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Key to improved cancer immunotherapy

Key to improved cancer immunotherapy

Researchers at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (F.S.P.) have investigated how different subtypes of essential immune-response cells called CD8+ T lymphocytes cooperate to mount a stronger anti-tumor response. The results show that generation of an optimal immune response to cancer requires cooperation between two types of memory T cell — one circulating […]

Facing Cancer Is Even Tougher If The Only Radiation Machine Is Broken

Facing Cancer Is Even Tougher If The Only Radiation Machine Is Broken

If you happen to be a cancer patient needing radiation in Senegal, getting past the shock of the diagnosis and onto treatment is a major hardship at the moment. The country’s only radiotherapy machine — indeed for a long while the only one in French-speaking West Africa — is broken. That’s the machine whose radiation […]

My Cancer Surgery

My Cancer Surgery

The surgery to remove the prostate is called a radical prostatectomy. This surgery removes the entire prostate gland and some surrounding tissue. While the urologist/surgeon is inside the abdomen, he/she also checks the lymph nodes to see if the cancer has spread or metastasized. The urologist can have “live” biopsies taken and evaluated during the surgery […]

New way to tackle cancer cells

New way to tackle cancer cells

In-situ assembly of amphiphilic peptides with accompanying cellular functions inside a living cell (i.e., intracellular assembly) and their interaction with cellular components have been emerging as a versatile strategy in controlling cellular fate. However, achieving spatiotemporal control (i.e., inside cellular organelles or other sub-compartments) over the self-assembly of synthetic molecules inside the cell is challenging […]

Better use of current drugs to target cancer

Better use of current drugs to target cancer

A team of researchers at McMaster University has identified a unique feature of cancer stem cells that can be exploited to kill the deadly cells thought to be the reason that cancer comes back after therapy. Understanding this feature will be useful for delivering more targeted cancer therapeutics to the right patients. The study, published […]

Does MRI plus mammography improve detection of new breast cancer after breast conservation therapy?

Does MRI plus mammography improve detection of new breast cancer after breast conservation therapy?

A new article published by JAMA Oncology compares outcomes for combined mammography and MRI or ultrasonography screenings for new breast cancers in women who have previously undergone breast conservation surgery and radiotherapy for breast cancer initially diagnosed at 50 or younger. Women who are treated with breast conservation surgery and radiotherapy remain at an increased […]

First-line immunotherapy treatment can improve survival for subset of lung cancer patients

First-line immunotherapy treatment can improve survival for subset of lung cancer patients

Findings from a phase III clinical trial for advanced lung cancer patients could help oncologists better predict which patients are likely to receive the most benefit from immunotherapy as a first-line treatment based on the unique molecular characteristics of their tumor, according to a new study reported by a global team led by David Carbone, […]

Brain tumors: Still devastating, but treatment has come a long way

Brain tumors: Still devastating, but treatment has come a long way

A brain tumor was the furthest thing from Kathy English’s mind that day in 2003 when she walked into a neurologist’s office. She’d had some uncontrolled sinus issues, so her doctors had ordered a variety of tests, including an MRI. When she arrived to get the MRI results, the neurologist said he had not yet […]

Discovery could guide immunotherapy for lung cancer

Discovery could guide immunotherapy for lung cancer

Scientists have discovered a new type of immune cell that could predict which lung cancer patients will benefit most from immunotherapy treatment, according to a Cancer Research UK funded study(link is external) published today (Monday) in Nature Immunology. Researchers at the University of Southampton(link is external) and La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology, California(link is […]

Cancer Researchers Look at Resistance to Targeted Therapy in Mantle Cell Lymphoma

Cancer Researchers Look at Resistance to Targeted Therapy in Mantle Cell Lymphoma

WASHINGTON (June 14, 2017) — Today some patients suffering with mantle cell lymphoma, a type of blood cancer, can be treated with a pill called Ibrutinib, forgoing conventional chemotherapy. However, many are developing a resistance to this treatment. Research published in Nature Communications by Eduardo Sotomayor, MD, director of the George Washington University Cancer Center […]

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