Nanoparticles Could be Used to Improve Cancer Treatment, Diagnosis

Nanoparticles are finding early success in fighting the war on cancer. At Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla, CA, researchers have shown how anticancer nanoparticles can be used to improve MRI imaging of tumors and improve the dissemination of cancer drugs directly to the site of cancer. These beneficial results are due the… Continue reading Nanoparticles Could be Used to Improve Cancer Treatment, Diagnosis

New Diagnostic Technique Could Result in Test for Mesothelioma

Reuters is reporting a new blood test that could identify mesothelioma at an early stage. The biotech company Somalogic, which specializes in developing diagnostic tests, announced a new technology that could allow doctors to identify mesothelioma in patients before they show visible symptoms. Somalogic scientists used blood samples from mesothelioma patients and were able to… Continue reading New Diagnostic Technique Could Result in Test for Mesothelioma

Cancer Stem Cells More Complex Than Previously Thought

Studies into cancer stem cells and how they might be targeted for cancer treatment have been fervent over the past ten years. Indeed, there is a lot of evidence that suggests these unique cancer cells may lead to significant breakthroughs in treatment. However, as more and more research is being put into stem cells, researchers… Continue reading Cancer Stem Cells More Complex Than Previously Thought

Smallpox and Other Viruses Hijacked to Help Fight Cancer

In 1796, Edward Jenner showed that the cowpox virus could be used to inoculate people against smallpox. Today, the same vaccine is being looked at as a potential treatment against cancer. Vaccinia poxvirus is just one of several viruses that has been hijacked for the purpose of killing cancer tumors (herpesvirus is another high profile… Continue reading Smallpox and Other Viruses Hijacked to Help Fight Cancer

Palliative Care for Lung Cancer Improves Length, Quality of Life

New research suggests palliative care may not only ease suffering of lung cancer patients, but also increase lifespan. This insight comes on the heels of a study of 151 patients with advanced lung cancer. Among these patients, those that were given early palliative care typically been reserved for patients close to death were shown to… Continue reading Palliative Care for Lung Cancer Improves Length, Quality of Life

Turning Cancer Into a Mathematical Formula

What do computer engineers, physicists and mathematicians have to offer in the fight against cancer? As it turns out, quite a lot. In a new collaboration that finds these non-medical professionals teaming up with oncologists, these new enlistees in the war on cancer have been tasked with turning the disease into a mathematical formula. Working… Continue reading Turning Cancer Into a Mathematical Formula

Personalized Genetic Profile of Cancer Now Available to Public

A startup company known as Foundation Medicine has just been launched with the primary goal of offering personalized genetic profiles of cancer genomes. The initiative is the first such available service, and aims to help cancer patients receive targeted cancer treatment. In recent years, doctors and researchers have come to realize the value of mapping… Continue reading Personalized Genetic Profile of Cancer Now Available to Public

Improving Adoption Rates of Orphan Drugs for Mesothelioma and Other Rare Diseases

Recently, research on a promising drug for a disease that currently affects 1,500 people in the United States annually was halted due the financial reasons, according to Peter Saltonstall of the National Organization for Rare Diseases. The root of these financial reasons stems from the cost of research versus the expected amount of profits that… Continue reading Improving Adoption Rates of Orphan Drugs for Mesothelioma and Other Rare Diseases