Stimulating immune system a promising approach for ovarian cancer

(Julie Marks/ Everday Health) — Immunotherapy — a treatment that uses your body’s own immune system to fight cancer — has been a game-changer for people with some types of cancer. While the therapy holds potential, researchers are still learning about how it affects ovarian cancer. Most women with ovarian cancer will discover they have […]

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Experimental blood test detects cancer in people who didn’t know they had it

(Maggie Fox/ CNN) — An experimental blood test can detect cancer in women who had no symptoms of the disease, and it detected several different kinds of cancer, researchers reported. It’s a step forward in the race to develop an effective blood test — one that can tell people they may have cancer long before […]

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Point of View: Patience, please — waiting for cancer surgery during a pandemic

(Onrén:hote Dan David/ CBC News ) — Five days after the Montreal General Hospital cancelled my surgery, I had questions that needed answers: “Why?” and “What next?” I’m a cancer patient. Last year, I beat throat cancer. This year, about a month ago, I found out I have bowel cancer and need an operation. The […]

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How AI is improving cancer diagnostics

(Neil Savage/ Nature) — When a young girl came to New York University (NYU) Langone Health for a routine follow-up, tests seemed to show that the medulloblastoma for which she had been treated a few years earlier had returned. The girl’s recurrent cancer was found in the same part of brain as before, and the […]

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Microbiome signatures in blood reveal early-stage cancers

(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) — An international research team headed by scientists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), has developed a novel diagnostic approach that harnesses machine learning models to identify who has cancer, and often which type, by analyzing patterns of microbial DNA—bacterial and viral—in a single blood sample. The researchers […]

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Coronavirus and cancer: What survivors and immunocompromised patients need to know

(A. Pawlowski/ Today.com) — The coronavirus outbreak may be especially worrisome for the hundreds of thousands of Americans living with cancer. Their immune systems are often immunocompromised — weakened by the disease and its treatments — putting them at higher risk for the severe form of COVID-19, the infection spreading around the world. Research shows […]

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UW researcher finds new, simple way to screen for breast cancer

(Carmen Groleau/ CBC News) — Omar Ramahi and his team at the University of Waterloo have come up with a new and simple way to screen for breast cancer that could be coming to the market in the near future. A professor of electrical and computer engineering by trade, Ramahi and his team have created […]

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Canadian Cancer Society wants more people to screen for colon cancer

(Canadian Press) — In the absence of a systematic screening program for colon cancer, the Canadian Cancer Society is encouraging Quebecers aged 50 to 74 to take the steps themselves to find out about this often silent killer. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and the disease is second-deadliest form of cancer in Quebec […]

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Fish oil offers little benefit against cancer, may reduce heart disease

(Nancy Schimelpfening/ Healthline) — According to researchers from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, supplementing with fish oil offers little to no benefit against cancer. In fact, it seems to be associated with a slightly increased risk of one particular type of cancer: prostate. However, a group of researchers from China and the […]

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More cancer cases in Canada projected as aging population grows, with lung cancer still deadliest form: study

(Camille Bains/ Canadian Press) — A technician holds a mesh bag full of marbles meant to represent breast tissue, pointing out a single black marble among the clear ones. The goal is to explain why a woman’s breasts are compressed during a mammogram. “The black marble represents a cancer tissue,” she says in Punjabi. “When […]

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