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New Blood Test to Diagnose Cancer and Its Appropriate Treatment

image A team of British researchers has revealed that they have developed a new blood test that can be used to diagnose cancer and also identify the type of treatment. The test, called as liquid biopsy test, has been developed by researchers Cancer Research UK's Cambridge Research Institute who checked for fragments of defective DNA shed by dying tumor cells into the bloodstream. The researchers revealed that they have managed to use the test to identify genetic faults involved in tu...
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How Cancerous Tumors Spread to Specific Organs

image Different tumor types spread only to specific, preferred organs, previous research has shown. But no one has been able to determine the mechanisms of organ specific metastasis, the so-called "soil and seed" theory of 1889. New details that could help shed light on this hypothesis have been provided by a team of researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and their collaborators, proposing a new mechanism controlling cancer metastasis that o...
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Guidelines on Reporting Tumor Marker Prognostic Studies

image In an "elaboration and explanation" of the REMARK (Reporting Recommendations for Tumor Marker Prognostic Studies) checklist, Doug Altman of the University of Oxford, UK and colleagues provide a detailed reference for authors on important issues to consider when designing, conducting, analyzing and reporting tumor marker prognostic studies. Writing in this week's iPLoS Medicine/i (and co-published in iBMC Medicine/i) the authors explain the checklist items in detail and illustrate each on...
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Different Fertility Advice For Men And Women Following Cancer Diagnosis

image A new paper published today (30 May) in iBJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology/i suggests that there are significant gaps in the information women receive about their future fertility following cancer diagnosis. Infertility can be a side-effect of cancer treatment and there are increasing numbers of people of reproductive age undergoing such treatment. This study - led by the University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampian - looks at perceptions and us...
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Role of Fusion Gene in Prostate Cancer Identified

image Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College have unraveled the role of a new fusion gene in prostate cancer. These findings, published in the IProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences/I (PNAS), are the first to show how this chromosomal mutation likely contributes to early development of prostate cancer -- and suggests a model for how other chromosomal translocations, common to many tumor types, are linked to cancer formation and growth. "This is likely ...
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Regular Night Shifts Linked to Increased Risk of Breast Cancer Among Women

image A new study conducted by researchers in Denmark has found that regularly working on night shifts can increase the risk of breast cancer by as much as four times in women. The study, published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, was based on questionnaires from 692 women of whom 141 were diagnosed with breast cancer. The researchers found that those who regularly worked on night shifts were 40 percent more likely to develop the cancer. "The results ...
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Joint Action of 2 Proteins Responsible for New Checkpoint of Cell Cycle Control

image Previous research has shown that alterations in the formation of ribosomes cause the induction of p53 protein and cell cycle disruption. Ribosomes are the elements of the cell where proteins are made. This process is crucial to understand fundamental biological processes and the emergence of various diseases. Now, scientists at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL) have found that this response is achieved independently, depending on which subunit of the ribosome (40S...
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Botanical Formula Slows Breast Cancer Metastasis

image In a recent study it was found that Modified Citrus Pectin (MCP) can boost the anti-cancer effects of two poly-botanical formula. It was found that when co-administered with formulas that attack breast and prostate cancer, MCP significantly increased their anti-cancer action, further cutting down the metastasis in highly invasive breast and prostate cancer cells. The study was led by researchers at the Cancer Research Laboratory at Indiana University Health and Indiana ...
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Psychological Science Gets Behind the Scenes on the Raging Issue About Prostate-cancer Screenings

image The raging debate on prosate cancer screenings for healthy men continues even as the task force submit their report. Overall, they stuck to their guns, stating that a blood test commonly used to screen for prostate cancer, the PSA test, causes more harm than good - it leads men to receive unnecessary, and sometimes even dangerous, treatments. But many people simply don't believe that the test is ineffective. Even faced with overwhelming evidence, such as a ten-year study...
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Researchers Reveal New Findings About Cancer Cell Metabolism

image Cancer cells have peculiar characteristics, devouring glucose in ways that normal cells do not, previous research has shown. But glucose uptake may tell only part of cancer's metabolic story. Researchers from the Broad Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital looked across 60 well-studied cancer cell lines, analyzing which of more than 200 metabolites were consumed or released by the fastest dividing cells. Their research yields the first large-scale atlas of cancer metabolism an...
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