Cancer

A Canadian research group used mass spectrometry to better understand how brain cancer cells communicate and promote metastasis. How does cancer spread? Glioblastoma remains a deadly form of brain cancer with just a 4% five-year survival rate. This poor prognosis is largely attributed to the spreading of tumor cells to the surrounding tissues in the
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A research group in the United States has found that genetic modification of the gene NRF2 sensitizes tumor cells to drug treatment, providing insight for future development of lung cancer treatment strategies. Lung cancer remains a leader in cancer-related deaths. According to The Cancer Atlas, “lung cancer is responsible for nearly one in five cancer
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January 2019 is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Did you know that around 13,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in the United States? In Canada, around 1,550 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2017 and around 400 women died from the cancer. Throughout this month, it is important to raise awareness on
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Cervical cancer is the cancer of the cervix, which is the lower narrow end of the uterus that connects the uterus to the vagina. It affects about 500,000 new women each year and causes more than 270,000 deaths worldwide. It is the fourth most frequent cancer in women.
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers in the United States examined the genomes of over 125,000 people to identify genetic variants associated with increased colorectal cancer risk. Colorectal cancer is one of the deadliest cancers worldwide. Colorectal cancer starts from cells in the large intestine, comprised of the colon and rectum. These cells
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Recent research has suggested ties between pancreatic cancer and the use of birth control pills. Danish researchers Butt and colleagues investigate whether this is the case. Pancreatic cancer is rare but extremely lethal. Pancreatic tissues display sex-hormone receptors, and both estrogen and progesterone appear to inhibit pancreatic tumor
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers recently examined whether aspirin, EPA, or a combination of both can help reduce colorectal pre-cancerous polyps. In 2012 alone, colorectal cancer was diagnosed in about 1.4 million people in the world. Prevention strategies, such as screening programs, are integral in reducing the number of confirmed cases of
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study published in the Scientific Reports has devised an ingenious way to target drugs to brain cancer. Accounting for 12-15% of all intracranial brain cancers, glioblastoma is one of the most deadly cancers. Glioblastomas are cancer cells that form from abnormal astrocytes. Astrocytes are brain cells that are
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent article published in the NEJM has highlighted a first-of-its-kind success in lengthening survival for patients with aggressive breast cancer. Metastatic triple negative breast cancer is a form of an aggressive breast cancer that has spread within distant organs of the body and lacks key growth receptors that can
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent clinical trial published in the NEJM tested the effectiveness of the drug, palbociclib, along with standard breast cancer treatment. Approximately 266,000 new cases of breast cancer are estimated to occur this year in the United States alone. Many of these are hormone-receptor-positive (HR-positive) breast cancers, meaning
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study published in JAMA Oncology by Baumann and colleagues investigated whether patients should avoid using topical agents several hours before undergoing radiation therapy. The majority of patients who undergo radiation therapy experience some form of radiation dermatitis (skin damage). In some cases, radiation therapy may also
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Scientists develop a new compound to block the interaction of proteins involved in driving drug-resistant prostate cancer. Prostate cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop in the prostate. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] In a recent study, researchers investigated the risk of prostate cancer associated with different forms of ANO7 – a gene which may aid in prostate cancer diagnosis. While a number of genes have been associated with prostate cancer, few have specifically been implicated in the severity and survivability
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] An exciting study published in the journal Immunity demonstrated a mechanism by which chemicals in vegetables can help in colon cancer prevention. Scientists from the Francis Crick Institute have revealed a mechanism through which chemicals found in vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage can significantly reduce the risk
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society explores a novel nontoxic method to fight cancer by targeting cancer cells using photodynamic therapy. Nanoparticles are tiny particles that can be engineered to carry certain compounds and be preferably taken up by specific cells, such as
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Wearable activity monitors are a fun and convenient way of measuring daily exercise. Researchers investigate if wearable activity monitors can help monitor cancer development. Cancer patients require ongoing monitoring to assess their cancer development so that their treatment can be adjusted accordingly. If their cancer is worsening, higher
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] The Premenopausal Breast Cancer Collaborative Group undertook an international prospective study to determine the links between BMI and breast cancer risk.   Although a higher body mass index (BMI), a measure of body fat composition, is associated with an increased risk of many kinds of cancer, it is
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Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] A recent study sought to add some evidence to the usefulness of breast cancer screening by looking at the stage and type of cancer. All women over the age of 50 in Ontario, Canada are advised to undergo routine breast cancer screening.  In recent years, some researchers have
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