego Hotel in San Diego. "The central focus of the meeting is cell death........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 2/3/2010 7:34:47 AM)


Frequency of surveillance colonoscopy

Frequency of surveillance colonoscopy
How often patients receive surveillance colonoscopy may need to be better aligned with their risks for colorectal cancer, as per two papers published this month by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers. The studies provide evidence that colonoscopy is both overused and underused in particular patient populations with serious implications for health care spending. As per Robert E. Schoen, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 1/14/2010 5:26:00 PM)


Therapy in oesophageal cancer

Therapy in oesophageal cancer
Cancer of the gullet, or oesophagus, is one of the ten most common cancers in the Western world, and there have been recent alarming increases in the number of cases each year in the US and UK. There is no good therapy, and sufferers frequently face a short, painful battle which ends all too quickly in death. A number of of the cancers diagnosed are in people with a long history of heartburn. Chronic heartburn leads to the lower parts of the........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 1/12/2010 8:45:08 AM)


Celebrex prevents skin cancer

Celebrex prevents skin cancer
People with the heritable disorder of the skin called Gorlin syndrome who are genetically predisposed to develop basal cell carcinoma of the skin may have a new chemoprevention treatment on the horizon. As per results of a placebo-controlled, randomized, double-blind, Phase II study, the use of celecoxib was effective in inhibiting the development of basal cell carcinomas in a relatively rare group of patients who are highly susceptible to........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 1/5/2010 8:43:22 AM)


BRCA1 gene and infertility

BRCA1 gene and infertility
A New York Medical College doctor who specializes in restoring or preserving fertility in female cancer patients has discovered a possible link between the presence of breast cancer genes and infertility. In a paper published last week in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Kutluk Oktay, M.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology and principal investigator on the study, concluded that mutations in the BRCA1 gene, which have been linked with........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 12/18/2009 6:30:25 PM)


Protecting cancer patients from H1N1 influenza

Protecting cancer patients from H1N1 influenza
Despite a 100-fold increase in H1N1 influenza cases in the Seattle area during spring 2009, an aggressive infection control program to protect immunocompromised cancer patients and thorough screening measures resulted in no corresponding increase in H1N1 cases among the total patient population at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, as per a newly released study by scientists and physicians at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the SCCA. ........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 12/17/2009 8:02:55 AM)


Canada Drugs: Save a Bundle on Prescription Drugs

Canada Drugs: Save a Bundle on Prescription Drugs
If you are looking to buy prescription drugs in Canada, online drug stores are the best place to visit. Certain benefits of purchasing drugs online include placing an order online to receive the shipment within about two weeks. Similarly, pharmacy search engines can help users locate the best companies to deal with. These search engines can also provide drug monographs, active ingredients and proprietary name. Customers can also compare drugs........Go to the The-cancer-blog (Added on 12/16/2009 11:18:35 PM)



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