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New class of synthetic molecules mimics antibodies

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Graphic: Function of Syams [19/12/2014] A Yale University lab has crafted the first synthetic molecules that have both the targeting and response functions of antibodies.New class of synthetic molecules mimics antibodies - Read more

GPs should be more open when referring patients for cancer investigations

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Photo: Physician talking to a patient [18/12/2014] GPs should consider a more overt discussion with patients when referring them for further investigation of symptoms which may indicate cancer.GPs should be more open when referring patients for cancer investigations - Read more

Imaging reveals: Bacterial biofilms associated with colon cancer

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Photo: Fluorescent image of biofilms on cancer tissue [17/12/2014] Since the first "catalog" of the normal bacterial makeup of the human body was published in 2012, numerous connections between illness and disturbances in the human microbiota have been found. Now scientists report yet another: Cancerous tumors in the ascending colon are characterized by biofilms, which are dense clumps of bacterial cells encased in a self-produced matrix.Imaging reveals: Bacterial biofilms associated with colon cancer - Read more

Male and female breast cancers are not identical

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Photo: Man holding a hand over his breast [15/12/2014] Results of the EORTC10085/TBCRC/BIG/NABCG International Male Breast Cancer Program conducted in both Europe and in the United States found significant improvement in survival for men with breast cancer, but this improvement was not as good as that observed for women.Male and female breast cancers are not identical - Read more

Experience counts with radiation therapy for head and neck cancer

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Photo: X-Ray of head and neck area [09/12/2014] When it comes to specialized cancer surgery, it is generally true that the more experienced the surgeon, the better the outcome. The same might hold true for radiation therapy used to treat head and neck cancer, according to a new study.Experience counts with radiation therapy for head and neck cancer - Read more

Joint European implementation strategy for Systems Medicine published

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Graphic: Signpost with the word [05/12/2014] After a two year cross-disciplinary consultation process the Coordinating Action Systems Medicine (CASyM) published its European implementation strategy (roadmap) for Systems Medicine.Joint European implementation strategy for Systems Medicine published - Read more

2D images as the new tool for cancer prevention

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Photo: 2D images identify gastric cancer-prone mutations [04/12/2014] Portuguese researchers have developed a new method, which from images of a protein in a population of cells quantifies its distribution (how much there is, and where in the cell) for that population. The discovery by researchers João Sanches, Raquel Seruca and colleagues has important medical implications since the cellular location of a protein is directly linked to its function.2D images as the new tool for cancer prevention - Read more

Colorectal cancer – What’s new in oncology?

With Professor Nils Homann from the Clinical Center of the City of Wolfsburg, Germany, the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE has brought an expert in colorectal cancer to the stage. He primarily focuses on this type of cancer, which is malignant in most cases. It is the second most common cause of death in Germany with approximately 30,000 people dying each year.Colorectal cancer – What’s new in oncology? - Read more

Biosimilar drugs could create billions in health care savings

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Graphic: Capsules with leafs inside [06/11/2014] Introducing competing "biosimilar" versions of complex biologic drugs used to treat illnesses such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis could cut spending on biologics in the United States by $44 billion over the next decade, according to new analysis from the RAND Corporation.Biosimilar drugs could create billions in health care savings - Read more

Lactose intolerant people at lower risk of certain cancers

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Photo: Milk and cheese [05/11/2014] People with lactose intolerance are at lower risk of suffering from lung, breast and ovarian cancers, according to a new study by researchers at Lund University and Region Skåne in Sweden.Lactose intolerant people at lower risk of certain cancers - Read more

Sea sponge drug could boost breast cancer survival

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Photo: Sponge at the seafloor [03/11/2014] The cancer drug eribulin, originally developed from sea sponges, could give women with advanced triple negative breast cancer an average of five extra months of life, according to research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool.Sea sponge drug could boost breast cancer survival - Read more

Xenon magnetic resonance imaging: making pathological changes in the body visible

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[03/11/2014] As an imaging procedure, magnetic resonance tomography has become essential in clinical practice, since it can easily make organs and tissue visible. However, until now abnormal cancer cells or small centers of inflammation remained almost invisible. Now cell biologists from Berlin, Germany, have succeeded in fixing this problem with xenon magnetic resonance imaging. Xenon magnetic resonance imaging: making pathological changes in the body visible - Read more

Mediterranean diet may help protect kidney health

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Photo: family eating a mediterranean meal [31/10/2014] Eating fruits, vegetables, fish, legumes, and heart-healthy fats linked with decreased risk of developing chronic kidney disease. A Mediterranean-style diet may significantly reduce the risk of developing chronic kidney disease, according to a new study.Mediterranean diet may help protect kidney health - Read more

Cancer research – physical plasmas to combat tumor cells

Photo: Title of MEDICA video When a tumor is removed, single cells or cell clusters can remain at the wound edges. They could eventually make another surgery necessary. Prof. Hans-Robert Metelmann and Dr. Christian Seebauer outline in our video how physical plasmas could be used here in the future. Dr. Kai Masur from the Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology e.V. explains how plasmas turn off tumor cells.Cancer research – physical plasmas to combat tumor cells - Read more

Diagnosing prostate cancer quickly and safely

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Photo: optical diagnostic device for prostate cancer [29/10/2014] Distinguishing between benign and malignant prostate tissue is difficult. A new device facilitates the diagnosis for doctors: Through a visual analysis, they can reliably determine if they are dealing with carcinoma within a minute and-a-half. Fraunhofer researchers will be presenting the prototype at the COMPAMED trade fair in Düsseldorf from November 12th to 14th. Diagnosing prostate cancer quickly and safely - Read more

New nanodevice to improve cancer treatment monitoring

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Photo: gold nanonparticules [28/10/2014] A miniature device can measure a patient's blood for methotrexate, a commonly used but potentially toxic cancer drug. Just as accurate and ten times less expensive than equipment currently used in hospitals, this nanoscale device has an optical system that can rapidly gauge the optimal dose of methotrexate a patient needs, while minimizing the drug's adverse effects. New nanodevice to improve cancer treatment monitoring - Read more

Scientists discover hidden subpopulation of melanoma cells

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Photo: Intensity-colored image of blood flow in a PECAM1-positive tumor [23/10/2014] UNC School of Medicine researchers have pinpointed a set of intriguing characteristics in a previously unknown subpopulation of melanoma cancer cells in blood vessels of tumors. These cells, which mimic non-cancerous endothelial cells that normally populate blood vessels in tumors, could provide researchers with another target for cancer therapies.Scientists discover hidden subpopulation of melanoma cells - Read more

Prostate cancer's penchant for copper may be a fatal flaw

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Photo: Copper wires [17/10/2014] Like discriminating thieves, prostate cancer tumors scavenge and hoard copper that is an essential element in the body. But such avarice may be a fatal weakness.Prostate cancer's penchant for copper may be a fatal flaw - Read more

Link between breast implants and cancer under investigation

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Photo: Woman palpating her breast [07/10/2014] An international research group including Viennese pathologist Lukas Kenner has reviewed cases of possible association between breast implants and a form of lymphoma that may develop tumors at a later stage. Breast implants can cause a new subtype of the rare yet malignant lymphoma known as ALCL. Link between breast implants and cancer under investigation - Read more

'Virtual breast' could improve cancer detection

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Graphic: Virtual Breast [02/10/2014] Next to lung cancer, breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the American Cancer Society. That’s why so many medical professionals encourage women to get mammograms, even though the tests are imperfect at best: only a minority of suspicious mammograms actually leads to a cancer diagnosis.'Virtual breast' could improve cancer detection - Read more

Calming down immune cells could hold key to melanoma treatment

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Photo: Melanoma [29/09/2014] Cancer Research UK scientists at The University of Manchester found that chemical signals produced by a type of immune cell, called macrophages, also act as a survival signal for melanoma cells.Calming down immune cells could hold key to melanoma treatment - Read more

Cancer: which patients are most likely to delay hospice enrollment?

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Photo: Physician holding an enrollment form [24/09/2014] The findings of a Penn Medicine study may influence national quality assessment programs and improve transitions from active treatment to hospice care sooner.Cancer: which patients are most likely to delay hospice enrollment? - Read more

Cancer: palliative care denied to many patients

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Photo: Physician holding an old patient's hand [22/09/2014] Many patients with advanced, incurable cancer do not receive any palliative care, reveals new research. The findings are astonishing as they come at the same time as 15 new oncology centres in Europe, Canada, South America and Africa are being awarded the prestigious title of 'ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care.'Cancer: palliative care denied to many patients - Read more

Some lung cancer patients could live longer when treated with new radiotherapy strategy

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Photo: Doctor holding a X-ray image [17/09/2014] Treating advanced small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) with thoracic (or chest) radiation therapy in addition to standard treatment significantly prolongs long-term survival and reduces cancer recurrence in the chest by almost 50%, according to new research.Some lung cancer patients could live longer when treated with new radiotherapy strategy - Read more

Research demonstrates potential method to better control lung cancer using radiotherapy

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Research demonstrates potential method to better control lung cancer using radiotherapy [29/08/2014] Manchester scientists are working out how to safely increase the radiotherapy dose given to lung cancer patients – potentially offering improved local control and survival.Research demonstrates potential method to better control lung cancer using radiotherapy - Read more

Physical plasma – the future of skin therapy?

Photo: Title of MEDICA video Chronic wounds, allergies and recurrent infections of the skin are a continuous burden for patients. Physical plasma is able to bring relief and is an alternative to already established therapies.Physical plasma – the future of skin therapy? - Read more

Cutting the liver piece by piece

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Photo: Laparoscopy of the liver [26/08/2014] New surgical methods give hope to patients with cancer that has spread from the intestine to the liver. The disease can be changed from terminal to chronic by cutting the liver piece by piece using keyhole surgery.Cutting the liver piece by piece - Read more

Medicaid reimbursements may affect cancer screening rates among beneficiaries

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Photo: Doctor is talking to a patient [26/08/2014] A recent study has found that in states with higher Medicaid payments for office visits, Medicaid beneficiaries were more likely to be screened for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer. The findings may help policy makers address barriers to access to care and improve the use of recommended cancer screening services.Medicaid reimbursements may affect cancer screening rates among beneficiaries - Read more

Malaria: chloroquine inhibits tumor growth and metastases

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Photo: Pills and a clinical thermometer [12/08/2014] The anti-cancer effect of the antimalarial agent chloroquine when combined with conventional chemotherapy has been well documented in experimental animal models. To date, it was assumed that chloroquine increases the sensitivity of cancer cells to chemotherapy by means of a direct effect on the cancer cells.Malaria: chloroquine inhibits tumor growth and metastases - Read more

Aspirin: Scientists believe cancer prevention benefits outweigh harms

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Photo: Aspirin [07/08/2014] New research reveals taking aspirin can significantly reduce the risk of developing – and dying from – the major cancers of the digestive tract. For the first time, scientists have reviewed all the available evidence from many studies and clinical trials assessing both the benefits and harms of preventive use of aspirin. Aspirin: Scientists believe cancer prevention benefits outweigh harms - Read more

Nearly 10 percent of patients with cancer still smoke

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Photo: Older man smoking [06/08/2014] Nine years after diagnosis, 9.3 percent of U.S. cancer survivors were current smokers and 83 percent of these individuals were daily smokers who averaged 14.7 cigarettes per day, according to a report in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Nearly 10 percent of patients with cancer still smoke - Read more

New genetic risk markers in pancreatic cancer

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Graphic: Depiction of a pancreas [04/08/2014] A large DNA analysis of people with and without pancreatic cancer has identified several new genetic markers that signal increased risk of developing the highly lethal disease, report scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.New genetic risk markers in pancreatic cancer - Read more

Acupuncture improves quality of life for breast cancer patients using aromatase inhibitors

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Graphic: Needles in a doll head [31/07/2014] Use of electroacupuncture (EA) – a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles – produces significant improvements in fatigue, anxiety and depression in as little as eight weeks for early stage breast cancer patients experiencing joint pain related to the use of aromatase inhibitors (AIs) to treat breast cancer.Acupuncture improves quality of life for breast cancer patients using aromatase inhibitors - Read more

Potential 'universal' blood test for cancer discovered

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Graphic: Blood dropping on a test strip [29/07/2014] Researchers from the University of Bradford, UK, have devised a simple blood test that can be used to diagnose whether people have cancer or not. The test will enable doctors to rule out cancer in patients presenting with certain symptoms, saving time and preventing costly and unnecessary invasive procedures such as colonoscopies and biopsies being carried out.Potential 'universal' blood test for cancer discovered - Read more

Breaking down cancer's barrier against treatment

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Graphic: A cancer cell [28/07/2014] Canser Research UK scientists at Barts Cancer Institute have found that targeting a molecule in blood vessels can make cancer therapy significantly more effective, according to a new research. Breaking down cancer's barrier against treatment - Read more

Protein pushes breast cancer cells to metastasize

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Photo: Precaution against breastcancer with mammography [11/07/2014] Using an innovative tool that captures heretofore hidden ways that cells are regulated, scientists at Rockefeller University have identified a protein that makes breast cancer cells more likely to metastasize.Protein pushes breast cancer cells to metastasize - Read more

Blocking cells' movement to stop the spread of cancer

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Graphic: cell [10/07/2014] Insights into how cells move through the body could lead to innovative techniques to stop cancer cells from spreading and causing secondary tumors, according to new UCL research. Scientists discovered that cells can change into an invasive, liquid-like state to readily navigate the narrow channels in our body. Blocking cells' movement to stop the spread of cancer - Read more

Metabolism is linked to the regulation of DNA

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Graphic: a microscope with which DNA is examined [09/07/2014] A research team at the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta have discovered a new way by which metabolism is linked to the regulation of DNA, the basis of our genetic code. The findings may have important implications for the understanding of many common diseases, including cancer.Metabolism is linked to the regulation of DNA - Read more

New tool helps guide brain cancer surgery

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Photo: Mass spectrometer [04/07/2014] A tool to help brain surgeons test and more precisely remove cancerous tissue was successfully used during surgery, according to a Purdue University and Brigham and Women's Hospital study.New tool helps guide brain cancer surgery - Read more

Nanoscale composites improve MRI

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Photo: Silicon mesoporous particles, aka SiMPS [24/06/2014] Submicroscopic particles that contain even smaller particles of iron oxide could make magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) a far more powerful tool to detect and fight disease.Nanoscale composites improve MRI - Read more

For cancer patients, new tool predicts financial pain

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Photo: Empty pockets [23/06/2014] Cancer care has a new side effect. Along with the distress that comes with a cancer diagnosis and the discomforts of treatment, more patients now have to deal with "financial toxicity," the expense, anxiety and loss of confidence confronting those who face large, unpredictable costs, often compounded by decreased ability to work.For cancer patients, new tool predicts financial pain - Read more

Lifetime cancer risk from heart imaging low for most children

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Photo: Physician holding an infant and looking at X-rays [13/06/2014] Children with heart disease are exposed to low levels of radiation during X-rays, which do not significantly raise their lifetime cancer risk. However, children who undergo repeated complex imaging tests that deliver higher doses of radiation may have a slightly increased lifetime risk of cancer, according to researchers at Duke Medicine.Lifetime cancer risk from heart imaging low for most children - Read more

Researchers move small-molecule drugs through blood-brain barrier

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Graphic: Head made of jigsaws [06/06/2014] Researchers at Mayo Clinic have demonstrated in a mouse model that their recently developed synthetic peptide carrier is a potential delivery vehicle for brain cancer chemotherapy drugs and other neurological medications.Researchers move small-molecule drugs through blood-brain barrier - Read more

Fighting cancer with dietary changes

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Photo: Woman eating a salad [30/05/2014] Calorie restriction, a kind of dieting in which food intake is decreased by a certain percentage, has been touted as way to help people live longer. New research suggests that there may be other benefits, including improving outcomes for breast cancer in women. Fighting cancer with dietary changes - Read more

Streptococcal bacteria to fight colon cancer

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Photo: Illustration of a colon tumor [26/05/2014] Researchers at Western University (London, Canada) have shown how the bacteria primarily responsible for causing strep throat can be used to fight colon cancer.Streptococcal bacteria to fight colon cancer - Read more

Molecule linked to aggressive pancreatic cancer offers potential clinical advances

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Graphic: The word cancer in red [21/05/2014] Mayo Clinic researchers say a new study provides key insights into the most aggressive form of pancreatic cancer, which is one of the deadliest human cancers.Molecule linked to aggressive pancreatic cancer offers potential clinical advances - Read more

New Method: Analyse How Cancer Cells Die

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Photo: A pencil eraser killing a red cell [07/05/2014] A team from The University of Manchester – part of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre - have found a new method to more efficiently manufacture a chemical used to monitor cancer cells. New Method: Analyse How Cancer Cells Die - Read more

Women: Researchers Identify Potential New Strategy to Treat Ovarian Cancer

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Photo: Ovaries [07/05/2014] Scientists studying cancerous tumour tissues in a laboratory believe they have identified a potential new strategy to treat ovarian cancer – which affects around 7,000 women in the UK each year.Women: Researchers Identify Potential New Strategy to Treat Ovarian Cancer - Read more

Skin Cancer: Successful Blockade

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Photo: The word [06/05/2014] Using a new active substance, scientists from the University Hospital of Würzburg have managed to stop the growth of skin cancer cells. Further tests are now required to see whether this inhibitor can be used in treatment and whether it also has a growth-inhibiting effect on the tumor cells of other types of cancer. Skin Cancer: Successful Blockade - Read more

Women: Unemployment Common After Breast Cancer Treatment

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Photo: Woman who was dismissed [30/04/2014] Nearly one-third of breast cancer survivors who were working when they began treatment were unemployed four years later. Women who received chemotherapy were most affected, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.Women: Unemployment Common After Breast Cancer Treatment - Read more

Infections: How the Kissing Disease Virus Hijacks Human Cells

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Photo: Lips [17/04/2014] University of Montreal researchers have discovered how a component of the Epstein Barr (EBV) virus takes over our cells gene regulating machinery, allowing the virus to replicate itself.Infections: How the Kissing Disease Virus Hijacks Human Cells - Read more

Tissue Engineering: Scientists Grow Cartilage to Reconstruct Nose

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Foto: Reconstructed cartilage [16/04/2014] Scientists at the University of Basel report first ever successful nose reconstruction surgery using cartilage grown in the laboratory. Cartilage cells were extracted from the patient’s nasal septum, multiplied and expanded onto a collagen membrane. The so-called engineered cartilage was then shaped according to the defect and implanted.Tissue Engineering: Scientists Grow Cartilage to Reconstruct Nose - Read more

Hygiene: Mouth and Throat Cancer through Poor Oral Health

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Photo: Tooth brushing [15/04/2014] Poor oral health and failure to have regular dental checks could increase the risk of mouth and throat cancer, according to a pan-European study.Hygiene: Mouth and Throat Cancer through Poor Oral Health - Read more

