Balance, gait negatively impacted after chemotherapy treatment

A single chemotherapy treatment can result in a significant negative impact on walking gait and balance, putting patients at an increasing risk for falls, according to a new study involving breast cancer patients conducted by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research … Continue reading Balance, gait negatively impacted after chemotherapy treatment

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Are wealthier people more likely to receive a diagnosis of cancer?

Do wealthier people receive too much medical care? In a Perspective article recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, H. Gilbert Welch, MD, and Elliott Fisher, MD, of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice examine the association between income level and cancer diagnosis. Using data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) … Continue reading Are wealthier people more likely to receive a diagnosis of cancer?

Using a genetic signature to overcome chemotherapy-resistant lung cancer

Patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) often respond to standard chemotherapy, only to develop drug resistance later, and with fatal consequences. But what if doctors could identify those at greatest risk of relapse and provide a therapy to overcome or avoid it? Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center believe they have an answer: a … Continue reading Using a genetic signature to overcome chemotherapy-resistant lung cancer

High doses of vitamin C to improve cancer treatment passes human safety trial

Clinical trials found that it is safe to regularly infuse brain and lung cancer patients with 800-1000 times the daily recommended amount of vitamin C as a potential strategy to improve outcomes of standard cancer treatments. In a work presented March 30, 2017 in Cancer Cell, University of Iowa researchers also show pathways by which altered … Continue reading High doses of vitamin C to improve cancer treatment passes human safety trial

The intestine has a reservoir of stem cells that are resistant to chemotherapy

These comprise a small group of passive stem cells -quiescent- that are activated when needed and have the capacity to produce any kind of intestinal cell. Quiescent cells are relevant for tissue regeneration and for participation in tumor development. After Chemotherapy, these cells change their behaviour, become active and regenerate all cell types in the … Continue reading The intestine has a reservoir of stem cells that are resistant to chemotherapy

Early deaths from childhood cancer up to 4 times more common than previously reported

Treatments for childhood cancers have improved to the point that 5-year survival rates are over 80 percent. However, one group has failed to benefit from these improvements, namely children who die so soon after diagnosis that they are not able to receive treatment, or who receive treatment so late in the course of their disease … Continue reading Early deaths from childhood cancer up to 4 times more common than previously reported

Neurons support cancer growth throughout the body

Cancer cells rely on the healthy cells that surround them for sustenance. Tumors reroute blood vessels to nourish themselves, secrete chemicals that scramble immune responses, and, according to recent studies, even recruit and manipulate neurons for their own gain. This pattern holds true not just for brain cancers, but also for prostate cancer, skin cancer, … Continue reading Neurons support cancer growth throughout the body

New ‘blood biopsies’ with experimental device may improve cancer diagnosis and follow-up

The investigators are conducting "liquid biopsies" by running blood through a postage-stamp-sized chip with nanowires 1,000 times thinner than a human hair and coated with antibodies, or proteins, that recognize circulating tumor cells. The device, the NanoVelcro Chip, works by "grabbing" circulating tumor cells, which break away from tumors and travel through the bloodstream, looking … Continue reading New ‘blood biopsies’ with experimental device may improve cancer diagnosis and follow-up

Cervical cancer death rates higher among older and black women

A woman's risk of dying of cervical cancer is higher than long believed, particularly among older and black women, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health-led research suggests. The researchers found that black women in the United States are dying from cervical cancer at a rate 77 percent higher than previously thought while white … Continue reading Cervical cancer death rates higher among older and black women

Recovering Latina breast cancer patients report big gaps in ‘survivorship’ care

Breast cancer patients in one of the United States' largest and fastest-growing ethnic minority groups are likely to experience numerous gaps in care following their primary treatment, research from Oregon State University suggests. Seventy-four Latina women who had breast cancer participated in the "survivorship" care research, recruited through support groups and health fairs. The subjects, ages … Continue reading Recovering Latina breast cancer patients report big gaps in ‘survivorship’ care