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

At a scientific meeting this week, researchers report some progress in developing an immunotherapy for ovarian cancer. However, they also outline the considerable challenges that remain before the treatment can be made effective for this and other cancers that have solid tumors.

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Grilled, barbecued meats may raise death risk for breast cancer survivors

Previous studies have linked a high consumption of grilled, barbecued, or smoked meats with an increased risk of breast cancer. Now, a new study finds that it may also increase the risk of all-cause mortality for women who have survived the disease.

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Cancer cells’ ability to break free and spread arises from ‘broken switch’

A new study reveals fresh insights into how cancer cells escape from primary tumors and spread to other parts of the body. Researchers have discovered that such cells have a “broken switch” that enables them to shrug off their physical constraints.

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Scientists uncover new way to defeat therapy-resistant prostate cancer

A new study led by scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) sheds light on a signaling circuit in cells that drives therapy resistance in prostate cancer. The researchers found that targeting the components of this circuit suppresses advanced prostate cancer development.

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Fat fuels the road to cancer cell spread

Cancer cells spread to other sites in the body through promoting the growth of new ‘roads’ to travel on. In a study published in the top scientific journal, Nature, an international and multidisciplinary team of researchers, led by Prof. Dr. Peter Carmeliet (VIB-KU Leuven), discovered how a shift to increased fat utilization is required for the development and growth of these ‘roads’, termed lymphatic vessels – a special kind of blood vessels. This discovery paves the way towards developing therapeutics to limit lymphatic vessel growth in cancer by targeting fat utilization.

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Breast cancer patients report ‘chemo brain’ is a substantial problem

For years, cancer patients have expressed concerns, been frustrated by, and even joked about the loss of mental sharpness they sometimes experience before, during, and after treatment. They and their doctors often refer to this mental fog as “chemo brain.” Now, the largest study of chemo brain to date finds that breast cancer patients describe it as a “substantial and pervasive problem” for as long as 6 months after treatment.

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New study reveals low-dose aspirin may prevent cancer

Cancer is a leading cause of morbidity and death worldwide, and its prevalence is predicted to increase in the next few years. Cancer prevention strategies include making healthy lifestyle choices and getting tested if at risk. New research suggests that a small dose of aspirin may help prevent the formation of cancer cells and explains how.

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