Biotechnology: Sustainable Production of Compounds from Plants

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Photo: Madagascar periwinkle [14/04/2014] European scientists have made ground-breaking discoveries for improving the efficiency of the production of pharmaceuticals through plant biotechnology. Biotechnological production offers a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to the chemical synthesis of rare and complex pharmaceutical compounds currently isolated from plants.Biotechnology: Sustainable Production of Compounds from Plants - Read more

Tumor DNA: Blood Test Could Detect Solid Cancers

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Photo: Blood [07/04/2014] A blood sample could one day be enough to diagnose many types of solid cancers, or to monitor the amount of cancer in a patient's body and responses to treatment. Previous versions of the approach, which relies on monitoring levels of tumor DNA circulating in the blood, have required cumbersome and time-consuming steps to customize it to each patient or have not been sufficiently sensitive.Tumor DNA: Blood Test Could Detect Solid Cancers - Read more

Breast Cancer: Increased Risk of Developing Lung Cancer after Radiotherapy

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Photo: Two women smoking [07/04/2014] Women who have radiotherapy for breast cancer have a small but significantly increased risk of subsequently developing a primary lung tumour, and now research has shown that this risk increases with the amount of radiation absorbed by the tissue.Breast Cancer: Increased Risk of Developing Lung Cancer after Radiotherapy - Read more

College Students: Risk of Alcohol-related Cancer Lowers Intention for Binge Drinking

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Photo: Woman vomiting [26/03/2014] Binge drinking for college students has proven to be a huge problem at many universities. The risk of DUI or even death makes it a public health concern that students and administrators need to face. College Students: Risk of Alcohol-related Cancer Lowers Intention for Binge Drinking - Read more

New Project: Genetic Modification of Cancer Cells

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Photo: Structure of the Dnmt3a DNA methyl transferase [25/03/2014] Tumour cells shut down certain genes in the course of the progressing degeneration or mutate these, a process that considerably accelerates the growth of the tumour. An important role is played by DNA methyl transferase (Dnmts). A research group at the Chair for Biochemistry at the University of Stuttgart is investigating the influence of mutations in Dnmt3a, that are observed in many leukaemias.New Project: Genetic Modification of Cancer Cells - Read more

Long-Term Study: Long-Term Health of Childhood Cancer Survivors

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Photo: Gap [20/03/2014] A long-term follow-up of adult survivors of childhood cancer reinforces need for lifelong health surveillance for childhood cancer survivors.Long-Term Study: Long-Term Health of Childhood Cancer Survivors - Read more

Prostate Cancer: PSA-testing and Early Treatment Decrease Risk of Death

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Photo: Old patient and doctor [18/03/2014] Mortality in prostate cancer is lower in areas with frequent use of PSA testing compared with areas with little testing shows a study published online today in Journal of the National Cancer Institute by researchers from Umeå University, Sweden and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA.Prostate Cancer: PSA-testing and Early Treatment Decrease Risk of Death - Read more

Cancer: Sweet Test to Reduce False-positive Diagnoses

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Photo: Prof. Ola Blixt [11/03/2014] The world’s most widespread test for ovarian cancer reports false-positives in 94 of 100 diagnosed cases. Now, chemists at the University of Copenhagen working with clinical researchers at University College London have developed a method able to halve the number of false-positives.Cancer: Sweet Test to Reduce False-positive Diagnoses - Read more

Prostate Cancer: Cholesterol-metabolism as a New Treatment Approach

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Photo: Image [06/03/2014] Researchers have discovered a link between prostate cancer aggressiveness and a compound called cholesteryl ester accumulated in lipid droplets inside single cancer cells, findings that could bring new diagnostic and treatment methods.Prostate Cancer: Cholesterol-metabolism as a New Treatment Approach - Read more

Infections: Immune Cells Regulate Blood Stem Cells

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Photo: Blood stem cells [24/02/2014] Researchers in Bern have discovered that, during a viral infection, immune cells control the blood stem cells in the bone marrow and therefore also the body's own defenses. The findings could allow for new forms of therapy, such as for bone marrow diseases like leukemia.Infections: Immune Cells Regulate Blood Stem Cells - Read more

Hygiene: Infection Control Strategies in Outpatient Cancer Clinics

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Photo: Catheter [18/02/2014] Improper handling of intravenous saline at a West Virginia outpatient oncology clinic was linked with the first reported outbreak of Tsukamurella spp., gram-positive bacteria that rarely cause disease in humans, in a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Hygiene: Infection Control Strategies in Outpatient Cancer Clinics - Read more

Mammography: Novel Technique Increases Detection Rate in Screening

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Photo: Mammography [06/02/2014] Digital mammography screening with new photon-counting technique offers high diagnostic performance, according to a new study.Mammography: Novel Technique Increases Detection Rate in Screening - Read more

Immune System: Body Kills 'Spontaneous' Blood Cancers on a Daily Basis

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Photo: Blood cells [04/02/2014] Immune cells undergo 'spontaneous' changes on a daily basis that could lead to cancers if not for the diligent surveillance of our immune system, Melbourne scientists have found.Immune System: Body Kills 'Spontaneous' Blood Cancers on a Daily Basis - Read more

KOHALA: Digital Student for Cancer Treatment

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[03/02/2014] Shortening a time-consuming procedure from four hours to five minutes and automate it at the same time sounds like a dream come true for employees in all fields and industry sectors. This dream could soon become a reality for radiologists. Software could take away the tedious processing of CT images, which is required before cancer radiation therapy.KOHALA: Digital Student for Cancer Treatment - Read more

Radiology and Technology: "Numerous phantom studies have been conducted that prove the advantages of this new CT system"

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[03/02/2014] Radiologists usually do their work after oncologists when it comes to cancer treatment. Yet modern radiology also provides treatments at this point. MEDICA.de spoke with Professor Stefan Schönberg, Director of the Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the University Medical Center Mannheim, Germany, about the use of a new computer tomograph and its benefits for patients.Radiology and Technology: "Numerous phantom studies have been conducted that prove the advantages of this new CT system" - Read more

Surgery: “Our camera detects the tiniest remainder of a tumor”

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[03/02/2014] Differentiating tumor tissue from healthy tissue isn’t always easy for surgeons. Scattered cancer cells and early cancer are often hard to detect with the naked eye. A special camera now makes even the tiniest remainder of a tumor visible during surgery.Surgery: “Our camera detects the tiniest remainder of a tumor” - Read more

Hospital: New Data Contradict Current Recommendations for Management of Breast Biopsy Abnormalities

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Photo: Graphic of woman with lost breast [30/01/2014] Contrary to existing understanding, long-term follow-up of patients with two types of breast tissue abnormalities suggests that both types of abnormalities have the same potential to progress to breast cancer, according to a new study. Findings from this study could improve clinical management of patients with breast tissue abnormalities.Hospital: New Data Contradict Current Recommendations for Management of Breast Biopsy Abnormalities - Read more

Cancer: Cracks in the Cellular Transport System Can Be Key to a New Generation of Therapies

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Photo: Microtubules [29/01/2014] Researchers from Warwick Medical School have discovered a critical point of failure in the microscopic transport system that operates inside every cell in the human body.Cancer: Cracks in the Cellular Transport System Can Be Key to a New Generation of Therapies - Read more

World Cancer Day - 02/04/2014

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Photo: Official logo of World Cancer Day [29/01/2014] If it can’t get any better, you should stop – says a proverb. Yet, there are counterexamples. A successful health awareness campaign needs to be continued unconditionally, for example, even if many people already noticed it. World Cancer Day, taking place annually at February 4th, is one of these campaigns.World Cancer Day - 02/04/2014 - Read more

Cancer: Longer Screening Intervals with HPV-based Tests

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Photo: Laboratory analysis [24/01/2014] A new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden finds that testing for human papilloma virus (HPV) allows for longer time between screening tests when compared to cytology-based testing.Cancer: Longer Screening Intervals with HPV-based Tests - Read more

Sun: Exposure to UVA Lowers Blood Pressure

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Photo: Sun bath [22/01/2014] Exposing skin to sunlight may help to reduce blood pressure and thus cut the risk of heart attack and stroke.Sun: Exposure to UVA Lowers Blood Pressure - Read more

Nutrition: Certain Ingredients Could Guard Against Diabetes

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Photo: Berry-chocolate cake and tea [21/01/2014] Eating high levels of flavonoids including anthocyanins and other compounds (found in berries, tea, and chocolate) could offer protection from type 2 diabetes - according to research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and King's College London.Nutrition: Certain Ingredients Could Guard Against Diabetes - Read more

Cancer: Does Europe Have Enough Medical Oncologists?

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Photo: Cancer [20/01/2014] The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has welcomed a recent survey that shows the number of medical oncologists in Western Europe appears to be keeping pace with the rising toll of cancer.Cancer: Does Europe Have Enough Medical Oncologists? - Read more

Cancer: Costs Important for Treatment Adherence

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Photo: Dollar in pocket [08/01/2014] The cost of insurance co-payments for cutting-edge pharmaceuticals can vary widely from patient to patient. When the patient's share of prescription costs becomes too high, many patients skip doses or stop taking medication entirely.Cancer: Costs Important for Treatment Adherence - Read more

Rapid Diagnostics: New Opportunity for European Companies

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Photo: LabOnFoil [06/01/2014] Led by the Basque R&D Alliance IK4, 13 organizations in 8 different countries have been conducting research for three years under the European LabOnFoil project to develop new rapid diagnostic devices. Rapid Diagnostics: New Opportunity for European Companies - Read more

Smoking: Total Bans Work Best

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Photo: Smoking ban [06/01/2014] Completely banning tobacco use inside the home – or more broadly in the whole city – measurably boosts the odds of smokers either cutting back or quitting entirely, report University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers.Smoking: Total Bans Work Best - Read more

Breast Cancer Risk: Angelina Jolie's Preventive Mastectomy Raised Awareness, But Not Knowledge

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Photo: Oliver Stone, Angelina Jolie and Colin Farrell [19/12/2013] Angelina Jolie heightened awareness about breast cancer when she announced in a New York Times op-ed that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy. But a study led by researchers in the University of Maryland School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health reveals that Jolie's story did not unfortunately translate into increased understanding of breast cancer risk. Breast Cancer Risk: Angelina Jolie's Preventive Mastectomy Raised Awareness, But Not Knowledge - Read more

Cancer: Increased Attention to Risk from Silica

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Photo: Demolition work [12/12/2013] Action could help millions of Americans exposed to silica at work: A new review highlights new developments in understanding the health effects of silica, and calls for action to reduce illness and death from silica exposure at work.Cancer: Increased Attention to Risk from Silica - Read more

Diabetes: Certain Drugs Lower Women’s Cancer Risk

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Photo: Woman with pills [10/12/2013] Insulin sensitizers reduce risk of cancer: A Cleveland Clinic-led study shows that a specific type of diabetes drug can decrease the risk of cancer in female patients with type 2 diabetes by up to 32 percent.Diabetes: Certain Drugs Lower Women’s Cancer Risk - Read more

Cancer: Large Differences in Survival between European Countries

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Photo: People [10/12/2013] Cancer survival still varies widely between European countries despite major improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment during the first decade of the 21st century, according to the latest EUROCARE-5 reports covering over 50% of the adult and 77% of the childhood population of Europe. Cancer: Large Differences in Survival between European Countries - Read more

Cancer: Researchers Find Shape-shifting Stops Migrating Cells

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Photo: Fried Egg [05/12/2013] Like a car with a front and back end, a steering mechanism and an engine to push it forward, cancer cells propel themselves through normal tissues and organs to spread cancer throughout the body. Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida have managed to turn these cells into shapes like a round fried egg and an exaggerated starfish that sticks out in many directions — both of which cannot now move.Cancer: Researchers Find Shape-shifting Stops Migrating Cells - Read more

Cancer: A Step towards Personalized Chronotherapy

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Photo: Clock [28/11/2013] An international study conducted on mice and coordinated by researchers from Inserm, CNRS and Universit Paris-Sud has paved the way towards personalized chronotherapy treatments.Cancer: A Step towards Personalized Chronotherapy - Read more

Cervical Cancer: Leadership Void Slows Efforts

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Photo: Kentucky [13/11/2013] Indiana University public health researchers found that the opportunity for significant progress in addressing cervical cancer is being squandered -- not because of a lack of money, but because of a void of leadership and organization at the state levels.Cervical Cancer: Leadership Void Slows Efforts - Read more

Study: More Accurate Method to Diagnose Pancreatic Cancer

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Photo: Tumor [08/11/2013] Researchers from the University of Missouri have found a more accurate laboratory method for diagnosing pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The disease causes more than 38,000 deaths each year in the United States, and kills 94 percent of people with the illness within five years, according to the National Cancer Institute. Study: More Accurate Method to Diagnose Pancreatic Cancer - Read more

New EU Project: Late Side-effects of the Treatment of Childhood Cancer

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Photo: Woman with child talking to a doctor [07/11/2013] Is it possible to predict the likelihood of subsequent complications following cancer treatment on the basis of genetic tests? This is the main question to be addressed by an EU-wide research project that is being coordinated by the German Childhood Cancer Registry at the Institute of Medical Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics (IMBEI) of the Mainz University Medical Center. New EU Project: Late Side-effects of the Treatment of Childhood Cancer - Read more

Colon Cancer: Microbes in the Gut Help Determine Risk of Tumors

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Photo: Mice [05/11/2013] Transferring the gut microbes from a mouse with colon tumors to germ-free mice makes those mice prone to getting tumors as well. The work has implications for human health because it indicates the risk of colorectal cancer may well have a microbial component.Colon Cancer: Microbes in the Gut Help Determine Risk of Tumors - Read more

Cancer: Nano Capsules Kill Tumor Cells

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Photo: Nano capsules [28/10/2013] Chemotherapy is often preferred for fighting cancer, but its side effects can be considerable. A new technique may reduce these in future: nanoparticle-encapsulated substances could kill off tumor cells selectively. This will be easier on patients.Cancer: Nano Capsules Kill Tumor Cells - Read more

“We established a professionally independent, transparent quality oncology audit”

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[22/10/2013] Quality improvement and management play an ever-increasing role in medicine. This affects not only patient safety, but also the treatment process. The independent certification of a treatment network is a tool to raise the success of treatments. It also creates a positive image in the eyes of patients and healthcare payers.“We established a professionally independent, transparent quality oncology audit” - Read more

Liver: New Regulator of Drug Detoxification Discovered

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Photo: Liver damage [14/10/2013] A CNIO group led by researcher Erwin Wagner discovered that the Fra-1 protein is causally involved in liver fibrosis and protects the liver from drug-induced liver damage.Liver: New Regulator of Drug Detoxification Discovered - Read more

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia: Resistant to Drug Treatment

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Photo: Collage of medical topics [09/10/2013] Cancer researchers of the Max Delbrück Center Berlin-Buch, have identified a molecular mechanism of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) that causes the disease to progress and become resistant to drug treatment. In a study, Doctor Marina and Professor Achim Leutz report that these two processes in CML are directly associated with each other due to crosstalk between two cellular signaling pathways. Chronic Myeloid Leukemia: Resistant to Drug Treatment - Read more

Prostate Cancer Screenings: Little Benefit for Older Men

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Photo: Doctor an patient shaking hands [04/10/2013] Prostate cancer screening has little benefit for men aged 75 and older, yet over three years, the Medicare fee-for-service program spent 447 million Dollars annually on PSA-based screenings—one-third of which was for men in the over 75 age group, according to study by researchers at the Yale Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center.Prostate Cancer Screenings: Little Benefit for Older Men - Read more

Chip: Liquid Biopsy Could Improve Cancer Diagnosis

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Photo: Liquid Biopsy [02/10/2013] A microfluidic chip developed at the University of Michigan is among the best at capturing elusive circulating tumor cells from blood - and it can support the cells' growth for further analysis.Chip: Liquid Biopsy Could Improve Cancer Diagnosis - Read more

Pancreas: The Immune System Fights Cancer

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Photo: Pancreas [01/10/2013] A new study reveals separate tumor sites respond differently to a new immunotherapy. This highlights the power of a new real-time imaging technique to study response.Pancreas: The Immune System Fights Cancer - Read more

Drugs: First Real-Time Detector For IV Delivery

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Foto: Detector [26/09/2013] Today, computerized smart systems can deliver drugs intravenously in exact volumes to hospital patients. However, these systems cannot recognize which medications are in the tubing nor can they determine the concentration of the drug in the tubing.Drugs: First Real-Time Detector For IV Delivery - Read more

Stress: Great Strain for Parents with Chronically Ill Child

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Foto: Ill Child [25/09/2013] The extra demands on parents of chronically ill children cause stress that affects the whole family, according to a systematic review conducted by Case Western Reserve University researchers that also explored what factors in the child's care most contribute to the added strain.Stress: Great Strain for Parents with Chronically Ill Child - Read more

Imaging Tools: Uncovering Cancer's Inner Workings

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Photo: Cancer [19/09/2013] A new imaging tool reveals strikingly different networks of blood vessels surrounding different types of tumors in a mouse model.Imaging Tools: Uncovering Cancer's Inner Workings - Read more

Diabetes: Cancer Drug Could Help Treatment

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Photo: Syringe [16/09/2013] A pair of studies by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has identified a molecular pathway involved in the development of diabetes. Furthermore, they have found that a drug already approved for use in humans can regulate the pathway. Diabetes: Cancer Drug Could Help Treatment - Read more

Immun Defense: Novel Mechanism Discovered In First Line

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Photo: Medicine [12/09/2013] A discovery by Scientists from A*STAR’s Singapore Immunology Network (SIgN) opens doors to developing new therapies to eradicate tumour cells and combat infections.Immun Defense: Novel Mechanism Discovered In First Line - Read more

Colon Cancer: New Method For Early Detection

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Photo: Cancer Cell [05/09/2013] A new, highly sensitive method to detect genetic variations that initiate colon cancer could be readily used for noninvasive colon cancer screening.Colon Cancer: New Method For Early Detection - Read more

Liver: Cancer in Peru is Like No Other

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Photo: Surgery [04/09/2013] Researchers have identified a geographical area in the Andes where dangerous liver cancer affects young people in high numbers.Liver: Cancer in Peru is Like No Other - Read more

Brain: Using a Robot to Improve Cancer Treatment

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Photo: Robot [02/09/2013] With the 5-year R01 award, a team of researchers led by Worcester Polytechnic Institute will test a new, minimally invasive approach to treating brain tumors that promises to accurately destroy malignant tissue and leave surrounding tissue unaffected.Brain: Using a Robot to Improve Cancer Treatment - Read more

Thyroid Cancer: Biopsy Guidelines Should Be Simplified

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Photo: Thyroid examination [28/08/2013] A team led by UC San Francisco researchers has called for simplified guidelines on when to biopsy thyroid nodules for cancer, which they say would result in fewer unnecessary biopsies.Thyroid Cancer: Biopsy Guidelines Should Be Simplified - Read more

Cancer: Improved Effectiveness of Chemotherapy

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Photo: Tumor cell [16/08/2013] Cancer cells often develop defense mechanisms to survive chemotherapy. A group of researchers from the Institutes of Pharmacology and Pathology in Bern present new solutions for preventing the development of such resistances.Cancer: Improved Effectiveness of Chemotherapy - Read more

