Cancer

4:27pm

Mon September 24, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Scientists Parse Genes Of Breast Cancer's Four Major Types

Originally published on Wed November 28, 2012 8:46 am

Scientists say a new report in the journal Nature provides a big leap in the understanding of how different types of breast cancer differ.
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Scientists have known for a while that breast cancer is really four different diseases, with subtypes among them, an insight that has helped improve treatment for some women.

But experts haven't understood much about how these four types differ. A new report, published online in the journal Nature, provides a big leap in that understanding.

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8:14am

Fri September 7, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

X-Ray Tests May Heighten Cancer Risk In Susceptible Women

Originally published on Fri September 7, 2012 10:53 am

Mammograms may pose a particular risk to women with genetic mutations that predispose them to breast cancer.
Bill Branson National Cancer Institute

Researchers report that women with genetic mutations that put them at dramatically increased risk of developing breast cancer may also face a heightened risk from radiation used during medical screening and diagnosis.

The imaging tools that help doctors identify disease, injury or damage to the body have long been known to carry some risk of cancer, in large part because ionizing radiation can damage the genetic material in the body.

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5:13pm

Wed August 8, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Internet's Cat Obsession Justifies Itself In Cancer Ward

Originally published on Thu August 9, 2012 9:06 am

Maga Barzallo Sockemtickem, 16, received a bone-marrow transplant at Seattle Children's Hospital in 2011 for leukemia and returned in July 2012 for follow-up treatment. On July 25, an artist at the hospital set up a cat photo installation in her room.
Courtesy of Seattle Children's Hospital

We're not sure it's ever been studied, but we're willing to bet that the glut of cute animal photos on the Internet is a testament to their soothing effect on the human mind.

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11:25am

Wed August 1, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Lab Findings Support Provocative Theory On Cancer 'Enemy' Within

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 3:54 pm

The white arrows in these two tumor samples point to a subset of tumor cells that are in a resting state.
Nature

Scientists reported new evidence Wednesday that supports a provocative theory about cancer.

Three separate teams of scientists said they had, for the first time, shown that so-called cancer stem cells can be found naturally in brain tumors and early forms of skin and colon cancer.

Evidence has been mounting in recent years for the existence of these cells, which would be especially insidious. They are believed to resist standard chemotherapy and radiation and fuel the growth of tumors and relapses.

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7:54am

Sun July 15, 2012
Health

Surfing And Cycling With Stage 4 Lung Cancer

Two years ago, Coloradan Andy Bonnett had Stage 4 lung cancer. Now tumor-free, he recently took up surfing.
Dan Armstrong

Physicians at the University of Colorado Hospital are finding startling success with medications that are made to match the genes of a particular lung cancer. The new strategy means the drugs work only on certain patients – but they can work really well.

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