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4 gold molecules point to the future of cancer treatment

For the past few decades, platinum based cisplatin has been a compound of choice in the treatment of many cancers. It is especially effective at halting testicular cancer, with a success rate of more than 90%. However, the usefulness of cisplatin and other metal based cancer drugs has been limited due to…...

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Prostate Cancer Risk Spikes In Men With IBD

A recent study has found that men with inflammatory bowel disease may be up to five times more likely to have prostate cancer than those without the condition, and when they have it, the cancer is more aggressive. The findings, from a single-center analysis that included more than 10,000 patients,…...

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Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

Given recent innovation in cancer research and public awareness, most cancers are declining in frequency. Unfortunately, thyroid cancer is not following this trend. Thyroid cancer has actually seen an increase in frequency of about 4% every year throughout the last 10 years. In addition, this increase is most significant in…...

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Breast cancer metastasis: Immune cells called PoEMs promote spread of cancer cells

When breast cancer cells spread through the body, they do so mainly through the lymph system that normally removes excess fluid and waste products from our tissues. Now, scientists from the group of Professor Massimiliano Mazzone (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology) identified a novel subset of immune cells, called…...

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Breast cancer: Hormone therapy may only put some cells to ‘sleep’

Why does breast cancer sometimes recur after treatment? A new study suggests that in part, the answer may lie in the effect of adjuvant hormone therapy on some cancer cells. Luca Magnani, who is a principal research fellow in the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London in the United…...

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Synthetic biologists extend functional life of cancer fighting circuitry in microbes

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a method to significantly extend the life of gene circuits used to instruct microbes to do things such as produce and deliver drugs, break down chemicals and serve as environmental sensors. Most of the circuits that synthetic biologists insert into…...

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Harvard Study Say Cannabis May Help Fight Pancreatic Cancer

Marijuana has long been used to manage pain from cancer treatments. The study from Harvard’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is different because it discovered cannabis might go beyond treatment for cancer-related pain and nausea. The study found that flavonoids in cannabis show potential in slowing pancreatic cancer tumor growth and stopping the…...

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Removing cancer’s protective barrier could boost immunotherapy treatments

Scientists may have found a way to pull down the protective wall that surrounds tumors, potentially re-exposing them to the killing power of the immune system and immunotherapy treatments, according to a study part funded by Cancer Research UK and published in EBioMedicine. Although this is early research in the lab,…...

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Flavonoid-rich diet protects against cancer and heart disease, study finds

Researchers from ECU’s School of Medical and Health Sciences analysed data from the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health cohort that assessed the diets of 53,048 Danes over 23 years. They found that people who habitually consumed moderate to high amounts of foods rich in flavonoids, compounds found in plant-based foods…...

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The Lancet: A link between different forms of menopausal hormone therapy and breast cancer

An international collaboration, using data from more than 100,000 women with breast cancer from 58 epidemiological studies worldwide, has found that using menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, and that some increased risk persists for more than a decade after use stops. The…...

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