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 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.

What are the health benefits of goji berries?

August 7, 2018 - 11:00
Goji berries are used in traditional medicine for their health benefits. Several scientific studies back some of their purported health-giving properties, which include fighting eye diseases and cancer and promoting healthy skin. Learn more about the scientific evidence behind the benefits of goji berries here.

New compounds 'put cancer cells into a permanent sleep'

August 7, 2018 - 10:00
In a world first, Australian researchers have developed a new class of compounds able to 'put cancer cells to sleep,' thus halting tumor growth.

New drug may improve liver cancer therapy

August 6, 2018 - 07:00
Hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) is fast growing, has poor survival rates, and has inefficient current treatments. Can they be improved?

Why does radiation-induced breast cancer occur?

August 3, 2018 - 16:00
A new study shows that low levels of tumor-suppressing protein PTEN in breast stroma tissue could raise women's risk of radiation-triggered breast cancer.

Cancer cells are weaker when made more acidic

August 2, 2018 - 14:00
New research suggests that making the insides of cancer cells more acidic upsets their metabolism. This vulnerability could offer new therapy targets.

Cellular mechanism may change cancer treatment

August 1, 2018 - 16:00
A newly discovered cellular mechanism could change our understanding of how cancer cells spread, paving the way for new treatments.