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Breast cancer ‘game changer’ here – but only for women who can afford it

Breast cancer ‘game changer’ here – but only for women who can afford it

A new drug described as a “game changer” for women with a common and incurable type of breast cancer is now available in New Zealand – but only to those who can afford it. Breast cancer charity Breast Cancer Aotearoa Coalition [BCAC] chairwoman Libby Burgess said Medsafe NZ had just approved the use of Ibrance […]

Higher opioid use among cancer survivors

Higher opioid use among cancer survivors

A new study found that opioid prescription use is more common in cancer survivors than in individuals without a history of cancer. This was true even among survivors who were ten or more years past their cancer diagnosis. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings come at a […]

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 […]

FDA cracks down on ‘illegal’ cancer treatments

FDA cracks down on ‘illegal’ cancer treatments

(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration calls it “cruel deception”: companies promising desperate consumers that their products can cure cancer. On Tuesday, the agency responsible for policing the American food and drug market issued warning letters to 14 companies that it says are “illegally selling more than 65 products that fraudulently claim to prevent, diagnose, […]

Cancer drug could promote regeneration of heart tissue

Cancer drug could promote regeneration of heart tissue

DALLAS – Feb. 3, 2017 – An anticancer agent in development promotes regeneration of damaged heart muscle – an unexpected research finding that may help prevent congestive heart failure in the future. Many parts of the body, such as blood cells and the lining of the gut, continuously renew throughout life. Others, such as the […]

Cancer Drugs During Pregnancy: Baby’s Fertility

Cancer Drugs During Pregnancy: Baby’s Fertility

Researchers have found that a drug called etoposide can damage the development of mouse ovary tissue grown in the lab. Early findings The drug affects specialised cells called germ cells, which give rise to eggs. Further research is needed to assess whether the drug has similar effects on human tissue. Experts say their findings may […]

Sylvester scientists provide proof of concept for potential new class of cancer drugs

Sylvester scientists provide proof of concept for potential new class of cancer drugs

MIAMI, June 15, 2016 – A recent study led by scientists at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Univerity of Maryland School of Pharmacy and StemSynergy Therapeutics, Inc., has identified a small-molecule inhibitor of the Notch pathway, paving the way for a potential new […]

Researchers reveal how new class of drugs kills cancer cells

Researchers reveal how new class of drugs kills cancer cells

A team of Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers has worked out how a new class of anti-cancer drugs kills cancer cells, a finding that helps explain how cancer cells may become resistant to treatment. The researchers studied a class of anti-cancer drugs called BET inhibitors, which are considered promising new drugs for the treatment […]

New information about bacterial enzymes to help scientists develop more effective antibiotics, cancer drugs

New information about bacterial enzymes to help scientists develop more effective antibiotics, cancer drugs

Scientists studying the biosynthesis and production of microbial natural products now have a greater insight into the process thanks to research conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory in collaboration with scientists from the Scripps Research Institute and Rice University. Armed with this new information, researchers can use it to manipulate nature’s […]

Life-extending cancer drugs to be axed by NHS

Life-extending cancer drugs to be axed by NHS

NHS England de-lists costly Kadcyla drug, among 16 others, in wake of ‘overspent’ Cancer Drugs Fund The Guardian – New and costly cancer drugs developed to extend the lives of patients are expected to be axed on Friday from an NHS list. Among the drugs NHS England is expected to “de-list” from the Cancer Drugs […]

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