What would you say if I told you that a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich with a kosher pickle increases cancer risk dramatically? Would you believe me? Actually, BLT with a kosher pickle is a mnemonic I learned in my medical training to help remember the types of cancers which have a predisposition to metastasize (spread) to bone: Breast Lung Thyroid Kidney Prostate However, I believe we can learn a lot from this sandwich about cancer risk and progression in … Read More
An oncologist-in-training thinks cancer is “natural.” Do you agree?
I just came across an editorial (https://www.statnews.com/2017/08/29/cancer-treatment-alternative-medicine/) by an oncologist-in-training who stated rather confidently that cancer is “natural.” He gives the example of a woman who rejected conventional treatments completely, and instead opted to go to Mexico for a strictly alternative approach. In his attempt to discount “natural” treatments, he made a statement which shocked me: “The truth is, cancer is all natural. While some are caused by smoking or chemical exposures, most of them are sporadic, meaning they aren’t … Read More
Does Alternative Medicine Impact Cancer Survival?
A study ( link: https://academic.oup.com ) just released set out to examine the effectiveness of alternative cancer treatments. Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), this study followed 281 patients with non-metastatic cancer of the breast, colon, lung, or prostate who chose alternative cancer treatments alone (i.e., they refused conventional therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and/or hormone therapy). The study found that this approach resulted in a greater risk of death. When reading a study, it is … Read More
Team identifies drugs that halt skin cancer metastasis in lab tests
There’s a reason why melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, is so aggressive. You just need to watch the cells in action. Researchers at the University of Iowa did just that, documenting in real time and in 3-D how melanoma cells form tumors. The cells waste no time finding their cancerous cousins, slashing their way through a lab-prepared gel to quickly join other melanoma cells and form tumors. read more Dr Stegall’s Comments: The communication network between cancer … Read More
Early cancer detection, some new technologies on the horizon
Urine-based biomarkers for early cancer screening test A new study has introduced a new technique that validates urine-based biomarkers for early detection of cancer. The research team expects that this may be potentially useful in clinical settings to test urinary EV-based biomarkers for cancer diagnostics. read more Dr. Stegall’s comments: As I always say, the more tools we have in our tool chest, the better. One of the challenges in oncology has been detecting and monitoring cancer. I am excited … Read More
Physcial Activity – Cancer Prevention and Post Treatment
Increased Physical Activity Associated with Lower Risk of 13 Types of Cancer A new study of the relationship between physical activity and cancer has shown that greater levels of leisure-time physical activity were associated with a lower risk of developing 13 different types of cancer. read more Dr. Stegall’s comments: Physical activity has been shown to reduce risk for virtually all types of cancer. The good news is that this activity can take on various forms, including walking, jogging, swimming, … Read More
World Pancreatic Cancer Day November 17, 2016
What is pancreatic cancer? Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive disease with an extremely high mortality rate, mainly because it does not present any symptoms in its early stages and is highly resistant to chemotherapy. Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer, and can spread to other areas of the body. Pancreatic cancer begins when cells in the pancreas start to grow uncontrollably. The pancreas … Read More
The Future of Cancer Research: Five Reasons for Optimism
Five promising advances that are transforming the way we think about cancer. Many cancers are fueled by biochemical changes of histones, the proteins that serve as spools for DNA in our cells (histones are shown in green with their cancer-induced changes in purple). New epigenetic therapies that reverse these changes are showing early promise in clinical trials. Although the history of attempts to understand and control cancer is littered with disappointments, many significant advances in research and treatment have been … Read More
The artificial sweetener debate – are they safe or not?
What are artificial sweeteners and how are they regulated in the United States? Artificial sweeteners, also called sugar substitutes, are substances that are used instead of sucrose (table sugar) to sweeten foods and beverages. Because artificial sweeteners are many times sweeter than table sugar, smaller amounts are needed to create the same level of sweetness. Artificial sweeteners are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA, like the National Cancer Institute (NCI), is an agency of the … Read More
Latest updates on Cancer Treatments and Therapies
Researchers develop novel, non-invasive cancer therapy using targeted single-walled carbon nanotubes A staggering 1.7 million persons in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in 2016, with 600,000 cases ending in death. University of Oklahoma researchers have collaborated to design a novel, non-invasive cancer therapy that could eliminate tumors without affecting the healthy cells in the body. The cancer therapy targets specific cancer cells using single-walled carbon nanotubes that bind directly to the tumor, then are heated with near-infrared … Read More