Combined therapies increase side effects for patients with advanced breast cancer

Patients with advanced breast cancer who are treated with a combination of drugs that target specific molecules important for cancer development and also the hormones that are driving it are at increased risk of suffering adverse side effects. In new research presented at the Advanced Breast Cancer Fourth International Consensus Conference (ABC 4), researchers have … Continue reading Combined therapies increase side effects for patients with advanced breast cancer

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Intravenous nutrition source could reduce side effects of chemotherapy

Carnegie Mellon researchers show that Intralipid can also increase the effectiveness of cancer-fighting nanodrugs. A single dose of an FDA-approved intravenous nutrition source may be able to significantly reduce the toxicity and increase the bioavailability of platinum-based cancer drugs, according to a study by Carnegie Mellon University biologists published in Scientific Reports. Platinum-based drugs, including cisplatin, … Continue reading Intravenous nutrition source could reduce side effects of chemotherapy

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

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

Metal implants may cut chemotherapy side effects

Cancer patients could one day experience fewer side effects from chemotherapy following a discovery that opens the door for more targeted treatments. Researchers have identified a possible way of treating tumours that would see doctors place harmless metal implants at the cancer site.The discovery could make treatment more targeted than existing therapies, avoiding unwanted side … Continue reading Metal implants may cut chemotherapy side effects

Grape seed promise in fight against bowel cancer

University of Adelaide research has shown for the first time that grape seed can aid the effectiveness of chemotherapy in killing colon cancer cells as well as reducing the chemotherapy's side effects. Published in the prestigious journal PLOS ONE, the researchers say that combining grape seed extracts with chemotherapy has potential as a new approach for … Continue reading Grape seed promise in fight against bowel cancer