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Cancer begins in your cells, which are the building blocks of your body. Normally, your body forms new cells as you need them, replacing old cells that die. Sometimes this process goes wrong. New cells grow even when you don't need them, and old cells don't die when they should. These extra cells can form a mass called a tumor. Tumors can be benign or malignant. Benign tumors aren't cancer while malignant ones are. Cells from malignant tumors can invade nearby tissues. They can also break away and spread to other parts of the body.

Most cancers are named for where they start. For example, lung cancer starts in the lung, and breast cancer starts in the breast. The spread of cancer from one part of the body to another is called metastasis. Symptoms and treatment depend on the cancer type and how advanced it is. Treatment plans may include surgery, radiation and/or chemotherapy.
PET imaging technique does not improve outcomes in esophageal cancer patients

PET imaging technique does not improve outcomes in esophageal cancer patients

Patients with cancer of the esophagus—also known as the gullet—are often given chemo- or radiotherapy, with the aim of shrinking the tumor before it is surgically removed. [More]
Mesothelioma website provides three new tips to combat disease

Mesothelioma website provides three new tips to combat disease

Mesothelioma.us, a free online resource that features comprehensive resources for people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, has just unveiled three new tips for beating the disease. [More]
Hutchison MediPharma achieves primary endpoint in POC Phase II study to treat NSCLC patients

Hutchison MediPharma achieves primary endpoint in POC Phase II study to treat NSCLC patients

Hutchison China MediTech Limited today announces that Hutchison MediPharma Limited ("HMP"), its drug R&D subsidiary, successfully achieved the primary endpoint in the second proof-of-concept ("POC") trial of fruquintinib in patients with advanced non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer ("NSCLC") in China. [More]
UCLA study questions value of BRCA genetic testing in general population

UCLA study questions value of BRCA genetic testing in general population

Women who are carriers of mutated BRCA genes are known to have a significantly higher risk for developing breast and ovarian cancers than those who don't have the mutations. [More]
RAB35 protein plays role in oncogenic process

RAB35 protein plays role in oncogenic process

A protein known to play a role in transporting the molecular contents of normal cells into and out of various intracellular compartments can also turn such cells cancerous by stimulating a key growth-control pathway. [More]
Simple checklist to help parents determine their children’s school environment

Simple checklist to help parents determine their children’s school environment

Grassroots Environmental Education, a science-based environmental health non-profit organization based in New York, has issued a simple three-point checklist for parents of school-age children to help them determine if their child's school environment is as healthy as it can be. [More]
Researchers find intrinsic differences in mice’s neural stem cells using image-tracking technology

Researchers find intrinsic differences in mice’s neural stem cells using image-tracking technology

One of the longstanding debates in science, that has, perhaps unsurprisingly, permeated into the field of stem cell research, is the question of nature versus nurture influencing development. [More]
TXA drug reduces blood transfusion, saves costs

TXA drug reduces blood transfusion, saves costs

Using an inexpensive drug for every hip or knee replacement since 2013 has helped St. Michael's Hospital reduce its number of red blood cell transfusions performed during these surgeries by more than 40 per cent without negatively affecting patients, according to new research. [More]
New treatments under development for adults with coeliac disease may also benefit children

New treatments under development for adults with coeliac disease may also benefit children

A new study has revealed childhood coeliac disease mirrors the condition in adults, increasing the possibility a coeliac disease therapy that could enable patients to eat gluten again will work in children. [More]
Free e-book provides advice for lowering breast cancer risk at every stage of life

Free e-book provides advice for lowering breast cancer risk at every stage of life

Surprisingly, preventing breast cancer can begin as early as age 2. Eating right, being physically active and keeping weight in check - even at a young age - can substantially lower breast cancer risk. [More]
CenseoHealth partners with Health Insurance Marketplace to provide health assessment solutions

CenseoHealth partners with Health Insurance Marketplace to provide health assessment solutions

CenseoHealth an industry leader of physician-performed health assessment solutions for Medicare Advantage plans, has partnered with Health Insurance Marketplace (HIX) and Commercial plans in 2015 to provide their members health assessments at their home, workplace, primary care physician's office or retail clinic. [More]
Acupuncture may be a viable treatment for women experiencing hot flashes

Acupuncture may be a viable treatment for women experiencing hot flashes

Acupuncture may be a viable treatment for women experiencing hot flashes as a result of estrogen-targeting therapies to treat breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Hot flashes are particularly severe and frequent in breast cancer survivors, but current FDA-approved remedies for these unpleasant episodes, such as hormone replacement therapies are off-limits to breast cancer survivors because they include estrogen. [More]
Mel18 protein regulates development of heart muscle

Mel18 protein regulates development of heart muscle

It is arguably the hardest working muscle in our body and without its incessant, regular beating our organs would be starved of life-giving nutrients. [More]
HBV DNA levels guide antiviral treatment in chemotherapy setting

HBV DNA levels guide antiviral treatment in chemotherapy setting

Pretreatment levels of hepatitis B virus DNA could inform the withdrawal of pre-emptive antiviral therapy in chronic HBV patients undergoing cytotoxic chemotherapy for cancer, indicate research findings published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences. [More]
Aspirin may help boost effectiveness of cancer treatment

Aspirin may help boost effectiveness of cancer treatment

Giving cancer patients aspirin at the same time as immunotherapy could dramatically boost the effectiveness of the treatment, according to new research published in the journal Cell today (Thursday). [More]
Acupuncture: A viable treatment for breast cancer survivors experiencing hot flashes

Acupuncture: A viable treatment for breast cancer survivors experiencing hot flashes

Acupuncture may be a viable treatment for women experiencing hot flashes as a result of estrogen-targeting therapies to treat breast cancer, according to a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Hot flashes are particularly severe and frequent in breast cancer survivors, but current FDA-approved remedies for these unpleasant episodes, such as hormone replacement therapies are off-limits to breast cancer survivors because they include estrogen. [More]
Study: High school athletes use smokeless tobacco at a higher rate compared to non-athletes

Study: High school athletes use smokeless tobacco at a higher rate compared to non-athletes

High school athletes who play on sports teams smoke tobacco products at a lower rate than non-athletes, but use smokeless tobacco at a higher rate, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in today's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). [More]
Common drug used for treating fungal infections in lung transplant recipients increases risk for skin cancer, death

Common drug used for treating fungal infections in lung transplant recipients increases risk for skin cancer, death

Voriconazole, a prescription drug commonly used to treat fungal infections in lung transplant recipients, significantly increases the risk for skin cancer and even death, according to a new study by UC San Francisco researchers. [More]
HUYA Bioscience International expands HBI-8000 clinical trials for breast cancer

HUYA Bioscience International expands HBI-8000 clinical trials for breast cancer

HUYA Bioscience International (HUYA) today announced expanding clinical trials with its lead cancer drug, HBI-8000, starting with a Phase 1 combination trial in support of a breast cancer program to be conducted in the United States. [More]
Children's Hospital Los Angeles receives $2 million to spur research on brain, spinal cord tumors

Children's Hospital Los Angeles receives $2 million to spur research on brain, spinal cord tumors

A life-changing event for a Los Angeles family has resulted in their funding an endowment to support The Kort Family Foundation Brain and Spinal Cord Tumor Research Program in the Division of Neurosurgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. [More]
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