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‘Holy Grail’ Blood Test Could Detect Cancer Years Ahead Before Tumors Even Develop

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:01 am
by O Stoma Mia

Insulin and colon cancer linked

Posted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:59 am
by O Stoma Mia
NHMike wrote:
Colon cancer survivors whose diet is heavy in complex sugars and carbohydrate-rich foods are far more likely to have a recurrence of the disease than are patients who eat a better balance of foods, indicates a new study by researchers at Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

1 In 3 Adults In The U.S. Take Medications That Can Cause Depression

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:26 am
by O Stoma Mia
1 In 3 Adults In The U.S. Take Medications That Can Cause Depression
If you take ... Xanax for anxiety, you may be increasing your risk of depression.

Gala held to celebrate opening of Cancer Survivors Park in Greenville

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:12 am
by O Stoma Mia
Gala held to celebrate opening of Cancer Survivors Park in Greenville

Colon Club board member Tom Bates celebrates opening of Cancer Survivors Park:
Bates knows the heartache of losing someone to cancer. "For me it was a mother who died when I was 10 of cancer and just recently, 2 years ago, my 29-year-old daughter passed away with colon cancer," he said.

Bates has found a way to always keep his daughter's memory alive through the park.

"At the top of it is a $250,000 dollar naming-right place called 'The Leap of Faith' and I'm honored to say that it will be named after my daughter Lindsey Bates Motley," Bates told 7News.

AICR’s most comprehensive scientific report to date.

Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:56 pm
by CRguy
The Third Expert Report
Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer: A Global Perspective AICR’s most comprehensive scientific report to date has been released and is available for a free download (pdf)

Information Page with more links

Re: ***News Stories Thread*** ONGOING 2018

Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:12 am
by NHMike
NCI: Antibody-linked drug shrinks various types of tumors in preclinical study

In a preclinical study, a Center for Cancer Research investigator-designed therapy using a drug attached to an antibody which can target blood vessels, connective tissue and other cells that infiltrate tumors—collectively known as the tumor stroma—led to shrinkage and even eradication of various types of tumors. The findings appeared in the Journal of Clinical Investigation on June 4, 2018.


Currently available ADCs typically target proteins found only in a subset of a single tumor type. By contrast, the stroma targeted by m825-MMAE is abundant in many tumor types, especially in pancreatic, colon and breast cancers, where it can comprise up to 90 percent of the tumor mass. Although m825-MMAE still requires testing in humans in clinical trials, the findings suggest it may have the potential to treat a broad swath of cancers. ... ical-study

Australian researchers discover a new gene : C6

Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:11 am
by Maggie Nell
Dr Stewart and his colleagues published their findings in the Journal of Biological Chemistry in May and, because they identified the function of a gene that had not been studied before, they have the right to name it.

This week they launched a new website where the public can nominate suggestions. ... ts/9930260

Re: ***News Stories Thread*** ONGOING 2018

Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:20 pm
by NHMike
Routine DNA tests will put NHS at the 'forefront of medicine'

From 1 October, hospitals across England will be connected to specialist centres that read, analyse and interpret patient DNA to help diagnose rare diseases, match patients to the most effective treatments, and reduce adverse drug reactions.

The move marks a big step towards “precision medicine”, which offers more efficient therapies that are tailored to individual patients.

Under the service, new cancer patients will routinely have their tumour DNA screened for key mutations that can point doctors towards the best drug to use in treatment, or to clinical trials of experimental therapies that patients are likely to benefit from. ... -screening

It looks like they will screen for some mutations for most cancers and the whole genome for other cancers. Canada is doing a clinical trial on this. US insurance companies don't routinely cover this - but I suspect that they do if the doctor indicates that it is needed given that a number of people here have had it done. I think that it should be routinely done to determine if there's an aggressive mutation or if some drugs are contraindicated by the genomic information.

Cautionary tale from Calvary, Tasmania

Posted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:51 am
by Maggie Nell
Calvary admitted that nurses first raised concerns that the doctor's health may be affecting his work in November last year,
but the hospital continued to let him carry out the procedures.

"The important part of the whole exercise is: were possible polyps and even possible cancers missed in the colonoscopies for whatever reason that it seems he may not have been unable to complete in an ideal manner?'" he said.

Dr Newstead said the situation was that if you failed to get around the whole bowel, you simply couldn't know what was in there.

"If there is a cancer in the secum (sic) —the beginning of the large intestine — and you don't get around that last corner ... then of course you will miss it.

"It's not good enough if one says 'look, I think I was there'." ... ns/9937932

Questions raised over the best way to screen for bowel cancer

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:29 pm
by Maggie Nell
An Australian doctor says he believes a risky type of colon polyp that can lead to bowel cancer may be more common than previously thought.

It was initially thought serrated polyposis syndrome — which can indicate an increased risk of bowel cancer — was quite rare,
at around one in 3,000 people, but in recent years research has suggested it may be more common. ... t/10008510

Re: ***News Stories Thread*** ONGOING 2018

Posted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 7:23 am
by NHMike
Understanding “Chemobrain” and Cognitive Impairment after Cancer Treatment

For decades, cancer survivors have described experiencing problems with memory, attention, and processing information months or even years after treatment. Because so many of these survivors had chemotherapy, this phenomenon has been called "chemobrain" or "chemofog," but researchers say those terms don't always fit the varied impairments experienced by these patients.

Why cancer treatment-related cognitive impairment occurs isn't fully understood. But recent research, including the largest study to date of breast cancer survivors to focus on this problem, aims to find the factors that might predict which patients will have cognitive impairment after treatment and to identify what can be done to lessen its impact. ... chemobrain

Re: ***News Stories Thread*** ONGOING 2018

Posted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 11:52 am
by Beckster
Should Clinicians Rethink Rectal Cancer Treatment for Younger Patients?
Early‐onset rectal cancer may differ biologically and in its response to multimodality therapy, according to a large retrospective study of NCCN data. ... r-patients

Dropping the C-label...

Posted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:03 am
by Maggie Nell
"Patients deserve to know what their diagnosis is — we've gone a long way from this paternalistic view of medicine
where doctors tell you things and you just believe them." ... y/10114318

There's "no safe level of alcohol," major new study concludes

Posted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:41 pm
by O Stoma Mia
There's "no safe level of alcohol," major new study concludes
While some medical studies — and a great deal of media attention — have focused on possible health benefits of drinking alcohol in moderation, a large new report warns that the harms of alcohol greatly outweigh any potential beneficial effects. The authors of the study, which looks at data on 28 million people worldwide, determined that considering the risks, there is "no safe level of alcohol."

Re: ***News Stories Thread*** ONGOING 2018

Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:44 am
by Catmein
I also read that article about the study. I rarely drank before the last ten years. Then started drinking beer most every day. It was easier than making tea. I am convinced it caused or contributed to my cancer. I have not been staged as yet. Meeting with surgeon today.