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Nanoparticles, Laser Light Help Fight Breast Cancer

December 19, 2013 9:50 am | by Skip Derra | Articles | Comments

The insidious beauty of cancer is that it disguises itself as normal cells fooling the immune system until it can grow into proportions that are unmanageable or untreatable. Researchers have thought if they could help the immune system identify and fight cancer cells they could improve the patient’s prognosis.

Janet Rowley, Cancer Genetics Pioneer, Dies at 88

December 18, 2013 12:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dr. Janet Rowley, a pioneer in cancer genetics research, has died at age 88. Rowley spent most of her career at the University of Chicago, where she also obtained her medical degree.                     

Lung Cancer Mutations Also Drive Colorectal Cancer

December 18, 2013 12:09 pm | News | Comments

A new study shows that ALK and ROS1 gene rearrangements known to drive subsets of lung cancer are also present in some colorectal cancers.                                

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‘Chemobrain’ Linked to Disrupted Brain Networks

December 17, 2013 11:15 am | News | Comments

For some cancer patients, the mental fogginess that develops with chemotherapy lingers long after treatment ends. Now, research in breast cancer patients may offer an explanation.                     

Fracking Chemicals Disrupt Hormone Function

December 17, 2013 10:58 am | News | Comments

A controversial oil and natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses many chemicals that can disrupt the body’s hormones, according to new research.                   

New Drug, Method Show Breast Cancer Promise

December 16, 2013 8:30 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A novel way to speed the testing of cancer drugs and quickly separate winners from duds has yielded its first big result: an experimental medicine that shows promise against a hard-to-treat form of breast cancer.           

Exercise Helps Women Tolerate Breast Cancer Drugs

December 12, 2013 1:03 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Exercise might help women beat breast cancer. Researchers found it can ease the achy joints and muscle pain that lead many patients to quit taking medicines that treat the disease and lower the risk of a recurrence.          

Breaking News: First Step of Metastasis Halted

December 12, 2013 12:05 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have identified a unique class of breast cancer cells that lead the process of invasion into surrounding tissues, the first step in the deadly process of cancer metastasis, and have found a way to stop that invasion process in mice.   

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Scientists ID Better Approach to Analyze Melanoma's Genetic Causes

December 12, 2013 11:25 am | News | Comments

A statistical analysis using the natural and orthogonal interaction (NOIA) model may be a better way to analyze the genetic causes of cutaneous melanoma (CM), according to a new study.                        

One Protein, Two Personalities: New Mechanism of Cancer Spread

December 12, 2013 11:18 am | News | Comments

A new finding by scientists has identified key steps that trigger the disintegration of cellular regulation that leads to cancer.                                   

Some Cancer Treatments Can be Skipped, Study Says

December 12, 2013 8:30 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Tens of thousands of women each year might be able to skip at least some of the grueling treatments for breast cancer— which can include surgery, heavy chemo and radiation— without greatly harming their odds of survival, new research suggests.  

More Chronic Blood Cancers Detected with Newly Identified Gene

December 11, 2013 11:07 am | News | Comments

A simple blood test will soon be able to catch the vast majority of a group of chronic blood cancers, a new study reveals. The scientists also identified a new gene, CALR, which is altered in 40 percent of blood disorders.        

Technique Measures Forces Produced by Cells

December 10, 2013 12:05 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have devised the first method to measure the push and pull of cells as embryonic tissue develops. The cells’ tiny forces are measured in 3-D tissues and living embryos.                     

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Male Genetic Flaw Triggers Cancer, Diabetes Onset

December 10, 2013 11:46 am | News | Comments

Researchers have uncovered a genetic deficiency in males that can trigger the development of one of the most common types of liver cancer and forms of diabetes.                         

Many Lung Cancer Tumors Could be Harmless

December 9, 2013 4:34 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Harmless lung cancer? A provocative study found that nearly 1 in 5 lung tumors detected on CT scans are probably so slow-growing that they would never cause problems.                        

'Liquid Biopsy' Device Simplifies Cancer Monitoring

December 9, 2013 2:26 pm | by Harvard Medical School | News | Comments

A new microchip-based device may greatly simplify the monitoring of patients’ response to treatment for ovarian cancer— the most lethal form of gynecologic cancer— and certain other malignancies.                

Gene Therapy Successful Against Blood Cancers

December 9, 2013 8:30 am | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer.     

ImmunoChemistry Technologies Changes Ownership

December 6, 2013 11:53 am | News | Comments

ImmunoChemistry Technologies (ICT) has changed ownership and is now majority women-owned. The company will continue to develop new products to help researchers discover new treatments and drugs for cancer and other diseases affecting both animals and humans.

Smoking After Cancer Diagnosis Ups Death Risk

December 6, 2013 11:29 am | News | Comments

Men who continued to smoke after a cancer diagnosis had an increased risk of death compared with those who quit smoking after diagnosis, according to a new study.                          

Synthetic RNAs Designed to Fight Cancer

December 6, 2013 11:05 am | News | Comments

In search of better cancer treatments, researchers have designed synthetic molecules that combine the advantages of two experimental RNA therapies.                             

Grape Seed Extract Component Effective Against Cancer Cells

December 5, 2013 12:53 pm | News | Comments

The most active component of grape seed extract, B2G2, induces the cell death known as apoptosis in prostate cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed, according to a new study.                   

Prostate Cancer Stem Cells Are a Moving Target

December 4, 2013 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered how prostate cancer stem cells evolve as the disease progresses, a finding that could help point the way to more highly targeted therapies.                       

High Cholesterol Fuels the Growth, Spread of Breast Cancer

December 3, 2013 12:10 pm | Videos | Comments

A byproduct of cholesterol functions like the hormone estrogen to fuel the growth and spread of the most common types of breast cancers, researchers report.                            

Better Predictor for Breast Cancer Risk Developed

November 27, 2013 11:24 am | News | Comments

Epidemiologists have designed a better method to quantify a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, according to researchers.                                   

Negative BRCA Test May Not Always Imply Lower Cancer Risk

November 27, 2013 10:57 am | News | Comments

Women who are members of families with BRCA2 mutations but who test negative for the family-specific BRCA2 mutations are still at greater risk for developing breast cancer compared with women in the general population, according to a new study. 

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