Cancer: New compound boosts chemo, prevents treatment resistance
A new study in mice finds a compound that boosts the effectiveness of the chemotherapy drug cisplatin and stops cancer cells from becoming resistant to it.
New report shows overall cancer mortality on the decline
A joint effort among various governmental bodies, the new 'Annual Report to the Nation' offers fresh insights on cancer incidence and mortality.
Vitamin D may prolong life in people with cancer
Taking vitamin D supplements does not cut cancer risk but may prolong life once cancer develops, according to an analysis of trials covering 79,055 people.
High-salt diet blocks tumor growth in mice
New research in mice suggests that a high intake of dietary salt triggers the immune system in a way that enables it to fight off tumors.
What to know about liver metastases
Liver metastases occur when cancer spreads to the liver from another part of the body. Diagnosis may involve ultrasound. Prognosis depends on how far the cancer has spread. Learn more about liver metastases here.
What can cause lower back and testicle pain?
Lower back and testicle pain can indicate an underlying condition that requires medical attention. Possible causes include kidney stones, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and spinal problems. Learn more about the possible causes and when to see a doctor here.
Is leukemia hereditary?
Leukemia is a genetic condition, but in most cases, it is not hereditary. In this article, we explore the links between leukemia and family history, genetics, and lifestyle and environmental factors.
Cancer: Proton therapy has fewer side effects than X-ray radiation
A first-of-its-kind study compares the cure rates and side effects of proton therapy and X-ray radiation for people with various forms of cancer.
What does a hypoechoic thyroid nodule mean?
A hypoechoic thyroid nodule is a type of thyroid nodule that appears dark on an ultrasound scan and typically indicates a solid mass rather than a fluid-filled cyst. Thyroid nodules are common and most are harmless. However, they can sometimes develop into thyroid cancer. Learn more here.
Is the acrylamide in coffee harmful to health?
Coffee products that contain roasted beans contain small amounts of the compound acrylamide. There are concerns that acrylamide may be carcinogenic, but research suggests that coffee is generally safe to drink and may actually protect against a number of cancers and other conditions. Learn more here.
These 5 tropical plants may 'provide anticancer benefits'
New research examined several plants that people have used to treat cancer since ancient times. The study identified five plants with anticancer benefits.
Should I get checked for cancer?
The warning signs of cancer vary depending on the type. People should see a doctor if they have any new symptoms or existing symptoms worsen. Learn more about the warning signs of cancer here.
How long will a person with stage 4 colon cancer live?
The 5-year relative survival rate for stage 4 colon cancer is 14%. Many factors determine the life expectancy of a person with this condition. Learn more here.
Sleep apnea and cancer: Is there a link, and in what cases?
New research analyzing a large dataset suggests there may be a link between sleep apnea and the likelihood of developing cancer, especially in women.
What to know about ulcerative colitis and cancer
Ulcerative colitis (UC) causes inflammation in the digestive system. This may increase the risk of certain cancers. Learn more about the link between UC and cancer, as well as when to see a doctor and how to reduce the risk of cancer, here.
A compound in broccoli and kale helps suppress tumor growth
A compound present in broccoli, kale, and other cruciferous plants restored an underperforming tumor suppressor in a mouse model of cancer, study reveals.
How a parasitic fish could help us fight brain cancer and stroke
New research in mice suggests that molecules derived from a species of parasitic fish could help tackle cancer and other conditions in the brain.
Why don't whales develop cancer, and why should we care?
Whales have a minimal risk of developing cancer, despite factors that may lead us to think otherwise. Why is this, and how can this knowledge help us?
Diabetes linked to different forms of cancer in males vs. females
A study in a large Chinese cohort shows that people with type 2 diabetes have a higher risk of cancer, and the types of cancer vary in males and females.
What to know about raisins
Raisins have many nutritional benefits and can aid digestion, as well as improve eyesight. People can easily add them to their diet. Learn more about the benefits of raisins here.
Can diabetes influence cancer's spread?
People with cancer may have a higher risk of tumors spreading to other sites in the body if they also have diabetes. New research explains why.
How do cancer-causing bacteria take over our stomachs?
H. pylori live in the stomachs of around 50% of all humans. Despite their prevalence, little is known about how they can survive inside us for a lifetime.
Cancer treatments: Patients need to know heart risks
Specialists warn that many people undergoing cancer treatment receive neither appropriate information about heart risks nor sufficient monitoring for them.
How plants from Mauritius could help fight cancer
Research into the medicinal herbs of Mauritius shows that we may still have much to learn about the anticancer properties of many of the island plants.
Colorectal cancer vaccine has promising results in early trials
Researchers have revealed positive results of a small, early clinical trial that tested the effects of a new vaccine on 10 people with colorectal cancer.
What to know about a blood clot in the leg
A blood clot in the leg can cause swelling, red skin, and warmth in the surrounding area. Risk factors include age. Maintaining a healthy weight and doing regular exercise can prevent blood clots from developing.
Deleting just one gene may 'completely prevent' pancreatic cancer
Using a mouse model that "faithfully mimics" human pancreatic cancer, researchers have found a gene that wholly prevents the disease when knocked out.
Is it better to 'contain' rather than destroy cancer?
New research in mice suggests that we could stop some cancers from making a comeback by maintaining metastatic cells in a 'dormant' state.
This neurotransmitter helps aggressive tumors spread
New research in mouse models of human-derived cancers has found a new key factor that supports the growth and spread of aggressive tumors.
Cancer: Highly personalized therapy can improve outcomes
A new test-of-concept study suggests that using personalized combination therapy could improve the outcome for people with stubborn metastatic cancer.
