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Mini-tumours’ created to battle cancer

Mini-tumours’ created to battle cancer

Scientists have been able to predict how cancer patients will respond to therapy by growing miniature versions of their tumours in the laboratory. They say the groundbreaking work could lead to “smarter, kinder and more effective treatments”. The study, in the journal Science, was 100% accurate at telling which drugs would fail and this could spare […]

Lung cancer drug resistance explained by computer simulations

Lung cancer drug resistance explained by computer simulations

Scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Parma, Italy, have used molecular simulations to understand resistance to osimertinib — an anticancer drug used to treat types of lung cancer. Osimertinib binds tightly to a protein, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), which is overexpressed in many tumours. EGFR is involved in a pathway that signals for […]

Light-activated Cancer Drugs Without Toxic Side Effects: Fresh Insight

Light-activated Cancer Drugs Without Toxic Side Effects: Fresh Insight

Future cancer drugs that are activated by light and don’t cause the toxic side-effects of current chemotherapy treatments are closer to becoming a reality, thanks to new research made possible by the Monash Warwick Alliance, an intercontinental collaboration between the University of Warwick (UK) and Monash University (Australia). Led by Robbin Vernooij, a joint PhD […]

Have scientists found an anti-cancer vaccine?

Have scientists found an anti-cancer vaccine?

Researchers from Stanford University used stem cells to create a vaccine that has proven effective against breast, lung, and skin cancer in mice. To produce the vaccine, the scientists turned to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), or stem cells that are generated from adult cells. Over a decade ago, Japanese-based scientists showed for the first time that adult cells […]

Ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer’

Ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer’

A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers. They classified foods including cakes, chicken nuggets and mass-produced bread as “ultra-processed”. A study of 105,000 people hinted the more of such foods people ate, the greater their risk of cancer. A lot of caution is being expressed about the study, […]

Placebo pills prescribed honestly help cancer survivors manage symptoms

Placebo pills prescribed honestly help cancer survivors manage symptoms

Long after cancer treatment ends, many continue to deal with one particular symptom that refuses to go away: fatigue. In a new study, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Harvard Medical School have found that the power of placebos, even when fully disclosed to patients, might be harnessed to reduce fatigue in […]

Vaccine giving new hope in fight against cancer

Vaccine giving new hope in fight against cancer

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) – A cure for cancer may lie in a vaccine discovered by Stanford University researchers. The university released details of a new study that wiped out cancer in mice using their own immune systems. The latest research has led to human trials happening in Chicago and other major cities. One Facebook post about a […]

Bacteria play critical role in driving colon cancers

Bacteria play critical role in driving colon cancers

Patients with an inherited form of colon cancer harbor two bacterial species that collaborate to encourage development of the disease, and the same species have been found in people who develop a sporadic form of colon cancer, a study led by a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy research team finds. A second study […]

Food may influence cancer spread

Food may influence cancer spread

There is mounting evidence the food on your plate can alter cancer’s growth and spread, say Cambridge scientists. Animal research, published in the journal Nature, showed breast tumours struggled without the dietary nutrient asparagine. It is found in the foodies’ favourite asparagus, as well as poultry, seafood and many other foods. In the future, scientists hope to […]

E-cigarettes may cause cancer and heart disease, says study

E-cigarettes may cause cancer and heart disease, says study

Researchers at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City found that mice exposed to electronic cigaratte (e-cigarette) vapor experienced DNA damage in the lungs, bladder, and heart, which could increase the risk of cancer and heart disease. Such damage was also found in cultured human lung and bladder cells that had been exposed to […]

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