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Tumor Markers

2018-12-03T09:22:26+00:00

We use tumor markers to detect the presence of certain types of cancer in the body, and to monitor the progress of cancer treatment. Tumor markers are substances found in the blood, body fluids, or tissues that are produced by cancer cells. If a certain tumor marker is found in the body, it can indicate that the cancer is still present and ongoing treatment may still be recommended. Specifically, we can use this test (in conjunction with other tests) to monitor the success of a current therapy, evaluate the need for surgical intervention, or assess the development of recurrence. Common tumor [...]

Tumor Markers 2018-12-03T09:22:26+00:00

Link between vitamin D deficiency and bladder cancer

2018-07-24T14:21:25+00:00

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of developing bladder cancer, according to a systematic review of seven studies presented at the Society for Endocrinology Annual Conference (SFE-BES 2016) in Brighton. Though further clinical studies are needed to confirm the findings, the study adds to a growing body of evidence on the importance of maintaining adequate vitamin D levels. Vitamin D, which is produced by the body through exposure to sunshine, helps the body control calcium and phosphate levels. Vitamin D can also be obtained from food sources such as fatty fish and egg yolks. Previous studies have linked [...]

Link between vitamin D deficiency and bladder cancer 2018-07-24T14:21:25+00:00

Does vitamin D enhance the survival rate of breast cancer patients?

2016-09-29T11:52:38+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] There have been several studies into the link between breast cancer survival and the ‘sunshine vitamin’ (vitamin D).  Although it is too early to refer to vitamin D as a new weapon in our armamentarium, the association has created a lot of interest and indeed may lead to important new discoveries in the future. The results of these studies are worth exploring. Published earlier this year in the Anticancer Research Journal is a study by the University of California’s San Diego School of Medicine (led by Prof Cedric Garland), which showed [...]

Does vitamin D enhance the survival rate of breast cancer patients? 2016-09-29T11:52:38+00:00

Time to give the dreaded digital rectal examination the finger

2016-09-15T11:34:55+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] An evidence review and screening trial found that in most cases, it is time to abandon the digital rectal exam (DRE) if a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test is done. ‘When PSA testing is used, the DRE rarely assists in diagnosing significant disease … [and] should be abandoned in common clinical practice,’ said study author Dr Ryan Terlecki of Wake Forest School of Medicine. The dreaded finger exam to check for prostate cancer used to be a mainstay of check-ups for older men. With its value now in question, some doctors [...]

Time to give the dreaded digital rectal examination the finger 2016-09-15T11:34:55+00:00

Breast Cancer Treatment Breakthrough Claimed by 16-Year-Old Boy

2016-08-30T08:38:44+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Krtin Nithiyanandam is hoping to gain interest from the scientific community to develop the work further A 16-year-old boy claims to have discovered the cure for one of the most dangerous forms of breast cancer. Krtin Nithiyanandam from Epsom, Surrey, believes he has found a way to turn the most deadly form of triple negative breast cancer into one which is responsive to treatment. The teenager, who won the Google Science Fair in 2015 for creating an Alzheimer’s test which can spot early signs of the disease, has been working on the [...]

Breast Cancer Treatment Breakthrough Claimed by 16-Year-Old Boy 2016-08-30T08:38:44+00:00

Study Finds Vegan Blood Is 8 Times More Effective At Killing Cancer Cells

2016-07-23T15:14:44+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Yet another study has found that eating a vegan diet is incredibly healthful; scientists found that when compared to the blood of those who follow the Standard American Diet (or SAD), vegan blood is 8 times more effective at killing cancer cells. “In a series of experiments, test subjects were assigned the opposing diets. Their blood was then pitted against cancer cells in a petri dish, in hopes of determining which diet resulted in blood that was more effective at suppressing cancer growth. The results found that the vegan blood (after maintaining [...]

Study Finds Vegan Blood Is 8 Times More Effective At Killing Cancer Cells 2016-07-23T15:14:44+00:00

Weight Loss Might Reduce Cancer Risk

2016-07-18T15:45:09+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Reduction in the risk of cancer by losing weight might be due to a reduction in inflammatory factors stored in fat as well as a drop in cancer-linked proteins. Overweight and obese women who lose weight may lower their odds of developing cancer as their levels of cancer-linked proteins drop, a new study suggests. Proteins increase with weight These proteins – VEGF, PAI-1 and PEDF – promote the growth of blood vessels, a process that is necessary to help tumours thrive. The more weight the women lost, the greater the drop [...]

Weight Loss Might Reduce Cancer Risk 2016-07-18T15:45:09+00:00

Home Testing for Cancer and Heart Disease Soon?

2016-07-06T10:09:45+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] In the era of home pregnancy tests, the obvious question is why easy-to-use self-tests have not yet been developed for life-threatening diseases. We all grew up with the idea that if a woman suspects she is pregnant she can simply pop into a pharmacy and buy a pregnancy test to use at home. Huge impact Conversely, if someone suspects they are suffering from cancer, heart disease, or an infection their first instinct is to contact a GP or call an ambulance. So the obvious question is why easy-to-use self-tests have not [...]

Home Testing for Cancer and Heart Disease Soon? 2016-07-06T10:09:45+00:00

Prostate Cancer Aggression ‘Linked to Waist Size’

2016-06-03T11:00:09+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Men with larger waistlines could be at higher risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer, a study has suggested. Research on 140,000 men from eight European countries found that a 4in (10cm) larger waist circumference could increase the chances of getting the cancer by 13%. Men were most at risk when their waist was bigger than 37in (94cm), the University of Oxford study found. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. The study, which was presented at the European Obesity Summit in Gothenburg, Sweden, looked at the association between body [...]

Prostate Cancer Aggression ‘Linked to Waist Size’ 2016-06-03T11:00:09+00:00

South Africa Seeks Price Cut for Breast Cancer Drug

2016-05-24T08:11:45+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Swiss pharmaceutical manufacturer Roche said that talks with the Department of Health to widen access to its breast cancer drug trastuzumab, branded herceptin, were at an “advanced stage”. Roche holds the patent on herceptin, which costs about R500,000 for a year’s course in the private sector. Its high price means many medical schemes do not pay for it, or will pay only for a limited course. It is generally not available for public sector patients. Herceptin is used in conjunction with other therapies for a particularly aggressive form of the disease [...]

South Africa Seeks Price Cut for Breast Cancer Drug 2016-05-24T08:11:45+00:00