A study of medical professionals with colon cancer showed that intake of more fiber was linked to better survival, both from their cancer, and overall. A benefit was also seen in patients that increased their fiber intake AFTER their diagnosis.  The type of fiber mattered.  Patients who got their… more
Bacteria live on us and in us. We are starting to learn just how much of our biology and health they control. Gut bacteria have now been linked to the development of cancer and some of them seem to be able to control how cancer cells respond to chemotherapy. Research with colon cancer has shown… more
Research at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University has demonstrated that getting weekly massages leads to reduced cancer-related fatigue. The study included 66 women with stage 0-3 breast cancer.  Those women who got weekly massages reported clinically significant changes in their quality… more
A study that included 12,000 women from around the world has found that using an intrauterine device (IUD)  is linked to a reduced risk of cervical cancer. The study was not able to show that the use of IUDs actually caused the reduction, but the association was strong.  Women who used IUDs had a… more
Digital pills?! The U.S. has approved the use pills that contain a tiny digital device. The purpose is to track the whether or not patients are taking their medications when they are supposed to.  When the pills containing the device enter the stomach, the acid in there causes a very small electric… more
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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