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Who should be Eligible to Receive Preventive Breast Cancer Medications?

Who should be Eligible to Receive Preventive Breast Cancer Medications?

A new study revealed that genetic variations could be an important indicator of which women are most likely to benefit from tamoxifen or raloxifene in the prevention of breast cancer. The study was published in the journal Cancer Discovery. Read More


Scientists Discover New Subtypes of Kidney Cancer

Scientists Discover New Subtypes of Kidney Cancer

Scientists from the Institute of Urologic oncology and the Department of medicine have placed kidney cancer into many different subtypes, a finding that may aid doctors in coming up with treatments to suit individual patients and brings cancer care one step nearer to customized medicine. Read More


Prostate Cancer Linked to Deep Fried Foods

Prostate Cancer Linked to Deep Fried Foods

Whether it's French fries or doughnuts, consuming deep fried foods at least once a week is connected to an elevated risk for prostate cancer. The study investigators did not explore why the link exists, but suggest it could be due to the potentially cancer-causing compounds released by the coo... Read More


Metabolic Factors Raise Prostate Cancer Death Risk

Metabolic Factors Raise Prostate Cancer Death Risk

The chances of a man dying from prostate cancer rises if he has a high BMI, raised blood sugar and/or blood lipids, and hypertension, a collection of symptoms better known as metabolic syndrome. This is according to research from Umea University in Sweden, published in the journal Cancer. Read More


Esophageal Cancer Risk Doubled For Barrett's Patients Who Smoke

Esophageal Cancer Risk Doubled For Barrett's Patients Who Smoke

Barrett's esophagus patients who routinely smoke tobacco face a doubled risk of developing esophageal cancer, according to a new study in the journal Gastroenterology. These patients who smoke also double their risk for developing advanced precancerous cells or dysplasia. Read More


Resistant Ovarian Cancer Cells Destroyed by Chemo Drug Combination

Resistant Ovarian Cancer Cells Destroyed by Chemo Drug Combination

Two drugs never previously used in conjunction for treating ovarian cancer destroyed 70% of cells already resistant to a commonly used chemotherapy agent, according to a new study published in Gynecologic Oncology. Lead author, Dr. Prakash Vishnu from the Mayo Clinic in Florida hopes that this... Read More


100 Chemotherapy Trials Demonstrate a Reduction in Breast Cancer Mortality

100 Chemotherapy Trials Demonstrate a Reduction in Breast Cancer Mortality

Researchers from Oxford University have found that current chemotherapy treatment reduces breast cancer mortality by approximately one third in a large sample of patients, compared with no chemotherapy treatment. The findings include a meta-analysis of 123 randomized trials involving 100,000 w... Read More


Mine-Hunting Software Identifies Rare Cancer-Related Cells

Mine-Hunting Software Identifies Rare Cancer-Related Cells

The Office of Naval Research (ONR)-funded software developed for locating and detecting undersea mines can assist doctors in identifying and classifying cancer-related cells, according to recent demonstrations by medical researchers. Interestingly, the problem that physicians are often faced w... Read More


New Drug Shown Effective against Thyroid Cancer

New Drug Shown Effective against Thyroid Cancer

Approximately 37,000 Americans are diagnosed with thyroid cancer each year, and the incidence of the disease has doubled in the last ten years. However, for many patients dealing with advanced forms of thyroid cancer, hope may be in sight in the shape of a newly developed drug. Read More


The Number of Aging Cancer Survivors Rising Quickly

The Number of Aging Cancer Survivors Rising Quickly

During the next decade, the amount of cancer survivors living beyond the age of 65 is expected to increase by almost fifty percent. Data shows that in 2008 there were approximately 12 million cancer survivors, almost four times the 1971 number. Read More


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