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  • Cancer drug discovery system is broken, global summit hears

    Cancer / Oncology News From Medical News Today
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The global system for discovering new cancer drugs is 'broken', and failing to turn dramatic scientific advances into enough innovative, game-changing medicines, a world-leading UK expert has...
  • Selenium effective treatment against breast cancer, study suggests

    Breast Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Selenium, when attached to a monoclonal antibody presently used to treat breast cancer, has shown greater success in destroying cancer cells in a patient who has developed resistance to the chemotherapy, research demonstrates. Almost a quarter of a million people were diagnosed with breast cancer this year, while another 3 million are living with the disease.
  • Silencing the speech gene FOXP2 causes breast cancer cells to metastasize

    Breast Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    It is an intricate network of activity that enables breast cancer cells to move from the primary breast tumor and set up new growths in other parts of the body, a process known as metastasis. Researchers have now discovered an unexpected link between a transcription factor known to regulate speech and language development and metastatic colonization of breast cancer.
  • New analysis methodology may revolutionize breast cancer therapy

    Breast Cancer News From Medical News Today
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Stroma cells are derived from connective tissue and may critically influence tumour growth. This knowledge is not new.
  • Novel software application can stratify early-stage non-small cell lung cancer patients

    Cancer News -- ScienceDaily
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Computer-Aided Nodule Assessment and Risk Yield, is a novel software tool that can automatically quantitate adenocarcinoma pulmonary nodule characteristics from non-invasive high resolution computed tomography images and stratify non-small cell lung cancer patients into risk groups that have significantly different disease-free survival outcome.
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  • Remembering When I Had A Baby For The First Time

    12 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    The last time I have given birth to children has been a really long time ago. I clearly remember it like it was yesterday. I was making a big big list months in advance of all the stuff that I needed to get. But you need so much stuff when you are having a baby that you will always forget a lot of what you really end up needing. So for that reason I continuously kept adding more things to the list until the list became really big. Everything that I could think of was on that list. But then I did an internet search for baby stuff lists and I quickly figured out that there was much more stuff…
  • Went To The Gym For The First Time Today

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    I must confess I’m not exactly the slimmest girl on the block. I’m not chubby either, don’t get me wrong. However… we do have a slight tendency towards becoming slightly obese over a long period of time in our family. I see it as a genetic trait. My mom has it, my dad has it. Even my sister has it. And I have it too. I eat healthy foods most of the time, but still I gain weight when I’m not exercising at the same time. I suppose those few chunks of chocolate that I have per week are really adding up to the total calorie count. Today, I hit the gym together with a…
  • Welcome To My New Website, The Artsiest Asylum On The Net!

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:12 am
    Hello world, my name is Amber! This is my very first blog. I’ve never really written anything on the web before. Well, except maybe on Facebook. But I would hardly count that as publishing anything worhtwhile. A friend of mine has helped me set up this website, because I couldn’t do it when I was going at it alone. I was looking for a good domain name and came up with this one. Turns out it was just expiring. It used to belong to a woman named Susan Reynolds, who had now forwarded it to her new blog. I’ve taken the liberty of reading some of her writing. Susan Reynolds has…
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  • YEATS Protein Potential Therapeutic Target for Cancer

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    Federal Express® and UPS® are no match for the human body when it comes to distribution. There exists in cancer biology an impressive packaging and delivery system that influences whether your body will develop cancer or not.
  • Cancer exosomes are 'micro factories' that aid in tumor growth

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    Exosomes, tiny, virus-sized particles released by cancer cells, can bioengineer micro-RNA (miRNA) molecules resulting in tumor growth. They do so with the help of proteins, such as one named Dicer.
  • Two faculty elected to Institute of Medicine

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Two leaders at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies in recognition of their contributions to medical science and health care.
  • MD Anderson study first to compare treatments, survival benefits for early-stage lung cancer

    15 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Removal of the entire lobe of lung may offer patients with early-stage lung cancer better overall survival when compared with a partial resection, and stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) may offer the same survival benefit as a lobectomy for some patients, according to a study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb and MD Anderson Cancer Center Announce Novel Research Collaboration

