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Gauging Cancer Treatments’ Effectiveness

Many scientists believe the failure of chemotherapy and radiation therapy to kill cancer stem cells leads to relapses. A new device may allow more accurate determination of whether emerging treatments targeting those particularly dangerous cells are...


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A New Chapter in Cancer Detection

An extremely sensitive optical biosensor could herald a new era in cancer detection, according to the scientists at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland who developed the device.

Nanostructured metamaterials in the device have 1 million times...


Addressing an Information Gap on Breast Reconstruction

Breast reconstructive surgery candidates often are not well-informed about the procedure or the risk of complications, recent research suggests.


Study Finds Thorough Skin Self-exams Rare among Melanoma Patients

Melanoma patients frequently lack the knowledge or confidence to perform regular, effective skin self-exams (SSEs), according to recent research.


A Focus on Women

Recent data paint an alarming portrait of threats to women’s health.


Research Highlights Benefit of Ovarian Tissue Transplantation after Cancer Treatment

Gonadal toxicity can be a side effect of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. However, a recent study in Denmark confirms what many physicians have suspected: Ovarian tissue cryopreservation and transplantation is a safe, effective method of preserving fertility.


Stubborn Death Rate Spurs Calls for Fresh Focus on Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a paradox. It’s one of the deadliest cancers, yet it has one of the lowest research funding levels of all major cancer types. Scientists and advocates say those funding levels are due for a re-examination.


Chemical in Ants and Plant Multiplies Benefit of Cancer Drug

Researchers at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom have determined a chemical found naturally in ants and stinging nettles — a plant similar to poison ivy — multiplies the effectiveness of the cancer drug JS07 by 50 times.


Less Bang for the Cancer Buck?

A new analysis suggests the United States has not gained adequate improvement in cancer mortality rates relative to the amount spent fighting the disease.


Shorter Treatment Yields Similar Disease-free Survival Rate for Some Prostate Cancer Patients

For certain prostate cancer patients, a shorter radiation therapy (RT) treatment protocol has produced results comparable to those generated by longer treatments.