New computational model could design medications like chemotherapy with fewer side effects

Medications, such as chemotherapy, are often limited by their tendency to be detrimental to healthy cells as an unintended side effect. Now research in the Cell Press's Biophysical Journal offers a new computational model that can help investigators design ways to direct drugs to their specific targets. A major problem with many cancer drugs is the harmful … Continue reading New computational model could design medications like chemotherapy with fewer side effects

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Race, hospital, insurance status all factors in how lung cancer is treated

African Americans, Hispanics, and those who receive care at a community hospital are all significantly less likely than other patients to receive treatment for early stage non-small cell lung cancer, according to a report in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology. "We found significant disparities for treatment of a curable cancer based on race, insurance status, and … Continue reading Race, hospital, insurance status all factors in how lung cancer is treated

Practice makes perfect in cancer surgery

Researchers determine higher hospital and surgeon volume lead to better outcomes when treating bladder cancer patients In a new, in-depth research project, Queen's professors Rob Siemens (Urology) and Christopher Booth (Cancer Care and Epidemiology) investigated what affect higher volume hospitals and surgeons had on the outcomes of patients undergoing a radical cystectomy for bladder cancer … Continue reading Practice makes perfect in cancer surgery

Integrative medicine relieves pain and anxiety for patients with cancer

Pain is a common symptom of cancer and side effect of cancer treatment, and treating cancer-related pain is often a challenge for health care providers. The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing researchers found that integrative medicine therapies can substantially decrease pain and anxiety for hospitalized cancer patients. Their findings are published in the Journal of … Continue reading Integrative medicine relieves pain and anxiety for patients with cancer

New research gives insight into breast cancer recurrence

Around 5,000 cases of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a condition where cancerous cells are contained within the milk ducts of the breast, are diagnosed each year in the UK, with two thirds diagnosed through breast screening. If left untreated, up to half of DCIS cases could progress into invasive breast cancer, but it is not possible … Continue reading New research gives insight into breast cancer recurrence