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Novel Treatment Causes Cancer to Self-Destruct Without Affecting Healthy Cells

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Source: Albert Einstein College of Medicine From: PR Newswire Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have discovered the first compound that directly makes cancer cells commit suicide while sparing healthy cells. The new treatment approach, described in today’s issue of Cancer Cell, was directed against acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells but may also have potential for attacking other types …

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A step closer to treating oral cancer without surgery

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By: R. Prasad From: thehindu.com Using photothermal ablation oral cancer can be treated in 30-40 minutes as an outpatient service Researchers in Mumbai have moved a step closer to treating surface tumours such as oral, breast and cervical cancer and other tumours such melanoma and colon cancer through photothermal ablation using gold-polymer nanoparticles and near infrared light. The researchers from …

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Medical trials underway using HIV virus as cure for cancer-striken patients

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By: Marvin Scott From: pix11.com It was the killer of millions of people with AIDS more than three decades ago.  Now, a genetically altered HIV virus is being used to eradicate cancer. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center’s Abramson Cancer Unit have been using the breakthrough treatment with great success in clinical trials that began in 2010.  The …

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Compound that makes peppers hot could help kill cancer cells

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By: Stephen Feller From: upi.com The compound in chili peppers that makes them hot, capsaicin, has been known to kill prostate cancer cells for about a decade. Researchers have moved closer to a way of using the molecule in cancer treatment by figuring out how it works, they report in a new study. Capsaicin is already employed medically in pain …

Salt injection ‘kills cancer cells’

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By Press Association From: dailymail.co.uk Scientists have created a technique which can cause cancer cells to self-destruct by injecting them with salt. Researchers from the University of Southampton are part of an international team that has helped to create a molecule that can cause cancer cells to die by carrying sodium and chloride ions into the cells. Synthetic ion transporters …