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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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Uses and risks of mitoxantine (Novantrone)

June 20, 2018 - 07:00
Mitoxantrone is used to treat some types of multiple sclerosis (MS) and some types of cancer. It is given as an intravenous infusion in a clinical setting. Some serious side effects are possible, and it is important to discuss the risks and any existing health conditions with the doctor. Novantrone is a trade name.

Colon cancer: Scientists find new predisposition mechanism

June 19, 2018 - 07:00
New research finds a novel mechanism that genetically predisposes some people to the development of colon polyps and potentially cancer.

Vitamin D may decrease breast cancer risk, study reports

June 18, 2018 - 14:00
Vitamin D is crucial to our health, and now, new research has found a 'marked' association between blood levels of this vitamin and breast cancer risk.

Prostate cancer: Scientists find 63 'new genetic markers'

June 18, 2018 - 07:00
Research locates new genetic markers that may show an elevated risk of developing prostate cancer. This will help to identify men who need early screening.

How could designer proteins thwart cancer?

June 15, 2018 - 15:00
Cancer boosts the abnormal growth of cells by 'hijacking' sensitive molecular mechanisms. Can researchers fight back by designing specialized proteins?

What to know about a stomach tissue biopsy

June 15, 2018 - 13:00
A gastric (stomach) tissue biopsy and culture is a medical procedure used to diagnose stomach conditions. A stomach biopsy can detect bacteria, inflammation, and cancers. It is usually performed with an endoscope. Here, learn what to expect before, during, and after a gastric biopsy, including results and recovery.

What are the first symptoms of ovarian cancer?

June 15, 2018 - 12:00
Ovarian cancer is a condition that can be detected and treated, the key is knowing the symptoms. The earlier these are detected and diagnosed, the better the outcome is likely to be. Symptoms include bloating, pelvic pain, and painful sex. Learn more about early signs of ovarian cancer, and when to see a doctor, here.

Using spider silk to boost our immune systems

June 14, 2018 - 10:00
Using synthetic spider silk, researchers have created a type of microcapsule that can deliver vaccines straight to the heart of our immune cells.

What is the first sign of multiple myeloma?

June 12, 2018 - 11:00
Spotting the early signs of multiple myeloma means it is easier to treat the disease. However, this type of cancer has no cure and can lead to other conditions developing. Treatment options depend on the individual case. Learn more about the signs of multiple myeloma, and when to see a doctor, here.

Gene editing for cancer prevention may actually cause cancer

June 12, 2018 - 10:00
Gene editing tools have been hailed as promising in cancer prevention therapy. However, new research warns that they may, in fact, help to trigger cancer.

What causes coffee ground vomitus?

June 12, 2018 - 07:00
Coffee ground vomitus is dark-colored vomit that has blood in it. Possible causes include gastric ulcers, gastritis, liver disease, and cancer. Anyone who vomits blood should seek immediate medical attention. In this article, we look at the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of coffee ground vomitus.

What does breast cancer look like on a mammogram?

June 8, 2018 - 16:00
A mammogram can help a doctor to diagnose breast cancer or monitor how it responds to treatment. Fatty breast tissue appears grey or black on images, while dense tissues such as glands are white. Benign and cancerous tumors, cysts, fibroadenomas, and calcifications also look white. Here, learn more about mammograms.

Eating sensibly may slash death risk for cancer survivors

June 8, 2018 - 07:00
New research shows that a balanced, diverse diet can cut the risk of premature mortality by 65 percent for people who survived different forms of cancer.

Cancer: Using tiny bubbles to starve tumors

June 7, 2018 - 16:00
A study that tested the approach in rat tissue samples shows how tiny bubbles in blood vessels may be used to starve tumors or deliver chemotherapy drugs.

Aspirin's anticancer effect explored

June 7, 2018 - 15:00
The common over-the-counter painkiller aspirin appears to protect against colorectal cancer. A new study uncovers the cellular mechanisms involved.

What is intestinal metaplasia?

June 7, 2018 - 11:00
Intestinal metaplasia is a condition where the cells lining the stomach transform into cells that resemble those found in the intestines. It is considered to be a precancerous condition, but treatments are available. A person can prevent intestinal metaplasia by avoiding risk factors, such as smoking and poor diet.

Can this new discovery help us to eliminate brain cancer?

June 6, 2018 - 15:00
Brain cancer is often difficult to treat, as the tumors formed in this type of cancer are more resistant to therapy. Can we learn to bypass their defenses?

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.