Medical News Today: Oncology News

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Cancer is a condition where cells in a particular part of the body develop and reproduce uncontrollably. The cancerous cells can invade and destroy neighboring healthy tissue, including organs. There are over 200 various types of cancer, each with its method of diagnosis and treatment. In many cases, your symptoms will not be related to cancer and will be caused by other, non-cancerous health conditions.
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What are the natural ways to prevent prostate cancer?

4 hours 38 min ago
Age, genetics, and a poor diet are among the many risk factors for prostate cancer. By taking certain steps, a person may be able to reduce their risk. For example, adding soy products and coffee to the diet may help. Learn about natural ways to prevent prostate cancer here.

'Junk DNA' has role in cancer spread, say scientists

5 hours 38 min ago
Scientists find that parts of DNA once considered to be 'junk' actually instruct cells to make RNA molecules that keep cancer-promoting genes switched on.

What are the early signs of lung cancer in men?

9 hours 38 min ago
In the United States, lung cancer is the second most common cancer and the leading cause of death from cancer. In the first stages, there are often no symptoms, but early detection and treatment can improve a person’s outlook. Here, we look at the initial signs of lung cancer in men and describe when to see a doctor.

New chemical causes deadly brain cancer to self-destruct

11 hours 38 min ago
Researchers have discovered a chemical that cuts off the energy supply to glioblastoma cells, disrupts their metabolism, and causes them to self-destruct.

What to do about vaginal cysts, sores, and bumps

August 15, 2018 - 18:00
A lump or bump on the vagina may have a variety of causes. Causes can include cysts, warts, polyps, and, rarely, vaginal cancer. Treatment depends on the cause and may involve medication, lifestyle and hygiene changes, or even surgery. Learn more about the causes and treatment options of lumps on the vagina here.

Cancer research: Zombie genes and elephants

August 15, 2018 - 14:00
Elephants are affected by cancer much less frequently than humans. By unraveling their DNA, researchers gain new insight into anticancer mechanisms.

What happens at each stage of breast cancer?

August 15, 2018 - 10:00
There are multiple stages of breast cancer, ranging from 0–4. Each has it’s own particular set of symptoms and treatment possibilities. There are treatment options for each stage with varying outlooks for success depending on the stage and person. The earlier the stage, the more likely treatment will be successful.

Urea dysfunctions in the liver may signal cancer

August 15, 2018 - 07:00
New research suggests that a dysfunctional nitrogen metabolism may be an early sign of cancer. The findings may lead to better diagnostic tools.

Diets 'devoid of vegetable matter' may cause colon cancer

August 14, 2018 - 16:00
Feeding mice a diet rich in a compound that results from the digestion of cabbage and other brassicas protected their gut from inflammation and cancer.

Stage 4 melanoma: What you need to know

August 14, 2018 - 12:00
Melanoma is a type of cancer that affects the skin cells. If it has progressed to stage 4, this means it has spread beyond the skin to other organs, such as the liver, brain, or lungs. In this article, learn about survival rates, traditional treatments, and new treatment methods, such as targeted therapy drugs.

What is the outlook for chronic lymphocytic leukemia?

August 13, 2018 - 19:00
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. Although doctors can very rarely cure CLL, survival rates for this cancer are typically good. A person’s life expectancy for CLL depends on how far the cancer has progressed and when they receive treatment. Learn more here.

Experimental drug may treat 'undruggable' cancers

August 13, 2018 - 16:00
Researchers have found a way to block a cell signaling pathway that is common to many hard-to-treat cancers and has so far defied attempts to target it.

Leukemia: Do genes influence how people respond to therapy?

August 13, 2018 - 14:00
Some people with acute myeloid leukemia are more responsive to chemotherapy than others. Why is this, and how can this knowledge lead to better treatments?

Poison or cure? Arsenic can help treat cancer, study finds

August 12, 2018 - 10:00
A new study shows how an arsenic oxide, in combination with an existing drug, can cure leukemia, and it may be able to also treat other types of cancer.

The war on disease: Revisiting old haunts

August 10, 2018 - 15:00
By doubling back and re-examining familiar components of the cell, scientists are finding new ways to approach difficult-to-treat diseases.

Skin cancer may predict future cancers

August 10, 2018 - 10:00
A new analysis finds that individuals who have multiple cases of a common skin cancer are more likely to develop cancer elsewhere in the body.

Psychedelic drugs 'may improve depression, anxiety, and PTSD'

August 10, 2018 - 07:00
Psychedelic drugs have a bad reputation, but could they be used to enhance psychotherapy? Some researchers argue they may help with anxiety and depression.

Cat lovers, this is how a feline friend can boost your health

August 8, 2018 - 15:00
Cats are loved for their elegance, their calming purrs, and the sweetness of their cuddles, but do you know how they can actually improve your health?

Common chemo drug may cause heart toxicity

August 8, 2018 - 10:00
A new study shows that the common chemotherapeutic agent doxorubicin disrupts the immune system as well as the function of the heart and spleen.

What are the most curable cancers?

August 7, 2018 - 17:00
There is no cure for cancer, but successful treatment can remove all signs of it. Doctors may base the outlook on the 5-year relative survival rate. This is the percentage of people likely to survive for 5 years after diagnosis compared to people without cancer. Here, we look at seven cancers with high survival rates.