Viral therapy could boost limb-saving cancer treatment

Viruses designed to target and kill cancer cells could boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy to the arms and legs and help avoid amputation, a new study reports. Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, tested the effectiveness of a genetically engineered version of the virus used to vaccinate against smallpox. They found use of the … Continue reading Viral therapy could boost limb-saving cancer treatment

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Unique study focuses on combined treatment approach for locally advanced pancreatic cancer

The study and accompanying clinical trial aim to identify tumor biomarkers and provide clues into individual treatment response Investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute are developing a novel, multistep investigational treatment for one of the most complex and difficult-to-treat forms of the disease, locally advanced pancreatic cancer. Locally advanced pancreatic cancer has … Continue reading Unique study focuses on combined treatment approach for locally advanced pancreatic cancer

Increased overall survival for advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer patients is associated with availability of less toxic chemotherapy

A 10-year population-based study shows that increased availability of better systemic chemo- and targeted-therapies for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) coincides with increased usage of these therapies. This in turn leads to a significant increase in overall survival. Researchers from the British Columbia Cancer Agency, Vancouver, Canada, performed a retrospective chart review … Continue reading Increased overall survival for advanced stage non-small cell lung cancer patients is associated with availability of less toxic chemotherapy

Prostate cancer in younger men — More frequent and aggressive?

Early onset prostate cancer is a newly identified, more aggressive subtype often linked to genetic mutations. The number of younger men diagnosed with prostate cancer has increased nearly 6-fold in the last 20 years, and the disease is more likely to be aggressive in these younger men, according to a new analysis from researchers at … Continue reading Prostate cancer in younger men — More frequent and aggressive?

Sunshine vitamin ups bowel cancer survival odds

Bowel cancer patients with high levels of vitamin D in their blood are more likely to survive the disease, a study shows.Patients with the highest levels of vitamin D have half the risk of dying compared with those with the lowest levels, findings reveal. The study is the first to correlate total blood levels of vitamin … Continue reading Sunshine vitamin ups bowel cancer survival odds

Antibody halts cancer-related wasting condition

Study pinpoints a molecular cause of cachexia, and hints at a potential treatmentNew research raises the prospect of more effective treatments for cachexia, a profound wasting of fat and muscle occurring in about half of all cancer patients, raising their risk of death, according to scientists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Many strategies have been tried to … Continue reading Antibody halts cancer-related wasting condition

The Side Effects of Chemotherapy on the Body

Chemotherapy drugs are powerful enough to kill rapidly growing cancer cells, but they also can harm perfectly healthy cells, causing side effects throughout the body. Cancer cells divide more quickly than healthy cells, and chemotherapy drugs effectively target those cells. Unfortunately, fast-growing cells that are healthy can be damaged too. There are many different chemotherapy … Continue reading The Side Effects of Chemotherapy on the Body