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Stress Management Can Boost Immune Response In Prostate Cancer Surgery

image Stress management techniques applied before prostate cancer surgery may boost the body's immune response and thus lead to a quicker recovery. It could also aid in lowering mood disturbance, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The study is published in the February/March edition of the journal IPsychosomatic Medicine/I. It's the first to examine the effects pre-surgery stress management training has on immune outcomes in men wi...
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Novel Anti-Cancer Agents Possible Via Antibiotic

image An antibiotic known for its immunosuppressive functions could also point the way to the development of new anti-cancer agents, researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have reported. The study determined that the compound, tautomycetin, targets an enzyme called SHP2, which plays an important role in cell activities such as proliferation and differentiation. Interestingly, SHP2 mutations are also known to cause several types of leukemia and solid tumors.he potential fo...
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Fusion of Two Proteins can Trigger Cancer Growth

image A new study has pointed out the manner in which two proteins fuse together to trigger growth of cancer. Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Centre found that once the proteins API2 and MALT1 fuse together in a subset of lymphomas, they bind to an enzyme called NIK. NIK then splits into two, a process called cleavage, and consequently acts like a renegade protein, making cancer cells that grow, spread and resist traditional trea...
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Light Therapy for Early-Stage Laryngeal Cancer can Save Voice

image A study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit says that light, or photodynamic, therapy can help preserve the voice and vocal cord function for patients with early stage laryngeal (voice box) cancer. "Photodynamic therapy is an effective treatment for early laryngeal squamous cell carcinomas, offering patients a less invasive option with fewer side effects than other therapies, while preserving the voice," says study co-author Vanessa G. Schweitzer, FACS, M.D., a senior staff physician...
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Breast Cancer Risk Increased by Starting Hormone Therapy at Menopause

image Starting hormone therapy at around the time of menopause is associated with a greater risk of breast cancer compared to starting after a longer gap, says a new study. In this large, prospectively followed cohort of women, those who started hormone therapy five years or more after menopause had little or no increased risk, regardless of the type of hormone therapy used, how long they used it, and whether they were overweight or obese. To investigate this question, Valerie ...
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Study: Breast Cancer Clues In Protein Related to Ageing

image Recent research studies have established a link between a common type of breast cancer in older women and a protein that fends off aging-related cellular damage. The study, led by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researcher David Gius, has shown how deficiency in this aging-associated protein may set the stage for estrogen and progesterone receptor (ER/PR) positive breast cancer to develop. The findings have provided information that could assist in the screening, preventi...
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Hot Flushes Linked to Reduced Risk of Breast Cancer

image Women who are experiencing hot flushes and other symptoms of menopause are at lower risk of developing the most common forms of breast cancer, revealed in a new study. "In particular we found that women who experienced more intense hot flushes - the kind that woke them up at night - had a particularly low risk of breast cancer," said senior author Christopher I. Li, a breast cancer epidemiologist in the Hutchinson Center's Public Health Sciences Division. Li and colleagu...
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Australian Doctor Warned Against ‘Sellng Seats’ For Viewing Surgery

image A renowned brain surgeon was warned on Friday by a top Australian medical body that he risked turning his work into a "spectator sport" by offering people a chance to watch him operate to raise money for charity. Sydney-based neurosurgeon Charlie Teo said he auctioned a day in his company as a prize several times a year to raise money for cancer research. The winner would visit patients with him and possibly watch him perform surgery. The Royal Australasian College of Sur...
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Garden Weed Sap to Treat Non-melanoma Skin Cancer

image Non-melanoma skin cancer can now be treated with the help of sap from the common garden weed Euphorbia pelpus (petty spurge), according to Scientists at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia whose study was published in the British Journal of Dermatology. This study involved about 36 patients who collectively had 48 non-melanoma lesions on the skin. The sap was applied on the skin once a day for three days. Positive results were seen after a month. On clinical ...
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Rise in Child Cancers Blamed on Chemicals

image Tougher US regulation of chemicals suspected of being behind a rise in childhood cancers has been urged by a mom whose four-year-old died after losing a battle to a brain tumor. "There's growing evidence linking toxic chemicals and carcinogens in the environment with childhood cancer," Christine Brouwer told a telephone news conference as she described losing a child to cancer. "I'll most likely never know what caused my daughter's cancer, but researchers are finding more...
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