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11/29/2016
When treating a brain tumor, MRI’s can be tricky to read: sometimes, it is difficult to tell whether the image shows dead brain cells due to the effects of radiation, called radiation necrosis, or if a brain tumor has returned. These two situations require very different treatments. However, a… more
11/29/2016
Middle-age spread linked to increased cancer risk. Weight gain can cause an increase in cancer risk. Men only need to gain 35 pounds and women only need to gain 49 pounds to be at risk. The reason as to why weight gain is such a risk is unclear, but it may be because the excess fat produces… more
11/29/2016
By sequencing the entire genomes of 610 tumors, and examining large parts of thousands more, scientists have created a map of the DNA damage (mutations) caused by smoking. The research addresses 17 different types of smoking-associated cancers. Smoking definitely causes many genetic changes! This… more
11/29/2016
See what happens when you have sex with a Neanderthal?! The Neanderthals gave our ancestors their genetic material, and possibly, a sexually transmitted disease! Spanish, French, and Brazilian scientists studied 118 sequences of the human papillomavirus (HPV) 16 strain in order to create a… more
10/28/2016
Can we get a "two for one" when treating cancer? A new drug discovered at Emory University can stop the interaction between two proteins that drive cancer!  The two compounds are MDM2, a pro-survival protein that is over-expressed in many cancer cells, and XIAP, another protein that stops… more
10/28/2016
In a new study conducted at Harvard School of Public Health, a smokeless tobacco product called snus was related to higher death rate in prostate cancer patients. Tobacco products are some of the most dangerous and common cancer-causing agents worldwide. This study shows that not only does… more
10/28/2016
October 25th was CancerQuest's 14th birthday! 14 yrs ago, our website was launched - with the mission of empowering patients and saving lives. We are still at it, currently creating two new Chinese versions and expanding our content. YOU might just be able to help, or even save someone, by… more
10/28/2016
Cancer as a computing problem?? Microsoft announced new innitiatives to tackle cancer with computing power. They are focusing on two major efforts. First, by approaching biological systems as being similar to computers. Logical flows of information. They want their computers to 'learn' how… more
9/28/2016
Cryotherapy, the use of extreme cold, has been used to treat skin cancer for many years.  New results show that cryosurgery may be a good alternative to traditional surgery for some early cases of breast cancer.   The treatment uses liquid nitrogen filled rods to freeze cancer cells, and can be… more
9/12/2016
Epstein-Barr virus, the cause of infectious mononucleosis, or 'mono' - the 'kissing disease', is also a known cause of head/neck cancers, blood cancer and stomach cancer and others. New research has now shown that the virus can cause breast cells to become cancerous as well. Whether the virus… more
9/12/2016
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
9/12/2016
In just half a second, veteran radiologists can decide whether a mammogram is abnormal. This suggests that there is some large-scale feature that they have learned, however subconsciously, is a marker of abnormal images. Termed a “global signal,” this feature was explored in a recent study.… more
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