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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 […]

Remote-controlled cancer immunotherapy system

Remote-controlled cancer immunotherapy system

A team of researchers has developed an ultrasound-based system that can non-invasively and remotely control genetic processes in live immune T cells so that they recognize and kill cancer cells. There is a critical need to non-invasively and remotely manipulate cells at a distance, particularly for translational applications in animals and humans, researchers said. The […]

THIS EXTREMELY COMMON DRUG GIVEN TO ALCOHOLICS ALSO KILLS CANCER CELLS, AND WE FINALLY KNOW WHY

THIS EXTREMELY COMMON DRUG GIVEN TO ALCOHOLICS ALSO KILLS CANCER CELLS, AND WE FINALLY KNOW WHY

Disulfiram (Antabuse) is a drug given to alcoholics to prevent them from drinking, but for decades doctors have noticed the medication appears to have an unexpected side effect: fighting cancer. Now, new research from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden has revealed the biological mechanism behind Antabuse’s effect on cancer. The study, published earlier this week in Nature, is […]

Unravelling the mystery of radiotherapy

Unravelling the mystery of radiotherapy

Cancer treatment and care has made enormous progress over recent years, with a significant improvement in survival rates and quality of life after cancer. Much of this is down to the evolution of radiation therapy. Around four in ten of all NHS cancer patients are treated with radiotherapy and last year Simon Stevens, chief executive […]

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 […]

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 […]

Old tattoo to blame for woman’s ‘cancer’

Old tattoo to blame for woman’s ‘cancer’

(CNN)Doctors in Australia suspected that a woman had a type of cancer called lymphoma, but they were stunned when they put her enlarged lymph node under a microscope — and instead found black tattoo pigment from 15 years ago to which her immune system was just now reacting. They recounted the strange case in a […]

‘Pen’ identifies cancer in 10 seconds

‘Pen’ identifies cancer in 10 seconds

A handheld device can identify cancerous tissue in 10 seconds, according to scientists at the University of Texas. They say it could make surgery to remove a tumour quicker, safer and more precise. And they hope it would avoid the “heartbreak” of leaving any of the cancer behind. Tests, published in Science Translational Medicine, suggest the […]

New cancer treatment ‘can eradicate tumours completely’

New cancer treatment ‘can eradicate tumours completely’

Scientists believe they have made a significant breakthrough in anti-cancer therapy Scientists have discovered a process to trigger the death of cancer cells that they believe could be more effective than current methods. The new method of killing cancer cells — called caspase-independent cell death (CICD) — led to the complete eradication of tumours in […]

Glowing tumor technology helps surgeons remove hidden cancer cells

Glowing tumor technology helps surgeons remove hidden cancer cells

Surgeons were able to identify and remove a greater number of cancerous nodules from lung cancer patients when combining intraoperative molecular imaging (IMI) — through the use of a contrast agent that makes tumor cells glow during surgery — with preoperative positron emission tomography (PET) scans. The study from the Abramson Cancer Center at the […]

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