New Blood Test Dramatically Improves Early Cancer Detection

A new blood test developed by the University of Nottingham and medical company, Oncimmune, can successfully detect cancer up to five years before a tumor is identified, according to reports. The blood test is the first of its kind that can accurately identify biomarkers in the blood that indicate the first signs of cancer growth.… Continue reading New Blood Test Dramatically Improves Early Cancer Detection

Fluorescent Molecule Helps Pinpoint Cancer Cells

A new fluorescent molecular label has been developed to aid in both the identification and surgical removal of cancer. The molecule, which was created by researchers at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), works by targeting cancer cells and subsequently tagging them with a fluorescent glow. In addition to fluorescing under near-infrared wavelengths,… Continue reading Fluorescent Molecule Helps Pinpoint Cancer Cells

Exposure to Toxic Asbestos – Millions of Veterans Were Affected

Use of asbestos increased significantly during and after the Second World War. This was mainly due to the asbestos manufacturing companies that mass-produced asbestos based products for use on U.S. Navy ships. This led to thousands of sailors and workers getting inadvertently exposed to lethal asbestos dust while cutting and modifying insulation products. Decades later,… Continue reading Exposure to Toxic Asbestos – Millions of Veterans Were Affected

Taking a “Leaky Faucet” Approach to Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy treatments work best when the drugs are targeted at the location of the tumor. However, it has historically been difficult to get cancer-fighting agents to infiltrate the solid mass of cancer tumors. This is partly due to the fact that high fluid pressure within the tumor reduces the ability of drugs to leak out… Continue reading Taking a “Leaky Faucet” Approach to Chemotherapy

Full-Field Cardiac CT Offers Improved Chance of Incidental Lung Cancer Diagnosis

A retrospective registry of patients undergoing cardiac CT scans suggests that individuals with an increased risk of lung cancer may benefit from a full-field cardiac CT scan. According to researchers at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, this is because limited-field-of-vision cardiac scans miss 89 percent of the incidental lung cancer findings that could be identified… Continue reading Full-Field Cardiac CT Offers Improved Chance of Incidental Lung Cancer Diagnosis

Altered Versions of DNA Could Serve as Biomarker for Cancer

In the past few years, new technologies and techniques have become available that allow researchers to quickly sequence large strands of DNA at a fairly affordable cost. Recently, this breakthrough has allowed researchers at Johns Hopkins University to look at DNA mutations as a possible biomarker for cancer. As cancer cells grow and divide, they… Continue reading Altered Versions of DNA Could Serve as Biomarker for Cancer