May 2005


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May 26, 2005

Experimental human monoclonal antibody shows striking benefit in patients with advanced melanoma

Pfizer may now have a monoclonal antibody that can do exactly that - block the function of CTLA-4 and cause both regression and elimination of advanced melanoma,

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Posted at 6:51 PM

May 25, 2005

Inhaled IL-2 Improves Five-Year Survival for Advanced Renal Cancer

An inhaled form of interleukin-2 was associated with a five-year survival rate of 21% in patients with renal cell carcinoma that had metastasized to the lungs

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Posted at 2:55 PM

May 23, 2005

Obesity Is Risk Factor For Aggressive Prostate Cancer

researchers suggest that obesity appears to increase the risk of prostate cancer, particularly aggressive disease, and may make it harder to find.

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Posted at 1:55 PM

Men with spouses do better after prostate treatment

Being married or in a relationship significantly improves quality of life for prostate cancer patients following treatment, according to a study by researchers

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Posted at 8:30 AM

May 19, 2005

Modified Liver Cells Keep Diabetes under Control

Scientists have successfully modified liver cells to produce insulin that, when transplanted into mice, brought the diabetes under control.

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Posted at 1:45 PM

Nutrition Gene Key in Regulating Immune System

A gene that signals a yeast cell to make bread rise and mice to eat a better diet also helps selectively silence the immune system, researchers have found.

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Posted at 9:50 AM

Cystatin C May Push Creatinine Off Risk Radar

the study suggests that serum levels of cystatin C correlate with risk of all causes mortality as well as risk of cardiac event.

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Posted at 9:34 AM

May 18, 2005

Low-Fat Diet May Reduce Risk of Breast Cancer Relapse In Post Menopausal Women With Estrogen Receptor Negative Disease

the results of a study that suggests an intervention aimed at reducing dietary fat consumption can reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence. But as encouraging as the results are, the reliability of the study's outcome is questionable owing to factors such as

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Posted at 8:22 PM

May 17, 2005

Failed Lung Cancer Drug Could Help Shrink Breast Tumours

Giving women with early breast cancer a drug called gefitinib (Iressa®) before surgery could reduce the size of their tumours

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Posted at 2:33 PM

May 16, 2005

Cancer Treatment Success Stuns Scientists

... looks like a breakthrough and the first effective treatment for many people with myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, which is even more common than leukemia.

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Posted at 1:21 PM

Antibody, cancer drug combo shows promise against breast tumors

An antibody that targets the blood vessels nourishing tumors significantly reduced breast cancer formation and growth in mice when combined with a current cancer drug ...

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Posted at 12:24 PM

May 13, 2005

Vitamin D gaining importance in cancer

From osteoporosis to multiple sclerosis and cancer, vitamin D continues to be of interest to researchers and clinicians.

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Posted at 12:35 PM

Role of pentoxifylline and vitamin E in attenuation of radiation-induced fibrosis.

Here is a topic of great interest to many patients that have received radiation therapy as treatment for cancer, particularly patients that have suffered from head and neck cancer. Radiation-induced fibrosis, although relatively rare, can be extremely painful and disabilitating.

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Posted at 8:22 AM

May 12, 2005

Treating cancer: New Hope Cancer Center Is In The News

The Hernando Today-online edition has an article today that offers good insight into the quality and type of care that is available to the cancer patient at the New Hope Cancer Center in Spring Hill.

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Posted at 10:19 AM

A "Hidden" Biomarker in Prostate Cancer Cells - Researchers Find Way to Shake Loose

using a common chemotherapy agent, researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine have found a way to move an important biomarker expressed in prostate cancer, shaking it loose from one location in a cell - where it could not be accessed by blood - to another, easier to target area:

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Posted at 8:51 AM

May 11, 2005

Researchers Uncover Mechanisms Leading to Type I Diabetes

research indicates that insulin is the trigger that unleashes autoimmune lymphocytes to attack beta islet cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. Could a therapeutic approach to preventing the lymphocytes from attacking the beta islet cells [perhaps by a mechanism of CD8+(T-suppressor cell) activation] involve controlling NKT-cell activity

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Posted at 8:36 PM

May 9, 2005

Exercise 'slows prostate cancer'

Regular vigorous physical activity could slow the progression of prostate cancer in older men, a study has found.

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Posted at 9:38 PM

Three Dimensional Conformal Radiation therapy for Lung Cancer: a Brief Discussion of Potential Side Effects and Management

Multiple radiation beams are used to deliver a high dose of radiation to the tumor while minimizing the dose to normal tissue. Planning begins with a computed tomography (CT) simulation

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Posted at 11:59 AM

May 8, 2005

Antioxidants a key to 'long life' ?

boosting the body's levels of natural antioxidants could be the key to a long life. In their study, mice engineered to produce high levels of an antioxidant enzyme lived 20% longer and had less heart and other age-related diseases.

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Posted at 12:15 AM

May 6, 2005

Researchers extend mouse lifespan by protecting against free radicals

Free radicals and hydrogen peroxide continues to be a topic of research interest in cancer and chronic disease. Hydrogen peroxide,a waste product of metabolism, can be a precursor of free radicals that can damage cells. The damage can subsequently lead... ... more

Posted at 8:23 AM

May 5, 2005

Scientists Find Key Player in Cancer's Spread

A protein called VEGF-A, already known to stimulate the growth of blood vessels associated with tumors, may also help tumors spread cancer to lymph nodes, according to a new study.

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Posted at 8:25 AM

New Device That Sniffs Out Lung Cancer Brings 'New Hope' For Early Detection And Treatment

A new study shows that an experimental "electronic nose" can detect lung cancer in the exhaled breath of people with the disease.

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Posted at 12:49 AM

May 3, 2005

Unexpected lock and key mechanism found for the assembly of tumor blood vessels

The study revealed a critical lock and key mechanism that allows the final step in the completion of new blood vessel formation and promises to lead to a new way to halt tumor growth by cutting off the tumor blood supply.

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Posted at 11:28 AM

May 2, 2005

USC researchers determine mechanism of action of motexafin gadolinium (Xcytrin)

The chemotherapy drug motexafin gadolinium (brand name: Xcytrin, manufactured by Pharmacyclics, Inc) works to thwart cancer cells by disrupting key enzymes involved in cellular metabolism,

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Posted at 8:46 AM

Heat, Radiation Combo Strikes Strong Blow Against Tumors

Researchers now have strong evidence to suggest that turning up the heat on a cancerous tumor just before radiation therapy appears to destroy the tumor much more often than radiation alone does.

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Posted at 8:29 AM