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE: BMY) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center today announced a novel clinical research collaboration to evaluate multiple immunotherapies, including Opdivo (nivolumab), Yervoy (ipilimumab) and three early-stage clinical immuno-oncology assets from Bristol-Myers Squibb, as potential treatment options for acute and chronic leukemia as well as other hematologic malignancies.
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    Prostate Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Finally: Missing link between vitamin D, prostate cancer

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:40 pm
    A new study offers compelling evidence that inflammation may be the link between vitamin D and prostate cancer. Specifically, the study shows that the gene GDF-15, known to be upregulated by vitamin D, is notably absent in samples of human prostate cancer driven by inflammation.
  • Prostate cancer's penchant for copper may be a fatal flaw

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Like discriminating thieves, prostate cancer tumors scavenge and hoard copper that is an essential element in the body. But such avarice may be a fatal weakness, scientists report. Researchers have found a way to kill prostate cancer cells by delivering a trove of copper along with a drug that selectively destroys the diseased cells brimming with the mineral, leaving non-cancer cells healthy.
  • Treating cancer: Biologists find gene that could stop tumors in their tracks

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
    A gene in a soil amoeba that can overcompensate for the specific mutations of a similar gene has been found by researchers. In humans, those genetic mutations can often lead to tumor growth. Researchers are now looking for a separate human gene that could overcompensate for mutations in the same way.
  • Elevated cholesterol, triglycerides may increase risk for prostate cancer recurrence

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:41 am
    Higher levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides, two types of fat, in the blood of men who underwent surgery for prostate cancer, were associated with increased risk for disease recurrence, according to a study.
  • RNA molecules found in urine, tissue that detect prostate cancer

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    Potential biomarkers may pave way to a more sensitive, specific, and non-invasive prostate cancer screening assay, according to a report. Today, prostate cancer is primarily detected and monitored by testing for high concentrations of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in blood samples. The researchers believe that they have identified a group of RNA molecules that hold the potential for serving as better prognostic markers for prostate cancer.
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    Lung Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Novel software application can stratify early-stage non-small cell lung cancer patients

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Computer-Aided Nodule Assessment and Risk Yield, is a novel software tool that can automatically quantitate adenocarcinoma pulmonary nodule characteristics from non-invasive high resolution computed tomography images and stratify non-small cell lung cancer patients into risk groups that have significantly different disease-free survival outcome.
  • Powerful new class of weapons found in the war on cancer

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Small molecules that can represent a new class of anticancer drugs with a novel target for the treatment of lung cancer have been identified by an interdisciplinary team of researchers. "These compounds hold potential as an entirely new class of anticancer drugs with a unique therapeutic target for the treatment of cancers," one expert noted.
  • Highly effective new anti-cancer drug shows few side effects in mice

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    A new drug, OTS964, can eradicate aggressive human lung cancers transplanted into mice, scientists report. It inhibits the action of a protein that is overproduced by several tumor types but is rarely expressed in healthy adult tissues. Without it, cancer cells fail to complete the cell-division process and die.
  • Fast modeling of cancer mutations

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    A new genome-editing technique enables rapid analysis of genes mutated in tumors, researchers report. Sequencing the genomes of tumor cells has revealed thousands of genetic mutations linked with cancer. However, sifting through this deluge of information to figure out which of these mutations actually drive cancer growth has proven to be a tedious, time-consuming process -- until now.
  • Blood biomarker may detect lung cancer

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    A new study shows that patients with stage I to stage III non-small cell lung cancer have different metabolite profiles in their blood than those of patients who are at risk but do not have lung cancer.
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    my Breast Cancer blog

  • HIS Breast Cancer

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Filmmaker Chris Thibault reached out to me today. He shared with me a documentary he is making about HIS breast cancer. Yes, HIS breast cancer. He is THAT GUY, and he wants you to know about it. So do I.
  • Babbling About Breast Cancer

