Medical News Today: Oncology News

Syndicate content
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.
Updated: 23 hours 51 min ago

PID1 gene enhances effectiveness of chemotherapy on brain cancer cells

April 14, 2017 - 07:00
Investigators at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles have found that the gene PID1 enhances killing of medulloblastoma and glioblastoma cells.

Global inequalities in survival for childhood leukaemia persist, highlighting need for better care

April 13, 2017 - 07:00
Although global inequalities in survival from childhood leukaemia have narrowed, they still persist with five-year survival in some countries nearly twice as high as in others for children...

Targeting blood vessels to improve cancer immunotherapy

April 13, 2017 - 07:00
EPFL scientists have improved the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy by blocking two proteins that regulate the growth of tumor blood vessels.

Melatonin may protect the small intestine from oral radiation treatment in rats

April 12, 2017 - 18:00
Gut toxicity can limit the use of radiotherapy in cancer patients.Oral melatonin can protect the small intestine in rats subjected to radiotherapy of the tongue, according to a study published...

Breast cancer: A visual guide to self-examination

April 12, 2017 - 07:00
A monthly breast self-examination can identify abnormalities and help catch cancer in its early stages. Learn more about how it works in this article.

Small molecule may offer new way to fight pancreatic cancer

April 11, 2017 - 14:00
A new study of mice suggests that treating pancreatic tumors with the small microRNA molecule MIR506 may inhibit growth and spread of cancer cells.

Living with breast cancer: Statistics on survival rates by stage

April 10, 2017 - 17:00
What is the outlook for people with breast cancer and what factors may affect the outlook? What is the 5-year and 10-year survival rate by stage?

WSU researchers improve technology to save sperm stem cells

April 10, 2017 - 07:00
Washington State University researchers have found a promising way to preserve sperm stem cells so boys could undergo cancer treatment without risking their fertility.

Further reductions in radiotherapy to young children with brain tumors less successful

April 10, 2017 - 07:00
A team of investigators has determined that young children participating in a clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of reduced radiotherapy did worse when there were deviations from the...

Study finds more childhood cancer survivors would likely benefit from genetic screening

April 10, 2017 - 07:00
Twelve percent of childhood cancer survivors carry germline mutations that put them or their children at increased risk of developing cancer, according to a landmark study presented at the annual...

HER2-positive breast cancer: Testing, treatment, and outlook

April 8, 2017 - 07:00
HER2 ordinarily makes proteins in the breast. When the HER2 gene is abnormal, it causes a fast and aggressive breast cancer. Learn more in this article.

Pneumonia and lung cancer: Symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments

April 7, 2017 - 13:00
What is pneumonia, what is lung cancer and who is most at risk of each? What are the overlapping symptoms and what is the outlook?

Understanding and treating ER-positive breast cancer

April 7, 2017 - 07:00
In this article learn about the role of hormone receptors in breast cancer, what the symptoms of ER-positive breast cancer are, and how it may be treated.

Pancreatic cancer: 'Softening' tumors before chemotherapy may extend survival

April 6, 2017 - 14:00
Study finds that priming pancreatic cancer tumors with Fasudil before chemotherapy extends survival in engineered and patient-derived mouse models.

Method may help myeloma patients avoid painful biopsies

April 6, 2017 - 13:00
Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells, which are white blood cells produced in bone marrow that churn out antibodies to help fight infection.

Ovarian cancer: Effective immunotherapy steps closer with new T cell study

April 5, 2017 - 14:00
The successful application of adoptive T cell therapy to ovarian cancer steps closer with a new mouse study, but several challenges still remain.

Biomarker identified for likely aggressive, early stage breast cancer

April 5, 2017 - 13:00
The one-size-fits-all approach to early stage breast cancer creates a paradox: Millions of dollars are spent on unnecessary surgeries and radiation to treat women with low-risk 'in situ' lesions...

Antibiotics may increase the risk of bowel cancer

April 5, 2017 - 07:00
Taking a long-term course of antibiotics in adulthood may increase the risk of bowel cancer later in life, according to a recent study.

Telomere length predicts cancer risk

April 5, 2017 - 07:00
The length of the telomere "caps" of DNA that protect the tips of chromosomes may predict cancer risk and be a potential target for future therapeutics, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute...

Inflammatory breast cancer: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

April 4, 2017 - 07:00
Inflammatory breast cancer accounts for just 1-5 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed in the U.S. Learn more about this rare and aggressive cancer.