Immunotherapy: The next frontier in cancer treatment?

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From MedCity News by Veciana-Suarez, Ana Though radiation sent Coris Shepard to the hospital with a burned esophagus for 21 days, it did little to the tumors in his left lung. The chemotherapy that followed didn’t work either. In fact, the stubborn cancer actually grew in size. At wit’s end and almost out of hope, he agreed to participate in …

Experimental ‘iKnife’ Tells Surgeon Whether Tissue Is Cancerous

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From Drugs.com An experimental surgical “knife” can accurately identify cancerous tissue as a surgeon cuts through it, creating the potential for shorter cancer surgeries that remove all traces of tumor, according to a study co-written by the device’s developers. The “iKnife” uses electricity to cauterize surgical incisions as they are made, and then samples the resulting smoke to determine whether …

New drug treats breast cancer

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The Walter And Eliza Hall Institute Breast cancer researchers Dr Delphine Merino, Dr François Vaillant, Professor Geoff Lindeman, Professor Jane Visvader and colleagues have shown that BH3-mimetic anti-cancer compounds were effective in treating aggressive breast cancers when combined with a conventional chemotherapy drug. Melbourne researchers have discovered that anti-cancer compounds currently in clinical trials for some types of leukaemia could …

“Miracle” Breast Cancer Drug and “Youth Hormone” Pill Steal Show at Prestigious Endocrine Society Conference

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PRNewswire/ — It may seem like an odd pairing: an oral growth hormone-boosting supplement and possible cure for breast cancer. But these were two of the most talked about topics at ENDO 2013, The Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual Meeting & Expo that just convened in San Francisco. And now some are saying this focus by some of the top internal medicine …

Bad News For Sugar Lovers

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Written by Dr Ann Lovick & Ron Baron I had an eye-opening experience with cancer (over 8 years ago) and learned that sugar was is like filet mignon to cancer cells. If you’ve ever heard of a PET Scan – it’s a process where you are injected with radioactive ‘sugar’ isotopes and then sent through the scanning tunnel. The radio …

New Drug May Help Immune System Fight Cancer

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An experimental drug that taps the power of the body’s immune system to fight cancer is shrinking tumors in patients for whom other treatments have failed, an early study shows. The drug binds to a protein called PD-L1 that sits on the surface of cancer cells and makes them invisible to the immune system, almost like a cloaking device. “That …