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cancer

Alimta and Lung Cancer

Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly & Co. have recently received approval from the FDA for using Alimta (a drug originally approved in 2004 for the treatment of mesothelioma) for maintenance therapy of advanced/metastatic…

Cancer’s “Trojan Horse”

Sometimes it seems that medical research in America has to jump through so many hoops that the possibility for real innovation is stifled. Great Britain and Japan have made great strides in novel approaches towards treating cancer, and now…

Fighting BRCA Linked Cancer – PARP Inhibition

A recent Institute of Cancer Research study published in the New England Journal of Medicine describes a novel way of treating BRCA-gene based cancers. Mutations in the BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 genes are routinely linked with higher incidence of…

Caffeine and Cancer

Ever think that a cup of joe was more than the habitual pick-me-up you needed every morning? A study has shown that caffeine actually causes more skin cells damaged by ultraviolet radiation, a major causative agent in non-melanoma skin…

MicroRNA and Cancer

A few days ago, I attended a symposium put together by MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine. The topic: Development of Non-Coding RNA for Cancer Therapy. Having been out of school for over half a year, I thought I might…

Cell Phones and Cancer

Think about how often you or your friends use their cell phones. Taking a quick look at my mom's call history, she was on her cell for an average of two hours a day for the month of July. All that radiation... sheesh. Cancer and other…

Skin Cancer – An Elusive Threat

With over a million new cases diagnosed each year in the United States, skin cancer is indeed a widespread reality. In fact, this form of cancer accounts for roughly half of all newly diagnosed cancers. Even with this fact, very few are…