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Chemotherapy, in its most general sense, is the treatment of disease by chemicals especially by killing micro-organisms or cancerous cells. In popular usage, it refers to antineoplastic drugs used to treat cancer or the combination of these drugs into a cytotoxic standardized treatment regimen.
New fluorescent probes detect problems related to lysosomes

New fluorescent probes detect problems related to lysosomes

Lysosomes are the garbage disposals of animal cells. As the resources are limited in cells, organic materials are broken down and recycled a lot -- and that's what lysosomes do. [More]
UQDI reveals that Anisina drug can kill melanoma cells

UQDI reveals that Anisina drug can kill melanoma cells

US-Australian drug discovery company, Novogen, today announced that studies conducted at The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute revealed that experimental drug, Anisina, killed melanoma cells irrespective of their mutational status. [More]
MammaPrint 70-gene breast cancer recurrence assay recommended in Germany’s AGO Guidelines

MammaPrint 70-gene breast cancer recurrence assay recommended in Germany’s AGO Guidelines

Agendia, a leading molecular diagnostics company that develops and markets genomic diagnostic products, announced at the St. Gallen International Breast Cancer Conference that new guidelines of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Gynäkologische Onkologie (AGO) recommend the MammaPrint® 70-gene breast cancer recurrence assay in Germany’s 2015 guidelines for early-stage invasive breast cancer. [More]
Study suggests that pancreatic cancers harbor genetic alterations

Study suggests that pancreatic cancers harbor genetic alterations

A genetic analysis led by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers suggests that most pancreatic cancers harbor genetic alterations that could be targeted by existing drugs, using their genetic features as a roadmap for treatment. The findings support a precision approach to treating pancreatic cancer, the fourth most deadly cancer for both men and women. [More]
UAB scientists create alternative to the use of viruses in gene therapy

UAB scientists create alternative to the use of viruses in gene therapy

A team of scientists from the Institute for Biotechnology and Biomedicine at the UAB has produced an alternative to the use of viruses in gene therapy. The researchers synthesised nanoparticles which act as artificial viruses, capable of surrounding DNA fragments and releasing them as therapeutic agents, with no biological risk, into the interior of the cells. [More]
Uninsured cancer patients may face higher charges for chemotherapy drugs

Uninsured cancer patients may face higher charges for chemotherapy drugs

Uninsured cancer patients are asked to pay anywhere from two to 43 times what Medicare would pay for chemotherapy drugs, according to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [More]
HPV may cause oropharyngeal cancer

HPV may cause oropharyngeal cancer

Tobacco and alcohol use may be the most common cause of head and neck cancers, but a new culprit has come on the scene in recent years. [More]
Study suggests possibility of developing personalized treatments for brain cancer

Study suggests possibility of developing personalized treatments for brain cancer

DNA mutations can cause cancer but in some cases, more mutations may mean a better prognosis for patients. A Yale-led comprehensive genomic analysis of more than 700 brain tumors has revealed one such subtype of the most malignant brain tumor, called glioblastoma, or GBM. This subtype possesses thousands of tumor-specific DNA errors or mutations instead of dozens observed in most glioblastoma cases. It is also associated with longer survival. [More]
Harry Folk speaks about successful throat cancer treatment received at St. Luke’s Cancer Center

Harry Folk speaks about successful throat cancer treatment received at St. Luke’s Cancer Center

It’s been nine years since Harry Folk of Palmer Township had a scare with throat cancer. He is able to talk about his journey, literally, thanks to the treatment he received at St. Luke’s. The treatment plan recommended by his cancer team not only removed his cancer, but preserved his voice and ability to swallow without difficulty. [More]
Proton Partners International to open three Proton Beam Therapy centres in UK

Proton Partners International to open three Proton Beam Therapy centres in UK

The UK is to get its first three Proton Beam Therapy centres, marking a significant breakthrough in the provision of cancer treatment. [More]
Delcath expands global Phase 2 program to treat hepatocellular carcinoma

Delcath expands global Phase 2 program to treat hepatocellular carcinoma

Delcath Systems, Inc. announces the expansion of its global Phase 2 program for the treatment of patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or primary liver cancer. [More]
Study: Key signaling pathway in B-cell lymphoma can be blocked using compounds

Study: Key signaling pathway in B-cell lymphoma can be blocked using compounds

Cancer researchers from the University of Zurich have identified a key signaling pathway in B-cell lymphoma, a malignant type of blood cancer. [More]
Amgen's Vectibix (panitumumab) receives EC approval for treatment patients with WT RAS mCRC

Amgen's Vectibix (panitumumab) receives EC approval for treatment patients with WT RAS mCRC

Amgen today announced that the European Commission approved a new use of Vectibix (panitumumab) as first-line treatment in combination with FOLFIRI for the treatment of adult patients with wild-type (WT) RAS metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). [More]
Findings of Ariosa's non-invasive prenatal testing study published online in NEJM

Findings of Ariosa's non-invasive prenatal testing study published online in NEJM

Results from the largest clinical trial to date, comparing non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) using the Harmony Prenatal Test with conventional first trimester combined screening (FTS) in a general pregnancy population have been published online in The New England Journal of Medicine. [More]
Scientists identify small RNA molecule that can suppress cancer-causing genes in GBM

Scientists identify small RNA molecule that can suppress cancer-causing genes in GBM

Northwestern Medicine scientists have identified a small RNA molecule called miR-182 that can suppress cancer-causing genes in mice with glioblastoma mulitforme (GBM), a deadly and incurable type of brain tumor. [More]
Leukemia drug could prevent and control growth of colorectal tumours

Leukemia drug could prevent and control growth of colorectal tumours

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) and Sweden's Karolinska Institutet, one of Europe's largest and most prestigious medical universities, have discovered that an existing chemotherapy drug used to treat leukaemia could prevent and control the growth of colorectal tumours. [More]
Research may point to new paradigms in diagnosis, treatment of aggressive cancers

Research may point to new paradigms in diagnosis, treatment of aggressive cancers

All living things--from dandelions to reindeer--evolve over time. Cancer cells are no exception, and are subject to the two overarching mechanisms described by Charles Darwin: chance mutation and natural selection. [More]
Astellas Pharma, Medivation announce topline results from enzalutamide Phase 2 STRIVE trial

Astellas Pharma, Medivation announce topline results from enzalutamide Phase 2 STRIVE trial

Astellas Pharma Inc. and Medivation, Inc. today announced topline results from the Phase 2 STRIVE trial comparing enzalutamide with bicalutamide in a study population of men with non-metastatic or metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. [More]
Novel molecule inhibits cancer-causing transcription factors

Novel molecule inhibits cancer-causing transcription factors

A novel molecule designed by scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Virginia inhibits progression of a hard-to-treat form of recurring acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in patient tissue. [More]
Old leukemia drug may help in fight against cancer

Old leukemia drug may help in fight against cancer

A drug used for decades to treat leukemia may have other uses in the fight against cancer, researchers at the University of Missouri have found. Previously, doctors used 6-Thioguanine, or 6-TG, as a chemotherapy treatment to kill cancer cells in patients with leukemia. [More]
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