Vitamin D may help fight colorectal cancer
A recent study concludes that when a person takes vitamin D alongside standard chemotherapy, it might reduce the growth rate of colorectal cancer.
Possible causes of a lump on the back of the neck hairline
Lumps on the back of the neck hairline can be the result of skin irritation or acne or may be a sign of a new mole. Other possible causes include muscle knots, cysts, boils, and swollen lymph nodes. Learn more about these causes and when to see a doctor here.
Alternative therapies for cancer: Do they do more harm than good?
How many people with cancer use complementary and alternative therapies? And do these interfere with conventional treatments? A new study investigates.
Is it better to get nutrients from food or supplements?
New research has found that nutrients obtained from food, not supplements, correlate with lower risks of all-cause mortality and cancer.
What to know about lip cancer
Lip cancer is a type of head and neck cancer that often starts with a lump on the lip that does not heal. Common risk factors for lip cancer include prolonged sun exposure, heavy alcohol intake, and tobacco use. Learn more about the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of lip cancer here.
Cancer: Scientists find 129 'jumping genes' that drive tumor growth
A study of thousands of tumors from 15 cancer types highlights the widespread role of jumping genes as cancer promoters and identifies 129 of them.
Cancer: 'Off-the-shelf' stem cell treatment enters clinical trial
In a landmark clinical trial, researchers are making use of induced pluripotent stem cells for the first time in the United States.
Chili pepper compound may slow down lung cancer
New research in mice and human cells suggests that capsaicin, the compound that gives red peppers its spicy flavor, may slow lung cancer progression.
What causes a hard lump under the skin?
There are many causes of a hard lump under the skin, including lipomas, swollen lymph nodes, and several types of cyst. Learn more about hard lumps under the skin here.
Poor diet biggest risk factor for early deaths worldwide
A global study links 1 in 5 deaths to poor diet, suggesting that low intake of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and legumes is a major factor.
Signs and symptoms of colon cancer in men
Many symptoms can indicate colon cancer in men, including bowel changes, weight loss, cramps, and bloody stool. However, these symptoms can also be due to other causes. Learn more about colon cancer symptoms and when to see a doctor here.
Cancer: Are probiotics making immunotherapy less effective?
Probiotic supplements could be having a detrimental effect on this particular form of cancer treatment, according to new research.
Gut microbes can spur immune system to attack cancer
An international study has identified gut bacteria that activate the immune system to slow melanoma growth in mice and highlights a key signaling pathway.
A new wearable device may detect cancer with more precision
Researchers are developing and testing a wearable device that can detect the presence of cancer cells in the bloodstream with greater accuracy.
Could reused cooking oil trigger breast cancer spread?
A new study in mice finds that reused cooking oil may encourage breast cancer metastases. These preliminary results are sure to spark more research.
This drug failed to treat cancer, but it could improve dementia
Scientists have found that an experimental drug that failed against cancer may treat dementia instead. However, can they test it in clinical trials?
Plant compound could fight eye cancer
A toxin present in the coralberry plant can stop the division of cancer cells, a new study has found. The findings may lead to enhanced treatment.
Time-restricted eating may prevent tumor growth
New research in mice suggests that eating all daily meals within a restricted window of time may be a good preventive strategy against cancer tumor growth.
How sugary drinks can fuel and accelerate cancer growth
New research in mouse models reveals that consuming sugary drinks can boost the growth of cancer tumors, and it also explains the underlying mechanisms.
Hot tea may raise esophageal cancer risk
A new, large prospective study suggests that people who regularly drink very hot tea may raise their risk of developing esophageal cancer.
How does tumor acidity help cancer spread?
A pH-probe helps scientists map acidity in tumors and see how acidification alters gene expression in ways that increase cancer's invasiveness and spread.
10 minutes of leisurely activity per week may lower death risk
New observational research in a large cohort has found a strong link between leisurely physical activity — even in low amounts — and a lower death risk.
CBD for cancer: Everything you need to know
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound in the cannabis plant. It may benefit people with cancer by reducing symptoms of the disease and its treatment. Learn more about the research here.
How destroying a tumor promoter could lead to new cancer treatments
Mutated p53 tumor suppressor protein is a key driver of most cancers. Now, scientists have identified its mechanism of stability and how to disrupt it.
What are the early symptoms of cancer in men?
Men have a higher risk of dying from cancer than women in the United States. However, recognizing the early signs can significantly improve a person’s outlook. Early symptoms of cancer in men can include changes in bowel habits, unexplained weight loss, testicular changes, and difficulties urinating. Learn more here.
Coffee chemicals could curb prostate cancer
Coffee is a complex cocktail of compounds. A recent study identifies two particular molecules that might have cancer-fighting capabilities.
Laser probe detects deadly melanoma in seconds
A Ph.D. student has designed a cost-effective and easy-to-use device that can quickly detect cancerous skin cells. Catching cancer earlier can save lives.
Breast cancer: Does stress fuel its spread?
A new study from Switzerland shows how stress can act on breast cancer tumors, supporting their spread and diversification and making them harder to treat.
Ovarian cancer: New drug may prevent recurrence
New research in mice identifies a compound that significantly improves ovarian cancer survival by targeting stem-like cancer cells.
Marine bacteria offer new weapon against melanoma
Melanoma is notoriously difficult to treat. Recently, scientists have looked to marine bacteria to find novel ways of attacking this type of skin cancer.
Cancer: Does mental health influence a person's outlook?
New research examines whether having a history of mental health issues influences a person's outlook after they receive a cancer diagnosis.
