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Link Between Alcohol Consumption and Colon Cancer Risk

image A recent study finds an association between high levels of alcohol consumption and risk of colon cancer among people with a family history of such cancer. A total of 1,801 cases of colon cancer were diagnosed during follow-up from 1980 onwards. The authors results found that subjects with a family history, whose average alcohol intake was 30 or more grams per day (about 2 typical drinks by US standards or 4 UK units) had an increase in their risk of colon cancer. Those at gre...
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Process Leading to Acute Myeloid Leukemia Discovered

image A molecular pathway that explains the development of acute myeloid leukemia has been discovered by UC Santa Barbara researchers. The discovery may lead to new cancer therapies that reprogram cells instead of killing them. The findings are published in a recent paper in the iJournal of Biological Chemistry/i. The UCSB research team described how a certain mutation in DNA disrupts cellular function in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The researchers were prompted to...
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In Hispanic Patients Hereditary Risk Factors for Childhood Leukemia Are More Common

image In comparison to other racial and ethnic backgrounds Hispanic kids are more likely to be diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and are more likely to die of their disease. Work led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists has pinpointed genetic factors behind the grim statistics. Researchers studying a gene called ARID5B linked eight common variants of the gene to an increased risk of not only developing pediatric ALL but of having the cancer return after treat...
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Pancreatic Cancer Triggered by Mutated Kras Gene

image The connection between two signature characteristics of pancreatic cancer has been identified by scientists. They have thus zeroed in on a self-perpetuating "vicious cycle" of molecular activity and a new potential target for drugs to treat one of the most lethal forms of cancer. The research, reported in the journal ICancer Cell/I and led by scientists at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, connected the molecular dots between: ulliMutated versions...
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Student Who Grew Long Locks for Cancer Charity Suspended from School

image A Michigan high school has suspended one of its students, J T Gaskins who grew his hair long in order to support a cancer charity organization. According to the school handbook at Madison Academy in Burton, a student's hair should be "off the collar, off the ears and out of the eyes". When Gaskins, who himself is a cancer survivor, heard the news that the sister of a family friend was diagnosed with cancer, he decided to grow his hair long and donate it to Locks of Love, which in turn d...
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Erlotinib Dose-Adjusted for Smoking Status Efficient As Initial Treatment for Head (and) Neck Cancer

image The anti-cancer drug erlotinib is effective in Head and neck cancers since the cancers respond well to the drug when it is administered before surgery and a stronger dose is given to patients who smoke, states study presented at the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium. It is sponsored by AHNS, ASCO, ASTRO and SNM.Erlotinib is an oral anti-cancer drug that can slow a tumor's growth and spread by inhibiting specific growth receptors on the surface of the cancer cells. Early detection ...
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Probiotic Bacteria Effectively Target Tumors in Mice

image Engineered probiotic bacteria provide accurate 3D images of tumors in mice, reports study published in the journal iPLoS ONE/i. The specially engineered probiotic bacteria, like those found in many yoghurts, were intravenously injected into mice with tumors, after which the researchers took full body bioluminescent images. The 3D images revealed information about the number and location of the bacteria, to the level of precisely revealing where within the tumour the bacteria w...
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New Radiation Therapy Improves Head and Neck Patients Quality of Life

image Head and neck cancer patients treated with intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) report better quality of life post-treatment, reveals study. Intensity modulated radiation therapy, or IMRT, is a highly specialized form of external beam radiation therapy that allows the radiation beam to better target and conform to a tumor. It is a newer treatment that has become widely adopted for treating head and neck cancer. Prior studies have shown that IMRT decreases the probability o...
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Presenting New Findings on Head (and) Neck Cancers by Georgetown Lombardi Researchers

image New data on a complex cluster of cancers known as head and neck cancers will be presented by research physicians from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Centre at the Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium, from January 26 through 28, in Phoenix, Arizona. Should patients with HPV+ head and neck cancers receive less chemotherapy?Georgetown researchers are examining a hypothesis about whether HPV+ patients with a head and neck cancer should receive more or less...
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Woman Gives Birth to a Child Following Removal and Preservation of Tissue

image In a landmark occurrence in Germany, a woman has delivered a child born after tissue from one of her ovaries was removed and preserved. The majority of young female patients who need radio- or chemotherapy for treatment of a tumor express concerns about fertility. The retransplantation of frozen (cryopreserved) ovarian tissue is an experimental technique for restoration of fertility that has led to 15 live births worldwide. The woman in question was diagnosed with Hodgkin...
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