Oncology
Starving cancer the key to new treatments

Starving cancer the key to new treatments

Sydney: Researchers have identified a vital supply route that cancer cells use to obtain their nutrients, in a discovery that could lead to new treatments to stop the growth of tumours. more

New drug combination may improve outcomes for women with advanced breast cancer when administered before surgery

New drug combination may improve outcomes for women with advanced breast cancer when administered before surgery

New Orleans (US): Results from the I-SPY 2 trial show that giving patients with HER2-positive invasive breast cancer a combination of theĀ drugs trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) and pertuzumab before surgery was more beneficial than the combination of paclitaxel plus trastuzumab. more

Pen-sized microscope to efficiently see cancer cells

Pen-sized microscope to efficiently see cancer cells

Washington: A hand-held, miniature microscope roughly the size of a pen can allow surgeons to “see” at a cellular level in the operating room and determine where to stop cutting the tumour to kill only cancerous cells and protect healthy cells. more

New test to better predict ovarian cancer risk

New test to better predict ovarian cancer risk

London: Researchers have improved an ultrasound test to predict the risk of ovarian tumours with great precision. more

Diabetes drug slows down growth of pancreatic cancer

Diabetes drug slows down growth of pancreatic cancer

New York: Researchers are likely to have uncovered a novel mechanism behind the ability of the common diabetes drug — metformin — to inhibit the progression of pancreatic cancer. more

Common painkiller with anti-cancer properties identified

Common painkiller with anti-cancer properties identified

New York: Researchers have identified a low-cost and readily accessible painkiller that has significant anti-cancer properties. more

New drug shows promise to treat colorectal cancer

New drug shows promise to treat colorectal cancer

Singapore: A small molecule drug combined with chemotherapy may effectively treat colorectal cancer patients, says a new study. more

New drug for children’s cancer found promising

New drug for children’s cancer found promising

New York: Researchers have identified a powerful new drug with “unparalleled” strength against forms of a children’s cancer that resist treatment. more

Biggest database for cancer drug discovery now in 3D

Biggest database for cancer drug discovery now in 3D

London: The world’s largest database for cancer drug discovery has been updated by adding three-dimensional structures of faulty proteins and maps of cancer’s communication networks, reports a study. more

Triple therapy to help fight deadly lung cancer

Triple therapy to help fight deadly lung cancer

Washington: In experimental models of lung cancer, researchers have found that a combination of two drugs plus radiation can help treat resistant lung cancers which are susceptible to therapy. more