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Blowing Bubbles for Cancer Treatment

Microbubbles delivered via gas embolotherapy could provide a vehicle for cutting off blood supply and delivering drugs.  Embolization -- the use of various techniques to cut off the blood vessels that feed tissue growth -- has gained traction over the past few decades to treat cancerous tumors. This method of starving tumors of blood supply and nutrients is less invasive than surgery and typically involves injecting drugs (chemoembolization) or lodging
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CAR-T cell therapy has the potential to treat brain tumors

New research shows that an immunotherapy called CAR-T cell therapy - currently only effective in treating blood cancer - has the potential to treat solid tumors, such as brain tumors The study, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was led by Dr Misty Jenkins from the Walter and Eliza Institute of Medical Research, Australia. It explains the manner in which CAR-T cell therapy is able
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Short-Course Radiation Treatment Is Safe and Effective for Skin Cancer

A recent Penn State College of Medicine physician’s study review suggests that shorter courses of radiation are preferable to longer ones for older patients receiving treatment for slow-growing skin cancers. Skin basal and squamous cell cancers are common among patients over 60 years old and are rarely fatal. These cancers—which look like moles, freckles or skin tags—can be removed surgically but in some cases radiation therapy is preferred. Doctors often
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Texas A&M Research Shows Biological Clocks Could Improve Brain Cancer Treatment

Biological clocks throughout the body play a major role in human health and performance, from sleep and energy use to how food is metabolized and even stroke severity. Now, Texas A&M University researchers found that circadian rhythms could hold the key to novel therapies for glioblastoma, the most prevalent type of brain cancer in adults—and one with a grim prognosis. Scientists in the Texas A&M Center for Biological Clocks Research (CBCR) determined that the timed production of
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KU Reseachers Find Statins May Hold Keys to Future Cancer Treatment

Researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center have found that high doses of drugs commonly used to fight high cholesterol can destroy a rogue protein produced by a damaged gene that is associated with nearly half of all human cancers. Tomoo Iwakuma, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Cancer Biology, and his team have published the first research showing how the use of statins, such as
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Reducing Radiation Successfully Treats HPV-Positive Oropharynx Cancers and Minimizes Side Effects

Human papillomavirus-positive oropharynx cancers (cancers of the tonsils and back of the throat) are on rise. After radiation treatment, patients often experience severe, lifelong swallowing, eating, and nutritional issues. However, new clinical trial research shows reducing radiation for some patients with HPV-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas can maintain high cure rates while sparing some of these late toxicities. “We found there are some patients have very high cure rates with
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St. Jude Researchers Reveal How Two Types of Immune Cells Can Arise From One

The fates of immune cells can be decided at the initial division of a cell. Researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have discovered that the production of daughter cells with different roles in the immune system is driven by the lopsided distribution of the signaling protein c-Myc. Nudging c-Myc in one direction or the other could make vaccines more effective or advance immunotherapies for cancer treatment. The research appears