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10 Year-Old New Zealand Boy Dies of Brain Cancer – Parents Concerned Wi-Fi Radiation Is The Cause

10 Year-Old New Zealand Boy Dies of Brain Cancer – Parents Concerned Wi-Fi Radiation Is The Cause | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
New Zealand parents want to remove Wi-Fi from classrooms at Te Horo School after their son died from brain cancer. Ethan Wyman died 11 months after doctors diagnosed two brain tumours.
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The death of a boy aged 10 from brain cancer in New Zealand has raised concerns about radiation from electronic devices and Wi-Fi once again. The boy was diagnosed with brain tumors three months after being given an iPod with a Wi-Fi connection. He had been sleeping with the iPod under his pillow.

In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), made up of 27 scientists from 14 countries, concluded that wireless and cell phone radiation is a class 2B "possible carcinogen”, with many types of cancer linked to EMF/RFR radiation.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health maintain that research findings show Wi-Fi is safe to use.

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Vitamin D Levels Inversely Linked to Colon Cancer Risk

Vitamin D Levels Inversely Linked to Colon Cancer Risk | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Vitamin D levels inversely linked to colon cancer risk, overall mortality
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Recent research suggests that vitamin D plays an essential role in maintaining the immune system and overall bodily health. Levels high enough to prevent bone disorders may still be too low to prevent autoimmune disorders, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, while higher levels may help prevent these and other chronic diseases.

A study published in The Journal of Cell Biology showed that supplementation with vitamin D actually slows and can even stop the progression of cancer. It does this by blocking the activity of a chemical that can cause tumors to become triple-negative.

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Disabling Key Protein ‘MYC’ Found to Kill Cancer Cells

Disabling Key Protein ‘MYC’ Found to Kill Cancer Cells | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered that by disabling a protein found in lymphoma cells they can limit the cancer's growth and ultimately make it disappear.
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Researchers have discovered that by disabling a protein found in lymphoma cells they can limit the cancer's growth and ultimately make it disappear.

Up to 70 per cent of human cancers have unusually high levels of a protein known as MYC. The protein causes cancerous changes in cells by forcing them into abnormally rapid growth. ''What we've found is that these MYC-driven cancers are exquisitely dependent on a protein called MCL-1 for their continued survival,'' said molecular biologist and lymphoma researcher Gemma Kelly. ''So if we disable this protein called MCL-1 then the cancer cells die.''

The research team from the institute's molecular genetics of cancer division, including Marco Herold and Andreas Strasser, used cell samples taken from patients diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma. These cells were then used to grow more cells in culture for research to assess how to stop MCL-1 from functioning. Professor Strasser said in many cases, even a 50 per cent reduction in the levels of MCL-1 would kill the majority of cancer cells allowing a patient to go into long-term remission.

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New Test Based on Heat to Examine Blood Can Be Used to Detect Cancer

New Test Based on Heat to Examine Blood Can Be Used to Detect Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
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A study, in the journal Plos One, showed that a "plasma thermogram" test that examines the proteins inside blood could detect cervical cancer and how advanced it was.

The sample will respond differently to heat depending on the types of proteins contained in the blood. It results in a thermogram - like a fingerprint - of the protein content. Lead researcher Dr Nichola Garbett said: "We have been able to demonstrate a more convenient, less intrusive test for detecting and staging cervical cancer."

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Frankincense for Ovarian Cancer

Frankincense for Ovarian Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
One of the most famous Christmas gifts of all time, frankincense, may be effective for the treatment of late-stage ovarian cancer, according to a new study from UK researchers.
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Research suggests that frankincense may be useful for the treatment of some cancers, including breast, colon and prostate cancer, due to a compound it contains, called acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA).

Researchers from the University of Leicester in the UK analyzed the AKBA compound in vitro for 1 year, and tested it on a series of late-stage ovarian cancer cell lines, some of which were resistant to chemotherapy. They found that the compound effectively killed ovarian cancer cells, and were surprised to find that chemotherapy-resistant cell lines appeared to become more sensitive when the AKBA compound was applied.

