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Virus Can Kill Cancer Cells, Leave Healthy Cells Alone

August 12, 2012

A virus known to kill cancer cells can travel through the bloodstream of cancer patients to find and selectively attack tumors while avoiding attack itself, a new study finds. The virus, called a reovirus, was found inside patients’ tumor cells but not in their healthy tissues, the researchers said. Before the study, it wasn’t...
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Novel technology for aid in the diagnosis of “Cancers of Unknown Primary” (CUP)

August 11, 2012

MELBOURNE, Australia, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Circadian Technologies Limited (ASX: CIR, OTCQX: CKDXY) announces that it has been advised by its development partner, Healthscope Advanced Pathology, that it will commercially launch Circadian’s novel technology for aid in the diagnosis of “Cancers of Unknown Primary” (CUP), on Monday July 16 2012 in Australia, New Zealand,...
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Embryo test for breast cancer is feasible

August 11, 2012

A lab test to screen embryos for inherited risk of breast or ovarian cancer is “feasible” but controversy surrounding this method is unlikely to be stilled, a fertility conference heard on Monday. European researchers carried out the biggest-ever probe of a procedure to vet in-vitro embryos for gene mutations linked to these notorious cancers....
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What is the role of chronic inflammation in America’s deadliest diseases?

August 10, 2012
What is the role of chronic inflammation in America’s deadliest diseases?

What do heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, stroke and cancer have in common? Scientists have linked each of these to a condition known as chronic inflammation, and they are studying how high-fat foods and excess body weight may increase the risk for fatal disorders. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury and outside irritants....
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Most women return to work after breast cancer

August 10, 2012

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Women who were in the workforce before a breast cancer diagnosis often get back to their normal job routine after treatment, a study of Swedish women finds. Researchers found that of 505 women treated for breast cancer, three-quarters were employed 16 months after their diagnosis – which is in...
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The most aggressive tactics against cancer and other illnesses might be not only unnecessary but downright bad for us.

August 8, 2012

For a long time, we thought we knew the drill for battling cancer: Screen regularly to catch it early. Then, if it was operable, root it out. Follow up with chemotherapy and/or radiation to lower the chances of a return. Though some or all of those tactics are still called for much of the...
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Grapefruit Juice May Give Boost to Cancer Treatment

August 7, 2012

TUESDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) — In a small study of patients with incurable cancer, drinking 8 ounces of grapefruit juice a day boosted the effect of a drug they were given during the study. Although some participants had a response, tumors did not disappear after using the drug, which is mostly used to...
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Chemotherapy can backfire and boost cancer growth: study

August 6, 2012

Cancer-busting chemotherapy can cause damage to healthy cells which triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment, a study said Sunday. Researchers in the United States made the “completely unexpected” finding while seeking to explain why cancer cells are so resilient inside the human body when they...
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Most Prostate Cancer Patients Don’t Die From the Disease: Study

July 28, 2012

FRIDAY, July 27 (HealthDay News) — Men with prostate cancer are more likely to die from other conditions, such as heart disease, than from their cancer, a new study finds. Living a healthy lifestyle that helps prevent chronic diseases can prolong life even among men with prostate cancer, the researchers added. “Our study is...
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QIAGEN Achieves Personalized Healthcare Milestone with U.S. Approval of Companion Diagnostic for Colorectal Cancer

July 8, 2012

HILDEN, Germany, and GERMANTOWN, Maryland, July 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — U.S. launch of therascreen®KRAS RGQ PCR Kit offers enhanced approach to guide treatments for approximately 110,000 patients annually in U.S. with colorectal cancer First FDA approval of a QIAGEN companion diagnostic marks a milestone in its global expansion of rapidly growing Personalized Healthcare business Important cancer assay adds valuable content...
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Fertility Drugs’ Link to Breast Cancer Hinges on Pregnancy, Study Says

July 8, 2012

Do fertility drugs affect a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer? A new study suggests that the risk hinges on whether they actually help a woman get pregnant. Scientists have been concerned about the effects of fertility drugs in recent years, citing a possible relationship between the hormones altered by the drugs and those...
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Diabetes drug may up bladder cancer risk

July 8, 2012

EDMONTON, Alberta, July 6 (UPI) — The medication pioglitazone, used to treat type 2 diabetes, is linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer, Canadian researchers say. Dr. Jeffrey Johnson of the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta and colleagues conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized-controlled trials and observational...
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Vitamin D Levels Linked with Breast Cancer Survival Rates

June 13, 2012

The vitamin D levels in women when they are diagnosed with breast cancer may affect how long they will live, according to a new study from Belguim. Women in the study who had the highest vitamin D levels (above 30 nanograms per millileter of blood) were about half as likely to die within five...
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Web-based program may help cancer fatigue

March 25, 2012

Cancer survivors who are still battling fatigue may find help from online counseling, a new clinical trial suggests. It’s known that cancer patients commonly have fatigue, and it can linger for years after treatment. Studies suggest that exercise can help, as can keeping a healthy sleep schedule, if possible. There’s also evidence that “talk...
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Obese Women at Higher Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence: Study

March 25, 2012

FRIDAY, March 23 (HealthDay News) — Overweight and obese breast cancer patients are at increased risk for recurrence of the disease, a new study finds. The findings — which held true even though chemotherapy doses were adjusted for weight — provide further evidence that lifestyle factors can influence cancer patient outcomes, according to Dr....
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Daily aspirin linked to reduced the risk of cancer and death from cancer

March 22, 2012

Taking aspirin once a day may help prevent cancer, and perhaps even in some cases treat it, a growing body of research suggests. A new study finds that people who took a low-dose aspirin daily for at least three years were 25 percent less likely to develop cancer than people who didn’t take it....
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Common medicines may cut cancer drug potency: study

March 19, 2012

(Reuters) – Many patients taking a widely prescribed class of oral cancer drugs are also using a variety of medications that could reduce the effectiveness of the cancer treatment or increase its toxic side effects, according to research by Medco Health Solutions Inc. For example, 43 percent of patients taking the highly effective leukemia...
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Prostate Cancer Screening Test Saves Lives, New Study Finds

March 16, 2012

Prostate cancer screening does save lives, although screening may have to be done for many years in order to provide a benefit, according to a new study. In the study, men who were screened for prostate cancer using the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test were about 30 percent less likely to die from prostate cancer...
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Is Cancer Outwitting ‘Personalized Medicine’?

March 10, 2012

WEDNESDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) — The genetic makeup of cancer cells differs significantly from region to region within a single tumor, according to new research that raises questions about the true potential of personalized cancer medicine. With this treatment approach, doctors study a tumor’s genetic makeup to determine which drugs would work best...
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Genetic Tweak Helps Mice Avoid Cancer, Obesity: Study

March 8, 2012

TUESDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) — New research offers potential insight into the connection between cancer, obesity and longevity in humans by showing that genetically modified mice live longer, skinnier and almost cancer-free lives. There are quite a few differences between mice and humans, especially in regard to the type of fat that’s apparently...
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