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New Method Increases Accuracy Of Ovarian Cancer Prognosis And Diagnosis

In her Genomic Signal Processing Lab at the University of Utah, Orly Alter develops new mathematical techniques, inspired by theoretical physics, for finding patterns in data. Source: Nathan L. Galli, University of Utah

Nearly anyone touched by ovarian cancer will tell you: it’s devastating. It’s bad enough that cancer in almost 80% of patients reaches advanced stages before diagnosis, and that most patients are expected to die within five years. But just as painfully, roughly one quarter of women diagnosed have no warning that they are resistant to […]

8 Reasons The US Surgeon General Should Announce That UV Tanning Causes Skin Cancer

Source: University of Colorado Cancer Center

A July, 2014 Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer by acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak points out that indoor tanning is “strongly associated with increased skin cancer risk,” but stops short of reporting that tanning causes cancer. A University of Colorado Cancer Center opinion published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine […]

Women With Ovarian Cancer Gain Extra Months With Addition Of Drug To Standard Chemotherapy

Robert L. Coleman, MD
Source: SGO

Medical researchers are always looking for ways to prevent or cure cancer. Given the complexity of this disease, reaching these milestones has been difficult. Nevertheless, improvements in treatment outcomes are an important stepping-stone along the way. For women with ovarian cancer, a particularly deadly form of gynecologic cancer, even improvements in treatment outcomes have been […]

Like Angelina Jolie, Study Pinpoints Genetic Cause Of Increased Leukemia Risk

Like Jolie's predisposition to breast and ovarian cancers with BRCA mutation, study shows mutated ETV6 ups leukemia risk.
Source: Gage Skidmore cc license

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in the journal Nature Genetics describes a newly-discovered, heritable genetic cause of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), namely mutation of the gene ETV6. Much like mutation of the gene BRCA marks people at risk to develop breast and ovarian cancers, identification of mutations in the gene ETV6 may […]

Researchers Solve Science Behind Scalp Cooling And The Reasons For Hair Loss In Cancer Treatment

The lowered temperature of the scalp could result in greatly reduced blood flow to the area, so that less of the drug finds its way to the hair follicles. It is also possible that cooling reduces the level of drug uptake in the region of the hair cells, or that the same effect is produced by a lowering of the metabolism.
Source: Image courtesy of University of Huddersfield

Hair loss is one of the most distressing side-effects of cancer treatment and can even deter some patients from undergoing life-saving chemotherapy. But researchers at the University of Huddersfield are establishing the scientific basis for a rapidly-advancing scalp cooling technology that can ensure hair retention in a vast number of cases. There is also an […]

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