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    My voice is on the Internet. I am not quite sure how I feel about that, but if you have 45 minutes to spare and want to hear me babble on about breast cancer, well, then, here you go. World Changer Sessions offer behind-the-scenes access into the journeys of forward-thinking, big-hearted, conscious individuals who are pioneering positive […]
  • I Can Give Her Presents

    6 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Today, I passed on my wig and a bundle of gifty items to a friend who will embark this week on chemotherapy for breast cancer. I do not know if my almost-40-year-old pal will use the wig because she has already chosen one that makes her look like a young college kid. But I do […]
  • A Night to Remember

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    It has been almost TEN YEARS since I stood with a malignant tumor in my left breast and watched my sleeping 3-year-old in his big-boy bed and my sleeping 18-month-old in his comfy crib and tried like mad to crush the panic in my gut that told me I may not see these beautiful beings grow up. And […]
  • On Paper

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    This is me. On paper. In black and white. Defined by numbers. Like 1.1 (size of my breast cancer tumor in centimeters), 1 (stage of my disease), 4 (number of lymph nodes removed), 12 (number of Herception infusions I received), 93 (percentage that predicted my survival for 5 years). The numbers go on and on. […]
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    Colon Cancer News -- ScienceDaily

  • Oral drug reduces formation of precancerous polyps in colon

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Inflammatory cells in the colon, or polyps, are very common after the age of 50. Most are benign, but some will develop into colon cancer. Now, in an animal study, an oral medication has successfully treated chronic, precancerous inflammation in the intestine.
  • Hormone loss could be involved in colon cancer

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:37 am
    Like diabetes, colon cancer may be caused in part by the loss of one hormone, suggesting hormone replacement therapy could stall cancer formation. New evidence suggests that human colon cells may become cancerous when they lose the ability to produce a hormone that helps the cells maintain normal biology. If verified by further studies, it suggests that treating patients at high risk for colon cancer by replacing the hormone guanylin could prevent the development of cancer.
  • Colorectal cancer: New clues for early detection

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Potential new ways to test for the first signs of one of the most deadly types of cancer, colorectal cancer, have been discovered by researchers. They have found new “biomarkers:” molecules whose increased presence or absence in tissue suggests the development of tumorous cells. These indicators could help detect colorectal cancer at an early stage, predict its severity or even offer new treatments.
  • Flies with colon cancer help unravel genetic keys to disease in humans

    8 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    A fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) model has been developed that reproduces human colon cancer. Through their work, the scientists have identified a human gene that favors the proliferation of tumour cells in early stages of colon cancer. Flies, it turns out, are useful for faster and more economic drug screening.
  • Access to minimally invasive colon cancer surgery varies by location

    6 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Where patients live in the country may determine whether they receive minimally invasive colon cancer surgery, a new study finds. "Although every patient makes his or her own unique decision, most patients offered a laparoscopic colectomy will strongly consider this approach, given the benefits of minimally invasive surgery. Our study shows that these are benefits may not be available to patients who live in certain regions," says the lead author of the study.
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    EurekAlert! - Cancer

  • Prognostic factors identified for peripheral squamous cell carcinomas of the lung

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer) A better survival outcome is associated with low blood levels of squamous cell carcinoma antigen, or absence of tumor invasion either into the space between the lungs and chest wall or into blood vessels of individuals with a peripheral squamous cell carcinoma, a type of non-small cell lung cancer.
  • Scientists engineer toxin-secreting stem cells to treat brain tumors

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Harvard University) Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have devised a new way to use stem cells in the fight against brain cancer. A team led by neuroscientist Khalid Shah, M.S., Ph.D., who recently demonstrated the value of stem cells loaded with cancer-killing herpes viruses, now has a way to genetically engineer stem cells so that they can produce and secrete tumor-killing toxins.
  • UTSW researchers receive CPRIT funding to expand genetic screening program

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (UT Southwestern Medical Center) Genetic screening services for rural and underserved populations will expand from six to 22 counties in North Texas under a $1.5 million grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
  • YEATS protein potential therapeutic target for cancer

