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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.
Molecular testing panel increases likelihood of performing correct surgery for thyroid cancer patients

Molecular testing panel increases likelihood of performing correct surgery for thyroid cancer patients

The routine use of a molecular testing panel developed at UPMC greatly increases the likelihood of performing the correct initial surgery for patients with thyroid nodules and cancer, report researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partner with UPMC CancerCenter. [More]
Epigenetic switch can cause cancer, shows study

Epigenetic switch can cause cancer, shows study

Cancer has long been thought to be primarily a genetic disease, but in recent decades scientists have come to believe that epigenetic changes - which don't change the DNA sequence but how it is 'read' - also play a role in cancer. [More]
ESMO: Proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation may impact cancer research

ESMO: Proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation may impact cancer research

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), the leading pan-European association representing medical oncology professionals, has expressed concern that the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation could make cancer research impossible and add a significant burden to both doctors and cancer patients. [More]
EMA recommends full marketing approval for IMBRUVICA in the European Union

EMA recommends full marketing approval for IMBRUVICA in the European Union

Pharmacyclics, Inc. today announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency issued a positive opinion recommending the granting of full marketing approval for IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) in the European Union. [More]
Experts at ABTA conference reveal possible causes, risk factors for brain tumors

Experts at ABTA conference reveal possible causes, risk factors for brain tumors

Today, nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. are living with a brain tumor, and yet, when it comes to pinpointing causes or risk factors, scientists are still searching for answers. [More]
Friendships allow children to value companionship, affection, and empathy

Friendships allow children to value companionship, affection, and empathy

Friends play an extremely important role in a person's life. From infancy on, we have a desire to connect and those early relationships help to mold and develop our adult character. [More]
Uptake of HPV vaccine in US is unacceptably low

Uptake of HPV vaccine in US is unacceptably low

Data from the CDC's 2013 National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen) published today show that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine continues to be underutilized. [More]
CCC study provides hope that SapC-DOPS could be used for metastatic brain cancer treatment

CCC study provides hope that SapC-DOPS could be used for metastatic brain cancer treatment

Over half of patients being seen in the clinic for a diagnosed brain tumor have metastatic cancer, which has no treatment and detrimental outcomes in most cases. [More]
UTHealth scientists identify inhibitory switch to prevent peripheral vascular disease

UTHealth scientists identify inhibitory switch to prevent peripheral vascular disease

Millions of people in the United States have a circulatory problem of the legs called peripheral vascular disease. It can be painful and may even require surgery in serious cases. This disease can lead to severe skeletal muscle wasting and, in turn, limb amputation. [More]
Phase 3 trial: NEXAVAR tablets fail to meet primary endpoint in HER2-negative breast cancer patients

Phase 3 trial: NEXAVAR tablets fail to meet primary endpoint in HER2-negative breast cancer patients

Bayer HealthCare and Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc., an Amgen subsidiary, today announced that an investigational Phase 3 trial of NEXAVAR (sorafenib) tablets in patients with advanced breast cancer did not meet its primary endpoint of improving progression-free survival (PFS). [More]
Discovery could lead to novel drugs to tackle melanoma

Discovery could lead to novel drugs to tackle melanoma

Skin Cancer cells work together to spread further and faster, according to a new study published in Cell Reports. The discovery could lead to new drugs to tackle melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer. [More]
Children who experience stress early in life have emotional, physical health problems

Children who experience stress early in life have emotional, physical health problems

Children who have been abused or neglected early in life are at risk for developing both emotional and physical health problems. [More]
Protein once seen as promising anti-cancer compound helps to stabilize neural circuits

Protein once seen as promising anti-cancer compound helps to stabilize neural circuits

Researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF) have discovered that endostatin, a protein that once aroused intense interest as a possible cancer treatment, plays a key role in the stable functioning of the nervous system. [More]
Exposure to light at night renders breast cancer completely resistant to drug

Exposure to light at night renders breast cancer completely resistant to drug

Exposure to light at night, which shuts off nighttime production of the hormone melatonin, renders breast cancer completely resistant to tamoxifen, a widely used breast cancer drug, says a new study by Tulane University School of Medicine cancer researchers. [More]
Researchers working to develop new drugs for treating chronic inflammatory diseases

Researchers working to develop new drugs for treating chronic inflammatory diseases

Science and industry are collaborating to develop future pharmaceuticals for treating chronic inflammatory diseases. The medicines will combat immunological processes that have gone wrong. [More]
Natural products from plants can protect skin against gamma radiation during radiotherapy

Natural products from plants can protect skin against gamma radiation during radiotherapy

Radiotherapy for cancer involves exposing the patient or their tumor more directly to ionizing radiation, such as gamma rays or X-rays. [More]
Neurosurgeons develop new technologies to perform highly complex brain surgery

Neurosurgeons develop new technologies to perform highly complex brain surgery

In a milestone procedure, neurosurgeons at UC San Diego Health System have integrated advanced 3D imaging, computer simulation and next-generation surgical tools to perform a highly complex brain surgery through a small incision to remove deep-seated tumors. [More]
Clinical study aims to validate preventive treatment against tumor metastasis

Clinical study aims to validate preventive treatment against tumor metastasis

Metastasis, the strategy adopted by tumor cells to transform into an aggressive form of cancer, are often associated with a gloomy prognosis. Managing to block the metastasis or, even better, prevent their formation would be a giant step towards the fight against cancer. [More]
Study provides insights into interplay among bacteria, viruses and immune system during HIV infection

Study provides insights into interplay among bacteria, viruses and immune system during HIV infection

A new study led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute provides insights into the interplay among bacteria, viruses and the immune system during HIV infection. [More]
HPV vaccination may be effective in reducing abnormal Pap test results even after sexual debut

HPV vaccination may be effective in reducing abnormal Pap test results even after sexual debut

Minority women who received the Human Papillomavirus Vaccination (HPV) even after becoming sexually active had lower rates of abnormal Pap test results than those who were never vaccinated. [More]