Oncology
As radiation therapy declined so did second cancers in childhood cancer survivors

As radiation therapy declined so did second cancers in childhood cancer survivors

Washington: Childhood cancer survivors are living longer. Now research shows they are also less likely to develop second cancers while still young. The decline followed a sharp drop in the use of radiation therapy for treatment of childhood cancers. more

Vaccine shows promising results for early-stage breast cancer patients

Vaccine shows promising results for early-stage breast cancer patients

Washington: Deregulation and inhibition of the immune system contributes to cancer development. Many therapeutic strategies aim to re-stimulate the immune system to recognize cancer cells and target them for destruction. more

More complications, less satisfaction in breast cancer patients who get radiation, implants

More complications, less satisfaction in breast cancer patients who get radiation, implants

Washington: Many breast cancer patients who have a mastectomy will consider breast reconstruction. But for a portion of these women, radiation therapy is also recommended — and that can alter the tissue around the breast, impacting reconstruction efforts. more

Safety concerns linger for generic oncology drugs in developing countries

Safety concerns linger for generic oncology drugs in developing countries

Washington: Although generic oncology drugs can reduce patient costs and improve treatment access, the safety of these drugs in developing countries is uncertain, according to an international research team led by Dr Charles Bennett, Josie M Fletcher professor and chairman of the S C SmartState Centre in Medication Safety and Efficacy at the College of Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina. more

New research paves way for anti-cancer treatment

New research paves way for anti-cancer treatment

London: Researchers at the University of Huddersfield have developed a new lab technique that may aid the development and success rate of an important anti-cancer treatment. Used particularly in cases of liver cancer, polymer beads are injected into arteries that feed a tumour, where they block the blood flow, cutting off the supply of oxygen and nutrients. The beads then also release an anticancer drug directly into the tumour, reducing the systemic side effects. more

Precision medicine test helps guide breast cancer patients’ chemotherapy decision

Precision medicine test helps guide breast cancer patients’ chemotherapy decision

Washington: One of the earliest widespread applications of precision medicine in cancer care is helping patients and physicians decide whether chemotherapy is needed, a new study finds. more

Artificial intelligence expedites breast cancer risk prediction

Artificial intelligence expedites breast cancer risk prediction

Houston (US): Researchers at Houston Methodist have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) software that reliably interprets mammograms, assisting doctors with a quick and accurate prediction of breast cancer risk. more

A new way to diagnose and treat lung cancer

A new way to diagnose and treat lung cancer

Singapore: A team of researchers from Singapore has discovered a class of small RNA molecules, known as oncomiRs, which are responsible for fuelling lung cancer. Published in Nature Communications, the findings provide fresh insight into understanding therapy resistance in lung cancer and unveil new avenues to monitor and treat the disease more effectively. more

A new way of looking at cancer

A new way of looking at cancer

Singapore: Clusters of circulating cells commonly found in the blood of cancer patients have long been the subject of research on cancer. These clusters have been regarded for more than 50 years as malignant cells that have broken off from the primary tumour, spreading cancer to other parts of the body. more

‘Holy grail’ of breast cancer prevention in high-risk women may be in sight

‘Holy grail’ of breast cancer prevention in high-risk women may be in sight

Sydney: Australian researchers have discovered that an existing medication could have promise in preventing breast cancer in women carrying a faulty BRCA1 gene. more