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Chemotherapy Fails Dousing Brazil’s Ex-Leader Lula’s High-spiritedness

image Brazil's ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is optimistic that the chemotherapy due to start for his larynx cancer will be successful, revealed one of his lead doctors on Sunday. "He is in good spirits and on board, committed, and that is key to the success of any treatment," Dr. Roberto Kalil Jr. told reporters outside Lula's home in Sao Bernardo do Campo. Officials in Brazil announced last week that the 66-year-old Lula was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx follow...
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Rapid Technique for Diagnosing Papillary Thyroid Cancer Developed

image Fast, reliable and cost-effective method for detection of BRAF V600E gene in thyroid tissue has been developed by researchers. In HRM analysis, a sample of the resected thyroid tissue is homogenized and the DNA-containing portion is collected and washed. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a targeted gene detection technique, is then used to identify the presence of the BRAF V600E gene in the tissue sample. This is achieved without having to purify or sequence the DNA. ...
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Belly Fat Responsible for Spread of Ovarian Cancer in Women

image A new study published in the journal Nature Medicine suggests that the accumulation of fat in the abdomen could serve as a launching pad for the spread of cancers among women. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Chicago who found that increased accumulation of fat in the abdomen not only helped in the growth of ovarian cancer, but also increased the risk of other cancers. The researchers injected ovarian cancer cells into healthy mice. They found that ...
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Sexual Well-Being in Women Improved by Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction

image Women who undergo breast reconstruction after a mastectomy experience significant gains in psychological, social, and sexual well-being, a new study has found. These improvements are noticed just three weeks after the surgery. The study's results provide new information to breast cancer survivors who are contemplating these types of breast reconstruction procedures. The goal of breast reconstruction after a mastectomy is to restore the appearance of the breast and to imp...
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Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma may be Triggered by Obesity and Dietary Choices

image Research indicates that body weight and dietary choices in young adulthood can trigger non-Hodgkin lymphoma in later life. In previous analyses of the Nurses' Health Study at 14 years of follow-up, lead researcher Shumin Zhang, M.D., Sc.D., and colleagues reported positive associations with NHL for trans fat intake and inverse associations for vegetable intake. To expand those findings, Bertrand and colleagues evaluated the association of obesity, specific types of dietar...
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Older Cancer Patients may Benefit from Bedside Assessment

image A simple assessment tool to determine how well older adults diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) can handle treatment has been used in new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. "We're trying to develop better assessment strategies for older adults with this particularly aggressive disease because, functionally, they encompass a broad age spectrum," said Heidi D. Klepin, M.D., M.S., of Wake Forest Baptist and the study's lead author. "It's well known that older ...
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Nanoprobes and SQUID for High Tech Detection of Breast Cancer

image While mammography can detect very small breast tumors, it has some drawbacks as it still fails to find 10-25% of tumors. Another issue is that this procedure is unable to distinguish between benign and malignant disease. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Breast Cancer Research provides a new and potentially more sensitive method using tumor-targeted magnetic nanoprobes and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) sensors. A team of ...
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Success of Chemotherapy may be Predicted by New Test

image Scientists have devised a new test to determine the effectiveness of chemotherapy in cancer patients. The test devised by the scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will predict the effectiveness of drugs based on whether a patient's tumour cells are already "primed" for death. The researchers report that cancer cells that are on the verge of self-destruction are more likely to succumb to certain chemotherapy agents than cancer cells that have yet to reach that stage....
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Growth of Human Prostate Cancer Cells Slowed by Low Fat Diet and Fish Oil Supplements

image New research indicates that compared to Western diet, a low-fat diet with fish oil supplements eaten for four to six weeks prior to prostate removal slowed down the growth of prostate cancer cells in human prostate cancer tissue. Done by researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the short-term study also found that the men on the low-fat, fish oil supplement diet were able to change the composition of their cell membranes in both the healthy cells and the cancer cel...
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Tumor Removal Through Natural Skull Opening in ‘Scarless’ Surgery

image A technique developed by Johns Hopkins surgeons is providing a new route to get to and remove tumors buried at the base of the skull: through the natural hole behind the molars, above the jawbone and beneath the cheekbone. In a report detailing the novel surgery, published in the October the iLaryngoscope/i, the surgeons say the procedure, already performed in seven patients, yields faster recovery and fewer complications than traditional approaches. And, because the incisions a...
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