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Vitamin D – A Simple Precaution to Minimize Cancer Risk

Vitamin D – A Simple Precaution to Minimize Cancer Risk | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Dr. Michael Holick, one of the leading vitamin D researchers, discusses the health benefits of vitamin D and how to optimize your vitamin D levels.
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Vitamin D is not a regular vitamin. It's actually a steroid hormone that you get primarily from either sun exposure or supplementation. Researchers have pointed out that increasing levels of vitamin D3 among the general population could prevent chronic diseases that claim nearly one million lives throughout the world each year, including cancer.

Vitamin D also fights infections, including colds and the flu, as it regulates the expression of genes that influence your immune system to attack and destroy bacteria and viruses.

Before the year 2000, very few doctors ever considered the possibility that you might be vitamin D deficient. But as the technology to measure vitamin D became inexpensive and widely available, more and more studies were done, and it became increasingly clear that vitamin D deficiency was widespread.

Watch this 32 minute interview with Dr. Holick to find out more.

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Possible New Method for Treating Pancreatic Cancer

Possible New Method for Treating Pancreatic Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
A possible new method for treating pancreatic cancer which enables the body's immune system to attack and kill cancer cells has been developed by researchers.
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The method uses a drug which breaks down the protective barrier surrounding pancreatic cancer tumors, enabling cancer-attacking T cells to get through. The drug is used in combination with an antibody that blocks a second target, which improves the activity of these T cells.

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Gene Therapy Experiment for Leukemia Successful

Gene Therapy Experiment for Leukemia Successful | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania remove "T cells" and genetically modify them to recognize and attack cancer cells
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A gene therapy experiment designed to manipulate his immune system has proven successful in treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania removed "T cells," or white blood cells that help fight infections, from a cancer patient suffering from chronic lymphocytic leukemia. They then genetically modified the cells to recognize and attack cancer cells, and put the cells back into the patient’s body. After three weeks there was no of chronic lymphocytic leukemia in the patient’s blood.

"The T cell can grow and divide," says oncologist Dr. David Porter, who is part of the team overseeing the therapy. "In fact, we've seen for every T cell that we genetically modify and put into a patient's body, it has the ability to kill up to 93,000 leukemia cells."

In the next few months, doctors will start using this sophisticated immunotherapy in patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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Global Cancer Cases Reach 14 Million

Global Cancer Cases Reach 14 Million | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
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The number of people being diagnosed with cancer in the world each year has leaped to more than 14 million, the World Health Organization says. The number of deaths has also increased. The rising burden of cancer is being driven by a rapid shift in lifestyles in the developing world to more closely reflect industrialized countries.

The WHO also described a "sharp rise" in cases of breast cancer. Both the incidence and mortality have increased since 2008. The disease in now the most common cancer in women in 140 countries.

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Refadoc.com's curator insight, October 10, 2014 5:57 AM

Lung Cancer is the one which affects lungs of the human body. Lungs are the two pairs of spongy organs in the chest which are known to help the person to inhale, exhale as well as take care of the entire respiration process. Today, Lung Cancer has emerged to be one of the major causes for the occurrence of deaths all over the world. Known to affect men and women equally all over the world, people who indulge in smoking on an everyday basis are the ones who are at a higher risk of contracting the disease as compared to their non smoking counterparts. With the length of the time in which the person smokes as well as the number of the cigarettes a person smokes the chances of contracting Lung Cancer increases drastically.

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High-Fat Diet During Puberty Speeds Breast Cancer Development

High-Fat Diet During Puberty Speeds Breast Cancer Development | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
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New findings show that eating a high-fat diet beginning at puberty speeds up the development of breast cancer and may actually increase the risk of cancer similar to a type often found in younger adult women.

In addition to the accelerated breast cancer development, this type of diet produces a distinct gene signature in the tumours consistent with a subset of breast cancers known as basal-like that can carry a worse prognosis.

Sandra Haslam, physiology professor in Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine and one of the lead investigators of the project, says “Cancers of this type are more aggressive in nature and typically occur in younger women. This highlights the significance of our work toward efforts against the disease.”

