NASA Grow Light Relieves Chemotherapy Side Effects

A light used to grow plants on the Space Shuttle and in other NASA experiments may now be useful for earth-bound cancer patients.  Treatments with a light system called a High Emissivity Aluminiferous Luminescent Substrate (HEALS) have been shown to be effective in helping cancer patients deal with a painful and difficult side effect of… Continue reading NASA Grow Light Relieves Chemotherapy Side Effects

New Polymer Test Improves Lung Cancer Diagnosis, Says Experts

A new technique used for testing for the presence of lung cancer could potentially reduce diagnosis time from six months to four weeks, according to researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). This dramatic improvement in diagnosis time comes courtesy of a three-dimensional testing technique known as volumetrics. The procedure involves taking… Continue reading New Polymer Test Improves Lung Cancer Diagnosis, Says Experts

World’s First Cancer-Killing Pill May be Available Within the Decade

Thanks to advancement made possible through the Human Genome Project, British researchers believe the world’s first cancer-killing pill may be on the horizon. According to the team’s timeline, such a pill may be available in as few as ten years. The success of this future pill will work by exploiting a specific gene flaw that… Continue reading World’s First Cancer-Killing Pill May be Available Within the Decade

New Gene Set Discovery Improves Targeted Treatment for Lung Cancer

A specific genetic signature has been linked to a high risk for recurrence of non-small cell lung caner following surgery, according to a team of researchers led by pathologist Dr. Ming Tsao. The discovery provides an avenue for identifying high-risk patients who may benefit from chemotherapy treatments once surgical removal of the tumor has occurred.… Continue reading New Gene Set Discovery Improves Targeted Treatment for Lung Cancer

Anemia Drugs May Decrease Survival Time Among Cancer Patients

Doctors need to exhibit extreme caution before prescribing a class of anemia drugs known as erythropoeisis-stimulating agents (ESAs) to cancer patients, according to an updated guideline endorsed by the American Society of Hematology (ASH) and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Anemia is a fairly common side effect of chemotherapy. As a result, ESAs such… Continue reading Anemia Drugs May Decrease Survival Time Among Cancer Patients

Blocking “Rogue Gene” May Prevent Cancer Spreading

Scientists at the University of East Anglia in England have reportedly discovered a “rogue gene” that can lead to the spread of cancer throughout the body.  The gene, labeled WWP2, attacks proteins in healthy cells that typically prevent the spread of cancer from one area of the body to another.  The researchers found that the… Continue reading Blocking “Rogue Gene” May Prevent Cancer Spreading