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What are the first symptoms of ovarian cancer?

What are the first symptoms of ovarian cancer?

It is often difficult to diagnose ovarian cancer in its early stages because the symptoms are similar to those of other conditions. Anyone who experiences unexplained abdominal symptoms that last for more than 2 weeks should see a doctor. Ovarian cancer can also be challenging to detect early because the ovaries are small and located […]

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Viruses reprogrammed to attack cancer

Viruses reprogrammed to attack cancer

While viruses are best known for causing disease and suffering, scientists have recently designed a way to use them as a force for good in the fight against cancer. Viruses (an example of which is shown here) have a bad name, but can they be used therapeutically?Image credit: Graham Beards Viruses are small, rapidly replicating, […]

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Why ovarian cancer spreads and how we might stop it

Why ovarian cancer spreads and how we might stop it

New research has revealed exactly why ovarian cancer spreads to the peritoneal cavity. Existing drugs could be repurposed to stop this from happening. New treatments that can stop ovarian cancer from spreading may be within reach. In the United States, ovarian cancer is estimated to affect around 20,000 women every year. In 2014, the Centers […]

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Could hemp help to beat ovarian cancer?

Could hemp help to beat ovarian cancer?

A group of researchers from Kentucky is dedicated to raising the profile of hemp and its potential health benefits. Following their preliminary studies, they conclude that it may help in the fight against ovarian cancer. Could hemp be the next best cancer treatment? Hemp and marijuana are in the same botanical family, but the former […]

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Ovarian cancer: How your father’s genes can affect your risk

Ovarian cancer: How your father’s genes can affect your risk

Scientists studying ovarian cancer have revealed a new genetic mutation that increases a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer — and it can be passed to her by her father. Researchers have identified a new genetic mutation for ovarian cancer. Recently, Medical News Today covered a study that looked into whether or not all women should […]

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Should all women get screened for ovarian cancer?

Should all women get screened for ovarian cancer?

A recent report from the United States Preventive Services Task Force reveals the pros and cons of ovarian cancer screening for women at an average risk of developing the condition. Most women should not get screened for ovarian cancer unless they are in a high-risk category, suggests a new review. The United States Preventive Services […]

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Huntington’s ‘super assassin’ molecule could kill cancer

Huntington’s ‘super assassin’ molecule could kill cancer

Scientists probing the reason why cancer is far less common in individuals with Huntington’s disease have revealed that the gene responsible for the fatal brain condition produces a molecule that is deadly to cancer cells. Why are people with Huntington’s disease less likely to be diagnosed with cancer? In a recent paper published in the […]

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Stinging nettles: A new approach to cancer

Stinging nettles: A new approach to cancer

An innovative approach to cancer treatment utilizes a compound found in stinging nettles. While it’s early days, the new treatment could offer more effective and more specific cancer treatment. A compound found in stinging nettles may help in the fight against cancer. A platinum-based drug called cisplatin is often used in the fight against cancer. […]

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‘Synthetic gene circuit’ may improve effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy

‘Synthetic gene circuit’ may improve effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy

Synthetic gene circuits that only trigger powerful, tumor-specific immune responses when they detect certain disease markers may help immunotherapies to fight cancer more effectively, according to a new study. A synthetic gene circuit has been developed that can improve the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge suggest […]

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Endometrial cancer: Potential new target for resistant tumors found

Endometrial cancer: Potential new target for resistant tumors found

There are few treatment options for women with advanced endometrial cancer, which often relapses after developing resistance to chemotherapy. Now, however, new research suggests that targeting a protein that is most abundant on cancer stem cells in endometrioid tumors may offer a way forward. Researchers in Ohio may have just found a new potential drug […]