How Cancer Also Affects Family Care Givers

A new multi-state survey shows that nearly one-quarter to one-third of family caregivers of patients with high-mortality cancers experience high levels of depression and anxiety symptoms. The study also found that family caregivers can spend over eight hours per day providing care and that as this time increases, self-care behaviors such as sleep and exercise decline, a trend associated with poorer mental health. As family caregivers play an essential role in the delivery of care services, the research highlights a … Read More

Early-stage Esophageal Cancer Survival Rates Improves With Treatment

Esophageal cancer is the eighth most common cancer worldwide and the sixth most common cause of death related to cancer. In the United States, there are over 16,000 people diagnosed with the disease annually with an even higher prevalence in other parts of the world. The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines suggest surgery as the standard treatment for stage I esophageal cancer. Despite these guidelines, various factors prevent a patient from being managed surgically such as age of the … Read More

Some Breast Cancer Risk Factors To Consider

In her recent doctoral dissertation, researcher Sanna Heikkinen from the University of Helsinki and Finnish Cancer Registry evaluates the contribution of the use of hormonal contraceptives and hair dyes to the spectrum of breast cancer risk factors. The analysis included self-reported survey data from 8000 breast cancer patients and 20,000 controls from Finland. According to the results, use of hormonal intrauterine device was associated with 52% increased risk of breast cancer in post-menopausal women, when compared to women who had … Read More

Now Able To Image Up To 24 Specific BioMolecules

Researchers at Columbia University have made a significant step toward breaking the so-called “color barrier” of light microscopy for biological systems, allowing for much more comprehensive, system-wide labeling and imaging of a greater number of biomolecules in living cells and tissues than is currently attainable. The advancement has the potential for many future applications, including helping to guide the development of therapies to treat and cure disease. In a study published online April 19 in Nature, the team, led by … Read More

Possible Increased Risk For Bladder Cancer When Working Around Pool Chemicals

Whether water is hot in a tub or cold in a pool, it can bring immediate relief from stress or summer heat. But hot tubs and swimming pools are not always as clean as you might think, even when disinfected. In a new study in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology, scientists have found that the more these facilities are used, the more potentially harmful compounds they contain. Disinfectants such as chlorine kill pathogens in hot tubs and swimming pools, whether … Read More

Food Safety Guidelines For A Weakened Immune System

An immunocompromised (im-YOU-noh-KOM-pruh-mized) diet is also called a low bacterial diet. This diet is used to help decrease the amount of bacteria a person who has a weakened immune system eats. When you have a weakened immune system, you are still able to eat most foods. To reduce your risk of getting sick you should follow the general food safety guidelines listed in this handout. General Food Safety Guidelines The list below highlights food safety guidelines to follow. For a … Read More

Oncodomains and How They Affect Cancer-Causing Mutations

Scientists have identified thousands of previously ignored genetic mutations that, although rare, likely contribute to cancer growth. The findings, which could help pave the way to new treatments, are published in PLOS Computational Biology. Cancer arises when genetic mutations in a cell cause abnormal growth that leads to a tumor. Some cancer drugs exploit this to attack tumor cells by targeting proteins that are mutated from their usual form because of mutations in the genes that encode them. However, only … Read More

Bile Duct Cancer and Potential Risk Factor-Bacteria

An international research collaboration has identified bacteria in the bile duct as a potential risk factor in the development of bile duct cancer, or cholangiocarcinoma (CCA), a rare but aggressive form of cancer with symptoms that do not present themselves at the early stages.  CCA is associated with multiple risk factors that are geographically distinct — choledocal cysts and primary sclerosing cholangitis have been implicated in the development of CCA in Western populations, while infections by the liver fluke parasite … Read More

Do Anxiety and Depression have An Effect On Lung Cancer Survival Rates?

Patients who experience anxiety and depression after being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer are more likely to die sooner, according to new research from the University of British Columbia and BC Cancer Agency. The study, published this month in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, is among the first to examine the effect of anxiety and depression on survival rates for lung cancer patients. The findings build on similar previous research looking at breast cancer patients, further deepening scientists’ … Read More

How are EGFR (Epidermal Growth Factor Receptors) Connected To Cancer?

EGFR (Epidermal Growth Factor Receptors) are involved in the development and progression of many types of cancer and bowel cancer (colon carcinoma) in particular. So-called anti-EGFR antibodies are used in the treatment of bowel cancer patients, to inhibit EGFR. However, for reasons that are not yet clear, not all patients benefit from this treatment. This could be due to the fact that EGFR is not only found in the tumor cells of bowel cancer patients but also in the immune … Read More