How do oral bacteria make colorectal cancer more aggressive?
The common oral bacterium F. nucleatum hastens the aggressiveness of colorectal cancer by promoting the growth of cells that are already cancerous.
Has fast food become worse for our health in the past 30 years?
Researchers warn that, despite some efforts from fast-food chains to improve their menus, what they offer is probably more harmful to health than ever.
February 2019: Nutrition research highlights
In this Spotlight feature, we give you an overview of some of the most remarkable nutrition-related research published in February 2019.
New compound could fight off aggressive melanoma
New research examines the genetic chain reaction that causes a particularly aggressive form of melanoma and finds a way to stop it.
Preventing cancer: 'Flawless' DNA repair offers insight
Over time, DNA mutations add up, which can eventually trigger cancer. A recent study investigated the cell's own DNA-fixing mechanisms.
Colon cancer: Could exercise halt tumor growth?
New research finds that a short burst of high-intensity interval training reduces the growth of colon cancer cells and increases markers of inflammation.
What are the health benefits of water chestnuts?
Water chestnuts are tuber vegetables that grow underwater. They are low in calories and contain antioxidants, and they can be a healthful addition to a balanced diet.
Does artemisinin help treat cancer?
Artemisinin, a compound in the sweet wormwood plant, may have potential in future cancer treatments. Research is still underway. This article looks at recent investigations into artemisinin and cancer.
New device can detect cancer in just a drop of blood
A newly developed state-of-the-art diagnostic tool that is cost-effective and easy to make can detect the presence of cancer in the tiniest drop of blood.
How chronic stress boosts cancer cell growth
New research in mice explains the mechanism through which chronic stress contributes to cancer cell growth and suggests a potential therapeutic strategy.
Onions and garlic could protect against cancer
According to a recent study, eating more allium vegetables, such as garlic and onions, might reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer.
The unexpected dangers of gum disease
According to recent research, gum disease may increase the risk of a range of seemingly unrelated conditions, including cancer and dementia.
Aggressive brain cancer: Why does immunotherapy fail?
New research helps explain why some glioblastoma tumors respond to immunotherapy whereas the majority of these aggressive cancers do not.
What to expect from Lupron treatment
Lupron (leuprolide acetate) is a type of hormone therapy for people with prostate cancer. Lupron is an injection drug, and doctors often prescribe it in combination with radiation therapy or surgery. As it lowers a person’s testosterone levels, Lupron can cause a range of side effects. Learn more here.
New cell-tracking technique sheds light on breast cancer spread
Cellular barcoding shows promise as a way to identify the few metastasis-driving cell variants from the thousands that are present in breast cancer tumors.
Breast cancer: Cut down on alcohol to lower risk
The results of a new study show that Australian women remain unaware of the fact that alcohol consumption really does increase breast cancer risk.
New drug shows promise against several aggressive cancers
Initial trials in humans find that a new drug, tisotumab vedotin, shows significant promise in treating stubborn tumors in several late-stage cancers.
Breast cancer screening saved over 27,000 lives in 2018
A new study estimates that breast cancer mortality rates have fallen by approximately half in the United States in 2018, thanks to screening and therapy.
Blocking fatty acids slows prostate cancer progression
New research in mice finds that fatty acids fuel prostate tumor growth and that blocking the uptake of fatty acids slows cancer progression.
Colorectal cancer: Scientists halt growth with cannabinoid compounds
Scientists have identified a number of synthetic cannabinoid compounds that can halt the growth of several types of human colorectal cancer cells.
Bladder cancer: What to know about BCG treatment
Bacillus Calmette–Guerin (BCG) treatment can help prevent cancer from returning following surgery for early-stage bladder cancer. Doctors deliver BCG directly to a person’s bladder using a catheter. Learn more about what BCG is, and what to expect during the procedure, here.
Colorectal cancer: TV viewing tied to risk of early onset
A new study links prolonged sitting while viewing TV to a higher risk of young-onset colorectal cancer, regardless of obesity and exercise.
Antitumor protein can sometimes promote cancer
Scientists have issued a warning to cancer drug developers by revealing that p53, a protein that usually suppresses tumors, can also promote cancer.
How nanoparticles may drive the spread of cancer
New research finds that common nanoparticles from materials such as gold, titanium dioxide, and silver can facilitate the spread of cancer cells.
How a light-activated metal could destroy cancer cells
New research looks at therapy using light beams to target and kill cancer cells. The investigators think that a compound of the metal iridium could be key.
How skin cancer becomes invasive
A new study has finally identified a mechanism that allows skin cancer to become aggressive. The discovery also suggests a novel therapeutic approach.
Is fenugreek good for you?
Fenugreek is an herb with many potential health benefits, including improving cholesterol and blood pressure. It may also cause some unwanted effects. Learn more about fenugreek here.
What to know about multifocal breast cancer
Multifocal breast cancer is where a person has more than one tumor in one area of their breast. In this article, we look at the causes, diagnosis, staging, treatment, and prognosis for multifocal breast cancer.
Breast cancer: How fast does it spread?
In the early stages of breast cancer, it may not spread at all. It is difficult to know how fast invasive breast cancer can spread in 1 year, as it depends on the cancer’s stage, grade, and other factors. In this article, we discuss the growth and progression of breast cancer.
Can the tongue microbiome help diagnose pancreatic cancer?
New research investigates how changes in the bacterial population on a person's tongue could help identify the presence of pancreatic cancer.
