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
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
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
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
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
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have recently discovered how cellular responses to inflammation can keep the body healthy. When DNA is damaged, the damaged cells are removed in order to keep tissues healthy. A molecule that binds DNA and triggers inflammation, cGAS, can detect damage… more
Researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute recently studied the effects of social interaction on cancer patients’ survival. They found that patients who interacted with someone who died within five years of chemotherapy were more likely to die within five years themselves. Patients… more
Cancer patients face many challenges.  The challenges don't end with the treatments.  According to a long-term study by researchers at the University of Michigan, a large percentage of young adults struggle to get "back to normal" two years after their original diagnosis.  Researchers had patients… more
Throughout history, geography has served as both an asset and an inconvenience. Currently, living in rural areas has benefits, including low pollution and extreme privacy due to isolation from urban areas. However, this privacy can also become a roadblock for important information about cancer.… more
Cancer is scary, and going to doctors about cancer is stressful.  All of that emotion makes it much harder to remember what is said at these important meetings. Of course, it is very important to understand what the doctor says, and there are some things you can do to make it easier.  Here are a… more
Genetic variations make individuals unique, and that uniqueness also extends to cancer. A new study by the George Washington University Cancer Center has identified that African American men tend to have a genetic variation which makes their prostate cancer difficult to treat. The particular… more
Everyone is different, and cancer patients respond differently to treatment. What can we learn from those patients who respond very differently from the bulk of people? A few years ago, researchers started to study ‘exceptional responders’. An exceptional responder is defined as a cancer patient… more
Trillions of bacteria live inside the human body, making up mini-ecosystems --microbiomes-- in places like the mouth, gut, and skin. Most of these bacteria are beneficial, helping humans to make or digest various chemicals. Research has increasingly shown that these microbes play a large role in… more
Detection is vital to treating any type of cancer. However, it is sometimes difficult fur surgeons to know exactly where the cancer cells are. That makes it harder to destroy all the cancer cells and spare the healthy ones. Researchers at McGill University in Montreal have developed a cancer… more
Researchers from California Institute of Technology and UC San Diego have developed a drug that causes cancer cells to self-destruct. The drug works by blocking the cancer cells’ ability to clean up their ‘garbage,’ causing the cells to fill up with waste products. Eventually the cancer cells self-… more
Since 2010, multiple experiments have attempted to boost the immune system in leukemia patients. The treatment, developed at the University of Pennsylvania, involves removing millions of T-cells from the patient,  genetically altering them to recognize the cancer cells and then putting them back… more
Hair loss, including complete baldness, is a common, and upsetting, side effect of chemotherapy. One way that hair loss can be reduced is by wearing a 'cooling cap' during treatment. The low temperature reduces the blood supply to the scalp, and therefore reduces the amount of chemotherapy drug… more
Last month, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin examined 142 natural compounds and nutrients to see their effects on prostate cancer cells. A few of the nutrients were found to be more potent than some current cancer drugs. The researchers then fed the chemicals to mice with cancer and… more
One of cancer's most feared properties is its ability to spread (metastasize) and invade tissues. Cancer that has metastasized is often the most dangerous for patients. Researchers at Georgia Tech, however, may have discovered a way to prevent cancer cells from spreading. Using tiny gold particles… more
Breast cancers are frequently analyzed using MammaPrint, a test used to identify the key cancer-related genes in that particular cancer. This test can help patients and their physicians understand how dangerous their cancer might be, categorizing them by risk. Ultralow risk patients are those who… more