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Doctor says he diagnosed his own cancer with iPhone ultrasound machine

Doctor says he diagnosed his own cancer with iPhone ultrasound machine

With the right device, it appears the iPhone can even detect cancer. John Martin, the chief medical officer for Butterfly Network was testing out a device called Butterfly iQ, a small imaging machine for ultrasounds compatible with the iPhone. According to MIT Technology Review, Martin noticed an unusual discomfort in his throat, so he ran […]

Cancer warning: THIS treatment option could double your risk of dying

Cancer warning: THIS treatment option could double your risk of dying

CANCER may still not be fully curable, but researchers have been making ground with increasingly effective treatment options in recent decades. However, some sufferers of curable forms are still choosing to try alternative remedies, which a new study has found could dramatically increase your risk of death. Within 20 years three-quarters of people are expected […]

Blocking the back-door that cancer cells use to escape death by radiotherapy

Blocking the back-door that cancer cells use to escape death by radiotherapy

(Edmonton) A natural healing mechanism of the body may be reducing the efficiency of radiotherapy in breast cancer patients, according to a new study. Research led by scientists at the University of Alberta found that irradiation of breast fat (also known as adipose tissue) produces an inflammatory response that in normal circumstances promotes healing, but […]

Men Have Regret Years after Prostate Cancer Treatment

Men Have Regret Years after Prostate Cancer Treatment

-About 15% sorry they accepted treatment; 8% who didn’t later wished they did After years of introspection, about 15% of men with localized prostate cancer regretted the decisions they made regarding treatment, a survey of almost 1,000 patients showed. About twice as many men expressed regret after radical prostatectomy or radiation therapy as compared with […]

New discovery could lead to better results for patients undergoing radiation

New discovery could lead to better results for patients undergoing radiation

More than half of cancer patients undergo radiotherapy, in which high doses of radiation are aimed at diseased tissue to kill cancer cells. But due to a phenomenon known as radiation-induced bystander effect (RIBE), in which irradiated cells leak chemical signals that can travel some distance to damage unexposed healthy cells, many suffer side-effects such […]

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 […]

Personalized PRRT improves radiation delivery to neuroendocrine tumors

Personalized PRRT improves radiation delivery to neuroendocrine tumors

Neuroendocrine cancer is exceedingly difficult to manage and unlikely to be cured, but researchers intend to slow progression of these tumors and aid survival by personalizing patient dose of peptide-receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT), according to research presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). PRRT has become […]

New target found to attack an incurable brain tumor in children

New target found to attack an incurable brain tumor in children

A study published in Molecular Cancer Research reveals that a tumor suppressor gene p16 is turned off by a histone mutation (H3.3K27M), which is found in up to 70 percent of childhood brain tumors called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). This insight suggests that restoring p16 is a promising therapeutic strategy. The authors have demonstrated […]

A Single Radiation Treatment Sufficiently Relieves Spinal Cord Compression Symptoms

A Single Radiation Treatment Sufficiently Relieves Spinal Cord Compression Symptoms

ASCO Perspective “Spinal cord compression is a debilitating condition that many patients with advanced cancer experience. Until now, patients often had to spend multiple days traveling back and forth to undergo radiation treatments. This study means that without compromising care, we can help patients have more time to focus on the things they enjoy instead […]

Further Reductions in Radiotherapy to Young Children with Brain Tumors Results in Less Successful Outcomes

Further Reductions in Radiotherapy to Young Children with Brain Tumors Results in Less Successful Outcomes

A team of investigators has determined that young children participating in a clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of reduced radiotherapy did worse when there were deviations from the treatment protocol. Results of the study will be available online in advance of publication by Pediatric Blood & Cancer on April 4. “This study shows that […]

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