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Study Says Two-sided Immune Cell Could be Harnessed to Shrink Tumours

image A recently identified immune cell that directs other cells to fight infection plays a critical role in regulating the immune system in both health and disease, says a new study. University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine researchers have discovered how a stimulatory molecule and a protein found on the membrane of another immune cell make T helper 17 cells multi-taskers of sorts. Th17 cells protect the body against infection and cancer, but are also culprits in some aut...
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Colorectal Cancer Screening in Blacks

image Research has indicated that African-Americans are less likely than whites to be screened for colorectal cancer, and the disparity almost certainly contributes to higher mortality. A new review of studies identifies effective strategies for improving the situation, but suggests that work remains to be done. "We have seen some success in interventions, and shown that it''s important to tailor approaches to African American individuals and to use multiple approaches, strateg...
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Cancer’s Hiding Spots Revealed

image Scientists have discovered that a small number of cancer cells manage to escape chemotherapy by hiding out in the thymus, an organ where immune cells mature. In a new study of mice with lymphoma, MIT biologists have discovered that within thymus, the cancer cells are bathed in growth factors that protect them from the drugs' effects. Those cells are likely the source of relapsed tumours, said Michael Hemann, lead author of the study. "Successful cancer therapy...
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Most Recent Cancer Research Discovery Could Lead to Novel Treatments for a Variety of Cancers

image Scientists have discovered that the overproduction of a key protein in stem cells causes those stem cells to form cancerous tumors. Their work on the stem cell-cancer link may prove the foundation for new treatments for a variety of cancers. Dr. Jon Horowitz, associate professor of molecular biomedical sciences, and a team of at North Carolina State University researchers looked at the protein SP2, which regulates the activity of other genes. They knew that elevated amoun...
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Drinking Green Tea Offers No Protection Against Breast Cancer

image A study of data from approximately 54,000 women has found that green tea does not protect against breast cancer. Motoki Iwasaki, from the National Cancer Center, Tokyo, worked with a team of researchers to carry out the study. He said, "Although in vitro and animal-based studies have suggested that green tea may have beneficial protective effects against breast cancer, results from human studies have been inconclusive. Our large-scale, population-based prosp...
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Research Suggests Newer Type of Radiation for Prostate Cancer

image A new British review of existing research suggests that while a newer type of radiation for the treatment of prostate cancer does not help patients live longer compared to an older type - at least when similar doses are given - it does appear to reduce gastrointestinal side effects. The newer type of radiation, known as intensity-modulated radiotherapy, has become common in the United States. However, it costs more than the older type - three-dimensional conformal radiotherapy - and ...
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VCU Massey Cancer Center Finds Knowledge of Genetic Cancer Risks Often Dies With Patients

image Most terminally ill cancer patients who were eligible for genetic testing never received it despite that it could potentially save a relative's life, a recent study conducted by researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center has showed. The research, "Exploring Hereditary Cancer Among Dying Cancer Patients-A Cross-Sectional Study of Hereditary Risk and Perceived Awareness of DNA Testing and Banking," was recently published in the IJournal of Genetic Counsel...
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Coming Soon, Gold Bullet to Kill Breast Cancer Cells

image A 'golden bullet' that will destroy breast cancer tumour cells is being developed by scientists from Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas. Used with radiotherapy, the tiny shards of gold heat up and destroy the deadly cells that help tumours grow and ease their spread around the body. When tested in mice, tiny pieces of silica, each thinner than a human hair, were coated in gold and injected into breast tumours. High temperatures are known to damage ...
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New Lung Cancer Drug Shows Promise

image A new oral drug caused dramatic shrinkage of a patient's rare, aggressive form of soft-tissue cancer that was driven by an abnormally activated protein, physician-scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute recently found. A second patient who had a similar tumor that was not fueled by the mutant protein, called ALK (named for the first disease in which it was found, anaplastic lymphoma kinase), failed to respond to the drug, said the researchers, confirming the inhibitor's specifi...
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March on Jerusalem’s Old City by Breast Cancer Activists

image Thousands of people, most of them women, marched to raise awareness about breast cancer round the walls of Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday. The sponsored walk, organised by international breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure, was the culmination of a week of events across Israel aimed at raising awareness about the disease. Among the walkers on the "Race for the Cure" march was Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and US Senator Joe Lieberman (independent) as well as t...
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