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) Federal Express and UPS are no match for the human body when it comes to distribution. There exists in cancer biology an impressive packaging and delivery system that influences whether your body will develop cancer or not.
  • Cancer exosome 'micro factories' aid in cancer progression

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) Exosomes, tiny, virus-sized particles released by cancer cells, can bioengineer micro-RNA molecules resulting in tumor growth. They do so with the help of proteins, such as one named Dicer.
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    Cancer Treatment

  • Another hidden side of breast cancer - male patients

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Yes breast cancer can and does occur in men. Less than 0.1 percent of all breast cancer diagnoses are male (I think that's the number - its very low). Until I was diagnosed with breast cancer I had no idea men could get breast cancer. Then a friend's cat died of breast cancer. Basically any animal with the right physiology can get breast cancer.So if you think its bad to get breast cancer as a woman. How do you think a man would feel if he walked into the breast cancer treatment area and its full of women? Or he had to go for a mammogram in the 'pink area' of the hospital?read more
  • Another case of the warm fuzzies

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Now that we are past the age where the three martini lunch was an acceptable daily interlude, it is not acceptable for anyone to be under the influence of anything (other than a post-four hour meeting daze) in the work more
  • Not for me

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:05 am
    I frequently get requests on my blog to blog about something else, besides me and my ailments. I usually decline because they are not the focus of my blog - which can be summed up as things that interest me or annoy me. (How's that for a bit of selfishness?) I have even updated my home page with a note that I will not blog about other people's  issues. No one reads that. I still get requests.Yesterday I got a request:read more
  • The important things about blogging

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    This sort of goes back to why I blog. I blog about what I want to, what appeals to me, the mood I'm in, how I am feeling, or whatever is on my mind. When I started blogging I never dreamed I would be blogging for so long but I more
  • Overpinked

    Carolines Breast Cancer Blog
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    Yesterday I went off for a day of fun and shopping with a friend. On the way home, while stopped at a light, I noticed pink signs in front of the Valvoline oil change place for windshield wipers.... We didn't get the more
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  • New College Scholarship Announced for Breast Cancer Survivors

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:07 pm
    I’d like to introduce you to a new scholarship program for breast cancer survivors- The Triumph Over Breast Cancer Scholarship- created and funded by Icing On The Ring. This $1000 scholarship is open to any student who is currently fighting breast cancer, in remission from breast cancer or has beaten breast cancer. Additional requirements include: Applicant must be either currently accepted to or attending an accredited university. Applicants must have a minimum 2.8 GPA. Applicants must submit an official copy of their transcript. How to Apply Complete the Icing On The Ring Triumph…
  • Pesticides & Food

    20 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    This infographic was created by Garrick Dee of JuicingWithG, a blog that’s all about juicing. The information presented here was taken directly from the Environmental Working Group’s website. For more information on when to buy organic produce vs. conventional produce, click HERE.  
  • Reliable, Relevant Cancer Info Delivered Straight to Your Inbox

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:14 pm
      Medivizor provides personalized, reliable medical information to people coping with serious or chronic medical conditions.  Medical conditions currently supported include breast cancer, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma, melanoma and prostate cancer as well as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and infertility. It’s similar to a google alert but much, much better.  Medivizor‘s FREE service scans hundreds of clinical reports; selects the ones most relevant to you; interprets the content; and notifies you of the findings in simple terms that even…
  • Recipes to Nourish Your Body During Cancer Treatments & Beyond

    14 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Smoky Chickpea, Red Lentil & Vegetable Soup By Jennifer Segal of NOTE:  Eating protein-rich food like chickpeas and lentils gives your body the fuel it needs to build up your immune system which often times becomes compromised during cancer treatments. Servings:  6 Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 yellow onion, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 1 large carrot, diced Heaping 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika 3/4 teaspoon cumin 4 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes 1/3 cup red lentils 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme…
  • Study Finds Cancer Diagnosis Can Lead to Mental Health Disorders

