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Skin cancer growth driven by subset of cellular masterminds

Specialized cells at the leading edge of growing skin cancers dampen immune response and promote cancer invasion, Stanford researchers find. Targeting these cells could lead to effective therapies. An elite population of cancer cells marshal at the leading edges of a growing skin tumor to guide its metastasis and help it evade the body’s immune […]

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Bioelectric signals in breast cancer metastasis studied

Metastasis accounts for approximately 90 percent of mortality in breast cancer patients. During the last few decades, there has been significant progress in understanding genetic, molecular and signaling mechanisms underpinning cancer cell migration. Biologists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) found another mechanism that affects the maintenance and expansion of malignant cells: electric signals in […]

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World-first saliva test detects hidden throat cancer

A simple saliva test developed by QUT biomedical scientists has detected early throat cancer in a person who had no symptom and no clinical signs of cancer. In what is believed to be a world-first, the non-invasive test picked up HPV-DNA in a saliva sample from an infected healthy person. Persistent human papillomavirus (HPV) infection […]

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Therapies show knockout potential for rare, deadly liver cancer

A new study identifies some of the most critical genes that may drive a rare but deadly liver cancer, providing a road map for developing drugs that target those genes. The cancer, fibrolamellar carcinoma, accounts for 1-5% of all liver cancers, and disproportionately affects children and young adults. By the time it is detected it […]

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Study reveals an inherited origin of prostate cancer in families

Vanderbilt researchers have identified haplotypes, ancestral fragments of DNA, that are associated with hereditary prostate cancer (HPC) in a first-of-its-kind genomic study made possible by the study of prostate cancer patients with family histories of the disease. The researchers analyzed the Nashville Familial Prostate Cancer Study (NFPCS), in an investigation comparing men with prostate cancer, […]