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MRI for Breast Cancer Patients

image Women with a personal history of breast cancer need to go through an annual screening with MRI along with mammography, recommends a new study. The American Cancer Society (ACS) guidelines have recommended annual screening with breast MRI in women with a known gene mutation or with a strong family history indicating a lifetime risk of breast cancer greater than 20 percent. However, the guidelines said there is insufficient evidence to recommend for or against MRI screening...
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Recent Imaging Technique can Spot Cancer Cells Accurately

image Cancer cells can now be spotted accurately with a new imaging technique that uses laser light to identify cancer cells. The research team demonstrated the novel microscopy technique, called nonlinear interferometric vibrational imaging (NIVI), on rat breast-cancer cells and tissues. It produced easy-to-read, color-coded images of tissue, outlining clear tumor boundaries, with more than 99 percent confidence - in less than five minutes. The research was led by professor an...
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Tissue-imaging Technique To Spot Cancer Fast

image The University of Illinois researchers have developed a new tissue-imaging technique that could spot cancer more accurately than is the case now, and quite fast at that. The novel microscopy technique, called nonlinear interferometric vibrational imaging (NIVI), seems to work on rat breast-cancer cells and tissues. It produced easy-to-read, color-coded images of tissue, outlining clear tumor boundaries, with more than 99 percent confidence - in less than five minutes. Led by prof...
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Cancer Risk Increases With Smoking Cannabis

image Smoking cannabis suppresses the immune system and so, may increase the risk of cancer, claims a new US study. Scientists believe the drug triggers the production of cells that weaken the body's resistance to cancer, reports the Scotsman. The study found that cannabinoids - the active compounds in cannabis - activated biological pathways to generate "massive numbers" of the cells, known as myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs). These are special immune cells that act a...
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Spread of Advanced Lung Tumours Slowed Down Through Restoring Gene

image Restoring the gene for cancer protein p53 could slow down the spread of advanced lung tumours, reveal cancer biologists, but this may not help in early-stage cancers. The findings by experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology suggested that drugs that restore p53 function could help prevent aggressive lung cancers from metastasising, though they might spare benign tumour cells that could later turn aggressive. "Even if you clear the malign...
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Indian Scientist In New Cancer Therapy Project

image A Kolkata-based Indian scientist is figuring in an attempt to use hyperthermia to target and destroy cancerous cells. The treatment elevates the temperature of tumor cells, while keeping the surrounding healthy tissue at a lower degree of body heat. The investigators used both in vitro and in vivo experiments to confirm their findings. Monrudee Liangruksa, a Virginia Tech graduate student in engineering science and mechanics, and her thesis adviser, Ishwar Puri, professor and hea...
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Many Cancers Diagnosed Late, Making Treatment Difficult

image Many cancers are diagnosed very late, making treatment difficult, the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) has said. According to a report released by the US agency a couple of days ago, almost half of the colorectal and cervical cancer cases and a third of the breast cancer cases in the United States are diagnosed at late-stages of the diseases. The report, "Surveillance of Screening-Detected Cancers (Colon and Rectum, Breast, and Cervix) - United States, 2004-20...
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Benefits Seen from Less Invasive Method for Determining Stage of Lung Cancer

image A study in the November 24 issue of IJAMA/I says that a comparison of two strategies to determine the stage of suspected non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)shows that the less invasive method is more effective at identifying a type of lung cancer that has spread. It may also result in a reduction of unnecessary surgical procedures and associated adverse effects for certain patients. Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide (1.35 million/year) and also the most f...
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New 15 Cervical Cancer Test Could Save Thousands of Lives

image Detecting cervical cancer in women is set to get quicker, cheaper and more accurate, as scientists have made a 15-pound test that could save thousands of lives. The test delivers overnight results and is vastly more accurate than the smear test, which is currently used to spot early signs of the disease, according to researchers. It will cost only 15 pounds a time and could be available in GP surgeries within 12 months. Another benefit of the new test is that ...
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Study Finds Black Children More Likely to Die from Neuroblastoma

image New research says that Black, Asian, and Native American children are more likely than white and Hispanic children to die after being treated for neuroblastoma. The study, of more than 3,500 patients with the disease, is the largest ever to look at racial disparities in risk and survival for the most common solid cancer found in young children. The study also found that black and Native American children are more likely to have the high-risk form of the disease and show ...
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