Month: June 2015

June 19, 2015, by NCI Staff A test using a genomic classifier on cells collected with a small brush from a patient’s upper airway during a bronchoscopy may help predict the likelihood of lung cancer in some patients.  Credit: Image courtesy of Avrum Spira, M.D., Boston University School of Medicine and Veracyte, Inc. Assessing gene
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June 16, 2015, by Warren Kibbe, Ph.D. Warren Kibbe, Ph.D.Director, NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology One month after the launch of the redesigned Cancer.gov, I’m pleased to announce enhancements to the website’s clinical trials search function. These improvements enable patients and health care providers to more easily find accurate and timely information
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June 11, 2015, by NCI Staff Karen Kinahan, M.S., R.N., (left), director of the STAR program at Northwestern University’s Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, which provides long-term care for adult survivors of childhood cancers, and Julia Stepenske, childhood cancer survivor and stem-cell transplant nurse, at an event celebrating the STAR program’s 10th anniversary. Karen Kinahan Gradual
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June 8, 2015, by NCI Staff Giving some men with prostate cancer the intravenous chemotherapy drug, docetaxel, after they had completed radiation and hormone therapy increased how long they lived, according to new study results. Giving some men with prostate cancer chemotherapy after standard treatment with radiation and hormone therapy modestly improves how long they
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June 4, 2015, by NCI Staff Some genetic mutations result from DNA copying mistakes made during cell division. Illustration by Darryl Leja, NHGRI. The list of cancers that may be susceptible to immunotherapy drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors is quickly expanding, according to findings from three early-stage clinical trials presented at the American Society of
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June 2, 2015, by NCI Staff A patient scheduled for stereotactic radiosurgery to the brain undergoes CT scanning before treatment to help doctors visualize the tumor. In some patients with cancer that has spread to the brain, adding radiation to the whole brain following tumor-focused radiosurgery causes more severe cognitive decline and does not improve
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June 1, 2015, by NCI Staff The majority of Americans are not using sunscreen regularly to protect their skin from damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays, according to a new survey. About 30 percent of women and less than 15 percent of men regularly use sunscreen on both the face and other exposed
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Abstract Obesity and associated insulin resistance predispose individuals to develop chronic metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Although these disorders affect a significant proportion of the global population, the underlying mechanisms of disease remain poorly understood. The discovery of elevated tumor necrosis factor-α in adipose tissue as an inducer of obesity-associated
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