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‘Biomedical tattoo’ might catch cancer early

‘Biomedical tattoo’ might catch cancer early

Often, cancer goes undetected until its advanced stages, when treating it becomes very difficult and the outlook less promising. But researchers from Switzerland are developing an implant that could alert “wearers” to the presence of cancer early on. A biomedical tattoo that looks like a brown mole when it ‘lights up’ could alert its ‘wearer’ […]

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Breast cancer: Common drugs may halt post-surgery relapse

Breast cancer: Common drugs may halt post-surgery relapse

After cancer surgery — particularly for breast cancer — many patients experience an early tumor recurrence. It is not clear why, but new research suggests that common pain-reducing, anti-inflammatory drugs may prevent that from happening. The answer to early relapse after breast cancer surgery may be closer than we think. In many cancer types — […]

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Cancer: New drug may fight treatment resistance

Cancer: New drug may fight treatment resistance

Treatment resistance is a huge problem in cancer therapy and a major barrier to improving survival for many patients. Scientists have discovered that a solution might lie in a new drug that tackles cancer cells differently. An experimental new drug may tackle treatment resistance in cancer. In the study paper, now published in the journal […]

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Cancer: How a novel gel could halt its return

Cancer: How a novel gel could halt its return

Groundbreaking research has revealed a promising strategy to stop the recurrence of cancer, and it comes in the form of a biodegradable gel. Researchers have developed a gel that could help to stop cancer recurrence and metastasis. Created by scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, the gel was designed to deliver immunotherapy […]

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Breast cancer: Obesity may hinder some treatments

Breast cancer: Obesity may hinder some treatments

Obesity may be the reason that some cancers become resistant to drugs intended to stop the formation of new blood vessels that fuel tumor growth, according to recent research led by Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Could obesity prevent some cancer treatments from working correctly? In a paper now published in the journal Science Translational […]

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The hidden power of daffodils in the fight against cancer

The hidden power of daffodils in the fight against cancer

New research published in the journal Structure has found that a natural extract from daffodils has cancer-killing properties. It lays out the molecular mechanism by which the extract could trigger cancer cell death. You may not be able to tell by looking at them, but daffodils could have the power to destroy cancer, according to […]

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This specialized gel could improve cancer therapy

This specialized gel could improve cancer therapy

Researchers are now developing a new tool in cancer therapy: a specialized gel that is capable of delivering combination drugs straight to the tumor. An injectable gel-like substance could deliver therapeutic agents right where they’re needed, minimizing the drugs’ impact on healthy cells. One key problem facing cancer research is how to deliver therapies in […]

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Why do some breast cancers become treatment-resistant?

Why do some breast cancers become treatment-resistant?

Most breast cancers are estrogen receptor-positive, meaning that signals received from estrogen, a hormone, promote the growth of the tumors. To stop these cancers from spreading, estrogen inhibitors are usually prescribed. But what happens when tumors develop treatment resistance? In around a third of ER-positive breast cancer cases, the tumors become treatment-resistant. Why is that? […]

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This protein fuels triple-negative breast cancer

This protein fuels triple-negative breast cancer

Triple-negative breast cancer has poor survival rates. However, the results of a new study — in which researchers discovered a stem cell pathway that may promote the disease — may lead to new treatments. Scientists have identified a protein that could be behind triple-negative breast cancer’s poor survival rates. Over recent months, Medical News Today […]

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Asparagus amino acid helps deadly breast cancer to spread

Asparagus amino acid helps deadly breast cancer to spread

Asparagine, an amino acid derived from a varied range of foods — including asparagus, fish and potatoes — could be a key nutrient for a deadly form of breast cancer, a new study suggests. A new approach in the treatment of aggressive breast cancer might require dietary changes to reduce the levels of one amino […]