- Brain Cancer (Awesome Library)
Provides resources on brain cancer as well as other cancers. 08-05
- Breast Cancer (Awesome Library)
Provides resources on breast cancer as well as other cancers. 08-05
- Cancer Research (National Cancer Institute)
Provides information on clinical trials in progress, results of research, and more. 1-04
- Clinical Trials for Cancer (MDAnderson.org)
Provides information for those interested in clinical trials. 11-02
- Colorectal Cancer (Awesome Library)
Provides resources on colorectal cancer as well as other cancers. 08-05
- Lung Cancer (Awesome Library)
Provides resources on lung cancer as well as other cancers. 08-05
- Skin Cancer (Awesome Library)
Provides resources on skin cancer as well as other cancers. 08-05
- -04-08-09 Prostate Cancer Drug Shows Promise (Time.com)
"An experimental drug for advanced prostate cancer has shown preliminary success in the first and second phases of clinical trials, shrinking cancer tumors in the lab and reducing signs of the disease in patients with drug-resistant cancer, according to a report published in the April 10 issue of the journal Science."
"Prostate cancer, which kills 29,000 men in the U.S. each year, is a tenacious disease in advanced stages." 04-09
- -04-16-08 The Kanzius Machine: Cure for Cancer? (CBS News)
"Here's the important part: if clinical trials pan out-and there's still a long way to go-the Kanzius machine will zap cancer cells all through your body without the need for drugs or surgery and without side effects. None at all. At least that's the idea." 04-08
- -05-14-09 Study: Ginger Helps Chemo Nausea (CBS News)
"Ginger, long used as a folk remedy for soothing tummyaches, helped tame one of the most dreaded side effects of cancer treatment - nausea from chemotherapy, the first large study to test the herb for this has found. "
"People who started taking ginger capsules several days before a chemo infusion had fewer and less severe bouts of nausea afterward than others who were given dummy capsules, the federally funded study found." 05-09
- -05-19-09 Stems Cells Target Tumors (U.S. News)
"In mice, genetically engineered cells killed cancer but spared healthy cells." 05-09
- -12-25-07 New Proton Machines for Combating Cancer (New York Times)
"The machines accelerate protons to nearly the speed of light and shoot them into tumors. Scientists say proton beams are more precise than the X-rays now typically used for radiation therapy, meaning fewer side effects from stray radiation and, possibly, a higher cure rate."
"X-rays, which are high-energy electromagnetic waves, pass through the body, depositing their energy all along the way, not just in the tumor. By contrast, protons — subatomic particles with a positive electrical charge — can be made to stop on the tumor and dump most of their payload there." 12-07
- -01 Breakthrough in Understanding Disease (New York Times)
"The findings, which are the fruit of an immense federal project involving 440 scientists from 32 laboratories around the world, will have immediate applications for understanding how alterations in the non-gene parts of DNA contribute to human diseases, which may in turn lead to new drugs. They can also help explain how the environment can affect disease risk. In the case of identical twins, small changes in environmental exposure can slightly alter gene switches, with the result that one twin gets a disease and the other does not."
"As scientists delved into the 'junk' — parts of the DNA that are not actual genes containing instructions for proteins — they discovered a complex system that controls genes. At least 80 percent of this DNA is active and needed. The result of the work is an annotated road map of much of this DNA, noting what it is doing and how. It includes the system of switches that, acting like dimmer switches for lights, control which genes are used in a cell and when they are used, and determine, for instance, whether a cell becomes a liver cell or a neuron."
"In one of the Nature papers, researchers link the gene switches to a range of human diseases — multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease — and even to traits like height. In large studies over the past decade, scientists found that minor changes in human DNA sequences increase the risk that a person will get those diseases. But those changes were in the junk, now often referred to as the dark matter — they were not changes in genes — and their significance was not clear. The new analysis reveals that a great many of those changes alter gene switches and are highly significant."
" 'Most of the changes that affect disease don’t lie in the genes themselves; they lie in the switches,' said Michael Snyder, a Stanford University researcher for the project, called Encode, for Encyclopedia of DNA Elements." 09-12
- -A Single Antibody May Cure Multiple Cancers (Time.com)
"A single treatment to cure all cancers? Scientists may be one step closer."