    12 Oct 2014 | 10:40 pm
      For many people with cancer, connecting with others provides emotional support and inspiration during this challenging time.  In fact, research has shown that strong support communities can be beneficial to cancer outcomes.  To help cancer patients and their caregivers get the support they need, provides free, personal websites to anyone affected by cancer.  FREE website features include the ability to connect with loved ones (as a group or individually); post updates; coordinate meals, rides and visits with online scheduling and reminders; and collect funds from…
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    Cancerwise | Cancer blog from MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Coping with leukemia and lymphoma in my 20s

    Cancerwise Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Lauren GrahamAt age 20, I never imagined that I would have cancer. I was just figuring out what I wanted to do with my life: I'd decided to be a nurse. But life handed me something completely different -- a leukemia diagnosis and a lymphoma diagnosis.  My dual diagnosis: T-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma and acute lymphoblastic leukemia I had a swollen lymph node on my neck for over a month, but I never really though anything of it. I finished off a round of antibiotics, and my doctor told me to watch it and come back if anything new presented. About two weeks later, I woke up with…
  • Coping with GVHD after my stem cell transplant

    Cancerwise Blogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Harley Hudson I decided to keep a diary of my stem cell transplant experience so it might help others in preparing for their stem cell transplants. You can read my previous entry here. Just the words "graft-vs.-host disease" (GVHD) are enough to make stem cell transplant patients shiver. We've all heard the stories of the worst cases.After everything I'd learned about stem cell transplants leading up to my own this past summer, I was afraid of developing GVHD even though my doctors told me the majority of patients actually don't end up developing this condition.And then it…
  • First person: Getting to know cardiothoracic surgeon Stephen Swisher, M.D.

    Cancerwise Blogger
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    By Jacqueline MasonHistory buff is just one way to describe Stephen Swisher, M.D. He's also a husband and father of two, head of our Surgery division, an honored professor in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and co-leader of MD Anderson's Lung Cancer Moon Shot -- our own history-making endeavor in the world of medicine.How do you view your current role here?I see myself as a surgeon but also as a division leader and an advocate for surgeons. I try to help communicate other surgeons' points-of-view at MD Anderson.What influenced you to become a cardiothoracic surgeon?No one in my family…
  • Hidden history in MD Anderson's Main Building

    Cancerwise Blogger
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    By David RaffettoThousands of people enter our Main Building every day -- some through the front door, some through a skybridge, some through a tunnel.What many don't realize is that the Main Building isn't just one building. Currently, we're working on the 21st addition to the building, which has been around for nearly 70 years.As you travel through the building, you probably pass from new to old to even older without noticing. But if you know where to look, MD Anderson's history still is visible. You just have to do some crouching and craning.A long look backOur initial location on Holcombe…
  • From pediatric Burkitt's lymphoma patient to cancer researcher

    Cancerwise Blogger
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    By John ChattawayWhen Jameisha Brown was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma, a type of b-cell lymphoma, her 8-year-old mind reasoned that it couldn't be too serious. After all, B was close to A, the best grade you could get. Today, Jameisha, who goes by Meisha, knows a bit more about cancer. Motivated by her own childhood cancer journey, she's currently working to earn a master's degree in health studies in hopes of becoming a cancer researcher. Making time for school during Burkitt's lymphoma treatmentIn June 1998, Meisha had just completed second grade and was looking forward to summer…
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    Mesothelioma News Center | Latest in Asbestos & Mesothelioma News

  • Surgeon David Mason Building Thoracic Program at Baylor in Dallas

    Tim Povtak
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    A decade after thoracic surgeon and mesothelioma specialist Dr. David Mason built his practice at the Cleveland Clinic, he has begun building a new multidisciplinary program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The progression has been invigorating for Mason, the center's new chief of thoracic surgery and lung transplantation, as well as for the patients he now serves. Mason is constructing the new thoracic surgery program - the first of its kind in Dallas - that will attract top specialists in pulmonology, radiology, pathology, oncology and surgery. These specialists will work…
  • Brigham and Women's Study Shows Benefits of EPP Mesothelioma Surgery