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Cancer Treatments Cleared by F.D.A. But Not Subject to Scrutiny

Cancer Treatments Cleared by F.D.A. But Not Subject to Scrutiny | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
The F.D.A. allows the sale of some devices to treat small groups of patients without requiring proof that the devices work, or any rigorous study of the medical results.
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The FDA has a humanitarian exemption regulation program that permits the sale of unproved products for some patients with advanced cancer.

The program, even its critics agree, is based on the best intentions. Because companies have little incentive to run costly trials for products used by small groups of patients, the exemption requires a producer only to show that a device is safe and has a “probable” benefit, rather than prove its effectiveness, the usual standard.


The rule, which is similar to one governing drugs for extremely rare diseases, also does not require the F.D.A., companies or doctors to collect the kind of data that could later show that an exempted device works. As a result, critics say, ineffective products approved under the exemption can be sold for years while potentially lifesaving ones may never prove their worth.

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Sugary Drinks Linked to Endometrial Cancer Risk

Sugary Drinks Linked to Endometrial Cancer Risk | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
A new study has found that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages is associated with an increased risk for endometrial cancer.
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A study, published online in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, found that all sugars increased the risk for Type 1 endometrial cancer, but sugar-sweetened drinks had the greatest effect. After controlling for other factors, those in the highest one-fifth for sweet drink consumption had a 74 percent higher risk than those in the lowest one-fifth.

Compared with most other dietary sugars, sugars in drinks cause plasma glucose levels to rise higher and fall lower. These fluctuations may play a role in the increased risk of cancer.

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Cell Phones Linked to Breast Cancer

Cell Phones Linked to Breast Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Cell phone radiation breast cancer link - New study raises grave concerns
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A new study raises concerns of a possible association between cell phone radiation exposure and breast cancer in young women.

The researchers observed that patients in the study developed tumors in areas of their breasts next to where they carried their cell phones, often for up to 10 hours per day, for several years. None of the patients had a family history of breast cancer. The women all tested negative for BRCA1 and BRCA2 - breast cancer genes linked to about one-half of breast cancer cases - and they had no other known breast cancer risks. It seems the study only included four women. However given the lack of any other risks, the conclusion deserves serious consideration.

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Studies Continue to Highlight the Importance of Vitamin D for Cancer Prevention and Treatment

Studies Continue to Highlight the Importance of Vitamin D for Cancer Prevention and Treatment | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Many studies reveal vitamin D's importance as a cancer-fighting agent
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For both cancer prevention and cancer treatment it is clear that vitamin D plays a key beneficial role and cannot be ignored.

There has been considerable research reinforcing the role of vitamin D in many cancers including:
Breast cancer
Colon cancer
Kidney cancer
Lung cancer
Ovarian cancer
Prostate cancer
Skin cancer
Leukemia
Pancreatic cancer
Thyroid cancer
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

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BPA Exposure May Triple Risk Of Prostate Cancer

BPA Exposure May Triple Risk Of Prostate Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Exposure to BPA from plastic bottles and containers during early development may triple the risk of prostate cancer later in life.
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Research from University of Illinois provides direct evidence that exposure to Bisphenol A(BPA) during fetal development, at the levels we see in our day-to-day lives, increases the risk for prostate cancer in human prostate tissue.

Prevailing research suggests that the hormone estrogen can drive cancer development in prostate stem cells. Exposure to BPA can “reprogram” these stem cells to become more sensitive to this hormone. BPA exposure comes from commonly used water bottles, canned goods and receipts and is difficult to avoid.

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Two Proteins Found to Destroy Migrating Cancer Cells

Two Proteins Found to Destroy Migrating Cancer Cells | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Researchers have demonstrated how white blood cells coated with a cancer-killing protein causes metastasizing cancer cells travelling through the bloodstream to implode on contact.
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A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests it is possible not only to locate migrating cancer cells, but to annihilate them before they have a chance to set up secondary tumors.

For their study, the Cornell team used human blood samples and later, mice, to test the effect of two proteins: an adhesive called E-selectin, and another protein called TRAIL (Tumor Necrosis Factor Related Apoptosis-Inducing Ligand - a protein that triggers suicide in tumor cells). Together the two proteins formed a sticky coating around leukocytes - white blood cells found everywhere in the bloodstream.

