Oncology & Cancer Articles & Stories

Reducing an Individual's Risk of Colon Cancer

Reducing an Individual's Risk of Colon Cancer

Colon cancer, which is usually a preventable and highly curable disease, is the second-leading cancer killer in the US, according to gastroenterologist Dr. Felice Schnoll-Sussman and Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl. They believe people would benefit from the knowledge of these five facts of colon cancer. Read More


The Ethical Implications of Gene Patenting

The Ethical Implications of Gene Patenting

Do genes qualify as a property that a single individual or corporation is allowed exclusive rights to? This spring, the Supreme Court will hear a case that could dictate the future of biomedicine. Currently, Myriad Genetics Corporation, a biotechnology outfit in Utah, has patented two human ge... Read More


Young Women See Rising Breast Cancer Rates

Young Women See Rising Breast Cancer Rates

There has been a small rise in the incidence of advanced stage breast cancer among women aged 25 to 39 years of age. This according to a recent study published in JAMA. Breast cancer is the most common form of tumor malignancy in women aged 15 to 39 and accounts for nearly 14% of all cancer c... Read More


Stem-Like Cells May Give Rise to Ovarian Cancer

Stem-Like Cells May Give Rise to Ovarian Cancer

Researchers have found that within the ovary is a group of cells similar to stem cells that can mutate to form tumors. While studying mouse ovaries, the scientists discovered they could trigger the stem-like cells into becoming cancerous by deactivating two tumor-suppressing genes. The study i... Read More


Cancer Death Rates Make Significant Declines

Cancer Death Rates Make Significant Declines

The overall cancer mortality rate had dropped 20 percent since 1991, according to new data from the American Cancer Society's annual Cancer Statistics report. It states that the death rate has fallen from 215 per 1000 to a little over 173 in 2009. The death rates have been found to consistentl... Read More


Alternative to Endoscopy for Cancer Diagnosis Seen in Promising Pill-Camera

Alternative to Endoscopy for Cancer Diagnosis Seen in Promising Pill-Camera

US scientists have engineered a high-tech camera that can be swallowed like a pill, allowing for detailed images of the inside of the esophagus and stomach. The promising early results of a small study in 13 people suggests that the device may provide a cheaper, quicker, safer, and more comfor... Read More


Consumer Reports Claim That Patients Should Avoid Eight Cancer Screenings

Consumer Reports Claim That Patients Should Avoid Eight Cancer Screenings

Consumer Reports examined eleven cancer screening tests and has discovered that most of us should avoid eight of them. The non-profit consumer advocacy group claims that most preventive cancer screenings are oversold and may confuse instead of clarify. Read More


Better Survival Outcomes In Breast Cancer Patients Following Lumpectomy Rather than Mastectomy

Better Survival Outcomes In Breast Cancer Patients Following Lumpectomy Rather than Mastectomy

Women with small early breast cancers may see better survival outcomes if they have a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy rather than a mastectomy. This is according to a new analysis to be published in the journal Cancer. Read More


Pancreatic Cancer Patients See Improved Survival with Abraxane

Pancreatic Cancer Patients See Improved Survival with Abraxane

Celegene Corp's drug Abraxane was determined to be effective at improving overall survival among pancreatic cancer patients when combined with chemotherapy, according to results from the drug's phase III clinical trial. 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



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