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Lymph is clear or white fluid that travels through vessels, moves within tissues and work to keep all the parts of the body clean. After passing through the channels of the lymphatic system they drain into the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes act as filters along the lymphatic system. These nodes trap germs like bacteria, viruses, toxins as well as cancer cells and ensure that these are removed from the body.
Genetic test that predicts recurrence of breast cancer may impact use of chemotherapy

Genetic test that predicts recurrence of breast cancer may impact use of chemotherapy

A genetic test that helps predict whether some women's breast cancer will recur might influence how chemotherapy is used, according to a study from Duke Medicine. [More]
Study sheds light on helper cells and killer cells

Study sheds light on helper cells and killer cells

Scientists at the University of Bonn, together with colleagues from the USA and Japan, have shed light on an important immune mechanism. Their work shows how the body provides the important killer cells with a helper in the case of an infection. The study could point the way to better vaccines in the future. [More]
New MRI contrast agent detects tiny breast cancer tumors, micrometastases

New MRI contrast agent detects tiny breast cancer tumors, micrometastases

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent that detects much smaller aggressive breast cancer tumors and micrometastases than current agents can identify. [More]
New approach may offer improved way to detect early breast cancer

New approach may offer improved way to detect early breast cancer

Researchers have shown that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can detect the earliest signs of breast cancer recurrence and fast-growing tumors. Their approach detects micromestastases, breakaway tumor cells with the potential to develop into dangerous secondary breast cancer tumors elsewhere in the body. [More]
Lightpoint Medical receives R01 grant from US National Cancer Institute

Lightpoint Medical receives R01 grant from US National Cancer Institute

Lightpoint Medical, an innovative medical device company specializing in imaging technologies announced today that it has received an R01 grant of $2.6M million from the US National Cancer Institute. The funding will support clinical trials of Lightpoint's EnLight™ molecular imaging technology in lymph node cancer and a range of gynecologic cancers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. [More]
EORTC study: Irradiation of regional nodes in breast cancer patients has marginal effect on overall survival

EORTC study: Irradiation of regional nodes in breast cancer patients has marginal effect on overall survival

At a median follow-up of 10.9 years, an EORTC study has shown that irradiation of regional nodes in patients with stage I, II, or III breast cancer has a marginal effect on overall survival, the primary endpoint (at 10 years, overall survival was 82.3 % for regional irradiation versus 80.7% for no regional irradiation, (HR=0.87 (95%CI: 0.76, 1.00), p=0.06). [More]
Study: Extended-field IMRT for cervical or endometrial cancer does not increase risk of duodenal toxicity

Study: Extended-field IMRT for cervical or endometrial cancer does not increase risk of duodenal toxicity

A study of women with cervical or endometrial cancer who require treatment to the para-aortic (PA) lymph nodes can safely receive extended-field intensity modulated radiation therapy (EF-IMRT) without increased risk of duodenal toxicity, according to a study published in the July-August 2015 issue of Practical Radiation Oncology, the American Society for Radiation Oncology's journal focused on the clinical practice of radiation oncology. [More]
Researchers develop novel technique to generate activated T cells to tackle advanced melanoma

Researchers develop novel technique to generate activated T cells to tackle advanced melanoma

T cells from patients with melanoma can trigger a protective immune response against the disease according to a new study out of University Hospitals Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. [More]
Growth of lymph node metastases takes advantage of existing blood vessels

Growth of lymph node metastases takes advantage of existing blood vessels

While the use of antiangiogenesis drugs that block the growth of new blood vessels can improve the treatment of some cancers, clinical trials of their ability to prevent the development of new metastases have failed. Now a study from the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center may have found at least one reason why. [More]
Young thyroid cancer patients with lymph node involvement at increased risk of dying

Young thyroid cancer patients with lymph node involvement at increased risk of dying

Patients older than age 45 with thyroid cancer that has spread to neck lymph nodes have long been considered at higher risk of dying, but the same has not been true for younger patients. [More]
EORTC prospective registry targets patients with minimal sentinel node tumor burden in melanoma

EORTC prospective registry targets patients with minimal sentinel node tumor burden in melanoma

Sentinel node biopsy is the standard staging procedure for melanoma patients, and sentinel node status is the most important prognostic factor for disease outcome in AJCC stage I/II disease. However, the therapeutic value of the sentinel node procedure followed by early completion lymph node dissection is still controversial. [More]
Chemical compound shows promise in treating rheumatoid arthritis

Chemical compound shows promise in treating rheumatoid arthritis

Montana State University researchers and their collaborators have published their findings about a chemical compound that shows potential for treating rheumatoid arthritis. [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]
Philip Low to be recognized with AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research

Philip Low to be recognized with AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research

The American Association for Cancer Research will recognize Philip S. Low, PhD, with the ninth annual AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015, to be held in Philadelphia, April 18-22. [More]
Study confirms strong association between diabetes and later stage breast cancer

Study confirms strong association between diabetes and later stage breast cancer

Diabetes is associated with more advanced stage breast cancer, according to a new study by the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and Women's College Hospital. [More]
MED15 may serve as prognostic marker for HNSCC recurrence

MED15 may serve as prognostic marker for HNSCC recurrence

A new study provides the first evidence that the mediator complex subunit 15 (MED15) may play a crucial role in the pathophysiology of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). MED15 overexpression was found to be associated with higher mortality rates in HNSCC patients with cancer recurrence, particularly in oral cavity/oropharyngeal tumors, according to the study published in The American Journal of Pathology. [More]
Patients who receive definitive CCRT treatment for stage III NSCLC have longer overall survival

Patients who receive definitive CCRT treatment for stage III NSCLC have longer overall survival

Patients treated with definitive concurrent chemotherapy and radiation therapy (CCRT) for stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have longer overall survival when treated by highly experienced facilities, whether or not they are academic or community cancer centers. [More]
ILROG guideline outlines treatment options for pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma patients

ILROG guideline outlines treatment options for pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma patients

The International Lymphoma Radiation Oncology Group has issued a guideline that outlines the use of 3-D computed tomography (CT)-based radiation therapy planning and volumetric image guidance to more effectively treat pediatric Hodgkin lymphoma and to reduce the radiation dose to normal tissue, thus decreasing the risk of late side effects. [More]
20th annual edition of NCCN Guidelines for Breast Cancer published

20th annual edition of NCCN Guidelines for Breast Cancer published

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer globally and the leading cause of cancer-related death in women. However, the incidence of breast cancer has somewhat stabilized over the past few decades, and breast cancer mortality appears to be declining, suggesting a benefit from the combination of early detection and more effective treatment. [More]
Discovery offers much needed information about how virulent insect-borne diseases cause infection

Discovery offers much needed information about how virulent insect-borne diseases cause infection

For decades, scientists have thought the bacteria that cause the bubonic plague hijack host cells at the site of a fleabite and are then taken to the lymph nodes, where the bacteria multiply and trigger severe disease. But UNC School of Medicine researchers discovered that this accepted theory is off base. The bacteria do not use host cells; they traffic to lymph nodes on their own and not in great numbers. [More]
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