Researchers Identify Gene That Guards Cancer From Chemo

A cancer gene known as astrocyte elevated gene-1 (AEG-1) has been identified as a major contributor to chemotherapy resistance, according to researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University. The findings suggest that future treatment methods focused on switching off the expression of this gene may improve treatment success of chemotherapy regimens. Cancer researchers have long viewed AEG-1… Continue reading Researchers Identify Gene That Guards Cancer From Chemo

Skin Rash From Erbitux Linked to Improved Lung Cancer Survival

Lung cancer patients who developed a rash following treatment with cetuximab (Erbitux) lived longer than those who displayed no such side effects, according to researchers at Hospital Grosshandsdorf in Germany. While drug side effects are generally seen as a negative outcome of treatment, it would appear that individuals taking Erbitux might come to view skin… Continue reading Skin Rash From Erbitux Linked to Improved Lung Cancer Survival

Improving Treatment by Targeting Cancer Stem Cells

Studies completed in 2008 suggested for the first time that cancer tumors might contain cancer stem cells. Stem cells are basic cell structures that have the ability to grow into a diverse variety of cell types. As such, cancer stem cells are the initial cancer cells that grow and divide to proliferate the illness. Today,… Continue reading Improving Treatment by Targeting Cancer Stem Cells