Diagnosis and treatment of duodenal cancer
Duodenal cancer develops in the first section of the small intestine: the duodenum. This type of cancer is rare, and symptoms can be vague, which can make it difficult to diagnose. However, early diagnosis and treatment can significantly improve a person’s outlook. Learn more here.
What happens when breast cancer metastasizes in the lungs?
Metastatic, or stage 4, breast cancer in the lungs is when breast cancer cells are growing in the lungs. In this article, we look at what happens when breast cancer metastasizes in the lungs, including the symptoms, causes, treatments, and prognosis.
Chinese fir tree compound may help to combat cancer
New research finds that a chemical analog of a compound found in the endangered Chinese fir tree 'Abies beshanzuensis' can help fight off cancer.
Modified herpes virus effective against late-stage melanoma
New research finds that therapy with a genetically modified herpes virus is highly effective in the treatment of stage 3 melanoma, with few side effects.
How aspirin may benefit some people with head and neck cancer
Regular use of aspirin or other NSAIDs increased survival in people with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and alteration in the PIK3CA gene.
Triple-negative breast cancer: Recurrence and survival rates
Triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive form of breast cancer. It can recur more frequently than other types. This article looks at the recurrence rates, survival statistics, treatment, and prevention of triple-negative breast cancer.
Melanoma mortality rates vary across the country
A recent study examines melanoma mortality across the United States. The researchers identify large differences between states. Why could this be?
Everything you need to know about R-CHOP
R-CHOP chemotherapy uses a combination of five different drugs to treat specific types of cancer, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Learn more about how this treatment works and the potential side effects here.
Oolong tea extract may stave off breast cancer
New research tests the benefits of oolong tea extract in multiple breast cancer cell lines and finds that it stops cancer cells from growing.
How your immune system uses chaos to prevent disease
New research finds that chaotic swings in the concentration of a certain protein is key for regulating our immune response and preventing chronic disease.
'Reprogramming' immune cells to attack cancer tumors
Macrophages, the immune cells that 'eat' pathogens and cell debris, are often ineffective against cancer cells. How can we co-opt them to attack tumors?
What are macadamia nuts good for?
Macadamia nuts are a nutritious food with many potential benefits, including lowering the risk of heart disease and possibly helping prevent cancer. Learn more about the benefits of macadamia nuts, as well as some drawbacks to be aware of, here.
Ovarian cancer risk after a hysterectomy
During a hysterectomy, a surgeon removes a person’s uterus. Because the surgeon usually leaves part or all of the ovaries intact, it may still be possible to develop ovarian cancer. However, research suggests that any type of hysterectomy helps reduce a person’s risk of ovarian cancer. Learn more here.
The best cancer-fighting foods
Cancer-fighting foods include apples, berries, and fatty fish. These foods may help prevent cancer and promote general health. Learn more about the best cancer-fighting foods here.
Breast cancer: Changing tumor cells into fat cells stops spread
By exploiting cancer cells' innate adaptability, scientists halt invasive spread in mice by transforming malignant breast cancer cells into fat cells.
What are the benefits of quercetin?
Quercetin is a flavonoid present in many fruits and vegetables. Due to its antioxidant and other properties, it has a variety of health benefits. Learn about them here.
Can fasting help fight cancer?
There are many benefits to fasting. It may even play a role in the prevention and treatment of cancer. There are also some potential risks to be aware of. Learn more about fasting and cancer here.
What happens if chemotherapy does not work?
Signs that chemotherapy is not working include tumor growth and metastasis. Radiation and immunotherapy may be effective alternative treatments. Learn more about what to do if chemotherapy is not working here.
Health benefits of mung beans
Mung beans are a healthful source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Some research also suggests that they may have a range of other health benefits. Learn more here.
Study reveals how much fiber we should eat to prevent disease
A meta-analysis of observational studies and clinical trials reveals the ideal amount of dietary fiber that we should consume each day.
What dictates how vitamin E supplements affect cancer risk?
Taking vitamin E supplements increases the likelihood of cancer in some people, while it decreases the risk in others. Why does this happen?
Cancer: A new 'drug sponge' may reduce chemo's toxic effects
A new experimental device may be able to absorb chemotherapy drugs after they have reached cancer tumors but before they can reach healthy tissue.
New molecule stops cancer from 'tricking' the immune system
Scientists reveal how cancer 'tricks' immune cells into working for tumors rather than against them, and a molecule that may stop this deceptive mechanism.
Bowel cancer: New biomarker may also boost treatment
Researchers investigating a new biomarker for colorectal cancer have also uncovered a novel intervention that might help treat a range of cancer types.
Triple-negative breast cancer responds to new dual-target therapy
An experimental therapy that targets two growth pathways reduced cancer cell proliferation and spread in mice with triple-negative breast cancer.
New breath test for cancer currently under trial
Researchers from the United Kingdom are currently testing the accuracy of a newly developed breath test that could diagnose cancer in a noninvasive way.
Childbirth may increase risk of breast cancer
A new study reveals that contrary to popular belief, having recently given birth may result in a slightly higher risk of breast cancer.
Does magnesium hold the key to vitamin D benefits?
Research has linked low vitamin D levels with a range of conditions, including bowel cancer. But, without magnesium, vitamin D may not function properly.
Prostate cancer: New, quicker test to assess metastasis risk
A newly developed test can detect the risk of metastasis in people with prostate cancer at a quicker rate, lower cost, and using smaller tissue samples.
Combo of existing drugs fights bowel cancer and reduces side effects
By combining two common cancer drugs, researchers have found a more effective way to treat colorectal cancer and reduce unpleasant side effects.