Women: MRI Leading to More Breast Cancer Surgery

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Photo: MRI image [16/08/2013] Heavy use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be leading to unnecessary breast removal in older women with breast cancer, according to a study by Yale School of Medicine researchers.Women: MRI Leading to More Breast Cancer Surgery - Read more

Prostate Cancer Screening: New Data Support Watchful Waiting

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Photo: Man and doctor [14/08/2013] Prostate cancer aggressiveness may be established when the tumor is formed and not alter with time, according to a study.Prostate Cancer Screening: New Data Support Watchful Waiting - Read more

Immune System: Nanodrug Targeting Breast Cancer Cells

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Photo: Hair [13/08/2013] A unique nanoscale drug that can carry a variety of weapons and sneak into cancer cells to break them down from the inside has a new component: a protein that stimulates the immune system to attack HER2-positive breast cancer cells.Immune System: Nanodrug Targeting Breast Cancer Cells - Read more

Biomedicine: Protein Profile of Tumor Cells Decoded

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Photo: Protein signatures [09/08/2013] Since proteins are responsible for converting somatic cells into tumor cells, scientists have now decoded the proteome of 59 tumor cell lines – and have found new ways to explain why cancer drugs do not have the same effect on all patients.Biomedicine: Protein Profile of Tumor Cells Decoded - Read more

Proteins: Structure of NatA Deciphered

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Photo: NatA [05/08/2013] A team of researchers from Philadelphia and Norway has determined the structure of an enzyme complex that modifies one end of most human proteins and is made at elevated levels in numerous forms of cancer.Proteins: Structure of NatA Deciphered - Read more

Precancerous Lesions: New 3-D Colonoscopy Eases Detection

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Photo: 3-D image [02/08/2013] Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new endoscopy technology that could make it easier for doctors to detect precancerous lesions in the colon. Early detection of such lesions has been shown to reduce death rates from colorectal cancer, which kills about 50,000 people per year in the United States.Precancerous Lesions: New 3-D Colonoscopy Eases Detection - Read more

Vaccines: New Design Combines Existing Technologies

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Photo: Samples [31/07/2013] A new method of vaccine design, called the Multiple Antigen Presentation System (MAPS), may result in vaccines that bring together the benefits of whole-cell and acellular or defined subunit vaccination.Vaccines: New Design Combines Existing Technologies - Read more

Diagnostics: Saliva Samples Can Reveal Serious Illnesses

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Photo: Saliva test [30/07/2013] Current research at Malmö University’s Faculty of Odontology shows that cancer and other serious illnesses leave traces of their presence in patients’ saliva.Diagnostics: Saliva Samples Can Reveal Serious Illnesses - Read more

Hydrogel: A New Approach for Studying Brain Cancer

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Photo: Cancer cells [25/07/2013] A team of engineers has developed a three-dimensional hydrogel that closely mimics conditions in the brain. The new approach allows the researchers to selectively tune the malignancy of brain cancer cells they study.Hydrogel: A New Approach for Studying Brain Cancer - Read more

Colon Cancer: Soy Peptide May Reduce Metastasis

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Photo: Soy products [10/07/2013] After learning that injection of the soy peptide lunasin dramatically reduced colon cancer metastasis in mice, researchers were eager to see how lunasin as part of a daily diet would affect metastasis.Colon Cancer: Soy Peptide May Reduce Metastasis - Read more

MRI: Sugar Makes Cancer Light-up

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Photo: Tumour cells [08/07/2013] A new technique for detecting cancer by imaging the consumption of sugar with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been unveiled by scientists of the University College London. The breakthrough could provide a safer and simpler alternative to standard radioactive techniques and enable radiologists to image tumours in greater detail.MRI: Sugar Makes Cancer Light-up - Read more

Thyroid Cancer: Rising Most Rapidly Among Insured Patients

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Photo: Thyroid examination [05/07/2013] The rapid increase in papillary thyroid cancer in the US may not be linked to increase in occurrence, instead it may be linked to an increase in the diagnosis of pre-cancerous conditions and to a person's insurance status.Thyroid Cancer: Rising Most Rapidly Among Insured Patients - Read more

Infections: The Body Aids and Abets Cancer Spread

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Photo: Cancer cells [04/07/2013] A current study, led by the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC), reveal that white blood cells play a role in activating cancer cells and facilitating their spread to secondary tumors.Infections: The Body Aids and Abets Cancer Spread - Read more

Breast Cancer: Device Aims to Prevent Repeated Surgery

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Photo: The Device [27/06/2013] To reduce the need for subsequent surgeries after removal of a breast tumor, Johns Hopkins graduate students have designed a device to allow pathologists to quickly inspect excised breast tissue within 20 minutes. Breast Cancer: Device Aims to Prevent Repeated Surgery - Read more

Diagnostics: Cell Separation in Microchannels

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[24/06/2013] Cancer is a malicious disease: Even after a tumor has been removed, cancer cells may still be circulating through the blood and cause metastases in other organs. These cells have to be detected early, since metastases drastically reduce the chances of recovery. A newly developed cell separation system may be able make diagnoses more reliable.Diagnostics: Cell Separation in Microchannels - Read more

Cancer: Preventing Eggs' Death from Chemotherapy

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Photo: Egg [20/06/2013] Scientists discover cause of immature eggs' death from cancer drug and how to prevent it.Cancer: Preventing Eggs' Death from Chemotherapy - Read more

Prostate Cancer: New Technology for Individualized Treatments

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Photo: Doctor and patient [18/06/2013] A research team have enhanced a device they developed to identify and "grab" circulating tumor cells, or CTCs, that break away from cancers and enter the blood, often leading to the spread of cancer to other parts of the body.Prostate Cancer: New Technology for Individualized Treatments - Read more

Oncology: Using Math to Kill Cancer Cells

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Photo: Math [17/06/2013] Researchers outline how advanced mathematical modelling can be used in the fight against cancer. The technique predicts how different treatments and genetic modifications might allow cancer-killing, oncolytic viruses to overcome the natural defences that cancer cells use to stave off viral infection.Oncology: Using Math to Kill Cancer Cells - Read more

Cancer: Tracking Drug Action in the Pancreas

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Photo: Cancer [12/06/2013] UK and Australian scientists have been able to show ways in which we can markedly improve drug targeting of solid tumors, using tiny 'biosensors' along with new advanced imaging techniques.Cancer: Tracking Drug Action in the Pancreas - Read more

Children: Reducing Unnecessary CT Scans

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Photo: CT [11/06/2013] A study examining X-ray computed tomography (CT) use in children has found that reducing unnecessary scans and lowering the doses for the highest-dose scans could lower the overall lifetime risk of future imaging-related cancers.Children: Reducing Unnecessary CT Scans - Read more

Bone Tumors: Heating Therapy Eases Patients' Pain

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Photo: MRT picture [04/06/2013] Patients with cancer that has spread to their bones are often treated with radiation therapy to reduce pain. But if that treatment does not work, or cannot be used again, a second, effective option now exists. Bone Tumors: Heating Therapy Eases Patients' Pain - Read more

Oncologists: High Career Satisfaction, But Burnout

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Photo: Burnout [04/06/2013] Even though a majority of U.S. oncologists report satisfaction with their careers, many say they have experienced at least one symptom of burnout, a Mayo Clinic-led study has found.Oncologists: High Career Satisfaction, But Burnout - Read more

Nanoparticles: Changing From Sphere to Net

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Photo: Nanonet [29/05/2013] Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have designed tiny spherical particles to float easily through the bloodstream after injection, then assemble into a durable scaffold within diseased tissue. An enzyme produced by a specific type of tumor can trigger the transformation.Nanoparticles: Changing From Sphere to Net - Read more

Children: Drug Targets in Genetic Tumor Disorder Identified

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Photo: DNA [27/05/2013] Two mutations central to the development of infantile myofibromatosis (IM) — a disorder characterized by multiple tumors involving the skin, bone, and soft tissue — may provide new therapeutic targets, according to researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.Children: Drug Targets in Genetic Tumor Disorder Identified - Read more

Protein: Gauging Bladder Cancer Treatment

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Photo: PODXL [23/05/2013] Aggressive forms of bladder cancer involve the protein PODXL – a discovery that could hold the key to improved treatment, according to researchers at Lund University, Uppsala University and KTH in Sweden.Protein: Gauging Bladder Cancer Treatment - Read more

Cancer Research: New Molecule as a Tumour Killer

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Photo: Cells [22/05/2013] Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Lund University, Sweden, have bioengineered a novel molecule which has been proven to successfully kill tumour cells.Cancer Research: New Molecule as a Tumour Killer - Read more

Cells: Tumor-activated Protein Promotes Cancer Spread

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Photo: Metastasis [15/05/2013] Researchers at the University of California report that cancers physically alter cells in the lymphatic system – a network of vessels that transports and stores immune cells throughout the body – to promote the spread of disease, a process called metastasis.Cells: Tumor-activated Protein Promotes Cancer Spread - Read more

Cancer Cells: Stability for the Genome

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Photo: DNA [10/05/2013] In cancer cells, the genome is often in a chaotic, unstable state. Now, a research group from the Würzburg Biocenter, Germany, found out which enzymes can stabilize DNA.Cancer Cells: Stability for the Genome - Read more

Women: Postcode Inequality for Cancer Diagnosis

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Photo: Woman with doctor [02/05/2013] Hundreds of women with breast cancer living in England's most deprived areas would have better survival rates if they were diagnosed at the same stage as those who lived in affluent areas.Women: Postcode Inequality for Cancer Diagnosis - Read more

Leukemia: High Treatment Costs Harming Patients

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Photo: Blood clots [29/04/2013] The increasing cost of treatments for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in the United States has reached unsustainably high levels and may be leaving many patients under- or untreated because they cannot afford care, according to a study.Leukemia: High Treatment Costs Harming Patients - Read more

Microgrippers: Tiny Surgical Tools Perform Biopsies

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Photo: Microgripper [24/04/2013] By using swarms of untethered microgrippers Johns Hopkins engineers and physicians may have devised a new way to perform biopsies that could prove more effective to access narrow body conduits as well as find early signs of diseases.Microgrippers: Tiny Surgical Tools Perform Biopsies - Read more

Lung Cancer: Models Predict Treatment Outcome

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Photo: Doctor viewing X-ray [22/04/2013] Mathematical prediction models are better than doctors at predicting the outcomes and responses of lung cancer patients to treatment. This applies even after the doctor has seen the patient and knows what treatment plan and radiation dose will be.Lung Cancer: Models Predict Treatment Outcome - Read more

Leukemia: New Drug Combination Therapy Developed

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Photo: Blood clots [19/04/2013] A new, pre-clinical study by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center suggests that a novel drug combination could lead to profound leukemia cell death by disrupting the function of two major pro-survival proteins.Leukemia: New Drug Combination Therapy Developed - Read more

Lung Cancer: Three Risk Factors Combined

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Photo: Asbestos warning [15/04/2013] The chances of developing lung cancer associated with asbestos exposure, asbestosis and smoking are dramatically increased when these three risk factors are combined.Lung Cancer: Three Risk Factors Combined - Read more

Bladder Cancer: Telerobotic System Designed to Treat Better

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Photo: Researcher [05/04/2013] Although bladder cancer is the sixth most common form of cancer in the United States and the most expensive to treat, the basic method that doctors use to treat it has not changed much in more than 70 years. An interdisciplinary collaboration of engineers and doctors at Vanderbilt and Columbia Universities intends to change that situation dramatically.Bladder Cancer: Telerobotic System Designed to Treat Better - Read more

New Device: Capture of Circulating Tumor Cells

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Photo: Device [04/04/2013] A new system for isolating rare circulating tumor cells (CTCs) – living solid tumor cells found at low levels in the bloodstream – shows significant improvement over previously developed devices and does not require prior identification of tumor-specific target molecules.New Device: Capture of Circulating Tumor Cells - Read more

Lung Cancer: Doctors Do Not Assist Tobacco Cessation

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Photo: Tabacco Cessation [02/04/2013] Physicians who care for lung cancer patients recognize the importance of tobacco cessation, but often do not provide cessation assistance to their patients according to a recent study.Lung Cancer: Doctors Do Not Assist Tobacco Cessation - Read more

Diagnostics: Imaging Agent for Better Cancer Detection

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Photo: Dye [22/03/2013] Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have shown that a new imaging dye is an effective agent in detecting and mapping cancers that have reached the lymph nodes.Diagnostics: Imaging Agent for Better Cancer Detection - Read more

Nurses: Key Role to Reduce Deaths

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Photo: Abilities of nurses [20/03/2013] A report by World Health Organization and University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing shows that nursing and midwifery can have major impact on lifestyles changes and health outcomes.Nurses: Key Role to Reduce Deaths - Read more

Surgical Robots: Highly Precise and Gentle

Robots help in the operating room more and more. They make it possible for surgeons to perform highly precise and minimally invasive procedures. In radiology, the CyberKnife system is used to treat tumors. Surgical Robots: Highly Precise and Gentle - Read more

Reducing Tumor Growth: Stronger Effect of Local Chemotherapy

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Photo: Researchers [15/03/2013] Reducing the growth of a tumor by localized delivery of cancer medication can be achieved by using a combination of ultrasound, temperature-sensitive nanoparticles and MRI. This is shown by Mariska de Smet of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).Reducing Tumor Growth: Stronger Effect of Local Chemotherapy - Read more

Tumor: Bioelectric Signals Detect Early Cancer

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Photo: Tumor [04/02/2013] Biologists at Tufts University School of Arts and Sciences have discovered a bioelectric signal that can identify cells that are likely to develop into tumors.Tumor: Bioelectric Signals Detect Early Cancer - Read more

World Cancer Day - 02/04/2013

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[28/01/2013] World Cancer Day 2013 will focus on Target 5 of the World Cancer Declaration by the Union of International Cancer Control (UICC): Until 2020, public attitudes towards cancer will improve. Under the tagline "Cancer - Did You Know?" damaging myths and misconceptions about the disease will be dispelled this year.World Cancer Day - 02/04/2013 - Read more

Proteins: A Scanner for Hereditary Defects

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Graphic [25/01/2013] The body’s own proteins continually scour the genetic material for signs of damage. Researchers from the Institute of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Zurich see new possibilities in this damage recognition for improving cancer treatment in humans.Proteins: A Scanner for Hereditary Defects - Read more

Tumors: New Tool to Aid in Surgery?

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Photo: Student using DESI [11/01/2013] A new tool that could allow for faster, more comprehensive testing of brain tissue during surgery successfully identified the cancer type, grade and tumor margins in five brain surgery patients.Tumors: New Tool to Aid in Surgery? - Read more

Genetics: Viruses Attack Cancer Stem Cells

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Photo: Consequences of oncolytic viruses [10/01/2013] Scientists at the Paul-Ehrlich-Institut (PEI) have successfully created oncolytic viruses which effectively target CD133-positive cancer stem cells to infect and kill them. In animal experiments, multiple tumour foci could be completely eradicated.Genetics: Viruses Attack Cancer Stem Cells - Read more

Prostate Cancer: Costs and Effectiveness of Therapies

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Photo: Man's investigation [08/01/2013] A study of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), compares how the major types of prostate cancer treatments stack up to each other in terms of saving lives and cost effectiveness.Prostate Cancer: Costs and Effectiveness of Therapies - Read more

Seeing: Specific Protein Essential for Healthy Eyes

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Photo: Eye [07/01/2013] Researchers have found that a specific protein is essential not only for maintaining a healthy retina in the eye, but also may have implications for understanding and possibly treating other conditions in the immune, reproductive, vascular and nervous systems and in various cancers.Seeing: Specific Protein Essential for Healthy Eyes - Read more

Liver: Seeing Liver Tumors Die in Real Time

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Photo: Human liver [03/01/2013] Using two successive pairs of specialized CT scans, a team of Johns Hopkins and Dutch radiologists has produced real-time images of liver tumors dying from direct injection of anticancer drugs into the tumors and their surrounding blood vessels.Liver: Seeing Liver Tumors Die in Real Time - Read more

Cancer Patients: Relapse Through Drug Shortage

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Photo: Drugs in the USA [02/01/2013] A national drug shortage has been linked to a higher rate of relapse among children, teenagers and young adults with Hodgkin lymphoma enrolled in a national clinical trial, according to research led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.Cancer Patients: Relapse Through Drug Shortage - Read more

Biology: Complex Proteins Made in Algae

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Photo: Algae [13/12/2012] Biologists have succeeded in genetically engineering algae to produce a complex and expensive human therapeutic drug used to treat cancer. This achievement opens the door for making proteins in larger quantities and much more cheaply than can now be made from mammalian cells.Biology: Complex Proteins Made in Algae - Read more

Cancer: 3D Culture System Helps Understand Spreading

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Photo: Body cells in three dimensions [12/12/2012] Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) progresses rapidly and is associated with a very low survival rate. To understand how this type of cancer spreads, researchers have developed a novel, 3D culture system that mimics the environment of these cancer cells.Cancer: 3D Culture System Helps Understand Spreading - Read more

Cancer: Drag-and-drop DNA

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Photo: Pharmaceutical molecules [07/12/2012] Using a simple "drag-and-drop" computer interface and DNA self-assembly techniques, researchers have developed a new approach for drug development that could drastically reduce the time required to create and test medications.Cancer: Drag-and-drop DNA - Read more

More Effective Treatment: Cancer Data in The "Cloud"

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Photo: Cancer graphic [07/11/2012] Storing music and photos on distant computers via "cloud" technology is nothing new. But Johns Hopkins researchers are now using this tactic to collect detailed information from thousands of cancer cell samples.More Effective Treatment: Cancer Data in The "Cloud" - Read more

Korean Men: Increased Risk for Death from Cancer

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Photo: Korean man [07/11/2012] Measuring blood levels of high-sensitive C-reactive protein, an important marker of inflammation, in apparently cancer-free men could potentially help identify those at increased risk for death from cancer, in particular lung cancer, according to a research.Korean Men: Increased Risk for Death from Cancer - Read more

Tissue-Distructive Diseases: Test Predicts Levels of Responsible Enzymes

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Photo: Blood samples [06/11/2012] Predicting how atherosclerosis, osteoporosis or cancer will progress or respond to drugs in individual patients is difficult. Researchers just took another step toward that goal by developing a technique able to predict from a blood sample the amount of cathepsins that a person would produce.Tissue-Distructive Diseases: Test Predicts Levels of Responsible Enzymes - Read more

Aging: Fat Molecule Ceramide May Factor in Muscle Loss

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Photo: Model of human muscles [02/11/2012] A small study of older and younger men conducted at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University suggests that a build-up of a fat molecule known as ceramide might play a leading role in muscle deterioration in older adults.Aging: Fat Molecule Ceramide May Factor in Muscle Loss - Read more

Public Health: Ethnic Disparities in Breast Cancer Survival

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Photo: African american woman [30/10/2012] Disparities in survival after breast cancer persisted across racial/ethnic groups even after researchers adjusted for multiple demographics, such as patients' education and the socioeconomic status of the neighborhood in which they lived, according to a study.Public Health: Ethnic Disparities in Breast Cancer Survival - Read more

Children with Cancer: Hispanic Caregivers Impacting Care

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Photo: Child with cancer [29/10/2012] Language barriers and the immigration status of caregivers appear to impact the care of Hispanic children with cancer and affect the experience of the families within the medical system, according to a study.Children with Cancer: Hispanic Caregivers Impacting Care - Read more

Uterus: Cost-effective Treatment for Endometrial Cancer

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[18/10/2012] A common birth control device is effective in treating early-stage endometrial cancer in morbidly obese and high-risk surgery patients, said Georgia Health Sciences University Cancer Center researchers, and could lead to a cost-effective treatment for all women with this cancer type.Uterus: Cost-effective Treatment for Endometrial Cancer - Read more

Breast Cancer: Epigenetic Difference Explains the Different Risk

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[18/10/2012] The research team led by Manel Esteller of the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) has identified an epigenetic change in the twin who will develop breast cancer but not in the healthy one.Breast Cancer: Epigenetic Difference Explains the Different Risk - Read more

Childhood Cancer: More Effective Treatment Through DNA Method

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[16/10/2012] A thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has studied a DNA method which is now used for all cases of neuroblastoma in Sweden. It has led to more effective treatment at individual level.Childhood Cancer: More Effective Treatment Through DNA Method - Read more

Canada: Fast-tracked Drug Approvals Can Put Public at Risk

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[11/10/2012] Drugs streamed into Health Canada's accelerated review process are more likely to be withdrawn from the market or earn a serious safety warning than those that undergo the standard review, according to a study of York University.Canada: Fast-tracked Drug Approvals Can Put Public at Risk - Read more

Breast Cancer: Faster Diagnosis Possible

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[11/10/2012] A study from The George Washington University shows that patients can reduce potentially dangerous delays in the identification of breast cancer with the assistance of patient navigation services.Breast Cancer: Faster Diagnosis Possible - Read more

Anti-Aiging: Nanoparticles Against Aging

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[05/10/2012] A team of Spanish scientists of the Asociación RUVID has developed an intelligent nanodevice that lays the foundations for the future development of new therapies against aging. The device consists of nanoparticles that can selectively release drugs in aged human cells. Anti-Aiging: Nanoparticles Against Aging - Read more

Breast Cancer: MRI Technique Could Reduce Biopsies

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[02/10/2012] Water diffusion measurements with MRI could decrease false-positive breast cancer results and reduce preventable biopsies, according to a new study. Researchers said the technique also could improve patient management by differentiating high-risk lesions requiring additional workup from other non-malignant subtypes.Breast Cancer: MRI Technique Could Reduce Biopsies - Read more

Medicines: Should Aspirin Be Used to Prevent Cancer?

