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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 to know about bladder polyps

June 5, 2018 - 13:00
Bladder polyps occur when abnormal cells grow in the bladder. Polyps can have no symptoms, though some people have symptoms similar to a urinary tract infection. Polyps can be benign or cancerous. Read on to find out about the symptoms and causes of polyps in the bladder, as well as when to see a doctor.

Is chemo for breast cancer overprescribed?

June 4, 2018 - 14:00
A new study concludes that around 70 percent of women who are diagnosed with the most common form of breast cancer can 'safely avoid' chemotherapy.

Antifungal drug kills dormant colorectal cancer cells

June 3, 2018 - 07:00
Dormant tumor cells in colorectal cancer are therapy-resistant, but a new study has found that a drug used to treat fungal infections could eliminate them.

What happens when calcium levels are high?

June 2, 2018 - 07:00
Hypercalcemia occurs when a person has too much calcium in their blood. Possible causes include overactive parathyroid glands, too much vitamin D, cancer, and a range of other factors and conditions. In this article, learn how hypercalcemia affects the body, how to prevent it, and how calcium levels can be reduced.

Engineered antibody summons immune system to kill cancer cells

June 1, 2018 - 16:00
Researchers have engineered an anti-cancer antibody that attaches specifically to cancer cells and summons immune killer cells to destroy the target.

Sandalwood scent may tackle bladder cancer tumors

June 1, 2018 - 15:00
New research has identified olfactory receptors in cancerous bladder tissue. These could make good biomarkers, and they may also help to improve therapy.

Causes and treatment of gastrointestinal perforation

June 1, 2018 - 13:00
Gastrointestinal perforation is a hole in the wall of the stomach, small intestine, or large bowel. It is a serious condition that often requires emergency surgery. This article looks at gastrointestinal perforation in more detail, including the causes, symptoms, and treatment. It also explains when to see a doctor.

What to expect with bladder removal surgery

May 31, 2018 - 16:00
Bladder removal surgery or cystectomy is a procedure to remove the urinary bladder. It is commonly used to treat bladder cancer or other pelvic tumors. A person should go into surgery knowing what to expect, during and after the procedure, including recovery times, outlook, and the effect on quality of life afterward.

What is a free PSA test and what is it for?

May 31, 2018 - 16:00
A free PSA test measures the level of prostate-specific antigens that are not bound to other proteins in the blood. This test can help doctors to diagnose problems with the prostate, including cancer. In this article, we look at how a free PSA test differs from a total PSA test, and what the results can mean.

Could baking soda improve cancer treatment?

May 31, 2018 - 15:00
In a study investigating how an acidic environment influences tumor growth, researchers find that baking soda might be the key to improving immunotherapy.

Common toothpaste ingredient may promote colon cancer

May 31, 2018 - 07:00
Triclosan is a widely used ingredient in household goods. A study in mice shows that it may have a negative impact on gut inflammation and cancer growth.

What can cause a testicle lump?

May 30, 2018 - 20:00
Lumps and swellings in the testicle are typically harmless, although some can be a sign of testicular cancer. Regular self-exams can help spot the early signs of testicular cancer. In this article, we look at how to do a self-examination, and when to see a doctor. We also cover causes, diagnosis and treatment.

Targeting this gene could kill prostate cancer

May 30, 2018 - 16:00
Could a long noncoding RNA that has a role in androgen receptor signaling in prostate cancer be a treatment target that does not lead to resistance?

One shot may block chemo pain for several weeks

May 29, 2018 - 16:00
One injection of a protein into the spines of mice reversed pain states induced by chemotherapy for 2 months by altering pain processes in cells.

What are the symptoms of cancer of the spleen?

May 29, 2018 - 12:00
The job of the spleen is to filter toxins in the blood and keep infections at bay. Cancer of the spleen usually occurs when another type of cancer spreads. Symptoms include an enlarged spleen and pain in the abdomen. Learn more about the causes, how doctors diagnose it, and treatment options for spleen cancer here.

Viruses reprogrammed to attack cancer

May 29, 2018 - 07:00
Scientists have designed a way to reprogram viruses. They have trained them to attack cancerous cells but leave healthy tissue unscathed.

How should you prepare for a colonoscopy?

May 25, 2018 - 19:00
Preparation is important before a colonoscopy. Eating particular foods and stopping certain medications can help doctors to get as clear a view of the colon as possible. In this article, we look at the steps that people should take before having a colonoscopy, along with what to expect during the procedure.

Letter from the Editor: Onward and upward

May 25, 2018 - 15:00
In this month's letter, Managing Editor Honor Whiteman reveals what articles piqued your interest in May. And, of course, there is mention of a certain wedding.

Gut bacteria control cancer immunity in the liver

May 25, 2018 - 14:00
Scientists discover that a Clostridium gut microbe species blocks the liver's immune response to primary and metastatic tumors by altering bile acids.

Breast cancer: A low-fat diet may improve survivors' outlook

May 25, 2018 - 07:00
New research investigates whether following a low-fat diet after being diagnosed with breast cancer improves the patient's outcome.