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Zika Virus Could Actually Be Turned Into a Weapon Against Brain Cancer

Zika Virus Could Actually Be Turned Into a Weapon Against Brain Cancer

News on the emergence of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in recent years has been full of heart-breaking images of infants born with a confronting neurological disorder caused by the pathogen’s effects on certain stem cells. Now researchers are proposing a daring use for the virus’s talent for destroying these kinds of brain tissues; to turn […]

Cancer: Novel cell death technique may be better than chemo

Cancer: Novel cell death technique may be better than chemo

Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and immunotherapy are typically used to treat cancer, but they do not work for all patients with the disease. In a new study, scientists have discovered a cancer-killing technique that might be more effective than conventional cancer therapies. Researchers reveal how a process called caspase-independent cell death (CICD) frequently led to the complete […]

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 […]

3 Innovative Tools Can Ease Pain for Cancer Patients

3 Innovative Tools Can Ease Pain for Cancer Patients

The 60-year-old was in excruciating pain as his lung cancer invaded his bones and brain. Escalating doses of opioids no longer kept pain at bay. The side effects were disabling. Enter a pain management specialist. He teamed up with the man’s oncologist and palliative care specialist. A small pump was implanted near the man’s spinal cord. It sent […]

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 […]

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 […]

Higher-Dose Radiotherapy Ups Survival in Pancreatic Cancer

Higher-Dose Radiotherapy Ups Survival in Pancreatic Cancer

Radiotherapy can increase survival in early pancreatic cancer — but the catch is that the dose needs to be high enough to have an effect. The results of a new study found that the higher the dose of chemoradiation, the higher the benefit. For example, patients who received the lowest dose of <45 Gy had […]

Encouraging results for patients with aggressive brain cancer

Encouraging results for patients with aggressive brain cancer

Montreal – Being diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor is devastating news for patients and their loved ones. Whereas some types of tumor respond well to treatment, others such as glioblastomas – the most common and aggressive brain tumors – are known to recur and progress within short times from the diagnosis. Patients diagnosed with […]

Radiation therapy continues to be gold standard to palliate painful bone metastases

Radiation therapy continues to be gold standard to palliate painful bone metastases

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) recently published an updated clinical guideline that underscores the safety and effectiveness of palliative radiation therapy (RT) for treating painful bone metastases. Based on recent clinical trial data, the guideline recommends optimal RT dosing schedules for pain relief, including options for re-treatment. The guideline, “Palliative radiation therapy for […]

Targeted Radiosurgery Better Than Whole-brain Radiation for Treating Brain Tumors

Targeted Radiosurgery Better Than Whole-brain Radiation for Treating Brain Tumors

Tumors that originate in other organs of the body and spread to the brain are known as metastatic brain tumors. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, this type of tumor is the most common in adults, affecting as many as 300,000 people each year. University of Missouri School of Medicine researchers compared two common […]

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