Cancer

Biologists Identify Possible New Strategy for Halting Brain Tumors

MIT biologists have discovered a fundamental mechanism that helps brain tumors called glioblastomas grow aggressively. After blocking this mechanism in mice, the researchers were able to halt tumor growth. The researchers also identified a genetic marker that could be used to predict which patients would most likely benefit from this type of treatment. Glioblastoma is

October 9th, 2017|Categories: Cancer, Disease Specific|Tags: , , |

Chemo-loaded nanoparticles target breast cancer that has spread to bone

Breast cancer that spreads often infiltrates bone, causing fractures and intense pain. In such cases, chemotherapy is ineffective because the environment of the bone protects the tumor, even as the drug has toxic side effects elsewhere in the body. Now, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a nanoparticle that

New Technology Helps Take Guesswork Out of Prostate Cancer Detection

For 61-year-old marketing director Gene Frazier, ignorance is anything but bliss. Frazier’s father died of complications from prostate cancer at 71, putting his son at an increased risk of developing the disease. Thanks to a new technology used by urologists at University of Missouri Health Care, he knows he’s not leaving his prostate health to

Researchers hit the brakes on lethal brain cancers in mice

New research conducted in mice provides evidence that highly lethal brain tumors, called high-grade gliomas, stop growing when deprived of a specific molecule naturally produced when brain cells fire. The experiments, led by a group of scientists from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, suggest that targeting a protein called neuroligin-3 may prove beneficial in patients

September 28th, 2017|Categories: Cancer, Disease Specific|Tags: , , , |

Zika virus kills brain cancer stem cells

While Zika virus causes devastating damage to the brains of developing fetuses, it one day may be an effective treatment for glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer. New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine shows that the virus kills brain

The Vital Role of Emerging Gene Transfer Methods in T-cell Cancer Therapy

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, with new cases expected to rise by 70 percent over the next two decades, making the search for an effective treatment more important now than ever before. Great strides have been made in recent years in the form of cancer immunotherapies. Inspired by discoveries about

September 1st, 2017|Categories: Cancer, Disease Specific|Tags: , , |

Increased Endometrial Cancer Rates Found in Women with High Levels of Cadmium

By Derek Thompson Researcher recommends women limit cadmium intake More than 31,000 new cases of endometrial cancer are expected to be diagnosed in 2017. Through a five-year observational study recently published in PLOS One, researchers at the University of Missouri found that women with increased levels of cadmium — a metal commonly found in foods

NCI study identifies essential genes for cancer immunotherapy

A new study identifies genes that are necessary in cancer cells for immunotherapy to work, addressing the problem of why some tumors don’t respond to immunotherapy or respond initially but then stop as tumor cells develop resistance to immunotherapy. The study, from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), was led by Nicholas Restifo, M.D., a senior

August 9th, 2017|Categories: Cancer, Disease Specific|Tags: , , |