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9/1/2016
All organs are not created equal, especially when it comes to cancer.  Breast cancer is so much more common than heart cancer. Why? Scientists have been wrestling with this question for a long time, trying to find factors—cellular and environmental—that make cancer more likely to occur in an organ… more
9/1/2016
Epstein-Barr virus, the cause of infectious mononucleosis, or 'mono', also called the 'kissing disease', is a known cause of head/neck, blood, and stomach cancer as well as others. New research has now shown that the virus can cause breast cells to become cancerous as well. Whether the virus causes… more
9/1/2016
Tumor defenses may soon face an emerging weapon in our cancer-fighting arsenal: pulses of suicidal bacterial assassins. These bacteria not only locate tumors, but they grow until they explode (lyse), all at once, releasing a lethal chemical that zaps tumor cells. The “synchronized lysis circuit”… more
2/29/2016
Cancer cells that spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body from an original location frequently travel through the bloodstream.  Because there are so few of these cells in blood, compared to the enormous number of red and white blood cells, the circulating tumor cells (CTC) are very… more
3/14/2012
From 1990 to 2005, the cure rate for the most common form of childhood leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, has increased to 90%.  Given that the disease was essentially incurable just fifty years ago, this is a tremendous achievement.  The author of the article, Dr. Stephen Hunger, stressed… more
2/29/2012
Cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, cabbage, collards, and kale, are thought to have anti-cancer activity.  The chemical responsible for the majority of the cancer-cell fighting effects is called sulforaphane.  Sulforaphane is found at particularly high levels in broccoli. Much work has… more
2/29/2012
Patients treated with chemotherapy sometimes suffer from what is commonly called 'chemo-brain', a group of symptoms related to memory and concentration defects.  A study was done with long-term breast cancer survivors who had been treated with a specific chemotherapy regimen (cyclophosphamide,… more
1/9/2012
Scientists from Florida and Canada have teamed up to develop a new tool for watching how cancer drugs affect their targets.  The researchers linked drugs to tiny structures known as quantum dots (Qdots).  When the drug-Qdot combination enters the cancer cells, the Qdots give off a reddish color,… more
1/9/2012
One of the major problems with the majority of current cancer treatments is that they affect both normal and cancer cells, leading to many unpleasant or even dangerous side effects.   A Norweigian company has developed a technology that can reduce or eliminate this problem.  The system uses lasers… more
1/9/2012
About one in three breast cancer survivors suffers from fatigue.  A recent study shows that yoga may help with this problem.  Thirty-one breast cancer survivors were divided into two groups, one group received  health education and the other participated in yoga two times per week.  Women in the… more
1/5/2012
The HER2 protein is serves as an receiver/transmitter on the surface of cells.  Signals from HER2 cause cells to divide.  Some cancers (including breast cancer) can have too much HER2 on their surface.  Treatments, like Herceptin®, block some of these cancer cells but not all HER2 over-expressing… more
1/5/2012
A chemical naturally formed from Omega-3 fish oil, ¿12-prostaglandin J3, has been shown to cure mice with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).  The chemical was first identified as a possible drug by a computer analysis.  Researchers gave the drug to mice with CML and the results were striking.  The… more
12/15/2011
Some patients treated with chemoatherapy can suffer from a loss of ability to concentrate or remember.  This syndrome, informally called 'chemo brain', has been shown to also affect patients treated with radiation. A recent study looked at mental function in women with early stage (stage 0-II)… more
12/15/2011
Early detection of lung cancer is difficult.  A new technology may change that.  An international team of researchers has developed sensors that can detect differences in small chemicals released by normal vs lung cancer cells.  The cells were grown in the laboratory and the air in their dishes was… more
12/7/2011
Patients taking particular chemotherapy drugs, including paclitaxel (Taxol®), are at risk for developing pain, numbness, burning, and/or tingling in their hands and feet.  Also called chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), the problem due to nerve damage caused by the drugs. A small… more
12/5/2011
A study of almost 5000 women who were followed for about 12 years indicates that those women with higher levels of circulating glucose are at increased risk of developing colon cancer.  The women whose levels were in the highest third had about twice the risk of developing colon cancer than those… more
12/2/2011
The surgery and radiation used to treat breast cancer can damage the lymphatic vessels in the area of treatment, leading to an increased risk for lymphedema, a swelling caused by fluid that leaks out of the lymphatic system into the tissues.  The result is swelling, pain, and loss of function in… more
11/30/2011
For many years, it has been known that cancer cells have a huge appetite for sugar.  They need lots of energy to reproduce but many cancer cells lack functioning pathways to get energy from other chemicals.  The fact that cancer cells take in large amounts of glucose is even the basis for some of… more
11/30/2011
Most genetic tests used to help physicians choose the best treatments for cancer patients examine a small number of genes.  This may not be the case for long. The rapid advances in DNA sequencing technology have driven the cost down from millions of dollars to thousands of dollars per genome.  A… more
11/29/2011
Two new studies have identified thiopurine drugs as risk factors for non-melanoma skin cancer.  The drugs are used to treat inflammatory conditions, including Crohn's disease and inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS). Thiopurines are also used to treat some forms of cancer.  They work by blocking the… more