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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 non-smell cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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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 Aussie researchers from the land down under are beginning human trials …

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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 breast and ovarian cancers in women; however, in healthy cells, the aforementioned …

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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 cancer, to enter their programmed cell death cycle (apoptosis).

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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 find it difficult to keep up with …

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