    Tim Povtak
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    The most aggressive surgical procedure for pleural mesothelioma, which involves removing a lung, the pericardium and major parts of the diaphragm, should remain a viable option for select patients, despite the growing debate over its usefulness. A recently completed review of an extrapleural pneumonectomy (EPP) at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston shows the procedure will continue to be an effective tool in multimodal treatment. "This was a confirmation that in high-volume centers, the operation can be done safely, and that many patients will do fine under the right circumstance,"…
  • Immunotherapy Trials May Result in Breakthrough Mesothelioma Treatment

    Michelle Whitmer
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Melinda Bachini thought she was spending quality time with family and friends on her son's 14th birthday. Instead, doctors in 2009 diagnosed the mother of six with a rare, incurable bile duct cancer in its final stage. Options were slim, and her prognosis grim. Hope seemed lost after surgery and chemotherapy failed her, but in 2012 she enrolled in a clinical trial at the National Institutes of Health involving an immunotherapy called adoptive cell transfer (ACT). In the simplest terms, it uses patients' immune system T cells to fight their cancer — and it appears to be working. Although she…
  • Component in Asian Spice Could Slow Mesothelioma Tumor Growth

    Tim Povtak
    3 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    The active ingredient in a common Asian spice is being scrutinized closely now for its ability to inhibit the growth of mesothelioma tumor cells, prompting scientists to search for a derivative that can be absorbed easily in the blood stream. Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color, but its medicinal value is found in curcumin, the active ingredient long-touted for both its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Scientists at the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Ohio and the Georg-Speyer-Haus in Frankfurt, Germany, recently published a study demonstrating how…
  • Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute to Hold Mesothelioma Fundraiser

    Tim Povtak
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Brothers Kevin and Gerry McCarthy won't be there physically when the dressed-in-green "Irish Stampede" gathers again later this month at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills, California to help raise money for mesothelioma research. They will be watching from high above, arms draped over each other's shoulder, saluting approval with pints of Guinness Stout raised high — proud Irishmen who died much too young. The McCarthy brothers are the spark behind the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute's third annual 5K Walk/Hike for Mesothelioma held on October 12. Both died of mesothelioma, the rare…
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    Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog

  • Aggressive Treatment for Peritoneal Mesothelioma Patients Yields Positive Results

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Malignant peritoneal mesothelioma is cancer that develops in the abdominal cavity (peritoneal cavity), like polka dots on the lining of the intestines and the cavity. Peritoneal cases account for approx. 18%- 20% of all mesothelioma diagnoses,1 with approximately 400 new cases in the USA each year.2Most patients (98%) were exposed to asbestos for an average of 28 years but the exposed time varied greatly (±14 years).2 Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma included abdominal pain and bloating, weight loss, shortness of breath, change to abnormal bowel movements (diarrhea or constipation), and…
  • A "SMART" Treatment for Mesothelioma Doubles Survival

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Any treatment that doubles the length of survival for cancer patients is a SMART treatment for any cancer, especially mesothelioma. The “SMART” treatment stands for Surgery for Mesothelioma After Radiation Therapy.1 Drs. Cho and colleagues tested the feasibility of treating mesothelioma with precisely delivered radiation therapy first, before surgery in 25 patients.1 The idea is to fry most of the mesothelioma cells with radiation therapy and then remove any remaining tumor and any damaged lung tissue.SMART ResultsAfter a 23 month follow-up period in the “SMART” treatment, the…
  • Announcing: The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship Program

    David Haas
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is proud to announce the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Scholarship program to benefit college students whose lives have been affected by cancer. $4,000 will be awarded each semester (Spring 2015 and Fall 2015) to one student who has battled any kind of cancer or who has witnessed the personal struggle of a parent, sibling or other immediate family member or close friend.Applicants can share their story in either essay or video format. The application deadline for the Spring 2015 semester is December 1st. For the Fall 2015 semester, applications must be…
  • Advocate of the Month - October 2014