The cancer cells 'kill themselves' when in contact with these TRAIL-coated white blood cells. When they targeted the cancer cells in saline directly with the proteins, the success rate was 60%. But when they tried again with a model of flowing blood that has forces, mixing and other conditions similar to the human body, the kill rate shot up to 100%.

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China’s Pollution Causing Lung Cancer

China’s Pollution Causing Lung Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
BEIJING — The youngest known lung cancer patient in eastern China is an 8-year-old girl whose home is next to a dust-choked road in heavily industrialized Jiangsu province.
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At a time when cigarette smoking is on the decline in China, the nation is facing an explosion of lung cancer cases.

The youngest known lung cancer patient in eastern China is an 8-year-old girl whose home is next to a dust-choked road in heavily industrialized Jiangsu province. Another patient was a 14-year-old girl from Shanghai, the daughter of two nonsmokers with no family history of lung cancer. Bai Chunxue chairman of the Shanghai Respiratory Research Institute believes that the most probable cause is pollution.

Readings in Beijing and elsewhere in northern China frequently climb straight off the chart devised by the World Health Organization, which classifies particulate levels between 300 and 500 micrograms per cubic meter as hazardous.

The northeastern city of Harbin practically closed down for two days in October when readings approached 1,000, creating air so murky that residents said they couldn't see their dogs at the end of the leash.

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Chan Cudennec's curator insight, January 12, 2014 1:27 AM

It is shocking the levels of pollution in Beijing. Sadly in HK, we are also exposed to high levels of air pollution. Do we need an explosion of lung cancer before the government does something? 

You can prevent it by using "Turboforte",  a simple, lightweight pipe-shaped respiratory physiotherapy device designed to aid mucous clearing by providing positive pressure and a vibration within the lungs, hence helping to maintain bronchial hygiene. This device was designed for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (C.O.P.D) which affects more people world wide than Obesity. This device is scientifically supported and medically acclaimed by respiratory specialists worldwide. It is effectively used by Asthma,Cystic Fybrosis, Emphysema and Bronchitis sufferers. 


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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, January 20, 2014 12:32 PM

Environment has an impact on our wellbeing...as do other factors.

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WHO: Cancer Risk Rising Around the World; Western Medicine Failing Globally

WHO: Cancer Risk Rising Around the World; Western Medicine Failing Globally | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
WHO: Cancer risk rising around the world; Western medicine failing globally
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By 2025, WHO claims, the annual number of new cancer diagnoses is expected to increase by roughly 37%.

The number of cancer patients that will end up dying from the disease or its corresponding treatment is also expected to rise by about 39%.

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The Global Cancer Burden

The Global Cancer Burden | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
Less-developed nations accounted for more than half of all the new cancer cases in 2012. Tobacco controls in those countries are critically important as cancer cases grow.
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Around the world, cancer is increasing and poses a particular threat in many low- and middle-income countries.

According to the World Health Organization, the less developed regions of the world accounted for a large number of new cancer cases and cancer deaths.

The rising toll was largely connected to unhealthy eating habits adopted from industrialized nations, and the lack of access to screening and clinical services that can save lives.

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US Sailors Claim Cancer From Helping at Fukushima

US Sailors Claim Cancer From Helping at Fukushima | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
More US sailors who served aboard aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan during relief efforts for the Japan earthquake and Tsunami intend to join a lawsuit in which dozens claimed that they were befallen with severe illness.
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Navy sailors who served aboard the USS Ronald Reagan that responded to the tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, and sister ship the USS Essex, now trace illnesses including thyroid and testicular cancers, leukemia and brain tumors to the time spent aboard the massive ship, whose desalination system pulled in seawater that was used for drinking, cooking and bathing.

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Exercise Benefits Older Breast Cancer Survivors

Exercise Benefits Older Breast Cancer Survivors | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
A study suggests that older breast cancer survivors should follow ongoing resistance and impact exercise programs to protect bone density and build and maintain muscle strength.
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According to researchers it can be challenging for older breast cancer survivors to maintain a healthy body composition after suffering the effects of cancer, treatment for the disease and reduced physical activity. They explain that treatment for cancer is linked to loss of bone density, a reduction in lean body mass and weight gain.

