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Cancer Patients Who Smoke Suffer Lot More Pain Than Non-smokers

image Smoking might trigger cancer, it is known, but the story doesn't seem to end there. Cancer patients who smoke suffera lot morepain than non-smokers, it has been found. Researchers compared smoking status and pain levels of 224 cancer patients about to start chemotherapy. The participants answered questions about their pain severity, pain-related distress, and pain-related interference in their daily lives. For example, they rated their perceived severity of bodily pain on a sca...
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Anti- Asbestos Campaigners Express Concern Over Situation in York

image The number of deaths due to mesothelioma continues to rise in York with anti-asbestos campaigners claiming that the time bomb is ticking away another year approaches. Though the use of asbestos has been suspended, the campaigners claim that its legacy is still visible today with a large number of people suffering from mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer that is caused due exposure to asbestos dust. According to York Asbestos Support Group, the number of deaths due to mesothelio...
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Photon Radiation More Effective Than Proton Beam Against Spinal Cord Tumor

image The photon-based radiation therapy could turn out to be more effective than the proton beam against spinal cord tumor. New research shows that the photon therapy does ensure better long-term survival. This is the first study to report the long-term outcomes of spinal-cord tumor patients treated by modern radiotherapy techniques, the researchers say. Gliomas, which represent most spinal cord tumors, develop in about 17,000 Americans annually, and 13,000 die from them. "Our finding...
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Older Men With High-Risk Prostate Cancer Get Raw Deal

image Older men with high-risk prostate cancer perhaps are getting a raw deal at the hands of the doctors they consult. Frequently they are offered fewer - and less effective - choices of treatment than younger men, potentially resulting in earlier deaths, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) found that men above age 75 with high-risk prostate cancer often are under-treated through hormone therapy or watchful waiting alone in lieu ...
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HPV Vaccine Against Anal Cancer Too

image The US FDA has expanded the approval of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil for use against anal cancer too. The vaccine may be used against anal cancer and pre-cancerous lesions in young people aged nine to 26 years old. Thus far the vaccine has been used to treat women with cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancer, and associated lesions caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18. "Treatment for anal cancer is challenging; the use of Gardasil as a method of prevention is...
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Cancer Drug Delivery Improved

image Chemotherapeutic drugs,in controlled doses, is delivered to cancer tissues without harming healthy body cells in a new way found by University of Arizona researchers. If successful, the invention of gold-coated liposomes could make chemotherapy more effective to destroy cancer cells and alleviate the harmful side effects that can result from the treatment. The invention by Marek Romanowski, an associate professor of biomedical engineering in the UA College of Engineering ...
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DigniCap may Help Prevent Hair Loss in Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemo

image DigniCap, a new frozen gel-filled cap may help prevent hair loss in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. According to Msnbc.com, four patients in the U.S. are trying out the DigniCap-a hat that contains a cooling gel and fits tightly on the head. During the treatment, the gel chills the hair follicles, thus restricting the amount of chemotherapy that reaches them. Heather Millar of San Francisco, one of the patients trying out the experimental treatment, m...
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Breast Cancer Therapy – Potential Target Identified

image A potential target for breast cancer therapy has been identified by researchers. Overexpression or hyperactivation of ErbB cell-surface receptors drives the growth of many breast cancers. Drugs, like Herceptin, that block the receptors' signals halt tumor progression in some patients. However, not all patients' tumors respond, with some becoming resistant over time. Different drugs that interfere with other steps in the signaling pathway may improve the response of pati...
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Outcomes in Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients Worsened by Activity of Certain Stem Cell Genes

image Researchers have found that patients with acute myeloid leukemia who had higher activity of certain LSC genes had worse overall, event-free and relapse-free survival. The study appears in the December 22/29 issue of IJAMA/I. "In many cancers, specific subpopulations of cells appear to be uniquely capable of initiating and maintaining tumors. The strongest support for this cancer stem cell model comes from transplantation assays in immunodeficient mice, which indicate that human ...
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Hard-to-treat Cancers Shut Down by Arsenic-based Agent

image Scientists at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center say that an arsenic-based agent already FDA-approved for a type of leukemia may be helpful in another hard-to-treat cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma (ES). The research, based on animal studies, also suggests the drug might be beneficial in treating medulloblastoma, a highly malignant pediatric brain cancer. The investigators described how years of research has uncovered a common pathway in these tumors, known as he...
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