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[02/10/2012] Aspirin, the everyday drug taken by countless people around the world to ward off pain and reduce their risk of developing heart disease, may have a new trick up its sleeve – preventing cancer.Medicines: Should Aspirin Be Used to Prevent Cancer? - Read more

Nanochains: Exposing Cancer's Lethal Couriers

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[26/09/2012] Malignant cells that leave a primary tumor, travel the bloodstream and grow out of control in new locations cause the vast majority of cancer deaths. New nanotechnology developed at Case Western Reserve University detects these metastases in mouse models of breast cancer far earlier than current methods, a step toward earlier, life-saving diagnosis and treatment.Nanochains: Exposing Cancer's Lethal Couriers - Read more

Blood Cancer: Double Assault on Tough Types of Leukemias

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[24/09/2012] Investigators at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have identified two promising therapies to treat patients with acute megakaryocytic leukemia (AMKL), a rare form of leukemia where the number of cases is expected to increase with the aging population.Blood Cancer: Double Assault on Tough Types of Leukemias - Read more

Immune Cells: Puzzle of B-Cell Lymphoma Development Solved

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[24/09/2012] Doctor Dinis Pedro Calado and Doctor Klaus Rajewsky of the Max Delbrück Center (MDC) have identified subgroups of B cells in germinal centers in which the proto-oncogene Myc, a critical regulator of cellular proliferation, is highly activated.Immune Cells: Puzzle of B-Cell Lymphoma Development Solved - Read more

Cancer: Nose-like Sensor Array to 'Smell' Diagnoses

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[18/09/2012] In the fight against cancer, knowing the enemy's exact identity is crucial for diagnosis and treatment. Now chemists led by Vincent Rotello at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a rapid, sensitive way to detect microscopic levels of many different metastatic cell types in living tissue.Cancer: Nose-like Sensor Array to 'Smell' Diagnoses - Read more

Arthritis: Biologic Therapies Not Associated with Cancer Risk

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[05/09/2012] Biologic therapies developed in the last decade for rheumatoid arthritis are not associated with an increased risk of cancer when compared with traditional treatments for the condition, according to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.Arthritis: Biologic Therapies Not Associated with Cancer Risk - Read more

Early-Stage Follicular Lymphoma: Many Options and Good Outcomes

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[23/08/2012] A University of Rochester Medical Center study challenges treatment guidelines for early stage follicular lymphoma, concluding that six different therapies can bring a remission, particularly if the patient is carefully examined and staged at diagnosis.Early-Stage Follicular Lymphoma: Many Options and Good Outcomes - Read more

Lung Cancer Treatment: Bruce Lee helps us to fight lung tumors”

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[22/08/2012] In many movies, Bruce Lee fights against different villains with Asian fighting methods. Even though scientists at the GSI Helmholz Center for Heavy Ion Research (GSI Helmholzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung) use other techniques to fight lung cancer, they work at least as effectively as the 70’s movie icon with their thorax model “Bruce Lee”.Lung Cancer Treatment: Bruce Lee helps us to fight lung tumors” - Read more

Urology: Self-referral Can Increase Distance for Treatment

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[15/08/2012] Men with prostate cancer in Texas may be driving more than three times farther than needed to obtain radiation oncology treatments for their cancer when treated at a urology-owned radiation oncology practice versus other facilities, according to a study.Urology: Self-referral Can Increase Distance for Treatment - Read more

Cancer Therapies: New Method May Allow Personalized Clinical Trial

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[14/08/2012] An approach, developed by investigators at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, shows that erlotinib – a targeted therapy that acts on a growth factor receptor mutated in some lung, brain and other cancers – does not simply kill tumor cells as was previously assumed.Cancer Therapies: New Method May Allow Personalized Clinical Trial - Read more

Hot Asphalt: Higher Cancer Rates in Roofers

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[30/07/2012] A University of Colorado Cancer Centre study shows that roofers have higher PAH blood-levels after working a shift and that these high levels of PAHs are linked with increased rates of DNA damage, and potentially with higher cancer risk.Hot Asphalt: Higher Cancer Rates in Roofers - Read more

Diagnosis: Men with Prostate Cancer Die Rather from Other Causes

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[27/07/2012] Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are less likely to die from the disease than from largely preventable conditions such as heart disease, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH).Diagnosis: Men with Prostate Cancer Die Rather from Other Causes - Read more

Web-based Tools: Cancer Drugs with Gene Targets

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[17/07/2012] A new study of NIH/National Cancer Institute details how a suite of web-based tools provides the research community with greatly improved capacity to compare data derived from large collections of genomic information against thousands of drugs.Web-based Tools: Cancer Drugs with Gene Targets - Read more

Computer Networks: "We can arrive considerably faster at the patient-specific mutations"

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[02/07/2012] Some scientific problems cannot be solved by using simple means. They require a fast “superbrain“ to be able to process and draw conclusions from extremely complex data. Now scientists at the Charité in collaboration with the Hasso-Plattner-Institute have launched a high-performance computer that could become important for personalized medicine. Computer Networks: "We can arrive considerably faster at the patient-specific mutations" - Read more

Personalized Medicine: Patients on the wrong path

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[02/07/2012] While many physicians immediately think of biomarkers, genetic fingerprinting and new possibilities for cancer treatments when they hear the key words personalized medicine, most patients view the issue differently. They rightly assume that means they receive a treatment that places them in the center – and not just their genes. Personalized Medicine: Patients on the wrong path - Read more

Skin Cancer: Cause of Pain in the Treatment

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[21/06/2012] Apply the ointment, light on, light off – that is how easy it is to cure various forms of non-melanoma skin cancer. However, the majority of patients suffer severe pain during the so-termed photodynamic therapy. Why the treatment can be so painful has now been uncovered.Skin Cancer: Cause of Pain in the Treatment - Read more

Polyps: Virtual Colonoscopy Equals Standard

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[18/06/2012] Computed tomographic colonography (CTC), also known as virtual colonoscopy, administered without laxatives is as accurate as conventional colonoscopy in detecting clinically significant, potentially cancerous polyps, according to a study.Polyps: Virtual Colonoscopy Equals Standard - Read more

Leukaemia: Marker Distinguishes More-Aggressive Form

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[15/06/2012] People newly diagnosed with chronic leukaemia must often wait to learn if they have a faster- or slower-progressing form of the disease. This study identified a molecular marker that quickly helps to distinguish which form a patient has. The findings could enable patients with aggressive disease to start treatment sooner.Leukaemia: Marker Distinguishes More-Aggressive Form - Read more

Inflammation: How Infection Can Lead to Cancer

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[13/06/2012] One of the biggest risk factors for liver, colon or stomach cancer is chronic inflammation of those organs, often caused by viral or bacterial infections. A new study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers the most comprehensive look yet at how such infections provoke tissues into becoming cancerous.Inflammation: How Infection Can Lead to Cancer - Read more

Cancer: Synthetic Vaccine Effective in Killing Tumours

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[12/06/2012] Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Centre have developed and tested in mice a synthetic vaccine and found it effective in killing human papillomavirus-derived cancer, a virus linked to cervical cancers among others.Cancer: Synthetic Vaccine Effective in Killing Tumours - Read more

Systems Biology: "There is an enormous automation in laboratory techniques"

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[08/06/2012] The function of systems biology is to treat organs and biological organisms as a whole. In doing so, researchers among other things examine interactions and different aspects of the human cell. This still young discipline creates interfaces to biology, mathematics and physics to be able to understand regulatory processes for cells, tissues and organisms and thus get an integrated idea.Systems Biology: "There is an enormous automation in laboratory techniques" - Read more

Kidney Cancer: Immune Therapy Shows Promise

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[06/06/2012] An antibody that helps a person's own immune system battle cancer cells shows increasing promise in reducing tumours in patients with advanced kidney cancer, according to researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre.Kidney Cancer: Immune Therapy Shows Promise - Read more

Brain Cancer: Treating Drug-resistant Tumour Cells

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[05/06/2012] New research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison explains why the incurable brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is highly resistant to current chemotherapies.Brain Cancer: Treating Drug-resistant Tumour Cells - Read more

Kidney Cancer: Biomarkers and New Therapeutic Targets

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[04/06/2012] Using blood, urine and tissue analysis of a unique mouse model, a team led by University of California Davis researchers has identified several proteins as diagnostic biomarkers and potential therapeutic targets for kidney cancer.Kidney Cancer: Biomarkers and New Therapeutic Targets - Read more

Colon Cancer: Worse Prognosis for Younger Patients

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[01/06/2012] Younger patients with colorectal cancer were more likely to present advanced stage tumours at diagnosis and metastasize much sooner, yet had better than or equal survival to patients 50 and older, according to a study led by Doctor Edith Mitchell of Thomas Jefferson University.Colon Cancer: Worse Prognosis for Younger Patients - Read more

Partial Laryngectomy: Donor Aortic Graft Improves Reconstruction

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[23/05/2012] Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) surgeons have developed a new technique for reconstructing the larynx after surgery for advanced cancer.Partial Laryngectomy: Donor Aortic Graft Improves Reconstruction - Read more

Breast Cancer: Hybrid Vaccine Can Prevent Recurrence

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[21/05/2012] A breast cancer vaccine already shown to elicit a powerful immune response in women with varying levels of HER2 expression has the ability to improve recurrence rates and is well tolerated in an adjuvant setting, according to new research from The University of Texas.Breast Cancer: Hybrid Vaccine Can Prevent Recurrence - Read more

Cancer: Dietary Supplements Increase Risk

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[18/05/2012] Beta-carotene, selenium and folic acid – taken up to three times their recommended daily allowance, these supplements are probably harmless. But taken at much higher levels as some supplement manufacturers suggest, these three supplements have now been proven to increase the risk of developing a host of cancers.Cancer: Dietary Supplements Increase Risk - Read more

Pancreatic Cancer: Early Biomarker Identified

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[15/05/2012] Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Centre have identified a new biomarker and therapeutic target for pancreatic cancer, an often-fatal disease for which there is currently no reliable method for early detection or therapeutic intervention.Pancreatic Cancer: Early Biomarker Identified - Read more

Cancer: Growth Regulator mTORC2 Linked to Diabetes

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[15/05/2012] Scientists of the University of Basel show how inhibition of the protein mTOR signalling can impair carbohydrate metabolism and potentially lead to diabetes.Cancer: Growth Regulator mTORC2 Linked to Diabetes - Read more

Fibrosis: Scarring Cells Revert to Inactive State as Liver Heals

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[09/05/2012] An international team of scientists, led by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, show that significant numbers of myofibroblasts – cells that produce the fibrous scarring in chronic liver injury – revert to an inactive phenotype as the liver heals.Fibrosis: Scarring Cells Revert to Inactive State as Liver Heals - Read more

Kras Gene: Pancreatic Tumours Depend on Oncogene Activity

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[27/04/2012] Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have shown that advanced pancreatic cancers in mice cannot survive without continued expression of a mutant oncogene that "rewires" key metabolic pathways to fuel the cancer cells.Kras Gene: Pancreatic Tumours Depend on Oncogene Activity - Read more

HIV-related Cancer Virus: New Trigger for Alternate Reproduction Pathway

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[19/04/2012] A research team led by Children’s National Medical Centre has identified a trigger that causes latent Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpes virus (KSHV) to rapidly replicate itself. KSHV causes Kaposi’s sarcoma, primary effusion lymphoma, and other cancers that commonly affect immunocompromised patients, including those with AIDS.HIV-related Cancer Virus: New Trigger for Alternate Reproduction Pathway - Read more

Breast Cancer: New Type of Mutation Found

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[16/04/2012] Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a new class of molecular mutation in various forms of breast cancer, a finding that may shed new light on development and growth of different types of breast tumours. Called fusion transcripts, the mutated forms of RNA may also provide a way to identify tumour subtypes and offer new strategies to treat them, investigators say. Breast Cancer: New Type of Mutation Found - Read more

Cancer Diagnosis: Risk of Suicide Immediately Following

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[10/04/2012] People who are diagnosed with cancer have a markedly increased risk of suicide and cardiovascular death during the period immediately after being given the diagnosis. This has been shown in a new study from Karolinska Institutet.Cancer Diagnosis: Risk of Suicide Immediately Following - Read more

Cancer Operation: Walking Can Help Alleviate Fatigue

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[03/04/2012] Researchers have affirmed that pancreatic cancer patients can take a step-by-step approach to combat fatigue. A study reports that patients who underwent an operation as part of their cancer treatment and then started a regular walking regimen experienced less fatigue than cancer survivors who did not do the walking program.Cancer Operation: Walking Can Help Alleviate Fatigue - Read more

Indoor Tanning Bed: Dramatic Rise in Skin Cancer in Young Adults

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[02/04/2012] Even as the rates of some cancers are falling, Mayo Clinic is seeing an alarming trend: the rise of skin cancer, especially among people under 40. According to a study by Mayo Clinic researchers, the incidence of melanoma has escalated, and young women are the hardest hit.Indoor Tanning Bed: Dramatic Rise in Skin Cancer in Young Adults - Read more

Biomedicine: Culprit Behind Unchecked Angiogenesis Identified

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[30/03/2012] Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine were able to demonstrate that defective Notch signalling enables strong and deregulated vessel growth even when VEGF or VEGFR2 are inhibited. In this case, a different VEGF family receptor, VEGFR3, is strongly up regulated, promoting angiogenesis.Biomedicine: Culprit Behind Unchecked Angiogenesis Identified - Read more

Proteins: Hot on the Trail of Metabolic Diseases and Resistance to Antibiotics

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[29/03/2012] Proteins belonging to the large and important family of ABC transporters have been associated with metabolic diseases and can cause resistance to antibiotics. Biochemists from the University of Zurich have succeeded in determining the atomic structure of a new ABC transporter. The insights gained could give rise to new therapies to treat multi-resistant bacteria, cystic fibrosis or gout.Proteins: Hot on the Trail of Metabolic Diseases and Resistance to Antibiotics - Read more

CT Screening: Growth Rates of Lung Cancers Found

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[27/03/2012] According to the latest report from the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP), lung cancers diagnosed in annual repeat rounds of CT screening are similar — both in volume doubling time and cell-type distribution — to those found in clinical practice.CT Screening: Growth Rates of Lung Cancers Found - Read more

Advanced Breast Cancer: Cancer Drugs Improves Bone Health

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[26/03/2012] Results from a phase III clinical trial evaluating a new treatment for breast cancer in post-menopausal women show that the combination of two cancer drugs, everolimus and exemestane, significantly improves bone strength and reduces the chances of cancer spreading, metastasising, in the bone.Advanced Breast Cancer: Cancer Drugs Improves Bone Health - Read more

Biomedicine: Somatic Stem Cells Obtained from Skin Cells

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[23/03/2012] Breaking new ground, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Münster, Germany, have succeeded in obtaining somatic stem cells from fully differentiated somatic cells. Stem cell researcher Hans Schöler and his team took skin cells from mice and have managed to induce the cells' differentiation into neuronal somatic stem cells.Biomedicine: Somatic Stem Cells Obtained from Skin Cells - Read more

Multiple Health Problems: Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates High

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[21/03/2012] A study by University of Kentucky researchers showed that in Appalachia, colorectal cancer screening rates were higher in the population with multiple morbidities or diseases compared to those who had no morbidities at all.Multiple Health Problems: Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates High - Read more

Chemo: Discovery Could Reduce Side Effects

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[14/03/2012] A team of researchers at Duke University has determined the structure of a key molecule that can carry chemotherapy and anti-viral drugs into cells, which could help to create more effective drugs with fewer effects to healthy tissue.Chemo: Discovery Could Reduce Side Effects - Read more

AML: Antidepressant Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment

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[13/03/2012] A retinoid called all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) is used to treat a rare sub-type of acute myeloid leukaemia (AML); however, this drug has not been effective for the more common types. Doctor Arthur Zelent and colleagues at the ICR have been working to unlock the potential of retinoids to treat other patients with AML. They show that the key could be an antidepressant called tranylcypromine (TCP).AML: Antidepressant Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment - Read more

Sensor-Chip for Tumour-Monitoring: "Changes can be well detected"

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[08/03/2012] For cancer patients, chip implants could play an important role in the future - especially, when it comes to difficult to operate tumours. The chip technology will help doctors to monitor the tumour, because it measures the oxygen content in the tissue fluid. Once the oxygen level drops, the tumour threatens to accelerate its growth. Sensor-Chip for Tumour-Monitoring: "Changes can be well detected" - Read more

