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11/10/2017
What is the best way to study human disease? Cells? Animals? How about human organs that are grown in the lab?! Amazing breakthroughs have made it possible to grow 'organs' from just a few cells. Researchers have created models of breast, lungs, and the digestive system, among others.  These '… more
11/7/2017
There is definitely strength in numbers!  Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a computer program that analyzes genetic information from cancers to predict the effectiveness of different drug treatments.  Importantly, they want to share their work (and code) with… more
10/31/2017
When one has cancer, 'trial' can sound like a scary word.  Often, patients avoid trials because they want to take a treatment that has already been approved. The reality is that sometimes, trials offer the best hope for patients.  It is very important to look into possible trials when choosing… more
10/28/2017
Breast cancer is often treated with both surgery and radiation therapy. New research has suggested that the order of these treatments may impact patient outcomes. A study published by the Moffitt Cancer Center found that breast cancer patients who underwent radiation therapy prior to surgery were… more
10/27/2017
A study from Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis has shown that men with low-risk prostate cancer might be better off choosing observation of the tumor rather than surgical removal. In the study group, men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer who had surgery to remove the… more
10/25/2017
On this day, 15 yrs ago, the CancerQuest website was launched. Because of the support of friends and family, and the work of our staff, and volunteers, we are able to provide evidence-based cancer information to empower patients, their caregivers, and students across the globe.  Thank you all!
10/11/2017
When cancer is suspected, doctors often remove samples of the suspicious tissue via surgery or needles. The samples can then be examined to determine if they are cancerous or not.  In addition to being invasive, the samples taken may miss cancerous areas, leading to an incorrect result. Liquid… more
10/9/2017
In 2015, a man was found to have 'cancer' growing in him, but the cancer cells were not his. His 'cancer' cells were found to have come from tapeworms living in his body. The tapeworm cells had invaded his tissues and formed  tumorous growths.  The man was already very sick and weakened due to… more
10/5/2017
Researchers at Duke Cancer Institute have piloted a breakthrough cancer therapy using an unlikely ally: the polio virus. After years of studying the virus famous for its destructive behavior, scientists have genetically modified polioviruses to help humans instead of hurt them. They have succeeded… more
10/4/2017
Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic recently conducted a study with the human and mouse cells that become glioblastomas. They found that the Zika virus infected and killed the soon-to-be glioblastoma stem cells, while leaving the healthy brain… more
10/2/2017
Researchers at Stanford’s School of Medicine have discovered that by blocking a molecule found in nerves, they can pause the growth of brain cancer. The protein, called neuroligin-3, plays a role in healthy brain function, but has also been linked to cancer growth. The researchers bred mice that… more
9/15/2017
Awareness is key to prevention.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have put together a great collection of educational resources to help you and help you help others learn about cancers of the female reproductive organs.
9/15/2017
Curcumin is a chemcial found in turmeric, a common spice that was originally found in southern India. Researchers at Nemours Children's Hospital and the University of Central Florida have concluded that curcumin attached to nanoparticles can be used to target and kill treatment-resistant… more
9/14/2017
Cancer is caused by a variety of factors, but diet and lifestyle play a large role in the development and growth of cancer.  According to a study on rodents by researchers at Ohio State University, a diet that includes daily tomato consumption cut the prevalence of skin cancer in half when compared… more
9/13/2017
Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently published a study that identified an unexpected risk factor for breast cancer: outdoor nighttime lights. Through a study conducted over a span of 22 years and with 110,000 female participants, researchers observed that women who… more
9/9/2017
On August 30, 2017, the FDA officially approved the cancer treatment Kymriah, the first gene therapy legally available in the United States. It will be used to treat B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in patients below the age of 25. In this form of leukemia, patients produce… more
9/8/2017
At Durham University, a bold new technique for fighting cancer has emerged--sending in nanomachines to drill into cancer cells. Led by Dr. Robert Pal, the research initiative has created molecules designed to locate and target cancer cells within the body. These molecules are equipped with a… more
9/7/2017
Most cancer treatments cause cancer cells to self-destruct in a type of cell death called apoptosis. However, researchers at the University of Glasgow have identified a different, more effective way to initiate cell death. Therapies that induce cell death through apoptosis often do not succeed in… more
8/29/2017
A new study, published by researchers from West Virginia University in August of 2017, suggests that any amount of exposure to e-cigarette vapor may be enough to damage blood vessel function. After 5 minutes of exposure to an e-cigarette, the arteries of the group of mice closed by 30 percent.… more
8/25/2017
A diagnosis of cancer often involves a type of surgery, an invasive biopsy procedure. That may not be the case for long. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have developed a new method that is able its ability to diagnose patients even in early stages of cancer. Their method… more