Fitbits may assist doctors predict how sufferers will react to chemotherapy

Wearable fitness trackers, such as the popular Fitbit, have the potential to help doctors predict which patients will do well on a course of chemotherapy, and be able to intervene before unexpected admissions to the hospital, experts believe. Researchers said that in the future doctors might be able to use the technology in a number … Continue reading Fitbits may assist doctors predict how sufferers will react to chemotherapy

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For mothers with advanced cancer, parenting concerns affect emotional well-being

Parenting concerns contributed significantly to the psychological distress of mothers with late-stage cancer, according to a study by University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers. Cancer is the leading cause of disease-specific death for parenting-age women in the United States, and women with incurable cancer who have children can have increased rates of … Continue reading For mothers with advanced cancer, parenting concerns affect emotional well-being

Red onions pack a cancer-fighting punch, study reveals

The next time you walk down the produce aisle of your grocery store, you may want to reach for red onions if you are looking to fight off cancer. In the first study to examine how effective Ontario-grown onions are at killing cancer cells, University of Guelph researchers have found that not all onions are … Continue reading Red onions pack a cancer-fighting punch, study reveals

The dark side of ‘junk’ DNA

The stretches of DNA between genes, littered with repeating sequences, were once considered the "junk of the genome," but scientists are learning that some of this junk is far from harmless clutter. Researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center report in the journal Cell Reports that certain short, repetitive sequences of DNA, or … Continue reading The dark side of ‘junk’ DNA

Cancer patients not getting adequate pain relief

Many terminal cancer patients are not getting adequate pain relief early enough, according to an English study. The researchers found that, on average, terminal cancer patients were given their first dose of a strong opioid such as morphine just nine weeks before their death. Researchers at Leeds University found that, on average, terminal cancer patients … Continue reading Cancer patients not getting adequate pain relief

How Chinese medicine kills cancer cells

Researchers at the University of Adelaide have shown how a complex mix of plant compounds derived from ancient clinical practice in China - a Traditional Chinese Medicine - works to kill cancer cells. Compound kushen injection (CKI) is approved for use in China to treat various cancer tumours, usually as an adjunct to western chemotherapy - but … Continue reading How Chinese medicine kills cancer cells

Music demonstrated to alleviate cancer patients’ symptoms

We've all heard of laughter being the best medicine, but what about music? A systematic review published by the Cochrane Library found that there is significant evidence that music interventions help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, pain and fatigue in cancer patients, while also boosting their quality of life. Led by Joke Bradt, PhD, associate professor in Drexel … Continue reading Music demonstrated to alleviate cancer patients’ symptoms

Study shows broccoli may offer protection against liver cancer

Consumption of broccoli has increased in the United States over the last few decades as scientists have reported that eating the vegetable three to five times per week can lower the risk of many types of cancer including breast, prostate, and colon cancers. A new study from the University of Illinois reports that including broccoli … Continue reading Study shows broccoli may offer protection against liver cancer

Cancer overtakes cardiovascular disease as UK’s No. 1 killer – but only among men

Cardiovascular disease still primary cause of death among women Cancer has overtaken cardiovascular disease, which includes heart disease and stroke, as the UK's No 1 killer- but only among men, reveals research published online in the journal Heart. Cardiovascular disease is still the most common cause of death among women, and kills more young women than breast … Continue reading Cancer overtakes cardiovascular disease as UK’s No. 1 killer – but only among men

Body’s ‘serial killers’ captured on film destroying cancer cells

A dramatic video has captured the behaviour of cytotoxic T cells - the body's 'serial killers' - as they hunt down and eliminate cancer cells before moving on to their next target. In a study published today in the journal Immunity, a collaboration of researchers from the UK and the USA, led by Professor Gillian Griffiths … Continue reading Body’s ‘serial killers’ captured on film destroying cancer cells