Health benefits of gold, frankincense, and myrrh
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh are famous for one festive reason. In this feature, we ask whether any of them might harbor any health benefits.
Gold nanoparticles could destroy prostate cancer
By coating nanoparticles with gold, researchers have successfully destroyed prostate cancer cells in people without damaging surrounding tissue.
What were the most intriguing medical studies of 2018?
As 2018 slowly but surely draws to a close, we give you an overview of some of the most read and thought-provoking medical research of this year.
Can chemotherapy help treat Crohn's?
When traditional treatments for Crohn's disease are unsuccessful, a doctor may prescribe chemotherapy. Learn about whether chemo is safe, the different types available, and whether there are any side effects here.
Diabetes and hypertension drug combo kills cancer cells
New research finds that combining the drug metformin with an antihypertensive drug cuts off the energy supply to cancer cells and inhibits tumor growth.
Spray gel could reduce cancer spread after surgery
A 'sprayable gel' embedded with nanoparticles carrying drugs that boost immunity controlled tumor recurrence at surgery site and at distant sites in mice.
Colorectal cancer: Loss of two genes may drive tumor formation
New research shows how the loss of two genes may drive an aggressive form of colorectal cancer. The findings also point to a potential new treatment.
LEEP procedure: What to expect
LEEP stands for loop electrosurgical excision procedure. This test can help diagnose and treat cervical cancer. Learn more about its uses and what to expect here.
Missed periods and ovarian cancer
Most causes of missed or irregular periods are not serious. However, less commonly, a missed period can be a sign of ovarian cancer. Early detection and treatment of this type of cancer can improve a person’s outlook. Learn more here.
Prostate cancer and back pain
Back pain is a common complaint with many possible causes. In some cases, chronic, unexplained back pain can occur with advanced prostate cancer. Learn more here.
What is appendix cancer?
Appendix cancer is very rare, and many people experience no symptoms in the early stages. Doctors often diagnose this cancer when it spreads to other organs or after they remove a person’s appendix due to appendicitis. Learn more here.
What to know about stage 4 lymphoma
The symptoms, treatment, and survival rates of stage 4 lymphoma depend on the type of lymphoma and the risk factors that the individual has. Learn more here.
These tiny sensors may detect cancer early
Researchers use nanosensors to detect intracellular interactions that may signal cancer very early on. Their results may help detect lymphocytic leukemia.
What are the benefits of glutathione?
Glutathione is an antioxidant that helps make proteins in the body and may have a variety of other health benefits. Learn more about the effects of glutathione here.
Is it possible to reverse 'chemo brain?'
'Chemo brain' affects many people who have undergone cancer treatment. What happens in the brain, and how can we reverse this effect?
What are the complications of HIV?
While modern medical treatments have drastically reduced the risk of HIV complications, people living with HIV may be more prone to certain illnesses. Learn more here.
Infections and cancer: The link could be stronger than we think
Study reveals a common cellular mechanism through which bacterial infection could promote cancer and increase resistance to anticancer drugs.
Iron-rich foods for vegetarians and vegans
Iron is an essential nutrient. Many plant-based foods contain iron, including lentils, beans, tofu, and blackstrap molasses. Learn about these and other iron-rich vegetarian foods here.
PSA levels after prostatectomy
A prostatectomy is one treatment option for prostate cancer. It involves the surgical removal of the prostate gland. Following a prostatectomy, doctors carry out regular prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing to check that the cancer is not returning. Learn more about PSA after a prostatectomy here.
Can drinking alcohol lead to prostate cancer?
Doctors do not fully understand what causes prostate cancer. This disease may have an association with alcohol, but scientists need to do more research to confirm the potential link. Here, learn more about the risks of alcohol, how doctors screen for and treat prostate cancer, and the survival rates for this disease.
Universal 10-minute cancer test in sight
Cancer cells have a unique pattern of chemical tags on their DNA, which differs from that of healthy cells and could serve as the basis for a universal test.
Does HIV increase cancer risk?
HIV can weaken a person’s immune system, which can increase the risk of certain types of cancer. Such cancers include Kaposi’s sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and cervical, lung, anal, and oral cancer. However, effective treatment can significantly reduce the risk of developing these cancers. Learn more here.
Researchers find new drug combo to challenge cancer
Researchers have discovered a new drug combination that may be able to boost cancer treatment while also preventing tumors from becoming therapy-resistant.
Cancer cells' use of sugar holds the key to their destruction
Either reducing glucose supply or altering its metabolism in cancer cells could greatly improve effectiveness of virus-based treatments, a study reveals.
New strategy defeats cancer cells that evade chemotherapy
Scientists have found that making the cancer cells that survive chemotherapy more aggressive results in them being vulnerable to anti-inflammatories.
End-of-life symptoms of metastatic breast cancer
The end-of-life symptoms associated with metastatic breast cancer depend on where a person’s cancer has spread to, and they can include both physical and mental issues. Treatment focuses on improving quality of life and caring for the individual’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Learn more here.
'DNA origami' tackles multidrug-resistant cancer cells
Scientists have developed a 'DNA nanoplatform' that carries anticancer drugs to targeted cancer cells and also prevents the cells from expelling the drug.
What you need to know about breast cancer
Breast cancer survival rates are rising as screening and treatment improve. But breast cancer is still the most invasive cancer in women. Find out who might have a greater risk, what symptoms to look out for, and the treatment options a person might face. Plus, learn about the types of breast cancer and the stages.
Ovarian cancer statistics
Knowing the statistics on ovarian cancer can help a person better understand the condition. However, it is important to remember that everyone has a different experience with cancer.
