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New ‘Cancer Goggles’ help surgeons spot malignant tumors

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By: Danielle Scruggs and Shirley Washington From: fox2now.com New hi-tech goggles that allow doctors to see cancer cells during surgery will be tested in clinical trials at hospitals across the country. The innovative glasses, known as Cancer Goggles, were invented by Washington University professor of radiology, Dr. Samuel Achilefu. The new technology injects patients with a bio-luminescent marker that attaches to …

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Bananas May Help Detect, Cure Skin Cancer

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From: discovery.com The black spots on old banana peels may unlock a faster, easier diagnosis of human skin cancer, boosting survival chances, scientists said Monday. When bananas ripen, their skin is covered in small, round black spots caused by an enzyme known as tyrosinase. The same enzyme is present in human skin, and in greater quantities in people suffering from …

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UK Green-Lights New Drug For Advanced Skin Cancer

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By: Katrina Pascual From: techtimes.com Pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb has received a nod from United Kingdom’s health cost regulators for the use of its drug Opdivo (nivolumab) in skin cancer cases. The company previously failed to obtain the same recommendation from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for Opdivo as lung tumor treatment. Following the approval, the …

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FDA approves drug that uses herpes virus to fight cancer

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From: cbsnews.com Federal health officials on Tuesday approved a first-of-a-kind drug that uses the herpes virus to infiltrate and destroy deadly skin cancer tumors. The Food and Drug Administration approved the injectable drug from Amgen Inc. for patients with hard-to-treat melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer that is expected to be diagnosed in 74,000 U.S. patients this year. For …

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Fast-tracked skin cancer drug pembrolizumab gets approval

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From: bbc.com A new drug for advanced skin cancer should be made available on the NHS in England, experts recommend. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says pembrolizumab is cost-effective to use in patients who have already tried and not benefited from another drug called ipilimumab. Pembrolizumab (Keytruda) has already been fast-tracked through approval checks in England via …

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Study supports cancer link with height

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From: bbc.com A Swedish study of five million people appears to support the theory that height and cancer risk are linked. The study found that taller people had a slightly higher risk of breast cancer and skin cancer, among other cancers. Its results found that for every extra 10cm (4in) of height, when fully grown, the risk of developing cancer …

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Thousands of cancer patients to be denied treatment

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By:Laura Donnelly From: telegraph.co.uk More than 5,000 cancer patients will be denied life-extending drugs under plans which charities say are a “dreadful” step backwards for the NHS. Health officials have just announced sweeping restrictions on treatment, which will mean patients with breast, bowel, skin and pancreatic cancer will no longer be able to receive drugs funded by the NHS. In …

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Melanoma trial begins as new cancer drugs show promise

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By: Ken Alltucker From: azcentral.com Joel Spatt thought his skin-cancer scare was over after a doctor removed a small growth on his cheek eight years ago. But in 2012, the Cave Creek man began to feel pain through his arm from a disk injury in his neck. He returned to a doctor and underwent tests and scans of his back. …

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This Drink Could Protect You From Skin Cancer

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By: Alice Park From: time.com The sun is the biggest culprit in causing skin cancer, but there’s a beverage that may thwart some of the tumor-causing effects of ultraviolet ray You may grab a cup (or two) of coffee every morning to help you wake up and face the day, but you may also be doing your skin a favor. …

Breakthrough drug sets body on cancer warpath means new future for patients

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By: Lucy Johnson From: express.co.uk A DRUG which unleashes the body’s immune system against tumours has been hailed as a “new dawn in cancer treatment” Experts are amazed at the success of the trials, which one oncologist said were “almost too good to be true”. The results are so promising that a recent trial of the therapy in patients with …