Cell fusion is a process by which two cells ('parent cells') fuse to create a hybrid cell. When the two parent cells fuse, their genetic contents (blueprints) are combined, possibly giving the hybrid new abilities. There are times when cell fusion is a normal event, such as fertilization, and … more
The rapid spread of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the disease it causes (COVID-19) impacts all of us in many ways. This disease not only affects us physically, but also mentally and emotionally. For cancer patients, this pandemic adds to already existing stress and may worsen ongoing health… more
Cancer is the result of abnormal, uncontrolled cell growth. While every case of cancer is different, they all share some main features. In order for normal cells to become cancerous, several genes  must begin to malfunction or not function at all. These genes can be categorized into two major… more
Cancer metastasis, or the spread of cancer throughout the body, is an important area of ongoing research. Cancers that have spread are associated with poorer outcomes. Cancer cells metastasize by breaking away from a main tumor and traveling to another location. These cells can be classified as… more
In cancer treatment, drug resistance occurs when cancer cells no longer respond to a drug. When this happens, patients will no longer benefit from that drug and have to switch to another treatment option. Unfortunately, once cancer cells become resistant to a chemotherapy drug, they are much more… more
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a type of cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. According to the CDC, CRC represents the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths and the 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer type among men and women in the United States. One way that CRC can develop is chronic inflammation… more
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a type of cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. According to the CDC, CRC represents the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths and the 3rd most commonly diagnosed cancer type among men and women in the United States. There are many genetic changes (mutations) that can… more
Chemoradiotherapy (CRT) refers to the combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. CRT is considered to be the standard-of-care treatment for many cancers. The treatments can have side effects including fatigue, nausea, vomiting, skin changes, and organ-specific damages. The side effects are … more
Given the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases around the world, scientists and clinicians are looking into the possible effects of common medications on COVID-19 progression and outcomes. Two medications commonly found on cancer patients' medication lists include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (… more
The coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19 (the disease) is more dangerous to people with other health conditions, including cancer. Please visit the National Cancer Institute's information page for people with cancer.
A new type of immunotherapy showed promising results in a small trial done by the MD Anderson Cancer Center. The researchers used an immune cell called a Natural Killer (NK) cell. The NK cells were genetically altered to recognize a protein found on the surface of B cells, a type of immune cell.… more
Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that uses the patient’s own cells to fight against cancer cancer cells. However, not all patients respond to this type of therapy. Our previous news report told about the rare story of a cancer patient who ultimately died from an “invisible” cancer cell… more
About one year ago, a promising form of cancer treatment suffered a serious setback. The treatment is a type of immunotherapy that uses a cancer patient’s own white blood cells to fight the cancer. This is done by adding a gene to the patient’s white blood cells that allows those cells to recognize… more
The results of a study of over 46,000 women aged 35-74 shows that the use of permanent hair dyes and hair straighteners is linked to an increase in breast cancer. The increase was higher in black women than in white women. The overall increase in risk is small, but results like these show the… more
Human papillomaviruses cause cancer, but they may also PROTECT against cancer. Research in mice showed that infection with a group of human papillomaviruses (beta-HPV) led to a protective immune response against squamous cell skin cancer (SCC). The researchers believe that the immune response… more
Cancer treatments often target cancer cells because the cells are rapidly growing and dividing. Like all growing cells, cancer cells need lots of building blocks and supplies. One of the major items used by cells is the amino acid glutamine. Glutamine can be used to help build many different… more
Lampreys are prehistoric fish that live in waters around the world. In addition to their strange looks, they feed off of the blood of other fish. In studies conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UTexas-Austin, proteins made by the immune systems of lampreys are being tested for their… more
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently gave the green light to a cancer treatment created by PrimeVax Immuno-Oncology Inc. that involves the use of a virus called the dengue virus. Like many other viruses, the dengue virus causes the patient to have a fever. However, the good thing about… more
Recently, an organization called All.Can surveyed over 4,000 cancer patients from 10 different countries. The survey questions were designed to find out if patients felt the care provided by their doctors was sufficient. Unfortunately, the responses are concerning. Perhaps the most alarming… more
We know that cancer cells are aggressive, but this takes it to the next level! Researchers at the University of Michigan have shown that breast cancer cells are able to eat other cells and gain new skills. When breast cancer cells were mixed with a type of stem cell, some of the cancer cells… more