Improved Chances Of Survival For Certain Cancer-Risk Patients Made Possible By New Process

Tweet Thanks to a new study conducted by the Intermountain Clinical Genetics Institute at LDS Hospital, people living in Utah, who are at risk for certain forms of colon and other cancer types may soon have better chances of survival or even avoiding the diseases. The study is published in the August edition of the American Journal of Managed Care. The research team of the Intermountain Heathcare group...
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Protein JAK Makes Cancer Cells Contract, So They Can Squeeze Out Of A Tumor

Tweet JAK, a protein, makes a cancer cell contract, which allows them to squeeze through small spaces and spread beyond the tumor and into other parts of the body, researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research, London, INSERM, France, and the University of Nice, France, wrote in the journal Cancer Cell. When JAK is “switched on”, the cancer cell undergoes muscle-like contractions that...
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Treating Resistant Prostate Cancer By Attacking Stem Cell-Like Cells

Tweet Scientists from Sweden are working on a treatment which attacks stem cell-like cells in prostate cancer. The technology could be useful for prostate cancer patients who do not respond to chemotherapy or radiation therapy, the scientists informed in the journal PLoS ONE. The researchers, from Lund University and Skåne University Hospital in Malmö, both in Sweden, have been developing a therapy...
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Common Class Of Pain Drugs Reduces Severity Of Postpartum Breast Cancers

Tweet Published online on Aug. 7, 2011, the journal Nature Medicine reports that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including ibuprofen reduce the severity of postpartum breast cancers in animal models. “We caution patients and providers that because a mother’s body is undergoing radical changes during this time, we can’t yet speak to the safety of these drugs for women diagnosed...
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Trastuzumab Raises Risk Of Heart Problems In The Elderly With History Of Heart Disease Or Diabetes

Tweet The first study to investigate the effect of the breast cancer drug trastuzumab (Herceptin) on heart and vascular function in elderly patients has found that it increases the risk of heart problems, particularly in women with a history of heart disease, diabetes or both. Authors of the study, published in the cancer journal, Annals of Oncology today [1], looked at records for 45 women aged between...
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Leukemia Breakthrough

Tweet In a small trial of advanced chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients, genetically modified versions of their own T cells behaved like “serial killers” and hunted down and obliterated tumors, resulting in sustained remissions of up to a year. The breakthrough gene therapy treatment has been 20 years in the making, and provides a roadmap for other cancers, say researchers from...
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Improved Radical Surgery Techniques Provide Positive Outcomes For Bladder Cancer Patients

Tweet Bladder cancer patients who have radical surgery at university hospitals can benefit from excellent local control of the disease, acceptable clinical outcomes and low death rates, according to research in the August issue of the urology journal BJUI. Researchers studied 2,287 patients who had radical cystectomy surgery, where the bladder is removed, together with nearby tissue and organs as required....
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Elusive Gene Mutations Found For Malignant Brain Tumor

Tweet A discovery by scientists at Duke University Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University could increase the chances for an effective combination of drug therapy to treat the second most common type of brain tumor. For years scientists have been looking for the primary cancer genes involved in the development of oligodendrogliomas. Scientists knew the two chromosomes that held the probable mutations,...
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ACR And SBI Respond To BMJ Article Saying Breast Cancer Screenings Make No Difference To Death Rates

Tweet The ACR (American College of Radiology) and SBI (Society of Breast Imaging) have responded to what they describe as a controversial study published in the BMJ (British Medical Journal) which claims that falling breast cancer death rates have little to do with mammography screening. The European authors said this week that there is no evidence that mammography played a direct role in reducing...
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Falling Breast Cancer Death Rates Not Due To Screening, More To Do With Treatments And Health Systems

Tweet Breast cancer death rates have dropped over the last few years in Europe, however, researchers from France, Norway and the UK say this is due to better treatment and health systems rather than breast cancer screening. In an article in the BMJ (British Medical Journal), the authors wrote that “..breast cancer screening has not played a direct part in the reductions of breast cancer mortality...
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