Sweden: Web-Based Support Helps Women with Breast Cancer

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[06/03/2012] Every day 18 Swedish women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Although there is a real need for support and information, many women struggle and get lost in the deluge of information. In a study of 227 women, researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed a web-based programme to guide patients all the way from diagnosis to rehabilitation.Sweden: Web-Based Support Helps Women with Breast Cancer - Read more

Cancer: How to Rescue the Immune System

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[28/02/2012] In a study Loyola researchers report on a promising new technique that potentially could turn immune system killer T cells into more effective weapons against infections and possibly cancer.Cancer: How to Rescue the Immune System - Read more

Mammography: Breast Cancer in 40-49 Year-Olds Has Better Prognosis

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[23/02/2012] Based on a study of nearly 2,000 breast cancer patients, researchers at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle say that, in women between the ages of 40 and 49, breast cancers detected by mammography have a better prognosis.Mammography: Breast Cancer in 40-49 Year-Olds Has Better Prognosis - Read more

Ovarian Cancer: Vulnerable to Anti-Angiogenic Drugs

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[16/02/2012] Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have identified a subtype of ovarian cancer able to build its own blood vessels, suggesting that such tumours might be especially susceptible to "anti-angiogenic" drugs that block blood vessel formation.Ovarian Cancer: Vulnerable to Anti-Angiogenic Drugs - Read more

Tumour: Antibodies to Intracellular Cancer Antigens Enhance Immunity

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[15/02/2012] An international team of scientists in Japan, Switzerland, and the United States has confirmed that combining chemotherapy and immunotherapy in cancer treatment enhances the immune system's ability to find and eliminate cancer cells, even when the cancer-associated proteins targeted by the immune system are hidden behind the cancer cell membrane.Tumour: Antibodies to Intracellular Cancer Antigens Enhance Immunity - Read more

Cancer: New Software Key for Personalised Medicine

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[14/02/2012] DNA Sequencing technologies provide massive amounts of data that are not easily processed and translated by scientists. That is why Georgia Tech has created a new data analysis algorithm that quickly transforms complex RNA sequence data into usable content for biologists and clinicians.Cancer: New Software Key for Personalised Medicine - Read more

Cytoskeleton: Small Molecules at the Cell’s Membrane Enable Cell Movement

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[03/02/2012] Cell biologists at Johns Hopkins have identified key steps in how certain molecules alter a cell’s skeletal shape and drive the cell’s movement. Results of their research have implications for figuring out what triggers the metastatic spread of cancer cells and wound-healing.Cytoskeleton: Small Molecules at the Cell’s Membrane Enable Cell Movement - Read more

Study Suggests: Surgical Breast Biopsy Not Overused

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[01/02/2012] Contrary to earlier findings, surgical breast biopsies may not be as overused as previously thought, according to a new study. Surgical breast biopsies are more invasive than needle biopsies, requiring an incision and the use of general anaesthesia. Study Suggests: Surgical Breast Biopsy Not Overused - Read more

Discovery: Processes Leading to Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

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[31/01/2012] Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have discovered a molecular pathway that may explain how a particularly deadly form of cancer develops. The discovery may lead to new cancer therapies that reprogram cells instead of killing them. Discovery: Processes Leading to Acute Myeloid Leukaemia - Read more

Blood Cancer: Leukaemia Cells Are “Bad to the Bone”

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[30/01/2012] University of Rochester Medical Centre researchers have discovered new links between leukaemia cells and cells involved in bone formation, offering a fresh perspective on how the blood cancer progresses and raising the possibility that therapies for bone disorders could help in the treatment of leukaemia.Blood Cancer: Leukaemia Cells Are “Bad to the Bone” - Read more

Cancer Patients: Radiation Therapy Improves Patients' Quality of Life

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[30/01/2012] Patients with head and neck cancers who have been treated with newer, more sophisticated radiation therapy technology enjoy a better quality of life than those treated with older radiation therapy equipment, a study by UC Davis researchers has found.Cancer Patients: Radiation Therapy Improves Patients' Quality of Life - Read more

Men: Brachytherapy Reduced Death Rates in High-Risk Prostate Cancer Patients

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[27/01/2012] Brachytherapy for high-risk prostate cancers patients has historically been considered a less effective modality, but a new study from radiation oncologists at the Kimmel Cancer Centre at Jefferson suggests otherwise.Men: Brachytherapy Reduced Death Rates in High-Risk Prostate Cancer Patients - Read more

Preoperative MRI: Lower Risk of Nerve Damage in Prostate Cancer Surgeries

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[24/01/2012] Preoperative MRI helps surgeons make more informed decisions about nerve-sparing procedures in men with prostate cancer, according to a new study of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).Preoperative MRI: Lower Risk of Nerve Damage in Prostate Cancer Surgeries - Read more

Fatigue: "Cancer patients suffer significantly from fatigue syndrome"

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[23/01/2012] Debilitating fatigue has probably encountered everybody once in a lifetime. In this mood one tries to find innocuous reasons for this mental state: the weather, the season or a sleepless night. However, chronic fatigue, the fatigue syndrome, is a pathological condition that one should take quite seriously. Fatigue: "Cancer patients suffer significantly from fatigue syndrome" - Read more

T Cells Therapy: How Immune Cells Destroy Cancer Cells

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[17/01/2012] Doctor Kathleen Anders and Professor Thomas Blankenstein of the Max Delbrück Centre (MDC) Berlin-Buch and researchers of the Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope Cancer Centre in Duarte, California, USA showed that drug-based cancer treatment and adoptive T cell therapy are both highly effective against large tumours.T Cells Therapy: How Immune Cells Destroy Cancer Cells - Read more

Overweight Adults: Diet Rich in Slowly Digested Carbs Reduces Markers of Inflammation

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[13/01/2012] Among overweight and obese adults, a diet rich in slowly digested carbohydrates, such as whole grains, legumes and other high-fibre foods, significantly reduces markers of inflammation associated with chronic disease, according to a new study by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre.Overweight Adults: Diet Rich in Slowly Digested Carbs Reduces Markers of Inflammation - Read more

Prostate: New Strategy to Deliver Chemotherapy to Cancer Cells

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[11/01/2012] Honing chemotherapy delivery to cancer cells is a challenge for many researchers. Getting the cancer cells to take the chemotherapy "bait" is a greater challenge. But perhaps such a challenge has not been met with greater success than by the nanotechnology research team of Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH).Prostate: New Strategy to Deliver Chemotherapy to Cancer Cells - Read more

Prostata Cancer: Proton Therapy an Effective Treatment?

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[06/01/2012] Proton therapy, a type of external beam radiation therapy, is a safe and effective treatment for prostate cancer, according to two new American studies.Prostata Cancer: Proton Therapy an Effective Treatment? - Read more

Breast Cancer Survivors: Practicing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Helps

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[02/01/2012] Previous research reports as many as 50 per cent of breast cancer survivors are depressed. Now, University of Missouri researchers say a meditation technique can help breast cancer survivors improve their emotional and physical well-being.Breast Cancer Survivors: Practicing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Helps - Read more

Lightning Fast Genome Analysis: “Our findings are especially interesting for cancer research”

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[02/01/2012] Today, genome analyses can take up to 30 days. A new database technology is meant to help in analyzing and evaluating vast amounts of medical data in real-time. Doctor Matthieu-P. Schapranow from the Hasso Plattner Institute for Software Systems Engineering (HPI) explains how in-memory technology works and how it benefits personalized medicine.Lightning Fast Genome Analysis: “Our findings are especially interesting for cancer research” - Read more

Science: Discovery Expected to Significantly Change Biomedical Research

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[19/12/2011] In a major step that could revolutionize biomedical research, scientists have discovered a way to keep normal cells as well as tumour cells taken from an individual cancer patient alive in the laboratory — which previously had not been possible. Normal cells usually die in the lab after dividing only a few times, and many common cancers will not grow, unaltered, outside of the body.Science: Discovery Expected to Significantly Change Biomedical Research - Read more

Cancer Diagnosis: PSA Testing Can Reduce Unnecessary Prostate Biopsies

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[12/12/2011] Prostate cancer screening that combines an adjusted blood test with other factors including the size of the gland, the patient’s overall weight and family history, can help up to one-quarter of men avoid biopsies and the risks associated with them, a Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre-led research team says.Cancer Diagnosis: PSA Testing Can Reduce Unnecessary Prostate Biopsies - Read more

DNA: Video Game Players Advancing Genetic Research

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[07/12/2011] Thousands of video game players have helped significantly advance our understanding of the genetic basis of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer over the past year. They are the users of a web-based video game developed by Doctor Jérôme Waldispuhl of the McGill School of Computer Science.DNA: Video Game Players Advancing Genetic Research - Read more

Lymphedema Patients: Exercise for Breast Cancer Survivors

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[06/12/2011] Lymphedema, a chronic swelling condition common in breast cancer survivors, affects three million people in the United States. In the past, most people believed that exercise might induce or worsen lymphedema. After reviewing the literature, University of Missouri researchers say the benefits of exercise outweigh the risks for breast cancer survivors and patients with lymphedema.Lymphedema Patients: Exercise for Breast Cancer Survivors - Read more

Neuroendocrine Tumours: Everolimus Prolongs Progression-Free Survival

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[01/12/2011] Combination treatment with everolimus, an inhibitor of the mammalian target rapamycin (mTOR), and octreotide has shown to improve progression-free survival for patients with advanced neuroendocrine tumours and a history of carcinoid syndrome, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre.Neuroendocrine Tumours: Everolimus Prolongs Progression-Free Survival - Read more

Widespread Diseases: Fighting Fat with Fat

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[30/11/2011] Coordinated by the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), a European research consortium is searching for ways to use brown fat tissue for combating widespread diseases such as type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.Widespread Diseases: Fighting Fat with Fat - Read more

Metformin: Diabetes Drug Shows Promise in Reducing Risk of Cancer

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[29/11/2011] An inexpensive drug that treats Type-2 diabetes has been shown to prevent a number of natural and man-made chemicals from stimulating the growth of breast cancer cells, according to a study by a Michigan State University researcher.Metformin: Diabetes Drug Shows Promise in Reducing Risk of Cancer - Read more

Blood Vessels: Substance in Cancer Medicine Could Prevent Heart Attacks

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[24/11/2011] A substance in medicines for cancer and epilepsy could also prevent heart attacks, according to researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, who have been using it to stimulate the body’s own defence system against blood clots.Blood Vessels: Substance in Cancer Medicine Could Prevent Heart Attacks - Read more

Cells: New Class of Drugs for the Reversible Inhibition of Proteasomes

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[23/11/2011] As the “recycling plant” of the cell, the proteasome regulates vitally important functions. Cancer cells, in particular, are very sensitive because they need the proteasome for their uncontrolled growth. Biochemists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) have now identified the lead structure of a new class of drugs that attacks the proteasome in an unusual way.Cells: New Class of Drugs for the Reversible Inhibition of Proteasomes - Read more

Abdominal Cancers: Probiotic Protects Intestine from Radiation Injury

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[22/11/2011] Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown that taking a probiotic before radiation therapy can protect the intestine from damage — at least in mice. The new study suggests that taking a probiotic also may help cancer patients avoid intestinal injury, a common problem in those receiving radiation therapy for abdominal cancers.Abdominal Cancers: Probiotic Protects Intestine from Radiation Injury - Read more

Breast Cancer: Girls with Family History of Breast Disease Should Avoid Alcohol

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[21/11/2011] Adding to research linking alcohol to breast cancer risk, a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis shows that adolescent girls with a family history of breast disease — either cancer or the benign lesions that can become cancer – have a higher risk of developing benign breast disease as young women than other girls. Breast Cancer: Girls with Family History of Breast Disease Should Avoid Alcohol - Read more

Tumour Cell Formation and Growth: Metabolic Protein Plays Unexpected Role

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[07/11/2011] The embryonic enzyme pyruvate kinase M2 (PKM2) has a well-established role in metabolism and is highly expressed in human cancers. Now, a team led by researchers at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre reports that PKM2 has important non-metabolic functions in cancer formation.Tumour Cell Formation and Growth: Metabolic Protein Plays Unexpected Role - Read more

Sexuality: First Evidence That Anal Cancer Is Preventable

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[28/10/2011] An international clinical trial led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco indicates that a vaccine to prevent anal cancer is safe and effective. Though anal cancer is less common than other forms of the disease in the United States, the number of cases has increased in recent years, and is particularly common among men who have sex with men and HIV-infected individuals.Sexuality: First Evidence That Anal Cancer Is Preventable - Read more

Breast Cancer: Probability of Metastasis

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[25/10/2011] Researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah have discovered a new way to model human breast cancer that could lead to new tools for predicting which breast cancers will spread and new ways to test drugs that may stop its spread.Breast Cancer: Probability of Metastasis - Read more

Women: Not Enough Vitamin D During the Menopause

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[24/10/2011] A healthy diet is especially important during the menopause – a period in which the risk of suffering from health problems increases. Various studies analyse the diet of peri- and postmenopausal women in Spain alongside the troubles that come with this transition. The results show that all of those groups studied have a deficient intake of vitamin D.Women: Not Enough Vitamin D During the Menopause - Read more

New Method: Drug Tracked in Tissue

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[19/10/2011] When a new drug is developed, the manufacturer must be able to show that it reaches its intended goal in the body’s tissue, and only that goal. Such studies could be made easier with a new method now established at Lund University in Sweden.New Method: Drug Tracked in Tissue - Read more

Prostate and Breast Cancer: Same Gene Has Opposite Effects

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[18/10/2011] Researchers at Cleveland Clinic have discovered that a gene – known as an androgen receptor (AR) – is found in both prostate and breast cancers yet has opposite effects on these diseases.Prostate and Breast Cancer: Same Gene Has Opposite Effects - Read more

New Metabolic Pathway: Dioxin-like Chemical Messenger Makes Brain Tumours More Aggressive

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[07/10/2011] A research alliance of Heidelberg University Hospital and the German Cancer Research Centre (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ), jointly with colleagues of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Leipzig, have discovered a new metabolic pathway which makes malignant brain tumours (gliomas) more aggressive and weakens patients’ immune systems.New Metabolic Pathway: Dioxin-like Chemical Messenger Makes Brain Tumours More Aggressive - Read more

Tumor Conference: “All tumor conference participants have access to the same data“

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[04/10/2011] Oncology patients generally need fast, coordinated help over a longer period of time – stress and strains that arise from frequent visits to doctors and hospitals should preferably be avoided. That’s why the Asklepios Kliniken (clinics) in Hamburg, Germany, break new ground with their “Future Hospital“ program.Tumor Conference: “All tumor conference participants have access to the same data“ - Read more

Sexuality: Couples Counseling Improves Sexual Intimacy After Prostate Treatment

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[26/09/2011] Prostate cancer survivors and their partners experience improved sexual satisfaction and function after couples counseling, according to research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Researchers revealed both Internet-based sexual counseling and traditional sex therapy are equally effective in improving sexual outcomes. Couples on a waiting list for counseling did not improve.Sexuality: Couples Counseling Improves Sexual Intimacy After Prostate Treatment - Read more

Breakthrough: New Combination Treatment for Prostate Cancer

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[22/09/2011] Scientists at Queen’s University Belfast have pioneered a new combination treatment for prostate cancer. The treatment, which has been successful in phase one of trials, will now be tested for efficacy in a second phase.Breakthrough: New Combination Treatment for Prostate Cancer - Read more

Health Prevention: “It is an investment in our economic development“

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[22/09/2011] Prevention is the best medicine, according to the proverb. To internalise this wisdom into as many people as possible is the most important goal of the health prevention. With a view to rising illnesses such as diabetes, mental disorders or adiposity, it is becoming more and more important. Health Prevention: “It is an investment in our economic development“ - Read more

Cells: Separating a Cancer Prevention Drug from Heart Disease Risk

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[15/09/2011] Several clinical studies have shown that taking the anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib can reduce the risk of developing polyps that lead to colon cancers, at the cost of increasing the risk of heart disease. Researchers at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University have identified a way that celecoxib pushes cancer cells into suicide, separately from its known effects.Cells: Separating a Cancer Prevention Drug from Heart Disease Risk - Read more

Women: Breast Cancer Patients with BRCA Gene Diagnosed Earlier

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[13/09/2011] Women with a deleterious gene mutation are diagnosed with breast cancer almost eight years earlier than relatives of the previous generation who also had the disease and/or ovarian cancer, according to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.Women: Breast Cancer Patients with BRCA Gene Diagnosed Earlier - Read more

Leukaemia: Researchers Found Mechanism That Can Help Design Future Therapies

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[06/09/2011] An international team of researchers has found a group of mutations involved in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL), and showed that certain drugs, already in clinical use to treat other diseases, can eliminate the cells carrying these mutations.Leukaemia: Researchers Found Mechanism That Can Help Design Future Therapies - Read more

Studies: Treatments for Breast and Colon Cancers

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[24/08/2011] University of Houston (UH) researchers have their sights set on developing possible treatments for breast and colon cancer. In two separate, yet related, studies professor Cecilia Williams and her team at the Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling (CNRCS) explored the role of estrogen hormones in potentially treating and preventing these cancers.Studies: Treatments for Breast and Colon Cancers - Read more

Personalised Cancer Therapies: "Currently things progress in major steps"

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[22/08/2011] The goal of personalised medicine is to be able to provide an individual disease forecast and to implement an accurate and fast treatment. Today new genetic and molecular findings, as well as the analysis of individual patient characteristics, already make first conclusions on the individual course of disease possible. Personalised Cancer Therapies: "Currently things progress in major steps" - Read more

Study: New Role for Protein in Hearing

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[17/08/2011] A protein involved in sound sensing in the inner ear may also play a role in transmitting sound information to the brain; the protein - harmonin - is mutated in Usher syndrome, one of the most common forms of deaf-blindness in humans.Study: New Role for Protein in Hearing - Read more

Extranodal Lymphoma: IMRT Improves Outcomes in Patients

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[16/08/2011] In a subtype of the disease called extranodal lymphoma, tumors arise in non-lymphoid organs, such as the tongue and tonsils. Patients with extranodal lymphoma of the head and neck often undergo radiation therapy, but this treatment frequently damages the salivary glands and causes dry mouth, which can lead to problems with eating, speaking and swallowing. Extranodal Lymphoma: IMRT Improves Outcomes in Patients - Read more

Cancer: Introducing Maspin Protein into Tumor Nucleus Can Stop Growth

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[01/08/2011] According to the Canadian Cancer Society, one in four Canadians will die of cancer. Lawson Health Research Institute's Doctor John Lewis, Doctor Ann Chambers, and colleagues have found new hope for survival. Their new study shows that maspin, a cellular protein, can reduce the growth and spread of cancer cells - but only when it is in the nucleus.Cancer: Introducing Maspin Protein into Tumor Nucleus Can Stop Growth - Read more

The Fight Against Cancer: “In 30 countries of the world there is no equipment at all for treatment“

