Cancer treatment as a double-edged sword

Even with today's safer and more targeted anti-cancer drugs, scientists have been unable to satisfactorily explain the phenomenon of why treated cancers so often recur. The common theory is that the cancer cell develops "internal resistance to treatment," and overrides the toxic effects of the drug. Now, findings by a team of scientists led by … Continue reading Cancer treatment as a double-edged sword

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Risk of undetected cancer in gynecologic surgery higher than previously thought

Minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries have advantages for patients, including shorter hospital stays, quicker recoveries, and less pain. However, power morcellation, a technique which cuts the uterus or fibroid into small pieces in order to extract them from the abdomen through a small incision, may worsen a woman's prognosis if a cancer is morcellated unintentionally. Using … Continue reading Risk of undetected cancer in gynecologic surgery higher than previously thought

Gene therapy doubles survival in recurrent glioblastoma

An experimental gene therapy essentially doubled the overall survival of patients with recurrent glioblastoma compared to the current standard of care. Glioblastoma is an aggressive brain cancer that kills two-thirds of patients within five years. A patient's outlook with recurrence of the disease is considered to be weeks or months. CTRC medical oncologist Andrew J. … Continue reading Gene therapy doubles survival in recurrent glioblastoma

Genes of colon cancer recurrence differs among blacks, whites and Asians

The genetic makeup of colon cancer tumors and survival rates for patients with the disease differ by race, according to a study from researchers at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. "These findings put the issue of race more prominently on the radar of investigators that cancer biology … Continue reading Genes of colon cancer recurrence differs among blacks, whites and Asians

Young survivors of skin cancer at risk of developing other cancers

Risk decreased significantly with increasing age, but it remains higher compared with individuals who have never had non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). NMSC is considered the most common type of skin cancer, relatively easy to treat if detected early, and rarely spreading to other organs. "Our study shows that NMSC susceptibility is an important indicator of … Continue reading Young survivors of skin cancer at risk of developing other cancers

Four cups of coffee a day may keep prostate cancer away

Bioactive compounds in coffee may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects Coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer recurrence and progression, according to a new study by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists that is online ahead of print in Cancer Causes & Control. Corresponding author Janet L. Stanford, Ph.D., co-director of the Program in Prostate … Continue reading Four cups of coffee a day may keep prostate cancer away

Soy protein supplementation does not reduce risk of prostate cancer recurrence

Among men who had undergone radical prostatectomy, daily consumption of a beverage powder supplement containing soy protein isolate for 2 years did not reduce or delay development of biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer compared to men who received placebo, according to a study in the July 10 issue of JAMA. "Prostate cancer is the most frequently … Continue reading Soy protein supplementation does not reduce risk of prostate cancer recurrence