Do cancer treatments accelerate brain aging?
A new study finds connections between key markers of biological aging and signs of cognitive decline years after the completion of breast cancer treatment.
Rainforest vine compound kills resilient cancer cells
New research finds that a compound extracted from vines in the Congolese rainforest can kill cancer cells where other substances have failed.
Could a type of sugar halt cancer's march?
A recent study concludes that supplementation with a type of sugar interrupts cancer cells’ metabolism. This simple intervention could help fight cancer.
New blood test can detect ovarian cancer in its early stages
Ovarian cancer is rarely detected in its early stages, which makes treatment less effective. A new blood test, however, may become a game-changer.
Stopping tumor cell movement halts cancer spread
Using tumor-like microenvironments, scientists stopped cancer cells from spreading, even after the cells had switched to a different way of moving.
How much does hepatitis C treatment cost?
Hepatitis C is a viral infection with different treatment options. Medication, treatments, and care pricing depend on factors that include a person’s insurance policy and their overall health. There are various medications available. Learn more about the costs of hepatitis C treatment here.
Melanoma: Keeping these molecules apart could stop cancer spread
Recent research suggests that stopping the proteins LRP1 and tPA from interacting could form the basis of a treatment to halt metastasis in melanoma.
How aspirin and omega-3 may reduce cancer risk
A new clinical trial suggests that taking aspirin and an omega-3 fatty acid can decrease the number of precancerous growths in the colon.
What are the benefits of flaxseed oil?
Learn about the health benefits of flaxseed oil, such as improved skin and cholesterol, decreased inflammation, and a reduced risk of diabetes. We also cover the potential risks of flaxseed oil, as well as how to use it.
What does it mean to have stage 4 pancreatic cancer?
When pancreatic cancer has spread to other parts of the body, it is in stage 4. There is no cure for this type of cancer, but treatments can help improve life expectancy and the quality of life. Learn more here.
How does a doctor diagnose cancer?
Cancer is a common disease, and a whole range of outlooks is possible depending on the type and severity. Knowing how recognize and diagnose cancer early on can be the key to improving the outlook. Read on to learn ,pre about the symptoms and diagnostic techniques saving lives every day.
Pancreatic cancer cells are 'addicted' to key protein
New research on highly aggressive pancreatic cancers finds that a protein fuels cancer cells to the extent that they become 'addicted' to it.
New cancer drug safely boosts radiation therapy
A new clinical trial finds that a novel drug can boost the strength of radiation therapy in the fight against cancer with 'minimal side effects.'
Cancer and obesity: Clogged immune cells help explain link
A recent study examines the relationship between obesity and cancer from a new angle. The researchers look at the potential role of the immune system.
New way to manipulate immune cells may treat cancer, autoimmune disease
Altering levels of a molecule that T cells need to grow could help the body fight cancer and lead to new treatments for autoimmune disease.
Breast cancer screening: How does it truly impact survival?
New research looking at the data of tens of thousands of women finds that screening for breast cancer has an important impact on survival.
What to know about cancer
Cancer is the uncontrolled development of cells. After heart disease, it is the second most common cause of death in the United States. However, researchers continue to develop treatments that result in improved survival rates. Read on to learn more.
Can dogs detect cancer?
Dogs have an incredibly sensitive sense of smell. They are able to detect various types of cancer through odor signatures in a person’s breath, urine, and skin. Here, we look at how dogs can detect cancer, the types of cancer they can smell, and how medical professionals can use dogs in cancer research and diagnostics.
Breast cancer risk: Are you an early riser?
An innovative new study investigates the link between morning or evening preference and the likelihood of developing breast cancer.
How does a protein's 'evil twin' promote cancer growth?
The mutant variant of a cancer-suppressing protein blocks its 'sibling's' activity, researchers have found. This interaction allows cancer to spread.
Everything you need to know about adrenal cancer
Adrenal cancer is a rare type of cancer that affects the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands make cortisol, aldosterone, and sex hormones. In this article, learn about the types and symptoms of adrenal cancer, as well as how doctors diagnose it and what the treatment options are. We also cover the possible risk factors.
What to know about nodular melanoma
Nodular melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer. In this article, we look at the symptoms, causes, risk factors, and treatments for nodular melanoma.
Can hydrogen peroxide help treat cancer?
Many people use hydrogen peroxide to treat minor injuries, whiten their teeth, or dye their hair. Some claim that it can help cure cancer, but what does the research say?
Melanoma: More evidence that antioxidants speed up tumor spread
New research reveals that antioxidants that bind to mitochondria — the main source of free radicals — either have no effect or cause tumors to grow faster.
New virus could help destroy cancer
A new study investigates the potential use of a virus against cancer. Researchers hope that the findings will be useful for different types of cancer.
Everything you need to know about penile cancer
Penile cancer is cancer that affects the penis and other male genitals. It often begins on the skin. Penile cancer is relatively rare and is highly treatable in the early stages. In this article, learn more about penile cancer, including its signs and symptoms, potential risk factors, and treatment options.
Forms of tobacco that give you cancer
Many people try nicotine replacement or vaping as an alternative to smoking cigarettes. However, people often speculate as to whether there is a link between nicotine consumption and cancer. The consensus is also unclear as to whether smokeless tobacco causes cancer. Learn more here.
Does brain size predict brain cancer risk?
New research suggests that having a larger brain may increase the risk of developing aggressive brain cancer. The higher number of brain cells may be why.
Does baby powder cause cancer? What to know
Baby powder manufacturers have recently faced lawsuits that their product, a type of talc, may cause ovarian cancer. Learn about the claims and research here.