"In a recent study, scientists reported that they successfully tested an antibody treatment that shrank human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate tumors transplanted into mice. The antibody blocks a protein called CD47, which normally sits on the cell surface and issues a 'don’t eat me' signal that prevents the body’s immune system from attacking it."
"The researchers started by exposing tumor cells to macrophages, and the CD47-blocking antibody treatment, in a petri dish. When the antibody wasn’t present, the tumor cells survived. But when the antibody bound itself to CD47 and blocked its 'don’t eat me' signal, the macrophages destroyed the cancers." 03-12
- -Editorial: The Health Care Act and Cancer (CNN News)
This editorial is by John R. Seffrin. Seffrin the is chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN)."
"The debate over health care has been epically divisive. But it is almost universally accepted that the existing health care system is badly in need of repair. People with cancer and other life-threatening chronic diseases have long been routinely denied coverage outright, charged exorbitant costs for care and forced to spend their savings to get the care they need, simply because they have a pre-existing condition."
"The law addresses this national moral failing with numerous provisions that help to expand access to quality, affordable health care, including those that prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, charging patients higher premiums because of their health status and suddenly revoking coverage when a person falls ill with a disease such as cancer." 06-12
- -High School Student Finds a Possible Cure for Cancer (CBS News)
"Angela's idea was to mix cancer medicine in a polymer that would attach to nanoparticles -- nanoparticles that would then attach to cancer cells and show up on an MRI. so doctors could see exactly where the tumors are. Then she thought shat if you aimed an infrared light at the tumors to melt the polymer and release the medicine, thus killing the cancer cells while leaving healthy cells completely unharmed."
"It'll take years to know if it works in humans -- but in mice -- the tumors almost completely disappeared." 01-12
- -Recon 2: A Next Step in Curing Disease (Healthland.Time.com)
"Recon 2 resembles a 'Google map' since it consolidates all the details of human metabolism functions into one interactive tool and allows users to zoom in to view as much detail, at a cellular level, as they want, or to zoom out to get a broader perspective of all the different metabolic reactions that might be involved in a particular function. Such analyses can reveal patterns in function that might not otherwise be obvious to scientists working on more limited projects."
" 'Ultimately, I envision it being used to personalize diagnosis and treatment to meet the needs of individual patients. In the future, this capability could enable doctors to develop virtual models of their patients’ individual metabolic networks and identify the most efficacious treatment for various diseases including diabetes, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases,' said Ines Thiele, a professor at the University of Iceland in a statement describing the work." 03-13
- -Scientists Identify Gene for Spread of Cancer (CBS News)
"Scientists in England say they have identified the gene that is responsible for cancer's spread through the body - raising the possibility of a 'one-size-fits-all' cure for the disease by developing a drug that switches off the gene.Most deaths from cancer result from its gradual metastasis, or spreading, from the original cancer site to other tissues and organs." 01-11
- Cancer - Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (Leukemia and Lymphoma Society)
Describes the diagnosis and treatment of AML. 2-03
- Cancer - Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (MatchShannon.com)
Shannon Tavarez was a star of the show "Lion King." She has died of AML (November 2, 2010), but her quest for gaining more volunteers for bone marrow transplants goes on. Her appeal identified an estimated 10,000 potential volunteers. 11-10
- Cancer Information (American Cancer Society)
Provides news, medical updates, and more.
- Cancer Progress (CNN News)
"Doctors at MD Anderson believe that dying from cancer can eventually be as rare as dying from pneumonia. And DePinho believes this can happen sooner rather later for patients suffering from the following five types of cancer:"
"-- lung cancer
-- triple negative breast cancer and ovarian cancer (which are very similar on the molecular level)
-- prostate cancer
-- acute myeloid leukemia/myelodysplastic syndrome & chronic lymphocytic leukemia (blood cancers)" 09-12
- Cells Engineered to Fight Cancer (ABC News)
"Researchers took immune system cells from the blood of 17 advanced melanoma patients who, like Origer, had not been helped by conventional treatments. Origer had only three months to four months left to live when the experimental treatment began."
