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Cancer Treatment

Cancer is the type of disease where abnormal cells of a body part are divided quickly and chaotically. Controlling this division is difficult. In this section of EmaxHealth we study and report the latest breakthroughs in cancer treatment, the latest achievements of the medical science in treating cancer.

Strides Made in Renal Cell Cancer

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Metastatic renal cell carcinomas still are the most lethal in the US. In 2015 alone there were 14,080 deaths attributed to it. Removal of the involved kidney continues to be the mainstay treatment for localized disease. Even with all our advancements in treatment, it continues to have a poor prognosis. Chemotherapy is considered a standard therapy for patients with some renal cell variants. The role in treating clear cell renal cell carcinoma is poorly defined. What exactly causes this resistance is currently undefined. Ideally, doctors should be able to characterize tumors according to DNA. In reality, this method has been largely limited by varying gene expression signatures. For years development of treatment has been largely unsuccessful. Better understanding disease biology and treatment resistance patterns have led to emerging therapies with a better understanding in pathogensis and mechanisms of treatment resistance there are hope treatments will continue to expand (Tsao et al, 2017).

Significant Steps Made In Determining Susceptibility to Ovarian Cancer

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Ovarian cancer is the most lethal of all gynecological malignancies. This is in part because of the symptomology of the disease until it is at a late stage. Because of the five-year survival rate is only 45% while the actual cause of epithelial cancer of the ovary or fallopian tube is not known, studies have found about 15% are shown to be connected with the inherited genetic factors such as BRCA 1&2 mutations. The standard line of defense is surgery and treatment with platinum-based chemotherapy. Unfortunately, recurrence is high with the recurring disease resistant to further chemotherapy. Recently olaparib has shown some promise in treating BRCA 1&2 mutations that have led to ovarian cancer. It is thought this occurs along the DNA repair pathways that make the cancer cells sensitive to olaparib. The validity of the study's data was confirmed by repeated tests across different fields (Fleury et al. 2017).

Pancreatic Cancer: The Silent Killer

Big City Environment Related To Pancreatic Cancer

It is estimated that there are over 338,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer worldwide. in 2012, 331,000 people died from pancreatic cancer. Because the therapies for other cancers have been showing more advancement the researchers feel that pancreatic cancer is liable to become the second leading cause of cancer death worldwide. Patients with advanced pancreatic cancer, to survive more than a year is only slightly improved due to use of systemic chemotherapy and the combining use of other chemotherapies already available. This trial that adjuvant therapy using gemcitabine is the standard of care based on similar survival to and less toxicity than paired with 5-fluorouracil/folinic acid in patients with resected pancreatic cancer (meaning they have had all or part of the tumor removed surgically). In addition, other trials have shown better survival and tumor response with gemcitabine and capecitabine as opposed to gemcitabine used alone in advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer. The outcome of the study found promise with the use of gemcitabine and capecitabine resulting in an increase in survival times to between two and five years without relapse (Neoptolemos et al, 2017)

Ovarian Cancer: The Forgotten Killer

ribbon for ovarian cancer

In high-income countries, cancer remains the commonest cause of disease-related death in adolescent and young adults despite survival improvements. With more than one million new diagnoses of cancer in adolescents and young adults annually worldwide, and their number of life-years affected by cancer being greatest of all ages, the global burden of cancer in adolescents and young adults exceeds all other ages. In low- and middle-income countries, where the great majority of the worlds adolescents and young adults reside the needs of those with cancer have been identified and demand attention. Unique to this age group, the psychosocial challenges they face are the utmost across life's spectrum (Brunet et al, 2018)

Fast-Track Your Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment with Adcetris

Hodgkin Lymphoma Treatment

Cancer is a tragic plague that wracks our world with suffering. Most Americans have been impacted by this horrific disease in a personal or professional way. Hodgkin Lymphoma is a blood cancer that invades the lives of thousands every year, but the tragic fact about this type of cancer is that it usually targets young adults. Hodgkin Lymphoma is not in the spotlight often due in part to its rarity and the fact that treatment for newly diagnosed patients didn’t change for over 40 years. Fortunately, Adcetris offers new hope for Hodgkin Lymphoma treatment.

Optimizing Outcomes in Melanoma

skin blemish monitor for melanoma

Melanoma is a malignant tumor derived from melanocytes (the cells that give skin its color) and is the deadliest form of skin cancer risk factors for melanoma include family history, sex, age, skin pigmentation, sunburn susceptibility, tanning ability, nevus (moles) count and freckling and psychological health. In addition, socioeconomic features, occupation, access to health, and preventive measures, latitude have been demonstrated to impact the morbidity of melanoma (Helgadottir et al, 2018). Shared success and progress of the pigment cell research community in the understanding of cellular and immunological homeostasis of pigment cells but also clinical challenges and hurdles in the treatment of melanoma and dermatological disorders continue to drive further research activities. Investigators in the pigment cell research community have diverse but complementary backgrounds. The cross-disciplinary nature of the field is unique, unified around the passion of understanding normal pigmentation and benign or malignant pigmentary diseases (Filipp et al, 2018).