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[01/08/2011] Whether it’s India, Japan or France – Cancer doesn’t care about country borders. According to the World Health Organization, until 2030 the annual death toll will be 17 million. This means the number would more than double. Increasing tobacco consumption in developing nations plays a primary role in this case.The Fight Against Cancer: “In 30 countries of the world there is no equipment at all for treatment“ - Read more

Robot-assistance: “The procedure is minimally traumatic“

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[22/07/2011] The da Vinci Surgical System revolutionizes the job in the operating room. For several months, surgeons at the RWTH Aachen University have worked with the da Vinci Surgical System. Here, the surgeon no longer stands alongside the patient, but instead works at a console from which he operates the surgical instruments inside the patient. Robot-assistance: “The procedure is minimally traumatic“ - Read more

Identified: Molecular Basis for DNA Breakage

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[21/07/2011] Scientists from the Hebrew University have identified the molecular basis for DNA breakage, a hallmark of cancer cells.Identified: Molecular Basis for DNA Breakage - Read more

Discovery: DNA Regions Influencing Prostate Cancer Risk

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[13/07/2011] Scientists of the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) are taking part in an international research consortium studying the genetic risks for prostate cancer. The researchers have discovered seven DNA regions for which an association with an increased prostate cancer risk has now been established for the first time.Discovery: DNA Regions Influencing Prostate Cancer Risk - Read more

Medicaid: It Increases Use of Health Care

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[08/07/2011] Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) in cooperation with other researchers have found that expanding low income adults' access to Medicaid substantially increases health care use, reduces financial strain on covered individuals and improves their self-reported health and well-being.Medicaid: It Increases Use of Health Care - Read more

Study: Development of Liver Cancer in Hepatitis C Virus Carriers

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[05/07/2011] A genome-wide study by researchers at the RIKEN Center for Genomic Medicine, Hiroshima University Hospital and Sapporo-Kosei General Hospital has identified a genetic variant associated with the development of liver cancer in chronic hepatitis C virus carriers. The findings are based on a study of 3.312 Japanese individuals.Study: Development of Liver Cancer in Hepatitis C Virus Carriers - Read more

Identified: Regulator of Aggressive Breast Cancer

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[04/07/2011] Researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have identified an enzyme that appears to be a significant regulator of breast cancer development. Called PTPN23, the enzyme is a member of a family called protein tyrosine phosphatases, or PTPs, that plays a fundamental role in switching cell signaling on and off.Identified: Regulator of Aggressive Breast Cancer - Read more

Chemotherapy: Bladder Cancer Cells More Susceptible

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[01/07/2011] Researchers at the UC Davis Cancer Center have discovered a way of sensitizing muscle-invasive bladder cancer cells so that they succumb to the toxic effects of chemotherapy. The finding adds to mounting evidence that tiny strands of RNA — called microRNA — play key roles in some of the deadliest types of cancer.Chemotherapy: Bladder Cancer Cells More Susceptible - Read more

The Biggest Killer: Heart Disease Beats Breast Cancer

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[21/06/2011] New research has found that two thirds of women with breast cancer died from other causes and that over the length of the study cardiovascular disease was the leading cause of death.The Biggest Killer: Heart Disease Beats Breast Cancer - Read more

Research: Tapeworm Drug Inhibits Colon Cancer Metastasis

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[21/06/2011] A compound that for about 60 years has been used as a drug against tapeworm infection is also apparently effective against colon cancer metastasis, as studies using mice have shown. The compound silences a gene that triggers the formation of metastases in colon cancer. Research: Tapeworm Drug Inhibits Colon Cancer Metastasis - Read more

Identified: Key Component in Lethal Lung Cancer Complication

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[15/06/2011] A protein previously thought not to exist in adult human lungs not only is present in normal and cancerous lung tissue, scientists have found, but it also has a major role in the development of a lethal complication of some lung cancers. Identified: Key Component in Lethal Lung Cancer Complication - Read more

Thyroid Cancer Gene: Fighting Cancer With Cancer

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[06/06/2011] A mutant gene long thought to accelerate tumor growth in thyroid cancer patients actually inhibits the spread of malignant cells, showing promise for novel cancer therapies, a Mayo Clinic study has found.Thyroid Cancer Gene: Fighting Cancer With Cancer - Read more

Prostate Cancer: Study Links Acetaminophen to Lower Risk

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[25/05/2011] A new study from American Cancer Society researchers finds use of 30 tablets a month or more of acetaminophen for five or more years was associated with an estimated 38 percent lower risk of prostate cancer. The study is one of only two studies of prostate cancer to date that have examined the association with acetaminophen use that was both long-term and regular.Prostate Cancer: Study Links Acetaminophen to Lower Risk - Read more

Cellular Migration: Dance as a Minuet or a Mosh?

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[23/05/2011] The physical forces that guide how cells migrate—how they manage to get from place to place in a coordinated fashion inside the living body— are poorly understood. Scientists have, for the first time, devised a way to measure these forces during collective cellular migration. Cellular Migration: Dance as a Minuet or a Mosh? - Read more

Breast Cancer: Identification of a New Protein

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[23/05/2011] Researchers have identified a new protein involved in the development of drug resistance in breast cancer which could be a target for new treatments.Breast Cancer: Identification of a New Protein - Read more

Identification: A Key to Fight Drug-Resistant Leukemia

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[20/05/2011] An international team led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and joined by scientists of the Freiburg excellence cluster BIOSS – Centre for Biological Signalling Studies, has now identified a protein called BCL6 which plays a key role in the development of drug-resistance in leukemia. Identification: A Key to Fight Drug-Resistant Leukemia - Read more

New Way: Breast Cancer Cells Adapt to Environmental Stress

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[17/05/2011] An international research team has discovered a new aspect of “metabolic transformation”, the process whereby tumour cells adapt and survive under conditions that would kill normal cells.New Way: Breast Cancer Cells Adapt to Environmental Stress - Read more

Gene Expressions: Smokers Undergo the Same Changes as Patients with COPD

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[11/05/2011] 'Healthy' smokers experience changes in the gene expression of their lungs similar to that suffered by smokers who have developed Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Gene Expressions: Smokers Undergo the Same Changes as Patients with COPD - Read more

MRI: Identifying Primary Endometrial and Cervical Cancer

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[03/05/2011] MRI can determine if a patient has endometrial versus cervical cancer even when a biopsy can't make that distinction, according to a new study. Determining the primary site of a tumour helps determine appropriate cancer treatment.MRI: Identifying Primary Endometrial and Cervical Cancer - Read more

Key Players: Cancer Cells' Survival Kit

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[27/04/2011] Scientists have discovered new details of how cancer cells escape from tumor suppression mechanisms that normally prevent these damaged cells from multiplying. They also demonstrated a potential link between this cell proliferation control mechanism and the cognitive deficits caused by Down syndrome.Key Players: Cancer Cells' Survival Kit - Read more

Melanoma: Blood Test Could Predict Metastasis Risk

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[18/04/2011] Scientists at Yale University have identified a set of plasma biomarkers that could reasonably predict the risk of metastasis among patients with melanoma.Melanoma: Blood Test Could Predict Metastasis Risk - Read more

Molecules Identified: Help to Propelling Cancer Metastasis

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[08/04/2011] Researchers have identified two molecules that enable cancer to spread inside the body. These findings could eventually lead to therapies that prevent metastasis by inactivating the molecules.Molecules Identified: Help to Propelling Cancer Metastasis - Read more

Physical Health: Scores Predict Breast Cancer Outcomes

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[07/04/2011] Breast cancer survivors with poor physical health scores had an elevated risk of poorer cancer outcomes, including recurrence and death, according to the results of an observational study.Physical Health: Scores Predict Breast Cancer Outcomes - Read more

Stress Response Mechanism: Call of the Riled

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[05/04/2011] Researchers say a "stress response" mechanism used by normal cells to cope with harsh or demanding conditions is exploited by cancer cells, which transmit the same stress signal to surrounding cells, triggering an inflammatory response in them that can aid tumor growth.Stress Response Mechanism: Call of the Riled - Read more

Frequent CT Scanning: Testicular Cancer Surveillance Associated With Secondary Malignancies

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[31/03/2011] Cancer researchers have found that older men with early-stage testicular cancer who opt for surveillance with regular CT scans over lymph node removal are at greater risk for secondary cancers. The findings indicate that physicians should consider the risk of new cancers with surveillance when discussing treatment options with their patients. Frequent CT Scanning: Testicular Cancer Surveillance Associated With Secondary Malignancies - Read more

Enzyme: Essential for Healthy Lung Development

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[30/03/2011] Investigators have provided the first evidence that Eya1 protein phosphatase is a crucial regulator of the development of embryonic lung epithelial stem cells. Enzyme: Essential for Healthy Lung Development - Read more

Genetic Conspirators: Development of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

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[28/03/2011] Researchers have described how the most common gene mutation found in acute myeloid leukaemia starts the process of cancer development and how it can cooperate with a well-defined group of other mutations to cause full-blown leukaemia.Genetic Conspirators: Development of Acute Myeloid Leukaemia - Read more

Stem Cells: Origin of Colon Cancer and Detection of Relapse

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[18/03/2011] Scientists report new data in support of link between stem cells and cancer, opening door to new tools for diagnosis and treatment.Stem Cells: Origin of Colon Cancer and Detection of Relapse - Read more

New Study: Americans Have Higher Rates of Most Chronic Diseases Than Counterparts in England

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[09/03/2011] Researchers announced today that despite the high level of spending on healthcare in the United States compared to England, Americans experience higher rates of chronic disease and markers of disease than their English counterparts at all ages.New Study: Americans Have Higher Rates of Most Chronic Diseases Than Counterparts in England - Read more

ADAM-12: Gene Could Hold Key to Cancer

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[09/03/2011] ADAM-12 is the name of a gene that researchers believe could be an important element in the fight against cancer, arthritis, and cardiac hypertrophy, or thickening of the heart's walls. ADAM-12: Gene Could Hold Key to Cancer - Read more

International Women's Day: Providing a 'Red Alert' for Women's Hearts

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[08/03/2011] Today on International Women's Day, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is calling for action to reduce the gender disparities that are currently resulting in women receiving second rate cardiovascular (CV) care. Studies published show a persistent under-utilisation of guideline recommended treatments for heart disease in women compared to men. International Women's Day: Providing a 'Red Alert' for Women's Hearts - Read more

Uncovering: How Ovarian Cancer Resists Chemotherapy

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[04/03/2011] Researchers in the university's Faculty of Science & Engineering studied a tiny strand of our genetic makeup known as a MicroRNA, involved in the regulation of gene expression. Cancer occurs when gene regulation goes haywire. Uncovering: How Ovarian Cancer Resists Chemotherapy - Read more

Spontaneous Smoking Cessation: Early Symptom of Lung Cancer?

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[01/03/2011] Many longtime smokers quit spontaneously with little effort shortly before their lung cancer is diagnosed, leading some researchers to speculate that sudden cessation may be a symptom of lung cancer.Spontaneous Smoking Cessation: Early Symptom of Lung Cancer? - Read more

Gene Fuelled Transporter: Causing Breast Cancer Cells to Self-destruct

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[28/02/2011] Scientists have shown that they can deliver a gene directly into breast cancer cells causing them to self-destruct, using an innovative, miniscule gene transport system. Gene Fuelled Transporter: Causing Breast Cancer Cells to Self-destruct - Read more

Feedback Mechanism: A Cancer Gene Keeps Itself in Check

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[22/02/2011] Cancer develops from a disturbed balance between the division, the growth and the death of cells. This is what makes it so difficult to treat this disease: the therapy must not be radical but moderate. Feedback Mechanism: A Cancer Gene Keeps Itself in Check - Read more

Epithetics: “What always counts is a holistic view of the human being“

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Photo: Artificial nose [22/02/2011] In case of a tumor disease, a deformity or an accident, parts of the body or face of a person need to be reconstructed, often an epithetics specialist/ anaplastologist comes into play. His craft does not just require high empathy, but also the highest degree of technical skills.Epithetics: “What always counts is a holistic view of the human being“ - Read more

Breast Cancer: Oestrogen Reduces Aggression

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[16/02/2011] A team of researchers has revealed that oestrogen can reduce the risk of breast cancer. Their work shows that oestrogen is capable of reducing the number of breast cancer stem cells, which may explain the lower aggression of the tumour and, as a consequence, the possibility of a better prognosis. Breast Cancer: Oestrogen Reduces Aggression - Read more

Key-Protein: New Treatment in a Childhood Cancer?

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[14/02/2011] After analyzing hundreds of proteins produced by the DNA of tumor cells, researchers have identified one protein that may be central to a new treatment for the often-fatal childhood cancer neuroblastoma.Key-Protein: New Treatment in a Childhood Cancer? - Read more

Cancer: Breakthrough to Prevent Heart Failure and Increase Survival Rates

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[10/02/2011] A breakthrough by scientists at Queen's University Belfast could help reduce heart failure in cancer patients around the world, and ultimately increase survival rates.Cancer: Breakthrough to Prevent Heart Failure and Increase Survival Rates - Read more

Tumor Cells: Prevention of Metastasis

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[10/02/2011] Tumor cells have several routes that enable them to move from the primary tumor to distant tissues, a process called metastasis. It is metastasis of the primary tumor that kills most cancer patients. Tumor Cells: Prevention of Metastasis - Read more

Lung Injury: Gene Protects Lung from Damage

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[09/02/2011] Lung injury is a common cause of death among patients with pneumonia, sepsis or trauma and in those who have had lung transplants. The damage often occurs suddenly and can cause life-threatening breathing problems and rapid lung failure.Lung Injury: Gene Protects Lung from Damage - Read more

New Techniques: Stapling Peptides Could Spur Development of Cancer Drugs

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[09/02/2011] Researchers at the University at Buffalo have devised two new ways of "stapling" peptide helices to prevent these medically important molecules from losing their shape and degrading in the presence of enzymes. New Techniques: Stapling Peptides Could Spur Development of Cancer Drugs - Read more

Blood-Clotting Protein: Linked to Cancer and Septicaemia

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[07/02/2011] In our not-so-distant evolutionary past, stress often meant imminent danger, and the risk of blood loss, so part of our body’s stress response is to stock-pile blood-clotting factors. Scientists in Heidelberg have now discovered how stressed cells boost the production of the key blood-clotting factor, thrombin. Blood-Clotting Protein: Linked to Cancer and Septicaemia - Read more

EU Project: Tackle Complications of Childhood Cancer Treatment

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[03/02/2011] An increasing number of children survive cancer. However, many of them pay a high price. The harsh treatment can lead to hormone imbalances that affect sexual and physical development. Others are affected by infertility, cardiovascular or kidney problems or reduced cognitive function.EU Project: Tackle Complications of Childhood Cancer Treatment - Read more

Breast Cancer Therapy: Contribution to Hip Fractures?

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[02/02/2011] A hip fracture is not common in a 54-year-old woman, unless she is a 54-year-old breast cancer survivor, according to a new study. Breast Cancer Therapy: Contribution to Hip Fractures? - Read more

New Study: High Levels of Circulating DNA May Signal Faster Progression of Lung Cancer

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[01/02/2011] High levels of circulating DNA may indicate faster progression of lung cancer and lower overall survival, according to a new study.New Study: High Levels of Circulating DNA May Signal Faster Progression of Lung Cancer - Read more

Mechanism Revealed: Protein Related to Aging Holds Breast Cancer Clues

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[28/01/2011] The most common type of breast cancer in older women — estrogen and progesterone receptor (ER/PR) positive breast cancer — has been linked to a protein that fends off aging-related cellular damage.Mechanism Revealed: Protein Related to Aging Holds Breast Cancer Clues - Read more

Safety Concerns: Experimental Cancer Approach

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[26/01/2011] The strategy takes aim at a key signaling pathway, called Notch, involved in forming new blood vessels that feed tumor growth. When researchers targeted the Notch1 signaling pathway in mice, the animals developed vascular tumors, primarily in the liver, which led to massive hemorrhages that caused their death.Safety Concerns: Experimental Cancer Approach - Read more

Under Control: Reactivating Cancer Suppressor Genes

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[19/01/2011] Scientists have brought cancer cells back under normal control — by reactivating their cancer suppressor genes. The discovery could form a powerful new technology platform for the treatment of cancer of the breast and other cancers. Under Control: Reactivating Cancer Suppressor Genes - Read more

Stem Cells and Metastasis: MicroRNA Suppresses Prostate Cancer

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[17/01/2011] A small slice of RNA inhibits prostate cancer metastasis by suppressing a surface protein commonly found on prostate cancer stem cells, a research team led by scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reported.Stem Cells and Metastasis: MicroRNA Suppresses Prostate Cancer - Read more

Research: Early Detection of Breast Cancer

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[11/01/2011] Using a new, powerful method for rapidly screening molecules associated with disease, proteomics expert Joshua LaBaer and colleagues from ASU's Biodesign Institute have identified a broad panel of 28 early predictors, or biomarkers, that may one day aid in the early diagnosis of breast cancer. Research: Early Detection of Breast Cancer - Read more

Nuclear Receptors: Possible Interventions for Cancer

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[11/01/2011] Significant implications in the treatment and intervention of cancer and obesity has been revealed by University of Houston (UH) biochemist Doctor Jan-Åke Gustafsson. Nuclear Receptors: Possible Interventions for Cancer - Read more

Prostate Cancer: Exercise May Lower Risk of Death for Men

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[07/01/2011] A new study finds that physical activity is associated with a lower risk of overall mortality and of death due to prostate cancer. Researchers also found that men who did more vigorous activity had the lowest risk of dying from the disease.Prostate Cancer: Exercise May Lower Risk of Death for Men - Read more

Cancer: Estrogen May Help Precancerous Cells Spread in Oral Cavity

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[06/01/2011] Head and neck cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer and is on the rise in some demographic groups, including young women without any known risk factors. Now, researchers report that estrogen may increase the movement of precancerous cells in the mouth and thus promote the spread of the disease within the oral cavity.Cancer: Estrogen May Help Precancerous Cells Spread in Oral Cavity - Read more

Colon Cancer: Consistent Exercise Associated with lower Risk of Death

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[04/01/2011] Consistent exercise is associated with a lower risk of dying from colon cancer, according to a new study led by researchers. The study is among the first to show that physical activity can make the disease less deadly.Colon Cancer: Consistent Exercise Associated with lower Risk of Death - Read more

Study: Increased Lung Cancer Risk Among Tuberculosis Patients

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[03/01/2011] China Medical University study shows higher incidence of cancer in those who have had tuberculosis.Study: Increased Lung Cancer Risk Among Tuberculosis Patients - Read more

Young Leukemia Patients: Chemotherapy Can Boost Survival

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[22/12/2010] Research will likely impact how acute lymphoblastic leukemia is treated in young adults and shows older adolescent age does not dictate worse outcomes against the most common childhood cancer.Young Leukemia Patients: Chemotherapy Can Boost Survival - Read more