"These ordinary blood cells, called T cells, were genetically engineered to become cancer-fighting cells that could recognize and attack the life-threatening melanoma." 09-06
- Center - Johnsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCLA)
Provides news about cancer research, availability of therapies, and a search engine for information about cancer (oncology). 6-99
- Decision-Support Tools (American Cancer Society)
"Treatment Decision Tools, like these Cancer Profilers, can help you make an informed decision about your treatment. Using these tools, you can access the detailed analysis of your specific condition, uncover a statistical breakdown of treatment types, and pinpoint the exact topics you should discuss with your doctor." Requires registration. 1-04
- Eggs Saved for Future Fertility in Child Cancer Cases (BBC News)
"Israeli scientists say that they have extracted and matured eggs from girls as young as five to freeze for possible fertility treatment in the future." 06-07
- Finding Treatment Centers (American Cancer Society)
"Search these databases and directories for hospitals, healthcare facilities, and physician information. Get information about services offered, treatments available, and doctor specialties to help find the right treatment center for you." 1-04
- Genetic Sequencing and Treatment for Cancer (New York Times)
"Scientists had compared the entire genetic sequences of the tumor cells invading her body with those in her healthy cells, searching for mutated tumor genes that could be thwarted by drugs approved for other cancers or even other diseases. That had led them to give her an expensive drug approved just a month earlier for melanoma patients. It had never been given to anyone with a blood cell cancer like hers. In theory, the drug should have killed her. Instead, it seemed to have halted or even reversed her cancer."
"But would it last? And what would it mean if it did not?" 07-12
- Helping Children Cope with Cancer (ABC News)
"Truth, Harpham says, is the most important thing parents with cancer can offer their children."
"She says tell children to keep doing what children do — going to school and playing with friends. And make sure your children don't feel guilty for worrying about themselves."
"There are few children who haven't heard about the ravages of cancer, so experts say remind them not all cancers are the same." 01-06
- Leukemia - Cancer Cure Approved (CenterWatch)
Describes the research on the new drug, STI-571 or Gleevec, which has been shown to attack only cancer cells and provide a very high rate of cure in leukemia. The FDA approved its use. 5-02
- Liquid Radiation Has Fewer Side Effects (ABC News)
"A study published in today's New England Journal of Medicine offers encouraging news about a novel way to fight cancer. It finds that injecting a type of liquid radiation, called Bexxar, into patients with lymphoma — a cancer of the immune system — can fight the disease more quickly and with fewer side effects that existing treatments. The approach might eventually be used on a variety of cancers."
"The radioactive drug is delivered intravenously and works like a guided missile. It travels throughout the body, homing in on a specific protein found on the cancer cells." 2-05
- New Cancer Drug Approved (CBS News)
"A new drug that combats both a rare stomach cancer and advanced kidney cancer won speedy federal approval Thursday."
"Sunitinib, to be marketed by Pfizer Inc. as Sutent, is the first cancer drug to simultaneously win Food and Drug Administration approval for two conditions, the agency said." 01-06
- New Pill Adds Months to Lives of Prostate Cancer Patients (Time.com)
"A new drug helps men with advanced prostate cancer live longer, even after they have not been helped by other treatments, researchers reported Wednesday. The drug, called enzalutamide, is a pill that tackles prostate tumors from several different directions, interfering with molecular pathways that help them grow. It does not cause the nausea, hair loss and other side effects often associated with chemotherapy." 08-12
- Nutrition After Treatment (American Cancer Society)
"Cancer treatment can greatly affect your nutritional needs. Whether you need help dealing with side effects or simply want to make sure you maintain your health, these resources will help." 1-04
- Proton Radiation Therapy for Cancer (Proton-Therapy.org)
"There is a significant difference between standard (x-ray) radiation treatment and proton therapy. If given in sufficient doses, x-ray radiation techniques will control many cancers. But, because of the physician's inability to adequately conform the irradiation pattern to the cancer, healthy tissues may receive a similar dose and can be damaged. Consequently, a less- than-desired dose is frequently used to reduce damage to healthy tissues and avoid unwanted side effects. The power of protons is that higher doses of radiation can be used to control and manage cancer while significantly reducing damage to healthy tissue and vital organs." 07-08
- Study: Curry Spice Kills Cancer (BBC News)
"An extract found in the bright yellow curry spice turmeric can kill off cancer cells, scientists have shown."
"The chemical - curcumin - has long been thought to have healing powers and is already being tested as a treatment for arthritis and even dementia." 10-09
- Types of Treatment (American Cancer Society)
"What treatment is best for you? Which methods have proven to be most effective? Here you can find answers to your questions, plus learn about what to ask your physician, what's new in research, and what you can expect after treatment is over." 1-04