BBC – How cancer was created by evolution? ( “The cells inside a tumour change and evolve just like animals in the wild. Understanding how this works could help us stop cancer in its tracks.” This article explains: why no two tumors are the same, hence the need of personalized medicine. why tumors eventually come […]

Take a look at this innovative strategy that boosts our own immune system to fight cancer. Looking forward to the promising patient outcome in clinical trials.

An excellent introduction covering various aspects of lung cancer, including: Different subtypes & staging Signs & symptoms Risk factors Pathophysiology Diagnosis Management As a side note: It is a common misconception that all lung cancer patients are smokers. THIS IS NOT TRUE. Non-smokers may develop lung cancer too. On the other hand, not all smokers will […]

Here are some highlights from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting held on June 3-7 in Chicago, IL. The Metastatic Breast Cancer Project: An innovative project launched by Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard that allows patients to sign up for sharing of their available tumor samples and medical records. Liquid biopsy: The […]

Originally posted on Island School Science Journal:
By Alice Zhang 10R What is Cancer? Cancer is the given name for many diseases caused by cancerous cells slipping away from the control mechanisms that usually limit their growth, which lead to uncontrolled cell division. On the right is a coloured electron micrograph of two cancerous cellscalled…

Today is the National Cancer Survivors Day. Whether you are a cancer survivor or cancer caregiver, give a big round of applause to yourself. There are a few tips to help you become a healthier cancer survivor: Eat right: consume more fruits and vegetables; limit processed and red meat. Exercise: boost your stamina, lessen fatigue, and keep you on the […]

Tradename: Tecentriq® (Genentech). Main target: PD-L1. Cancer: Urothelial carcinoma, the most common type of bladder cancer. Patient: Patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma whose disease has worsened during or following platinum-containing chemotherapy, or within 12 months of receiving platinum-containing chemotherapy, either before (neoadjuvant) or after (adjuvant) surgical treatment. Additional information: First immunotherapy drug […]

It’s easy to take the results of clinical research for granted. When the literature says “70% of patients respond to this therapy”, doctors quote them as is, without thinking twice. On one hand, it’s because that’s what the literature says, and it is perfectly acceptable to quote what has been internationally recognized. On the other […]

Source: PHD Comics Further reading: Peters. Gap between science and media revisited: Scientists as public communicators. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013. 110: 14102-14109.

Yes. Yes a million times. Don’t always take everything it says about a new research study on the media. Their headlines are meant to be a gimmick to draw attention from the general public. So, next time when you hear something like “Smelling Farts Might Prevent Cancer”, be skeptical and think twice before you believe […]