Men’s Health: “Men Are Genetically the Weaker Sex“

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[22/12/2010] Men are masters in pushing their health issues aside. They often feel far too physically fit and healthy to schedule a check-up with a doctor. The male assessment - as positive as it may seem- has very little to do with reality. In fact, lifestyle still defines a man‘s identity. It is considered uncool to go to preventative medical check-ups or admit to physical ailments. Men’s Health: “Men Are Genetically the Weaker Sex“ - Read more

Discovery: Biomarker Panel for Early Detection of Breast Cancer

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[17/12/2010] In the war on cancer, perhaps there is nothing more powerful in a physician's arsenal than early detection. Despite recent advances in early detection and treatment, breast cancer remains a common and significant health problem in the United States and worldwide. Discovery: Biomarker Panel for Early Detection of Breast Cancer - Read more

Breast Inflammation: Key to Cancer Growth

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[16/12/2010] It took 12 years and a creation of a highly sophisticated transgenic mouse, but researchers at Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have finally proven a long suspected theory: Inflammation in the breast is key to the development and progression of breast cancer.Breast Inflammation: Key to Cancer Growth - Read more

Breast Cancer: Scientists Discover Potential Strategy to Improve Vaccines

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[15/12/2010] The promise of vaccines targeted against various types of cancer has raised the hopes of patients and their families. The reality, however, is that these promising treatments are difficult to develop. Breast Cancer: Scientists Discover Potential Strategy to Improve Vaccines - Read more

Block of Blood Vessels: Starving Cancerous Tumors

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[10/12/2010] According to researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland, a novel strategy of blocking the growth of blood vessels with antibodies should result in improved treatment of cancerous tumors.Block of Blood Vessels: Starving Cancerous Tumors - Read more

Cell Movement: Mechanism Linked to Tumors Becoming More Aggressive

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[09/12/2010] Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered a central switch that controls whether cells move or remain stationary. The misregulation of this switch may play a role in the increased movement of tumor cells and in the aggressiveness of tumors themselves.Cell Movement: Mechanism Linked to Tumors Becoming More Aggressive - Read more

Immune cells: Incitement to suicide

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[01/12/2010] Each of our somatic cells contains a genetic suicide program, which can be activated by patrolling immune cells. Cancer cells avoid this elimination mechanism. Immune cells: Incitement to suicide - Read more

Commentary: Miracles can happen

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[01/12/2010] Even in patients with terminal cancer, time and again there are miraculous tumor regressions. Such spectacular developments demonstrate what our self-healing powers are capable off in extreme cases. Commentary: Miracles can happen - Read more

Too Much of a Good Thing: Important Mechanism in Hormone-Sensitive Breast Cancer Uncovered

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[25/11/2010] In two out of three breast tumors, extraordinarily high levels of the estrogen receptor ERá are found. Scientists of the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) have now uncovered a mechanism which causes this overproduction. Too Much of a Good Thing: Important Mechanism in Hormone-Sensitive Breast Cancer Uncovered - Read more

Cancer Stem Cell Model: Melanoma Does Not Conform

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[19/11/2010] University of Michigan researchers have determined that most types of melanoma cells can form malignant tumors, providing new evidence that the deadliest form of skin cancer does not conform to the increasingly popular cancer stem cell model. Cancer Stem Cell Model: Melanoma Does Not Conform - Read more

Prostata Cancer: Therapy for Patients with a Deadly Subset

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[09/11/2010] A monoclonal antibody targeting a well known cell surface protein inhibited prostate cancer growth and metastasis in an aggressive form of the disease that did not respond to hormone therapy, according to a study by researchers with the UCLA Department of Urology and UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.Prostata Cancer: Therapy for Patients with a Deadly Subset - Read more

Discovery: Hope to Boost Broccoli’s Cancer-fighting Power

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[25/10/2010] A University of Illinois study has shown for the first time that sulforaphane, the powerful cancer-fighting agent in broccoli, can be released from its parent compound by bacteria in the lower gut and absorbed into the body.Discovery: Hope to Boost Broccoli’s Cancer-fighting Power - Read more

Cancer Types: Potential Therapeutic Target

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[21/10/2010] Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found a common link among several malignant tumor types in all grades of cancer. This breakthrough may ultimately provide a new diagnostic or therapeutic target to detect cancer early or stop tumor growth. Cancer Types: Potential Therapeutic Target - Read more

A Mystery Solved: How Genes Are Selectively Silenced

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[20/10/2010] Cells read only those genes which are needed at a given moment, while the others are chemically labeled and, thus, selectively turned off. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) have now been the first to discover how these labels are placed at exactly the right spot in the genetic material. A Mystery Solved: How Genes Are Selectively Silenced - Read more

Cancer: Cells Switch Their Profile

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[18/10/2010] Scientists at the University of East Anglia have made an important breakthrough in the way anti-cancer drugs are tested.Cancer: Cells Switch Their Profile - Read more

Breast Cancer: Healthy Lifestyle Confirms Lower Risk

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[13/10/2010] Having a family history of breast cancer can lead some people to wonder if their risk is out of their control. A study of more than 85,000 postmenopausal women observed that regular physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and drinking less alcohol lowers breast cancer risk for women with, and without a family history of the disease.Breast Cancer: Healthy Lifestyle Confirms Lower Risk - Read more

Metastatic Cancer: Surgical Technique Relieves Painful Spine Fractures

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[11/10/2010] A surgical technique appears to offer quick and effective relief for debilitating spinal fractures often suffered by patients with metastatic cancer, researchers reported.Metastatic Cancer: Surgical Technique Relieves Painful Spine Fractures - Read more

X-rays: Linked to Increased Childhood Leukemia Risk?

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[06/10/2010] Diagnostic X-rays may increase the risk of developing childhood leukemia, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley's School of Public Health. X-rays: Linked to Increased Childhood Leukemia Risk? - Read more

Ethnicity: A Reason for Heart Problems Post Transplant in South Asians

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[04/10/2010] Ethnicity is a contributing risk factor of cardiovascular problems in kidney recipients of South Asian origin post-transplant, according to a new study. Ethnicity: A Reason for Heart Problems Post Transplant in South Asians - Read more

Breast Cancer: Study Finds Women Treated While Pregnant Have Improved Survival

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[01/10/2010] Long associated with a worse outcome, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have discovered that women treated for breast cancer while pregnant, in fact, have improved disease-free survival and a trend for improved overall survival compared to non-pregnant women treated for the disease.Breast Cancer: Study Finds Women Treated While Pregnant Have Improved Survival - Read more

Curry: Cooking ingredient Could Provide Recipe For Fight Against Cancer

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[30/09/2010] Scientists at the University of Leicester are pioneering the use of a common curry cooking ingredient to target cancer cells.Curry: Cooking ingredient Could Provide Recipe For Fight Against Cancer - Read more

Breast Cancer: Better Marker May Reduce Need for Second Surgeries

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[20/09/2010] A new material could help surgeons more accurately locate breast cancers, reduce the need for second surgeries and minimize pre-surgical discomfort for patients. Microscopic gas-filled spheres of silica, a porous glass, can mark the location of early-stage tumours to show their position using ultrasound imaging in the operating room.. Breast Cancer: Better Marker May Reduce Need for Second Surgeries - Read more

Breast Cancer: Alcohol Consumption May Increase Recurrence Risk

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[17/09/2010] Alcohol consumption following diagnosis of early-stage breast cancer may increase risk of recurrence of cancer but not total mortality risk.Breast Cancer: Alcohol Consumption May Increase Recurrence Risk - Read more

Eating Broccoli: Guard Against Arthritis?

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[15/09/2010] Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) are launching a groundbreaking new project to investigate the benefits of broccoli in the fight against osteoarthritis.Eating Broccoli: Guard Against Arthritis? - Read more

Prevention: Cancer Deaths Fall, But Prevention Still Lags Behind

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[13/09/2010] Although overall mortality from cancer is decreasing in the European Union, its incidence increased by almost 20 percent, from 2.1 million new cases in 2002 to 2.5 million in 2008. Prevention: Cancer Deaths Fall, But Prevention Still Lags Behind - Read more

Cancer Treatment: Biologists Find Way to Reduce Stem Cell Loss

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[06/09/2010] Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have discovered that a gene critical for programmed cell death is also important in the loss of adult stem cells, a finding that could help to improve the health and well-being of patients undergoing cancer treatment.Cancer Treatment: Biologists Find Way to Reduce Stem Cell Loss - Read more

New Infrared Light: New Frontier in Fighting Cancer

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[02/09/2010] A "game-changing" technique using near infrared light enables scientists to look deeper into the guts of cells, potentially opening up a new frontier in the fights against cancer and many other diseases.New Infrared Light: New Frontier in Fighting Cancer - Read more

Aggressive Breast Cancer: Genes Associated

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[16/08/2010] Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have for the first time identified 12 genes that could be associated with aggressive breast tumours. The discovery could result in more reliable prognoses and better treatment strategies for patients.Aggressive Breast Cancer: Genes Associated - Read more

Cancer-Fighting Power: Mouse With Components of the Human Immune System

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[11/08/2010] Researchers of the Max Delbrück Center (MDC) and Charité Universitätsmedizin in Berlin have modified T cell receptors, so that that they would no longer ignore cancer cells, but instead specifically track and recognize them. Cancer-Fighting Power: Mouse With Components of the Human Immune System - Read more

New 'Dentist' Test: Detecting Oral Cancer Will Save Lives

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[10/08/2010] A new test for oral cancer, which a dentist could perform by simply using a brush to collect cells from a patient's mouth, is set to be developed. New 'Dentist' Test: Detecting Oral Cancer Will Save Lives - Read more

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Potential Key Regulator Detected

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[04/08/2010] Research into inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) led by UCD Conway Institute scientists has identified a key regulator involved in maintaining the functional integrity of the gut lining. Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Potential Key Regulator Detected - Read more

Dense Bones: Raised Risk for Prostate Cancer

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[03/08/2010] Men who develop prostate cancer, especially the more aggressive and dangerous forms that spread throughout the body, tend to retain denser bones as they age than men who stay free of the disease, suggests new research from Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health.Dense Bones: Raised Risk for Prostate Cancer - Read more

Meat Consumption: Increase of Bladder Cancer Risk

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[02/08/2010] A new study suggests that consuming specific compounds in meat related to processing methods may be associated with an increased risk of developing bladder cancer. Meat Consumption: Increase of Bladder Cancer Risk - Read more

HIV Test: Novel Microfluidic

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[21/07/2010] Microfluidic device uses antibodies to 'capture' white blood cells called T cells affected by HIV. Researchers have now developed a "lab on a chip" device for HIV testing. HIV Test: Novel Microfluidic - Read more

Key Pathway: Prostate Cancer Tumor Progression Blocked

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[21/07/2010] Prostate cancer advances when tumors become resistant to hormone therapy, which is the standard treatment for patients, and begin producing their own androgens.Key Pathway: Prostate Cancer Tumor Progression Blocked - Read more

Prostate: New Ground in Cancer Detection

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[19/07/2010] A highly specific assay for the detection of a protein associated with tumour formations present in nearly two-thirds of all prostate cancers has shown unprecedented specificity (99.99%) for detecting prostate tumour cells in tissue specimens. Prostate: New Ground in Cancer Detection - Read more

Head and Neck Cancer: Pain and Dry Mouth May Play Role in Sleep Quality

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[12/07/2010] Head and neck cancer patients who reported poor sleep quality one year after diagnosis had more symptoms of chronic pain and complaints of dry mouth related to radiation treatments. Head and Neck Cancer: Pain and Dry Mouth May Play Role in Sleep Quality - Read more

Glioblastoma: Neural Stem Cells Attack

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[07/07/2010] In their latest research, scientists of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin-Buch, have demonstrated how the brain’s own stem cells and precursor cells control the growth of glioblastomas. Glioblastoma: Neural Stem Cells Attack - Read more

Ovarian Cancer: New Therapeutic Approach

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[06/07/2010] Investigators at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have discovered a way that may help ovarian cancer patients who no longer respond to conventional chemotherapy.Ovarian Cancer: New Therapeutic Approach - Read more

Stomach Cancer: Immune System is very Important

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[29/06/2010] Researchers have identified cells in the immune system that react to Helicobacter pylori, one of the risk factors for the development of stomach cancer. This discovery could lead to faster diagnosis and treatment as well as a better prognosis for patients, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.Stomach Cancer: Immune System is very Important - Read more

Lower Cancer Recurrence: Statins Associated

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[28/06/2010] Men who use statins to lower their cholesterol are 30 percent less likely to see their prostate cancer come back after surgery compared to men who do not use the drugs, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. Researchers also found that higher doses of the drugs were associated with lower risk of recurrence. Lower Cancer Recurrence: Statins Associated - Read more

Diagnostic: New Test for Bladder Cancer

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[25/06/2010] Researchers from the Danish Cancer Society and the Herlev University Hospital of Copenhagen have developed a novel assay to test for multiple tumour markers in bladder cancer. Diagnostic: New Test for Bladder Cancer - Read more

Cancer: Studying Cells in 3-D

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[23/06/2010] Showing movies in 3-D has produced a box-office bonanza in recent months. Could viewing cell behaviour in three dimensions lead to important advances in cancer research? Cancer: Studying Cells in 3-D - Read more

Molecular Discovery: Strategy to Fight Cancer Drug Resistance

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[21/06/2010] Scientists have found a way to disable a common protein that often thwarts chemotherapy treatment of several major forms of cancer.Molecular Discovery: Strategy to Fight Cancer Drug Resistance - Read more

Cancer: Inhibited Genes Stop Tumour

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[16/06/2010] Tumours disappear if you inhibit the genes responsible for their formation. Previously, any suggestions as to why they behave in this way were nothing more than theories. Researchers at the University of Würzburg now present concrete evidence, confirming a long-held assumption in this matter.Cancer: Inhibited Genes Stop Tumour - Read more

Cancer: Survivors Fear Costs for Medical Care

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[15/06/2010] A new analysis has found that two million cancer survivors did not get needed medical services in the previous year because of concerns about cost. The study raises the concern that the long-term health and well-being of cancer survivors could suffer because patients have financial worries about their care.Cancer: Survivors Fear Costs for Medical Care - Read more

Prostate Cancer: Protein Could Heal Erectile Dysfunction

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[10/06/2010] After men have surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland, up to 80 percent of them will lose the ability to have an erection. Now a protein called 'sonic hedgehog' helps to regenerate nerves. Prostate Cancer: Protein Could Heal Erectile Dysfunction - Read more

Childhood Cancer: Increased risk for having a malignant tumour in later life

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[08/06/2010] Childhood cancer survivors diagnosed later with non-melanoma skin cancer may be at increased risk for having a malignant tumor within 15 years, according to research led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators.Childhood Cancer: Increased risk for having a malignant tumour in later life - Read more

Nonsmall Cell Lung Cancer: Predictive Biomarker Found

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[04/06/2010] A team of researchers have strong evidence that a protein may help doctors in determining patient prognoses for nonsmall cell lung cancer. This new finding may have great impact on survival rates.Nonsmall Cell Lung Cancer: Predictive Biomarker Found - Read more

Patients: Cancer does not stand a chance – the promise of Immunotherapy

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[01/06/2010] Reduced to its essence, cancer can be described this way: Several body cells degenerate and begin an uncontrolled growth inside the body. If this was a virus, our immune system would kick into high gear to fight the threat. Patients: Cancer does not stand a chance – the promise of Immunotherapy - Read more

Research: Novel Enzyme Linked to Cancer Cell Migration

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[01/06/2010] Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have identified a previously unknown kinase that regulates cell proliferation, shape and migration, and may play a major role in the progression or metastasis of cancer cells. Research: Novel Enzyme Linked to Cancer Cell Migration - Read more

Breast Cancer: Shortened Therapy Leads to Success

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[01/06/2010] You have breast cancer. A sentence, that is life changing and one that more and more women get to hear. Yet there is reason for hope: According to early research results, a new treatment method could prove more effective than the standard therapy – and it could also prevent women from having nasty side effects. Breast Cancer: Shortened Therapy Leads to Success - Read more

Cantonese Cancer: Throat Cancer Genes detected

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[31/05/2010] Scientists identify three new susceptibility genes in genome-wide association study of nasopharyngeal carcinoma. This finding provides an opportunity for biologists to understand the molecular mechanism underlying the development of this cancer.Cantonese Cancer: Throat Cancer Genes detected - Read more

Surgery: New Option for Patients with Cancer in Abdomen

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[27/05/2010] A new study shows that an adult surgery adapted for use in young patients increased the survival of children with rare tumors in the abdomen.Surgery: New Option for Patients with Cancer in Abdomen - Read more

New Insight: Biologie of the Breast Cancer Gene

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[26/05/2010] Studies have now established that woman who harbour a mutation in a tumor suppressor gene are at greater risk for developing breats and ovarian cancers.New Insight: Biologie of the Breast Cancer Gene - Read more

Surgery: Mechanical Bowel Preparations Not Beneficiary

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[25/05/2010] Mechanical bowel preparations (MBP) offer no clinical benefit for patients who undergo pancreaticoduodenectomy, according to researchers.Surgery: Mechanical Bowel Preparations Not Beneficiary - Read more

Living Wills: Poor Predictors of Treatment Preferences

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[21/05/2010] Living wills often do not represent a patient's actual treatment preferences when faced with real end-of-life circumstances and should be redesigned to guide more realistic advance decision-making, according to a new study.Living Wills: Poor Predictors of Treatment Preferences - Read more

Genome: Profile Tumor Cells from Small Samples

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[14/05/2010] Researchers have developed a technique for analyzing the genome of single tumor cells. This allows them to study how tumors develop. It has the potential to help doctors identify dangerous tumor cells from small samples.Genome: Profile Tumor Cells from Small Samples - Read more

Breast Cancer: MRI Detects Metastases Accurately

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[06/05/2010] Whole body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) should be the imaging modality of choice for the detection of breast cancer metastases as it is accurate and can detect bone metastases before symptoms appear, according to a study.Breast Cancer: MRI Detects Metastases Accurately - Read more

Screening: Calculating Prostate Cancer Risk

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[29/04/2010] Researchers found: The more of a man's direct relatives are affected, the higher is his personal risk to develop prostate cancer himself. The personal risk is the higher the younger affected relatives were at the time of diagnosis.Screening: Calculating Prostate Cancer Risk - Read more

Survival: New Molecular Subtype of Brain Cancer

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[21/04/2010] A study may lead to better insight into the clinical outcome for some patients with a particularly aggressive type of brain cancer. The research may also provide a framework for development of targeted drug treatments.Survival: New Molecular Subtype of Brain Cancer - Read more

Brain Cancer: Tumour Cells Need Different Treatment

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[15/04/2010] Cancer cells leftover in the brain after surgery have different properties than the cells in the centre of the tumour, researchers found out. They also react differently to radiation therapy and chemotherapeutic substances.Brain Cancer: Tumour Cells Need Different Treatment - Read more

Breast Cancer: Beta-Blockers Help Reduce Metastasis

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[08/04/2010] Researchers found out that treatment with beta-blockers can help reduce the spread of cancer in patients with breast tumours.Breast Cancer: Beta-Blockers Help Reduce Metastasis - Read more

