When cancer is suspected, doctors often remove samples of the suspicious tissue via surgery or needles. The samples can then be examined to determine if they are cancerous or not.  In addition to being invasive, the samples taken may miss cancerous areas, leading to an incorrect result. Liquid… more
In 2015, a man was found to have 'cancer' growing in him, but the cancer cells were not his. His 'cancer' cells were found to have come from tapeworms living in his body. The tapeworm cells had invaded his tissues and formed  tumorous growths.  The man was already very sick and weakened due to… more
Researchers at Duke Cancer Institute have piloted a breakthrough cancer therapy using an unlikely ally: the polio virus. After years of studying the virus famous for its destructive behavior, scientists have genetically modified polioviruses to help humans instead of hurt them. They have succeeded… more
Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic recently conducted a study with the human and mouse cells that become glioblastomas. They found that the Zika virus infected and killed the soon-to-be glioblastoma stem cells, while leaving the healthy brain… more
Researchers at Stanford’s School of Medicine have discovered that by blocking a molecule found in nerves, they can pause the growth of brain cancer. The protein, called neuroligin-3, plays a role in healthy brain function, but has also been linked to cancer growth. The researchers bred mice that… more
Awareness is key to prevention.  The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have put together a great collection of educational resources to help you and help you help others learn about cancers of the female reproductive organs.
Curcumin is a chemcial found in turmeric, a common spice that was originally found in southern India. Researchers at Nemours Children's Hospital and the University of Central Florida have concluded that curcumin attached to nanoparticles can be used to target and kill treatment-resistant… more
Cancer is caused by a variety of factors, but diet and lifestyle play a large role in the development and growth of cancer.  According to a study on rodents by researchers at Ohio State University, a diet that includes daily tomato consumption cut the prevalence of skin cancer in half when compared… more
Researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently published a study that identified an unexpected risk factor for breast cancer: outdoor nighttime lights. Through a study conducted over a span of 22 years and with 110,000 female participants, researchers observed that women who… more
On August 30, 2017, the FDA officially approved the cancer treatment Kymriah, the first gene therapy legally available in the United States. It will be used to treat B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in patients below the age of 25. In this form of leukemia, patients produce… more
At Durham University, a bold new technique for fighting cancer has emerged--sending in nanomachines to drill into cancer cells. Led by Dr. Robert Pal, the research initiative has created molecules designed to locate and target cancer cells within the body. These molecules are equipped with a… more
Most cancer treatments cause cancer cells to self-destruct in a type of cell death called apoptosis. However, researchers at the University of Glasgow have identified a different, more effective way to initiate cell death. Therapies that induce cell death through apoptosis often do not succeed in… more
A new study, published by researchers from West Virginia University in August of 2017, suggests that any amount of exposure to e-cigarette vapor may be enough to damage blood vessel function. After 5 minutes of exposure to an e-cigarette, the arteries of the group of mice closed by 30 percent.… more
A diagnosis of cancer often involves a type of surgery, an invasive biopsy procedure. That may not be the case for long. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have developed a new method that is able its ability to diagnose patients even in early stages of cancer. Their method… more
Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have recently discovered how cellular responses to inflammation can keep the body healthy. When DNA is damaged, the damaged cells are removed in order to keep tissues healthy. A molecule that binds DNA and triggers inflammation, cGAS, can detect damage… more
Researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute recently studied the effects of social interaction on cancer patients’ survival. They found that patients who interacted with someone who died within five years of chemotherapy were more likely to die within five years themselves. Patients… more
Cancer patients face many challenges.  The challenges don't end with the treatments.  According to a long-term study by researchers at the University of Michigan, a large percentage of young adults struggle to get "back to normal" two years after their original diagnosis.  Researchers had patients… more
Throughout history, geography has served as both an asset and an inconvenience. Currently, living in rural areas has benefits, including low pollution and extreme privacy due to isolation from urban areas. However, this privacy can also become a roadblock for important information about cancer.… more
Cancer is scary, and going to doctors about cancer is stressful.  All of that emotion makes it much harder to remember what is said at these important meetings. Of course, it is very important to understand what the doctor says, and there are some things you can do to make it easier.  Here are a… more
Genetic variations make individuals unique, and that uniqueness also extends to cancer. A new study by the George Washington University Cancer Center has identified that African American men tend to have a genetic variation which makes their prostate cancer difficult to treat. The particular… more