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Researcher Hopes To Develop a Test to Detect Lung Cancer Early

image Sai Yendamuri, MD, FCCP, a researcher from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) hopes to develop a screening test that may help to diagnose lung cancer in patient. Lung cancer claims more lives in the United States each year than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined due to the fact that it often goes undetected until the disease has reached an advanced and more difficult-to-treat stage. Currently, biopsies are the only sure way to detect lung cancer, ...
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Gene Mutation Behind Hereditary Pancreatic Cancer Identified

image Researchers have found that the mutations in the ATM gene may increase the hereditary risk for developing pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most morbid cancers, with less than 5 percent of those diagnosed with the disease surviving to five years. Approximately 10 percent of patients come from families with multiple cases of pancreatic cancer. "There was significant reason to believe this clustering was due to genetics, but we had not, to this point, been...
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French Breast Implant Tycoon Fights Back Against Growing International Scandal

image The troubled breast implant manufacturer of PIP is fighting back against a host of law suits and growing international scandal over his allegedly substandard products as he stays holed up at his home in the south of France. Between 300,000 and 400,000 women in 65 countries from Europe to Latin America have implants made with sub-standard silicone gel by 72-year-old Jean-Claude Mas's now-bankrupt company Poly Implant Prothese (PIP). France last week advised 30,000 women t...
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Avastin Stabilizes Tumors in Ovarian Cancer

image Reportedly Avastin (bevacizumab) can stabilize tumors in ovarian cancer, claimed two independent groups (Fox Chase Cancer Center and International Collaboration on Ovarian Neoplasms) working with advanced-stage cases. Researchers claimed that Avastin can stabilize tumors in women suffering from advanced-stage ovarian cancer, extending the period before the disease worsens by more than 3.5 months. Researchers said, "Though Avastin has not been shown to prolong the lives of women wit...
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Genetic Cause of Thyroid Cancer Discovered

image Genes that increase thyroid cancer risk have been identified by researchers. This key finding can lead to the formulation of more targeted treatment for the disease. Cleveland Clinic researchers have discovered three genes that increase the risk of thyroid cancer, which is has the largest incidence increase in cancers among both men and women. Research led by Charis Eng, M.D., Ph.D., Chair and founding Director of the Genomic Medicine Institute of Cleveland Clinic's ...
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Effective MRI Contrast Agent for Cancer Detection Developed

image A way to coat an iron-based MRI contrast agent for safer, cheaper and effective cancer detection has been developed by scientists. The research was conducted by associate professor Andrew Tsourkas and graduate student Samuel H. Crayton of the department of bioengineering in Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science. It was published in the journal IACS Nano. /IMagnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is an increasingly common feature of medical care. Using a st...
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Promising Blood Cancer Treatments

image JTCancer Center researchers at ASH meeting presented promising treatments for blood-related cancers - leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Research highlights from the John Theurer Cancer Center included a global clinical trial of a new type of medication (HDAC inhibitor) against relapsed multiple myeloma led at the John Theurer Cancer Center; an examination of treatment outcomes for more than 900 lymphoma patients who received stem cell transplants at the John Theurer Cance...
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Gene Fusion Linked to Lung Cancer Identified

image Gene fusion that could explain a significant proportion of lung cancer cases in never-smokers has been identified by researchers. Recent strides have been made to identify gene mutation events driving cases of lung adenocarcinoma in never-smokers, but the underlying genetic events leading to these lung cancers still remain unknown in a large number of cases. In this report, using a combination of genome sequencing and RNA sequencing, a team of researchers in South Korea has cha...
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New Procedure Helps Cancer Patient Keep Her Voice

image A novel surgical procedure allows Sherry Wittenberg - a cancer patient to keep her voice. The technique, detailed online ahead of print publication in The Laryngoscope, reconstructs a ring of cartilage in a patient's neck called the cricoid with a slice from the tip of one shoulder blade. The biggest challenge is that doctors have never been able to rebuild a cricoid cartilage so that the patient can breathe through it, says Chepeha, director of microvascular surgery in t...
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Coming Soon, Biosensors to Detect Lung Cancer

image Researchers are in the process of developing biosensors to detect tumor markers of lung cancer in exhaled breath. This will be possible because of the changes produced within the organism of an ill person, changes reflected in the exhaled breath of the patient and which enable determining the presence of this type of marker during the initial stages of the disease. Tecnalis, through the Interreg project Medisen, is contributing to develop biosensors with lung cancer ...
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