Cancers Share Gene Patterns, Studies Affirm
Scientists have discovered that the most dangerous cancer of the uterine lining closely resembles the worst ovarian and breast cancers, providing the most telling evidence yet that cancer will increasingly be seen as a disease defined primarily by its genetic fingerprint rather than just by the organ where it originated.
By Gina Kolata. In The New York Times (blog)
Exorbitant Prices for Leukemia Drugs
Last year we were heartened when doctors at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York refused to use an outrageously overpriced drug for treating advanced colorectal cancer because it was no better than a cheaper (but still costly) alternative. Neither did much to extend a patient’s life. Now the revolt against unjustifiably high cancer drug prices has been joined by more than 100 leukemia experts from more than 15 countries.
By the Editorial Board. In The New York Times (blog)
Teenage Cancer One-Year Survival Rates 'Vary Significantly'
Healthcare workers must have better awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer in teenagers and young adults, experts have said. Mike Stevens, professor of paediatric oncology at the University of Bristol, made his comments after figures show that one-year survival rates "vary significantly" among youngsters who get the disease.
In Huffington Post
Scientists Decode "Molecular Chatter" That Makes Cancer Cells Spread
For the first time, scientists in the US have decoded the "molecular chatter" that makes cancer cells more aggressive and more likely to travel and set up tumors in other parts of the body (metastasize). The discovery came about as a result of bringing together specialists in cancer development with specialists in wound healing.
In Medical News Today
Experimental Drug Inhibits Growth in All Stages of Common Kidney Cancer
Researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campus in
have discovered a protein that is overly active in every human sample of kidney
cancer they examined. They also found that an experimental drug designed to
block the protein’s activity significantly reduced tumor growth in animals when
used alone. Combining it with another drug already used to treat the cancer
improved the effectiveness of both. Florida
In Science Daily (press release)
Les implants mammaires pourraient retarder la détection du cancer du sein
La présence d'implants mammaires entraînerait un dépistage plus tardif du cancer du sein et pourrait avoir un impact sur la survie des femmes atteintes de ce cancer, selon une étude publiée mercredi par le British Medical Journal (BMJ).
Dans Le Monde
Le cancer de la peau lié à l'apparition d'autres cancers
On le savait déjà, mais une nouvelle étude le confirme : il faut protéger sa peau du soleil. Les travaux, étalés sur 20 ans, montrent que l’apparition d’un cancer de la peau favorise le développement ultérieur d’autres cancers.
Par Agnès Roux. Dans Futura Sciences