    MCA Warrior Stories
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance would like to thank Melinda for contributing as October's Advocate of the Month. Melinda, who writes on her blog The Discerning Reader, shares the story of how mesothelioma took her mother's life and affected her own.MCA: Tell us a little about your experience with mesothelioma.Melinda: My experience with mesothelioma was nonexistent until its unwanted presence invaded my mother's body, tearing my family to shreds. Never even heard of this ugly form of cancer until it was on our doorstep. A rare form of cancer rumbling in like a monsoon.MCA: Has cancer…
  • 10 Facts You Should Know About Mesothelioma Cancer

    Emily Walsh
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This year, September 26th marks the 10th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Mesothelioma Awareness Day was created to promote awareness about this rare and deadly disease. Unfortunately, it’s a disease that lacks widespread awareness. In honor of the 10th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day, we want to publish 10 key facts about the disease that can be shared with your family and friends to help educate loved ones about this preventable disease.1. A definition of mesothelioma.Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that affects mesothelium cells. The mesothelium is the protective lining that protects…
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  • What Do We Know About Childhood Cancer?

    Fredda Branyon
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Source: Organizations all over the world are struggling to find a cure for such a deplorable disease. It has taken millions of lives and continues to affect more if a proper cure is not created and developed soon. What is worse than cancer among adults is the fact that children can get it to, and the reason remains unclear. All we know is that a bunch of cells in a child’s body suddenly became rogue and attack other cells and tissues that surround it. Thousands of innocent children annually are diagnosed with pediatric cancer. It is estimates that close to 16,000 young ones…
  • Infographic: The U.S. Maternal Health Care Crisis

    Fredda Branyon
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Source: amnestyusa Amnesty International, an international non-governmental organization that is known for its strong human rights advocacy, released this infographic regarding the maternal health crisis that plagues the United States of America. It is a valiant and timely effort to capture the attention of the general public to this particular concern, as more and more women and their children are at risk of suffering from pregnancy-related complications. Dr. Fredda Branyon has dedicated her life to the advancement of complementary medicine, and has worked diligently to educate both patients…
  • Is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Worth All the Attention It is Getting?

    Fredda Branyon
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Source: Instagram If you’ve seen a video of Vin Diesel pouring a bucket of ice tubes over his head on top of a pickup truck or former president George W. Bush,  Jr. being doused with water by no other than the former first lady Laura Bush, then you have seen what the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has achieved over the past few weeks. Started in July 29, 2014 by 29 year old ALS patient Peter Frates of Boston, MA as a way to raise ALS awareness among family and friends became a viral sensation. Dozens of celebrities, political figures, and athletes have now participated in the challenge and have…
  • ALS Facts You Need to Know Before Taking the Ice Bucket Challenge

    Fredda Branyon
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    If you are social media-savvy, then there is no way you could have missed the trending phenomenon that is taking the internet by storm. Dubbed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, this movement seeks to raise awareness on a rare but extremely lethal neurodegenerative disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Creative Commons The challenge starts when someone nominates you to either donate money to the ALS Association or do the Ice Bucket Challenge. This is done in the hopes of either raising awareness and/or encourage people to donate to the cause. If you decide to accept the challenge,…
  • Ten Unhealthy Breakfast Options

    Fredda Branyon
    10 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A healthy breakfast can set the tone for nutritious choices all day long. Consider these not-so-healthy breakfast foods sabotage. Low- or no-fiber cereals Source: Cereal that is high in carbohydrates and sugar and low in fiber will causeq your blood sugar to spike, then quickly drop—which can lead to mid-morning cravings and moodiness. Nutritionist Mitzi Dulan, RD, author of The Pinterest Diet, recommends choosing cereal with at least 3 grams of fiber per serving. Boost the fiber further by adding berries, a sprinkle of wheat germ or flaxseed, or sliced almonds.   Breakfast…
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    Cancer, Medicine and Life

  • Immunology for Oncology and Others

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Recently found an excellent Immunology course in Sydney - Immunology for BPTs (Basic Physician Trainees).Held once a year, over a weekend. Covers all the stuff needed for most of us.Immunology is taking over bits of Oncology and thus is vital to
  • Gestational Trophoblastic Cancer Chemotherapy

