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11/29/2011
A new imaging device (MelaFind®) from Mela Sciences (www.melasciences.com) was recently approved by the FDA for the detection of melanoma skin cancer.  The device scans the skin and compares the image to a library of images to determine whether melanoma is likely to be present.  If the computer… more
11/29/2011
Cancer cells divide in an out of control manner.  To constantly make new copies of themselves, they need lots of energy and raw materials.  Scientists have shown that one way they get what the need is to digest their own components and recycle them.  The process is known as autophagy (self-eating)… more
11/23/2011
Men who have sex with men are at risk for transmission of HPV.  HPV is known to cause anal cancer.  A study was performed to examine the effectiveness of an HPV vaccine (Gardasil®) in preventing the changes that lead up to anal cancer.  Prior to the development of cancer, there are changes that… more
11/17/2011
When people think of vaccines, they usually imagine a shot that prevents a disease.  In cancer, some vaccines are used to treat disease that has already developed.  NIH researchers have shown that a vaccine can be used to stimulate immune responses to breast and ovarian cancer. In the study, 26… more
11/17/2011
About 90% of the deaths caused by cancer are due to cancer that has spread (metastasized) to distant locations in the body.  New results show that the blood cell fragments called platelets may play an important role in the spread of cancer.  Platelets were shown to secrete a protein (TGF-beta) that… more
11/16/2011
One of the most frustrating side-effects of cancer treatment is the impairment of memory and though processing known informally as 'chemo brain'.  New research with breast cancer patients has provided additional proof of the biological basis of the cognitive defects seen in cancer patients.  The… more
11/16/2011
New 'targeted' cancer drugs typically work by blocking the activity of specific proteins in cancer cells.  The targets are frequently enzymes, and the drugs are designed to fit into the 'active site' of the enzyme like a key in a lock.  In this way, the drug prevents the enzyme from working.  There… more
11/16/2011
Analysis of data from the PATRICIA (PApilloma TRIal against Cancer In young Adults) study has shown that Cervarix®, one of the two FDA approved cervical cancer vaccines is extremely effective.  The results show that the vaccine is even able to prevent the progression of pre-cancerous conditions in… more
10/17/2011
A team of Duke researchers has developed a way that will let surgeons precisely identify brain cancer.  It is esential that brain cancer be removed fully, but also that normal brain tissue be left unharmed.  The research uses tiny gold rods that are attached to antibodies.  The antibodies bind to… more
10/17/2011
Colon cancer is one of the major causes of cancer death in the U.S.  Although survival for all groups of patients has improved, African Americans (AA) still do not do as well as whites.  An analysis of of clinical trials in which white and AA patients got the same treatment for their colon cancer… more
10/17/2011
Results of a large study done see if vitamin E or selenium could prevent prostate cancer has actually shown the opposite result!  The SELECT study was done to follow-up on a smaller study that indicated vitamin E might reduce prostate cancer risk.  The SELECT study results indicate that vitamin E,… more
9/22/2011
Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that that can live in the gut, is the single greatest risk for stomach (gastric) cancer.  HOW the bacteria cause the disease is not clear.  New research from Swiss and German researchers shows that infection of the gut lining leads to DNA damage in the gut cells. … more
9/21/2011
Researchers from Michigan and North Carolina have published a list of ten things patients can do to make sure that they make the most informed decisions about their cancer treatment choices.  The list will also help clinicians to more clearly communicate the risks and benefits of different cancer… more
9/20/2011
Working with faculty and staff from the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and Emory Healthcare, CancerQuest has produced a new educational video for patients with peripherally inserted cental catheters (PICC), also called central lines or just IV catheters.  the video contains detailed… more
9/20/2011
During surgery for ovarian cancer, all attempts are made to get every last cancer cell.  A new system may make that job easier.  Prior to surgery, patients are injected with a fluorescently tagged version of folic acid (also called vitamin B9).  Ovarian cancer cells tend to take in lots of folic… more
9/19/2011
For the first time ever, a intravenous injection of a virus has been shown to be able to target and kill cancer cells.  The trial used a modified vaccinia virus (JX-5694), a type of virus used to make vaccines.  Importantly, the virus was able to move through the body and specifically attack cancer… more
9/19/2011
Researchers at the Univesity of Missouri have developed a way to detect lung cancer that relies on finding single copies of an RNA produced by lung cancers, and found in the blood of the patients.  The method uses tiny nano-particles containing tiny pores through which the RNA (and  can move.  When… more
9/2/2011
Researchers have developed a molecular 'logic circuit' to identify and kill cancer cells.  The researchers first identified a group of RNA molecules that are found at very high or very low levels in HeLa cancer cells (marker RNAs).  They then constructed genetic tools that can measure the levels of… more
9/1/2011
One of the reasons that chemotherapy and radiation can fail to kill of the cells in a tumor is because the middle of tumors often have decreased levels of oxygen. Oxygen helps the treatments to do their jobs.  To overcome this barrier, researchers have developed tiny oxygen generators that can be… more
8/24/2011
Researchers from the American Cancer Society looked at people who had (or had not) followed guidelines to reduce their risk of developing cancer as part of the Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort.  They found that following the guidelines reduced the risk of death, but not just from… more