Nature's 'kill code' may destroy cancer
Two new studies explain how each cell in the body embeds a code that may become active when a healthy cell mutates into a cancerous one.
Common drugs lead to millions of cases of lung disease
Many common drugs affect lung health negatively, and these problems are more common than specialists previously thought, concludes a new review.
What are the advantages of oral chemotherapy?
Oral chemotherapy in the form of pills, liquids, or tablets is a treatment option for some types and stages of cancer. Advantages include not having to visit a clinic as frequently, while disadvantages include the risk of making dosing errors when taking the medication at home. Learn more about oral chemotherapy here.
What are the symptoms of skin cancer?
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. People should check every month for signs of melanoma and other skin cancers. In this article, we take a close look at the types of skin cancer and the symptoms to look for. We also discuss risk factors and prevention.
What are the side effects of chemotherapy?
Side effects of chemotherapy include illness and infection, bleeding easily, hair loss, and nausea or vomiting. Learn more about 10 of the most common side effects, and how to combat them here.
What are the best remedies for neuropathy from chemo?
Neuropathy from chemo can cause tingling and numbness in the hands and feet. It is a side effect of the chemotherapy drug that a person uses in their cancer treatment. Learn more about the best remedies for neuropathy from chemo, including natural and alternative remedies, such as vitamins, massage, and acupuncture.
Pancreatic cancer: New approach may prolong survival
Pancreatic cancer is often treatment-resistant, but new light shed in a mouse study has 'more than doubled survival' and may lead to new therapies.
What you should know about pancreatic cancer
Pancreatic cancer accounts for 3 percent of all cancers in the United States. It can be difficult to manage because symptoms often do not appear until the later stages. However, treatment is available, and some lifestyle choices can reduce the risk of developing it. Find out more about this type of cancer.
What is opioid-induced constipation?
Opioids are often crucial pain relievers, but they can have adverse effects, including constipation. Find out more about opioid-induced constipation here.
What causes opioid-induced constipation (OIC)?
Opioids are important for controlling pain, but they can lead to opioid-induced constipation (OIC). Why does this happen and what other effects do opioids have on digestion?
Treatment for opioid-induced constipation
Many people use opioids to relieve pain, but they can lead to further problems, including constipation. Find out how to reduce the symptoms of constipation resulting from the use of opioids.
Prostate cancer: Scientists reveal new way to target stubborn cells
Prostate cancer is common, so findings new ways to destroy it is very important. Now, researchers believe that they may have found a new drug target.
Cancer ribbon colors: A guide
Ribbons come in a variety of colors to promote awareness and raise funds to support people fighting many types of cancer. Learn about the ribbons here.
Acute myeloid leukemia: New treatment overcomes chemo resistance
A treatment that alters gene expression overcame chemotherapy resistance and resulted in complete remission in a mouse model of acute myeloid leukemia.
Does eating organic food protect against cancer?
We tend to assume that eating organic food is good for our health. A recent, large-scale study looks more closely at whether it might reduce cancer risk.
What to know about cardiac tamponade
Cardiac tamponade is a fluid buildup around the heart that constitutes a medical emergency. We discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatment of cardiac tamponade here.
Immunotherapy successful against deadly breast cancer
A new trial confirms that a combination of immunotherapy and chemotherapy boosts survival rates for people with triple-negative breast cancer.
Pancreatic cancer: Chinese tree compound helps destroy tumors
New research finds that the derivative of a compound found in a rare Chinese tree bark can destroy drug-resistant pancreatic tumors.
Cancer: Even healthy tissue is 'riddled with mutations'
A new study charts the slow build-up of genetic mutations. The researchers are surprised to find that even healthy human tissue carries many mutants.
Using light to destroy metastatic breast cancer
Metastatic breast cancer may soon be treated using light to activate photo-sensitive drugs which, in turn, can target cancer cells and avoid healthy ones.
Cancer: Could a 'universal' blood test make detection easier?
Researchers have been developing a 'universal' blood test that can quickly detect the presence of cancer. The scientists are now working to improve it.
How a 150-year old drug might help battle cancer
The potency of cancer treatments is often reduced by a lack of oxygen in and around the tumor. Researchers have found an existing drug that might help.
Breast cancer: Marker of deadly recurrence identified
Low or no NR2F1 protein in cells that metastasize from primary breast tumors to bone marrow indicates a high risk of lethal cancer recurrence, says study.
How a breastfeeding mechanism may affect breast cancer
A molecular mechanism that is involved in the breast's adaptation to breastfeeding may sustain pre-cancerous breast cells, finds a new study.
Aspirin may reduce liver cancer risk
The latest study to investigate the relationship between regular aspirin use and liver cancer risk finds a significant positive interaction.
What is this white spot on my eyeball?
A white spot on the eye is often a corneal ulcer or a pinguecula. These eye conditions are treatable. It is essential to seek immediate medical attention for a white spot on the eye, as long-lasting damage can occur without treatment. Learn more about white spots on the eye, their causes, and treatment options here.
Breast cancer: Omega-3-rich diet may stop tumors from spreading
A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids may halt the growth of cancer cells by strengthening the immune system and curbing inflammation.
New risk factor for mouth cancer uncovered
There are several risk factors associated with mouth cancer. A recent study conducted in Taiwan might add another to the list: air pollution.
Cancer: Alternative therapies are popular but risky
Two new studies show that the use of complementary and alternative medicines is widespread among people who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Existing drug shows promise for treating aggressive breast cancer
An antipsychotic drug that is used to treat Tourette's syndrome shows promising results against triple-negative breast cancer in a study of cells and mice.