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Affects younger women in the child bearing age. Monitored by checking HCG levels.Usually chemotherapy with methotrexate is adequate.If the hormones levels do not return to normal or keep rising, the patient needs to be switched over to the EMA-CO procotol - Etoposide, Methotrexate, Dactinomycin - Cyclophosphamide, Vincristine (alternating week regimen).Curable diseases must always be treated.
  • KRAS mutation in colorectal cancer

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    KRAS mutation analysis is a vital part of the treatment algorithm for metastatic bowel cancer. The absence of the KRAS mutation means that medications like Cetuximab and Panitumumab can be used effectively in these patients.Presence of the mutation does not always mean that these medications cannot be used. The mutation in G13D might still have benefit with Cetuximab (still under investigation).Worth discussing with your Oncologist.
  • The Cost of Cancer Drugs from CBS News

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Amazing bit of journalism. Worth a watch. More about this soon.CBS news: Cost of Cancer Drugs
  • Web site creation

    5 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I am trying to create a website to link everything together. Fascinating project. Found a website creation site - and then had to think of a site name. Harder than I thought. The content creation is great. Am loving it as of now.Project underway.
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  • Cancer Study That Thinks Out Of The Box

    Chris N
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Exceptional responders to cancer therapyCancer drugs are known to never be a 100% effective. No matter how good the Cancer drug is, some patients just won’t get any anticancer benefit at all, yet others get Exceptional responses. Finally a study by the National Cancer institute will investigate exactly why this happens.Prolonged responses and remissionsThe study will focus on cancer patients that achieved the best anticancer response and highest benefit from a particular drug. Patients that had an unexpected positive response to cancer therapy will also be investigated for valuable…
  • Anti-PD-1 Gets FDA Approval for Cancer Treatment

    Chris N
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    Melanoma Cancer gets Anti-PD-1 firstAnti-PD-1 has been granted FDA Approval to treat advanced melanoma. The FDA approval came after the positive results of an advanced Melanoma Cancer study. The study consisted of a total of 411 patients with different stages of the disease. Anti-PD-1 has high Cancer response ratesResults showed a 40% response rate for patients that did not have a history of taking another immunotherapy drug called Yervoy. Those who did take Yervoy showed a response rate of 28%.Keytruda (Anti-PD-1) has positive overall SurvivalEven though overall survival has not been…
  • Worst Cancer Charities To Avoid

    Chris N
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Worst charities is a phrase that shouldn't even exist. The sole reasoning behind a charity is to help people and create a positive effect overall. But certain charities have a mission that is the exact opposite. They collect money promising to help a cause but in the end pocket and squander all the money. Today we will expose the Worst Cancer Charities or AKA the wolves in sheep's clothing. Chart of Top Cancer Charities to avoidBelow is a list of the Worst Cancer Charities you should avoid at all costs. This Chart was made by using information gathered by Tampa Bay Times. Percentages…
  • 45 Best Reviewed Cancer Charities That Can Help

    Chris N
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Finding financial help while having cancer is harder than you might think. Seems like you can't go to long without seeing some type of organization collecting donations for a good cause. However, when it's time to turn those donations into financial aid for people in need, things don't always add up.Looking for a Cancer Charity is not easyMy personal experience with looking for financial aid has really left me disappointed. Not only is the process very time consuming but very few charities even have funds available. Most of the time they have certain criteria that you might not meet, and if…
  • Baking Soda Surprisingly Helps Cancer Patient Pain

    Chris N
    3 Jun 2014 | 1:01 am
    It wasn't too long ago that I wrote an article about baking soda and its more than 100 uses. A little more digging and now we can add one more to that list. I'm talking about effectively managing pain. Pain for cancer patients can be a major issue and yet modern science really doesn't have an answer.Not much available for Cancer PainEverything available right now does a very poor job when it comes to pain caused by cancer. The only options are various cancer treatments that don't treat the pain but treat the cancer itself. If the treatment works then the pain is reduced or eliminated. If the…
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