How You Can Help Avoid Oral Cancer

Dental hygiene and oral cancer

We hear a lot about skin cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and even pancreatic cancer, but oral cancer? Not so much. The Oral Cancer Foundation estimated that nearly 50,000 Americans would be diagnosed with oral cancer in 2017. Oral cancer has a significant mortality rate, as slightly more than half of the people diagnosed with the disease will be alive in five years.

Answered: Your Most Pressing Questions About New Kidney Cancer Treatments

Kidney Cancer Research

Kidney cancer is amongst the 10 most common cancers known to mankind according to the American Cancer Society, and the disease is often fatal as the percentage of Americans diagnosed with kidney cancer continues to climb higher each year. Fortunately, the future is looking brighter with the introduction of new kidney cancer treatments and continuing research by brilliant scientists.

Doctoral Student Creates New Molecule That Inhibits Cancer

new molecule for cancer treatment

As part of her dissertation, Cornelia Rosschger from Salzburg has designed a molecule to be used in the fight against cancer. The molecule causes cancer cells to not divide so quickly. The helical molecule is a representation of a small element of the Id proteins, but is not an exact copy. It has the ability to recognize and capture Id proteins, thus weakening their biological function in the cancer cell.

New Nanorobots Search and Destroy Cancers Within 24 Hours

Nanorobots new cancer treatment

According to a study carried out on mice published today in the British publication NatureAn, an international team of researchers has programmed nanorobots to search for, and destroy tumors by cutting off their blood supply. The entire process occurs within 24 hours and impressive results were observed in a melanoma mouse model.

WHO's 10 Ways To Reduce Cancer Risk Create Create Controversial Discussion on Its Facebook

WHO 10 ways to reduce cancer risk

Today the World Health Organization (WHO) released this picture discussing ways to reduce your cancer risk. There are lots of good points there, but the HPV vaccination as a way to reduce cancer risk created a big controversy on its Facebook page.

WHO Just Explained What Really Increases The Risk of Developing 7 types of Cancers

Drunk man on a street

I don't know if it's the alcohol itself or the extra ingredients that go in today's alcohol drinks, but the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that drinking alcohol can increase the risk of at least 7 types of cancer and limiting alcohol intake is one way to reduce your cancer risk. Apparently it's the ethanol in alcoholic drinks.

These Parents Allegedly Convinced Their Child He Has Brain Cancer To Raise Money

Parets Allegedly convinced son he has cancer

The 13-year-old boy has spent the last 8 months believing he is going to die from brain cancer because his parents allegedly told people that their child has terminal brain cancer in a phony, yet successful attempt to get donations to help with the cost of his medical expenses.

Who Are Most Exposed To Cancers and 3 Stages of Prevention

World Cancer Day

Maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly and avoiding smoking, makes it possible to prevent up to a third of the most common cancers, says On World Day Against Cancer, The Ministry of Health recalls preventive measures Doctor Fernando Arenillas from the Oncology Service of the San Martin de Parana Hospital in Argentina.

Why Fear Can Be Fatal Especially After a Cancer Diagnosis According to Study

Conquer Fear Everyday

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous quote: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” is proving to be true beyond the Great Depression to the modern world today. The New England Journal of Medicine released a study in April of 2012 called “Suicide and Cardiovascular Death After a Cancer Diagnosis”. The study’s results were a saddening testimony to the fact that fear can be fatal.

Coffee Has A Number: Drinking 3-4 Cups A Day Shows Less Risk Of Heart Disease, Some Cancers

Coffee benefits for heat and cancer

If you are one to enjoy a few cups of coffee a day, drink up, because there is encouraging news out of England suggesting that not only is drinking coffee good for you, but the optimal number of cups imbibed per day (on average, of course) for leading a more healthy - and more lengthy - existence has been ascertained. Research suggests that drinking three to four cups of coffee daily has numerous health benefits, as opposed to those who abstain from drinking the dark rejuvenator at all.

Heath Canada Warns of Cyanide Poisoning In Food That People Self Administer to Treat Cancer

Cyanide poisoning in food

Food is extremely powerful. Every time you eat, you have two choices: to nurture your body or harm it. I don't know why so many in today's society seem so oblivious to this fact, mindlessly consuming whatever they please, as though what they are consuming will have no effect on their body.

Can Cancer Be Viral?

Cancer Epstein Barr Virus

You might not know it, and you may have been told by your doctor it's harmless, but most of us are infected with a herpes virus called Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). For most, not all, the virus reveals itself as glandular fever or infectious mononucleosis. Now, in a quest to understand "How do viruses cause cancer in humans?" more and more research is associating EBV with cancer.

How 20 Late-Stage and Terminal Cancer Patients Beat The Odds

Hope Never Dies: How 20 Late-Stage and Terminal Cancer Patients Beat the Book Review

In his book, "Hope Never Dies: How 20 Late-Stage and Terminal Cancer Patients Beat the Odds" Rick Shapiro shines a bright ray of hope into the dark world of cancer through the words of those who have emerged onto the other side alive. He interviewed 20 cancer survivors with both late-stage and terminal diagnoses and compiled their stories to show the world that a cancer diagnosis doesn't have to be a death sentence because these patients beat the odds.

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