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Nearly half of cancer deaths linked to preventable risk factors

Nearly half of cancer deaths linked to preventable risk factors

Cancer. To many of us, it may seem scary, mysterious, or even inevitable. Now, a new study suggests that nearly half of the country’s cancers may be preventable through decisions we make every day. Researchers with the American Cancer Society looked at data on cancer incidence and deaths, finding that 42 percent of cancer cases in the United States […]

‘Breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs approved

‘Breakthrough’ breast cancer drugs approved

Two new “breakthrough” drugs have been approved, giving new hope to women with previously untreatable breast cancer. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has given the go-ahead for palbociclib and ribociclib to be used on the NHS in England. Palbociclib had previously been refused because its cost was judged to be too […]

Engineering non-immune cells to kill cancer cells

Engineering non-immune cells to kill cancer cells

T-cells are one of the immune system’s major weapons. They detect the body’s cells infected with a virus and trigger their ablation, effectively killing the virus. T-cells cannot do the same with cancer cells, however, as they do not recognise them as foreign cells and are therefore unable to eliminate them. But researchers have recently […]

Genes that hold the clues to bladder cancer and its treatment

Genes that hold the clues to bladder cancer and its treatment

Scientists have discovered the ‘genetic signatures’ of the most common form of bladder cancer — and it could open up the possibility of better-targeted treatment, according to research published today (13 November). The study looked at non-invasive bladder cancer tumours which form in the lining of the bladder and have not spread to the bladder […]

Researchers Build a Cancer Immunotherapy Without Immune Cells

Researchers Build a Cancer Immunotherapy Without Immune Cells

Engineering an immune cell to recognize and kill a cancer cell is the key to chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, but modified immune cells also have the potential to cause problems for patients. One such complication, cytokine release syndrome, is an overreaction of the immune system that can cause symptoms as mild as a fever […]

Nano-targeting treatment for prostate cancer

Nano-targeting treatment for prostate cancer

Metastatic or castrate-resistant prostate cancer can spread to the bone in certain patients. While several new treatments are available, they can have a difficult time reaching the bone and can result in missing the metastatic lesions. New research presented today at the 2017 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition seeks to address this […]

IUDs may have a surprising benefit: Protection against cervical cancer

IUDs may have a surprising benefit: Protection against cervical cancer

Considered a safe and highly effective contraception method, intrauterine devices (IUDs) may also be quietly offering protection against the third-most common cancer in women worldwide. A new study from the Keck School of Medicine of USC has found that IUD use is associated with a dramatic decrease in the incidence of cervical cancer. The systematic […]

Has the Safety and Efficacy of Radiotherapy Improved?

Has the Safety and Efficacy of Radiotherapy Improved?

A recent review evaluated advances which surround the use of radiotherapy to treat cancer patients and the impact they have on patient safety. The History of Radiotherapy With over an estimated 14.7 million people in the US living with cancer (2014 statistics), at least half of these patients will receive radiotherapy. Improvements in diagnosis, supportive […]

The nurse hired to combat cancer myths online

The nurse hired to combat cancer myths online

A cancer charity has appointed a digital nurse to combat “fake news” online, which they say leaves patients “scared and at risk of bogus cures”. Macmillan Cancer Support found two-fifths of people with cancer looked up information about their diagnosis on the internet. One in eight of those went online because they didn’t fully understand […]

“Self-regulating” nanoparticles can burn cancer without harming healthy cells

“Self-regulating” nanoparticles can burn cancer without harming healthy cells

Researchers at the University of Surrey and Dalian University of Technology in China have created a form of nanoparticle that can heat up and kill cancerous cells and then self-regulate to avoid burning healthy cells. The particles can raise their temperature between 42°C to 45°C, hot enough to kill cancer cells. Once they reach a […]

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