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8/8/2011
The prostate specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer is not perfect, and many men with elevated levels of PSA in their blood undergo prostate biopsies that turn out to be not needed.  A new, non-invasive, test has been shown to work well with PSA testing to detect the presence of prostate… more
8/8/2011
All of our cells rely in sugar for energy.  Cancer cells just need more sugar than normal cells.  This is because many cancers only use some of the available energy making processes, so they get less energy per sugar molecule. Using kidney cancer as a model, researchers have identified a target… more
7/8/2011
Nitrate and nitrite salt consumption causes cancer in animals.  Because these chemcials are found at high levels in cured meats such as ham, bacon, and hot dogs, their role in human cancer is of great interest.  Pancreatic cancer was the focus of this investigation. Research presented in the… more
7/8/2011
In a clinical trial, a large group of post-menopausal women were given vitamin D and calcium supplements and followed to determine the effects of the treatment on the development of skin cancer.  The results showed that for women at high risk of developing cancer, (those who had previously had a… more
7/7/2011
The Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network has successfully analyzed the genetic changes that occur in advance serous adenocarcinoma, the most common form of ovarian cancer. The researchers examined the activity and structure of the genes in 489 different cases of advanced ovarian cancer. This… more
7/7/2011
Use of varenicline (brand name - Champix®, manufactured by Pfizer), a commonly used smoking cessation drug, may be associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular problems. A meta-analysis, or a review of a large number of studies in this area, found that smokers who reported using this drug more … more
7/7/2011
A study published in the Journal of Urology examined the relationship between the presence of arsenic in urine and kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma), the most common form of cancer of the kidneys.  Their conclusion was that the level of arsenic present in urine is strongly related to the… more
6/30/2011
German and U.S. researchers have shown that a single gene, BRAF, can cause a form fo brain cancer if it is not properly controlled.  BRAF is part of a cell signaling pathway and is known to be involved in the development of pilocytic astrocytoma, a growth that most often affects children. In mice,… more
6/30/2011
Nanoparticles, extremely small man-made structures, hold great promise as cancer treatment delivery systems.  The tiny hollow particles can carry drugs directly to cancer cells.  A stumbling block for their use has been the rapid elimination of the particles from the circulation.  Researchers from… more
6/30/2011
It is well established that cancer is a genetic disease. It is the result of an accumulation of changes (mutations) in genes that control cell division.  The actual order in which the mutations occur is not clear.  Research from the University of California was able to determine the order of… more
6/29/2011
CancerQuest.org has created an interactive 'Cervical Cancer Awareness Town' that lets users watch as 'citizens' discuss issues about human  papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer.  The material is available in English and Spanish.
6/27/2011
A study of 5366 men diagnosed with prostate cancer between 1986 and 2006 demonstrated that men who smoke are more likely to die from their disease (or cardiovascular disease) than non-smokers or patients who had quit smoking for at least 10 yrs. prior to their diagnosis.
6/27/2011
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed nine warning images that are set to appear on cigarette packs, cartons, and ads in September of 2012. These warnings take up half of the front display of cigarette packs, and are very graphic. In addition, a hotline for smoking cessation is also… more
6/25/2011
A study of over 127,000 colon cancer patients has determined that married patients were less likely to die from their disease.  Married patients were 14% less likely to die than unmarried patients.  Although the reason for the difference is not known, the authors believe that the care provided by a… more
6/25/2011
Withaferin, a chemical purified from extracts of a plant (Withania somnifera) used in traditional East Indian medicine, was shown to prevent cell migration in the laboratory (in vitro) and metastasis in animal models of breast cancer.  The chemical binds to  vimentin, a protein that helps to form a… more
6/24/2011
Scientists at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine have discovered that lymphoma cancer cells work to create a more favorable environment for themselves when they disperse. Like all cells, cancer cells need a constant supply of nutrients.  The reseach revealed that lymphoma cells can be… more
6/24/2011
National Cancer Institute researchers, in collaboration with researchers from other groups, have discovered that a drug called niclosamide,used to treat tapeworm infections, can prevent metastasis of colon cancer. The researchers screened a large number of chemicals for their ability to inhibit the… more
6/24/2011
In the American Cancer Society’s recent releases, “Cancer Statistics, 2011” and “Cancer Facts and Figures 2011”, estimate indicate that the rates of death from cancers decreased steadily between 1990 and 2007. There was a reduction in deaths of 22% for men and 14% in women, totaling approximately… more
6/23/2011
A radionuclide called Terbium-161 may soon be used as a new form of treatment for small tumors and metastases. Radionuclide treatment typically involves injecting radioactive elements, or nuclides, into a patient, which are then transported throughout the body to  cancer cells. The elements then… more
6/23/2011
Scientists at the University of Rochester recently identified a protein that helps to repair DNA damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS).  ROS are chemicals that can be formed by exposure to radiation but may also occur as a normal byproduct of cellular activities.   Importantly, DNA damage… more