This means older breast cancer survivors are at higher risk of developing diseases related to obesity, frailty and fractures, and breast cancer recurrence. Lead researcher Jessica Dobek of the Oregon Health and Science University commented that "Exercise programs aimed at improving musculoskeletal health should be considered in the long-term care plan for breast cancer survivors."

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Tambre Leighn's curator insight, December 18, 2013 10:50 AM

Physical activity is one of the foundation principles for healthy living for everyone, however, it is even more important for cancer survivors.  Read on for more on the value of being active for older breast cancer survivors and help someone you know to get moving today!

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Grape Seed Extract Component B2G2 'Kills Prostate Cancer Cells'

Grape Seed Extract Component B2G2 'Kills Prostate Cancer Cells' | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
A compound found in grape seed extract, called B2G2, can successfully kill human prostate cancer cells, according to a study from the University of Colorado Cancer Center.
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A study published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer has found that a component found in grape seed extract is effective in killing prostate cancer cells. The researchers discovered that the component of grape seed extract called B2G2 is the most active against cancer cells. B2G2 was found to induce cancer cell death but left healthy cells unharmed.

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Cancer Drug Xeloda (Capecitabine) Linked to Severe Skin Reactions

Cancer Drug Xeloda (Capecitabine) Linked to Severe Skin Reactions | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
A drug used to treat breast or colorectal cancer that has spread is associated with very rare cases of severe skin reactions, Health Canada says.
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"Very rare cases of severe cutaneous reactions such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), in some cases with fatal outcome, have been reported during treatment with Xeloda," Health Canada said in a letter to health professionals.

Xeloda (capecitabine) is approved to treat advanced breast cancer or breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body (metastatic), metastatic colon or rectum cancer and cancer of the colon following complete surgical removal.

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New Proteins Linked to Cancer

New Proteins Linked to Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
The discovery of a new protein - called Rce1 - gives hope for potential cancer targets, as it controls another class of proteins involved in cell division, and ultimately, cancer.
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Researchers from The Institute of Cancer Research in London have found that a protein called Rce1 plays an important role in converting healthy cells into cancerous ones. It is a member of a new protein family called glutamate intramembrane proteases.

Rce1 is an intramembrane protease - meaning it can cut off certain parts of other membrane-associated proteins - but the researchers were not able to put this protein in any of the three currently known families of intramembrane proteases.

Prof. David Barford, leader of the study, commented “"Our findings underline just how much of the fundamental processes of life we still do not understand.”

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theresa berry's curator insight, December 19, 2013 1:20 PM

does everything give you cancer like i feel like i have to make my own food and live off the land to not have high risks of cancer. how bad will it be in the next year or 5 for that matter.

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Cholesterol 'Fuels' Breast Cancer

Cholesterol 'Fuels' Breast Cancer | Cancer - Advances, Knowledge, Integrative & Holistic Treatments | Scoop.it
A byproduct of cholesterol functions like the hormone estrogen to fuel the growth and spread of the most common types of breast cancers, researchers report.
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Research for the first time explains the link between high cholesterol and breast cancer, especially in post-menopausal women, and suggests that dietary changes or therapies to reduce cholesterol may also offer a simple, accessible way to reduce breast cancer risk.

One of the products of cholesterol metabolism is 27HC, which mimics the hormone estrogen and can independently drive the growth of breast cancer. It is well known that estrogen can promote breast cancers.

The researchers set out to determine whether this estrogen activity was sufficient on its own to promote breast cancer growth and metastasis, and whether controlling it would have a converse effect.

They found a direct correlation between the aggressiveness of the tumor and an abundance of the enzyme that makes the 27HC molecule. They also noted that 27HC could be made in other places in the body and transported to the tumor. "The worse the tumors, the more they have of the enzyme," said lead author Erik Nelson, Ph.D., a post-doctoral associate at Duke Cancer Institute.

The findings suggest there may be a simple way to reduce the risk of breast cancer by keeping cholesterol in check.

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