Nanoparticles: Providing Proof of RNA Interference in Humans

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[07/04/2010] A study found proof that a targeted nanoparticle can traffic into tumors, deliver double-stranded small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), and turn off an important cancer gene using RNA interference (RNAi).Nanoparticles: Providing Proof of RNA Interference in Humans - Read more

Clinical Trials: Children Need Clearer Communication

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[01/04/2010] A small study of children with cancer enrolled in clinical trials shows that they don't fully understand what physicians and parents tell them about their participation, nor do they feel genuinely involved in the choice to take part.Clinical Trials: Children Need Clearer Communication - Read more

Cancer: Media May Paint Too Optimistic View

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[18/03/2010] Newspapers and magazines appear more likely to discuss aggressive treatment of cancer and survival instead of death, treatment failure or adverse events. Almost none mention end-of-life care, according to a new report.Cancer: Media May Paint Too Optimistic View - Read more

Skin Cancer: Infrared System Looks for Melanoma

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[10/03/2010] Researchers have developed a non-invasive infrared scanning system to help doctors determine whether pigmented skin growths are benign moles or melanoma, a lethal form of cancer.Skin Cancer: Infrared System Looks for Melanoma - Read more

Breast Cancer: Radiation Should Start Soon After Surgery

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[09/03/2010] Delaying post-surgical radiation increases risk of breast cancer recurrence in older women, scientists report.Breast Cancer: Radiation Should Start Soon After Surgery - Read more

Radiation: Six-Point Patient Protection Plan

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[01/03/2010] The American Society for Radiation Oncology has committed to a six-point patient protection plan that is to improve safety and quality and reduce the chances of medical errors, Board Chairman Tim R. Williams said.Radiation: Six-Point Patient Protection Plan - Read more

Genes: Personalised Blood Tests for Cancer

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[19/02/2010] Scientists have used data from the whole genome sequencing of cancer patients to develop individualised blood tests they believe can help physicians tailor patients’ treatments.Genes: Personalised Blood Tests for Cancer - Read more

Pancreatic Cancer: Soft Drink Consumption May Increase Risk

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[11/02/2010] Consuming two or more soft drinks per week increased the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by nearly twofold compared to individuals who did not consume soft drinks, according to a new report.Pancreatic Cancer: Soft Drink Consumption May Increase Risk - Read more

Nanoparticles: Promising for Combating Cancer

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[04/02/2010] Scientists have further developed a potential new treatment against cancer that uses magnetic nanoparticles to attach to cancer cells, removing them from the body. Nanoparticles: Promising for Combating Cancer - Read more

Ovarian Cancer: Symptoms of Little Value for Early Detection

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[29/01/2010] Use of symptoms to trigger a medical evaluation for ovarian cancer does not appear to detect early-stage ovarian cancer earlier and would likely result in diagnosis in only one out of 100 women, according to a new article.Ovarian Cancer: Symptoms of Little Value for Early Detection - Read more

Breast Cancer: Elevated-Risk Women Refuse MRI

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[05/01/2010] In a new study, 42 percent of women eligible for breast cancer screening with MRI declined to undergo the procedure. Breast Cancer: Elevated-Risk Women Refuse MRI - Read more

New Subject Palliative Care: „Doctors Have to Accept that Life Is Limited.”

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[01/01/2010] For decades, dealing with dying patients was no topic for German medical students, even though most doctors have to face death. Finally the subject palliative care has become part of the curriculum. MEDICA.de spoke to Christof Müller-Busch, President of the German Association for Palliative Medicine, about the rising number of patients with old-age diseases and actors in palliative seminars. New Subject Palliative Care: „Doctors Have to Accept that Life Is Limited.” - Read more

Costly Cancer Treatments: No Easy Access in U.S. or U.K.

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[18/12/2009] Cancer patients in both the United States and the United Kingdom face challenges in gaining access to expensive treatments, according to new research. Costly Cancer Treatments: No Easy Access in U.S. or U.K. - Read more

Drugs: Nanoprobes Hit Targets in Tumours

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[17/12/2009] Tiny nanoprobes have shown to be effective in delivering cancer drugs more directly to tumour cells and research has shown that the nanoprobes are getting the drugs to right cellular compartments. Drugs: Nanoprobes Hit Targets in Tumours - Read more

Cancer: Delivering Medicine into a Tumour

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[14/12/2009] Researchers have identified a peptide (a chain of amino acids) that specifically recognizes and penetrates cancerous tumours but not normal tissues.Cancer: Delivering Medicine into a Tumour - Read more

Organs: Formerly Cancerous Kidneys Transplanted

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[10/12/2009] Surgeons, who performed kidney transplants after removing small cancerous and benign masses from the donated organs, have published their results.Organs: Formerly Cancerous Kidneys Transplanted - Read more

Cell Phones: No Change in Brain Tumour Incidence

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[07/12/2009] There was no substantial change in brain tumour incidence among adults five to ten years after cell phone usage sharply increased, according to a new brief communication. This does not mean, however, that there is no risk.Cell Phones: No Change in Brain Tumour Incidence - Read more

Cancer: Mortality Declines Unequally

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[03/12/2009] New figures on cancer in Europe show a steady decline in mortality but big variations, between countries and between men and women.Cancer: Mortality Declines Unequally - Read more

Skin Cancer: New Device May Detect Tumour Early

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[01/12/2009] Researchers are developing a new device that detects cancerous skin tumours, including melanomas that are not visible to the naked eye.Skin Cancer: New Device May Detect Tumour Early - Read more

Cancer: New Method Targets Tumors

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[18/11/2009] Two University of Rhode Island (URI) associate professors have discovered a technology that can detect cancerous tumors and deliver treatment to them without harming the healthy cells surrounding them. Cancer: New Method Targets Tumors - Read more

Nanotechnology: Carbon Nanotubes Can Affect Lining of the Lungs

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[06/11/2009] A new study shows that inhaling carbon nanotubes can affect the outer lining of the lung, though the effects of long-term exposure remain unclear. Nanotechnology: Carbon Nanotubes Can Affect Lining of the Lungs - Read more

Cancer Therapy: Survival of the Healthiest

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[05/11/2009] The goal in cancer research, a treatment that kills cancer cells whilst leaving healthy cells untouched, might be brought nearer by a new therapeutic approach. The potential therapy targets proliferation of cancer, but not normal, cells.Cancer Therapy: Survival of the Healthiest - Read more

Prostate Cancer: Detecting the Undetectable

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[03/11/2009] A team of researchers, using an extremely sensitive tool based on nanotechnology, has detected previously undetectable levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in patients who have undergone radical prostatectomy. Prostate Cancer: Detecting the Undetectable - Read more

Cancer: Magnetic Nanotags Spot Tumors

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[26/10/2009] Searching for biomarkers that can warn of diseases such as cancer while they are still in their earliest stage is likely to become far easier thanks to an innovative biosensor chip developed by Stanford University researchers. Cancer: Magnetic Nanotags Spot Tumors - Read more

Cancer Diagnosis: Sensor Biochips May Help

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[22/10/2009] It is very difficult to predict whether a cancer drug will help an individual patient: only about one third of the drugs will work directly in a given patient. Researchers have now developed a new test for cancer drugs. Cancer Diagnosis: Sensor Biochips May Help - Read more

Chemotherapy: Exercise Reduces Fatigue

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[19/10/2009] Supervised exercise programmes that include high and low intense cardiovascular and resistance training can help reduce fatigue in patients with cancer who are undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy or treatment for advanced disease.Chemotherapy: Exercise Reduces Fatigue - Read more

Childhood Cancer: Survivors Less Likely to Marry

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[16/10/2009] Childhood cancer survivors typically suffer from the long-term effects of cancer treatment on physical health, and results of a new study suggest that social implications also exist, which may affect their chance of an "I do" at the altar. Childhood Cancer: Survivors Less Likely to Marry - Read more

Breast Cancer: Needle Biopsy is Gold Standard

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[15/10/2009] An alarming number of women undergo open surgery when minimally invasive biopsy has demonstrated equivalent accuracy, less cost and reduced risk of scarring, surgeons say.Breast Cancer: Needle Biopsy is Gold Standard - Read more

Uterine Cancer: Molecular Imaging Holds Promise for Early Intervention

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[07/10/2009] A new molecular imaging technique may provide physicians and patients with a noninvasive way to learn more information about a type of cancer of the uterus lining called endometrial carcinoma.Uterine Cancer: Molecular Imaging Holds Promise for Early Intervention - Read more

Regenerative Medicine: Biomaterial Gel Helps to Regenerate Brain Tissue

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[17/09/2009] An injectable biomaterial gel may help brain tissue grow at the site of a traumatic brain injury, according to findings by a Clemson University bioengineer. Regenerative Medicine: Biomaterial Gel Helps to Regenerate Brain Tissue - Read more

Nanotechnology: Sizing Nanoparticles in Solutions

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[11/09/2009] As a result of a major inter-laboratory study, the standards body ASTM International has been able to update its guidelines for a commonly used technique for measuring the size of nanoparticles in solutions. Nanotechnology: Sizing Nanoparticles in Solutions - Read more

Tumors: Biomaterial Improves Imaging

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[04/09/2009] A new material developed at the University of Virginia – an oxygen nanosensor that couples a light-emitting dye with a biopolymer – simplifies the imaging of oxygen-deficient regions of tumors. Tumors: Biomaterial Improves Imaging - Read more

Blood-Cancer: Adolescents with Leukemias Live Longer Today

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[28/08/2009] Adolescents and young adults who were recently diagnosed with blood-related cancers have better long-term survival rates than those who were diagnosed in the 1980s. Blood-Cancer: Adolescents with Leukemias Live Longer Today - Read more

Deafness: Mutation in a Gene Associated with Cancer

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[19/08/2009] An international group of researchers found three mutations responsible for a form of hereditary deafness in a gene that is implicated in cancer. Deafness: Mutation in a Gene Associated with Cancer - Read more

Imaging: Lighting up Tumors

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[18/08/2009] Researchers have been able to illuminate brain tumors by injecting fluorescent nanoparticles into the bloodstream that safely cross the blood-brain barrier – an almost impenetrable barrier that protects the brain from infection. Imaging: Lighting up Tumors - Read more

Brain: Method Predicts which Tumors Will Respond to Drug

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[12/08/2009] Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), have uncovered a new way to scan brain tumors and predict which ones will be shrunk by the drug Avastin - before the patient ever starts treatment. Brain: Method Predicts which Tumors Will Respond to Drug - Read more

Microfluidics: Painting Clearer Pictures of Biological Processes

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[06/08/2009] The masterpieces that spring from the talents of Rubens and others often begin with the creation of a gradient of colors on a palette. In a similar manner, researchers have created an innovative device. Microfluidics: Painting Clearer Pictures of Biological Processes - Read more

Nanotechnology: New Fluorescent Silicon Particles Discovered

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[24/07/2009] Researchers have developed a new synthesis method, which has led them to the discovery of fluorescent silicon nanoparticles and may ultimately help track the uptake of drugs by the body's cells. Nanotechnology: New Fluorescent Silicon Particles Discovered - Read more

Imaging: New Material for Use on Brain Tumors

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[23/07/2009] Researchers have invented a hands-off process for filling fullerenes with radio-active material. This may increase control of radiation therapy. Imaging: New Material for Use on Brain Tumors - Read more

Oncology: Colorectal Cancer Increasing in Young Adults

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[26/06/2009] A new study finds that in sharp contrast to the overall declining rates of colorectal cancer in the United States, incidence rates among adults younger than age 50 years are increasing. Oncology: Colorectal Cancer Increasing in Young Adults - Read more

Metastasis: Separating Cancer Cells from Normal Cells

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[18/06/2009] Northwestern University researchers have demonstrated a novel and simple method that can direct and separate cancer cells from normal cells. Metastasis: Separating Cancer Cells from Normal Cells - Read more

Cancer: Studies Include a Smaller Proportion of Women

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[17/06/2009] Women are underrepresented in clinical cancer research published in high-impact journals, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Cancer: Studies Include a Smaller Proportion of Women - Read more

Imaging: Knowing Whether Chemo is Working

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[21/04/2009] Using a non-invasive method, researchers have shown that they can determine after a single cycle of chemotherapy whether the toxic drugs are killing the cancer or not.Imaging: Knowing Whether Chemo is Working - Read more

Brain Cancer: New Possible Marker for Severity

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[07/04/2009] Researchers have identified a new biological indicator that may help identify which brain-cancer patients have the most aggressive forms of the disease. Brain Cancer: New Possible Marker for Severity - Read more

Ovaries: Screening Not Catching Early Cancer

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[02/04/2009] Screening regimens that combine ultrasound and a blood test for ovarian cancer fail to detect the disease early enough to make important progress, a new study reports. The combo screening also led to unnecessary surgery. Ovaries: Screening Not Catching Early Cancer - Read more

Breast Cancer: New Test May Predict Metastasis

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[31/03/2009] Researchers have identified a new marker for breast cancer metastasis. Density of TMEM (Tumour Microenvironment of Metastasis) was associated with the development of distant organ metastasis via the bloodstream. Breast Cancer: New Test May Predict Metastasis - Read more

Cancer: Survivors More Likely to Be Jobless

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[25/03/2009] An analysis of previous studies finds an association between being a cancer survivor and being unemployed, compared to healthy individuals, according to a recent article.Cancer: Survivors More Likely to Be Jobless - Read more

Mortality: Red Meat Means Higher Risk of Death

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[24/03/2009] Individuals who eat more red meat and processed meat appear to have a modestly increased risk of death from all causes and also from cancer or heart disease over a ten-year period, according to a new report.Mortality: Red Meat Means Higher Risk of Death - Read more

Cancer: Optimised Radiation for Prostate

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[17/10/2008] Physicists evaluated in a study the mean deviation of radiation parameters for prostate cancers and compared various sources of radiation. This approach guarantees that the ionising radiation destroys tumour cells but not other organs next to the prostate. Cancer: Optimised Radiation for Prostate - Read more

Blood: New Test To Evaluate Prostate Cancer

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[01/10/2008] A study has found that the analysis of Circulating Tumour Cells (CTC) can be utilised to study the prognosis of prostate cancer and is an independent indicator for overall survival. Blood: New Test To Evaluate Prostate Cancer - Read more

Risk: Hepatitis B Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

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[30/09/2008] A new study suggests that exposure to the hepatitis B virus (HBV) may increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. Plus: patients with the cancer treated with chemotherapy may face danger of reactivation of their HBV. Risk: Hepatitis B Linked to Pancreatic Cancer - Read more

Diagnostic Radiation: Prostate Cancer May Be Possible

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[25/07/2008] Researchers have shown an association between certain past diagnostic radiation procedures and an increased risk of young-onset prostate cancer - a rare form which affects about ten per cent of all men diagnosed with the disease.Diagnostic Radiation: Prostate Cancer May Be Possible - Read more

Bladder: Pregnancy May Shield From Cancer

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[02/07/2008] Pregnancy seems to confer some protection against bladder cancer in mice, scientists have found. Bladder: Pregnancy May Shield From Cancer - Read more

Nutrition: Dehydrated Tomatoes May Prevent Prostate Cancer

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[29/05/2008] New research suggests that the form of tomato product one eats could be the key to unlocking its prostate cancer-fighting potential. Nutrition: Dehydrated Tomatoes May Prevent Prostate Cancer - Read more

Breast Cancer: Obese Women More Likely to Die

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[01/05/2008] Women who are obese when they are diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer are at a greater risk of dying of their disease than women of normal weight. Breast Cancer: Obese Women More Likely to Die - Read more

Genes: Link between Type 2 Diabetes and Prostate Cancer

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[02/04/2008] Scientists have identified six new genes which play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes, and among the group is the second gene known to also play a role in prostate cancer. Genes: Link between Type 2 Diabetes and Prostate Cancer - Read more

Brain Cancer: Early Detection by Special MRI

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[25/03/2008] A special type of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can depict changes in blood volume in the brain that often precede cancerous transformation of brain tumors, according to a new study. Brain Cancer: Early Detection by Special MRI - Read more

Analysis: Breast Cancer through Smoking not Worse

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[01/02/2008] 35 years of data showed that smoking is linked to a variety of cancers but it does neither lead to more aggressive breast tumours nor to advanced breast cancers.Analysis: Breast Cancer through Smoking not Worse - Read more

Liver Tumors: High-Energy Ultrasound Sharpens View

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[10/01/2008] A high-energy form of ultrasound imaging produces pictures of liver tumors that are better than those made with traditional ultrasound, according to results of a clinical study.Liver Tumors: High-Energy Ultrasound Sharpens View - Read more

Cryoablation: Good Results for Kidney Cancer Patients

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[26/11/2007] A review of 62 Mayo Clinic patients who underwent cryoablation to treat cancerous kidney tumors shows that the patients are cancer free for up to two and a half years after having had the procedure.Cryoablation: Good Results for Kidney Cancer Patients - Read more

Cancer: Increased Patient Demand for Prostate Test

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[28/11/2006] Male patients are increasingly demanding Prostate Specific Antigen blood tests for prostate cancer, despite lack of evidence that they are effective, according to a survey.Cancer: Increased Patient Demand for Prostate Test - Read more

Testing: New Diagnostic Tool for Prostate Cancer

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[20/07/2006] Research by Portuguese and Norwegian scientists show not only how whole genome analysis can help to increase the accuracy of patient testing, but also identifies a new molecular marker that “tags” prostate cancers with worse prognoses.Testing: New Diagnostic Tool for Prostate Cancer - Read more

Women: Genes Predict Outcome for Breast Cancer Patients

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[03/04/2006] The 2-gene expression profile of HOXB13 and IL17BR in a woman’s breast cancer predicts risk of recurrence in node-negative patients treated with tamoxifen.Women: Genes Predict Outcome for Breast Cancer Patients - Read more

RF Ablation: Effective Non-Surgical Treatment for Liver Cancer

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[17/02/2005] Radiofrequency (RF) ablation offers an effective first-line treatment for some liver cancer patients who are excluded from surgery, according to two studies.RF Ablation: Effective Non-Surgical Treatment for Liver Cancer - Read more

Radiology: With Tiny Beads Against Liver Cancer

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[16/06/2004] Northwestern Memorial Hospital is one of about 15 hospitals across the US, to offer a new radiation treatment for inoperable liver tumours. The technique uses tiny radioactive glass beads carrying high doses of radiation to kill cancerous tumours within the liver.Radiology: With Tiny Beads Against Liver Cancer - Read more

Transplants: Excellent Survival Rates for Liver Cancer Patients

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[31/10/2003] More than 60 percent of liver transplant patients with advanced liver cancer are still alive after five years, compared to nearly zero survival for those patients who did not undergo transplant, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers.Transplants: Excellent Survival Rates for Liver Cancer Patients - Read more

Who’s at Risk? Researchers Find Genetic Link to Prostate Cancer

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[15/10/2003] Some men may be more prone to prostate cancer because a variation in a specific gene makes them more susceptible to the harmful effects of cancer-causing agents, a new study shows.Who’s at Risk? Researchers Find Genetic Link to Prostate Cancer - Read more

 
 

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