What to know about age spots (liver spots)
Age spots, or liver spots, are common and harmless. They do not require treatment, but people can get rid of them with creams and cosmetic procedures. Age spots can resemble certain forms of skin cancer, and anyone concerned about an age spot should speak with a doctor.
Invasive lobular breast cancer: Prognosis and statistics
Invasive lobular breast cancer affects the lobules, which contain glands that produce breast milk. This type of cancer can spread to other parts of the breast and may affect other areas of the body. In this article, learn more about treatments, remission, and outlook.
Antibiotic may prevent breast cancer recurrence
Metastasis and recurrence are huge challenges for breast cancer researchers. One group believes that an existing antibiotic might provide help.
Existing antibiotic could help treat melanoma
Drug resistance is a significant problem when treating melanoma. A new study concludes that an old antibiotic might offer new hope.
What are the side effects of radiation for breast cancer?
Radiation can be an effective treatment for breast cancer, but it does have side effects. Doctors may recommend this therapy in combination with others, such as surgery and chemotherapy. Learn more about how radiation for breast cancer affects the body and what short- and long-term side effects to expect.
Nasal delivery of grape compound shows promising results in lung cancer
Administering the natural red wine anticancer compound resveratrol through the nose could protect against lung cancer, a new mouse study finds.
Just how harmful is it to have 1 drink per day?
New research is piling up evidence indicating that even light drinking increases a person's risk of various health issues, as well as premature death.
Immunotherapy: 'Killer' cells get boost in fight against cancer
Nanoparticles can boost the immune system's natural killer cells in the fight against cancer, making immunotherapy successful in more patients.
Ileostomy: Everything you need to know
In an ileostomy, a surgeon connects the lower part of the small intestine to an opening in the wall of the abdomen. This procedure allows stool to exit the body without passing through damaged portions of the bowel. Here, we describe ileostomy surgery, including preparation, recovery, and lifestyle adjustments.
What can cause flushed skin?
Flushed skin is often a harmless and short-lived reaction to being too hot, exercising, or having emotional responses, including anxiety and embarrassment. However, flushing can sometimes be a sign of an underlying medical condition, such as rosacea, certain cancers, or an endocrine disorder. Learn more here.
Cancer therapy: Bacteria may help shrink tumors
A new phase I clinical trial looks at whether a modified bacterial strain is safe and effective in attacking stubborn, treatment-resistant cancer tumors.
New cancer vaccine may tackle HER2-positive tumors
A new cancer vaccine shows promise for treating a range of more aggressive HER2-positive cancers in an early, phase I clinical trial.
Can aspirin help treat cancer?
A systematic review of 71 studies suggests that regular aspirin intake may help treat cancers such as colon cancer, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.
Some cancer therapies may avert cardiovascular disease
Drugs that are currently used for cancer may thwart cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death worldwide, according to a new study.
Manipulating features of cells 'could help to slow cancer'
A new study focusing on nuclear pores finds that manipulating certain cell features could help to stop cancer cells from thriving.
A new drug could strip pancreatic cancer of its defenses
A common type of pancreatic cancer is aggressive and highly treatment-resistant. Experts have now developed a drug that may kill this cancer more easily.
Is there a link between psoriasis and cancer?
There is a current debate about whether or not there is a link between psoriasis, or psoriasis treatments, and certain cancers. We take a look at what the research says.
Life expectancy for stage 3 breast cancer
Many factors influence a person’s life expectancy after a stage 3 breast cancer diagnosis, including age, sex, and response to treatment. In this article, learn more about survival rates, treatment, and remission.
What to know about radiation dermatitis
Radiation dermatitis occurs when radiotherapy, a standard cancer treatment, damages the healthy skin cells. People can ease skin redness and peeling with calming skincare routines, some of which we explain here.
Fighting brain cancer with the Zika virus
Scientists have found some surprising common ground between the Zika virus and brain cancer. They hope that a Zika vaccine may help combat glioblastoma.
Do low vitamin D levels increase breast cancer risk?
New research finds more evidence that low levels of vitamin D are linked to a heightened risk of breast cancer. Obesity is also a factor, authors confirm.
Foods with low nutritional quality tied to higher cancer risk
A large multinational cohort study finds that eating foods with a low nutritional quality on a regular basis is linked with a heightened risk of cancer.
Double mastectomy recovery: What to know
It can be difficult to know what to expect after a double mastectomy. In this article, we discuss the physical and emotional side effects of surgery and provide tips to aid recovery at home. We also cover how to prepare for the procedure and the length of the recovery time.
Leukemia rash pictures
Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects white blood cells. Symptoms may include petechiae, which are tiny red, brown, or purple spots on the skin that resemble a rash. Rashes and other skin conditions are common and are not usually signs of cancer. Learn what a leukemia rash looks like and when to see a doctor here.
Cancer: Scientists reveal how to boost radiotherapy
Scientists reveal that targeting a pathway in cancer cells that controls the motion of their mitochondria could make them more yielding to radiotherapy.
Cancer: New target found for drug-resistant tumors
Scientists have uncovered a previously uncharted mechanism of cell growth that helps several cancers resist rapamycin and similar drugs.
Do bacteria cause stomach cancer?
Infections with one type of bacteria increase the risk for stomach cancer. Now, specialists have identified exactly which bacterial strain may be at fault.
Breast cancer: Discovery of new factor may improve therapy
Researchers have found a previously unknown mechanism in the development of breast cancer, involving an enzyme that plays a key role in lactation.