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Researchers identify new gene involved in breast cancer growth

A team of UT Southwestern researchers has identified a gene involved in the growth of breast cancer, a finding that could lead to potential new targets for treatment. “The gene ZMYND8 is increased in breast cancer conditions, and higher levels of the gene correlate with poor survival of breast cancer patients,” says Yingfei Wang, Ph.D., […]

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Big data powers design of ‘smart’ cell therapies for cancer

Finding medicines that can kill cancer cells while leaving normal tissue unscathed is a Holy Grail of oncology research. In two new papers, scientists at UC San Francisco and Princeton University present complementary strategies to crack this problem with “smart” cell therapies—living medicines that remain inert unless triggered by combinations of proteins that only ever […]

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Gene could slow down tumor repair in breast cancer brain metastasis

Treating tumors presents a tricky conundrum: a higher dose of radiation is more effective for treatment, but the higher the dose, the more danger it poses to healthy cells. Researchers at Yale have made significant inroads into solving this problem in a paper titled, “LRRC31 inhibits DNA repair and sensitizes breast cancer brain metastasis to […]

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Is proton therapy the silver bullet for children with brain cancer?

Adelaide is poised to open Australia’s first proton therapy center in 2025, with children and young adults expected to be the main beneficiaries of more effective cancer treatment with fewer side effects. But just how safe is proton therapy for children with brain cancer compared to the conventional X-ray radiation delivered post-surgery? A new study […]

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New insights on a common protein could lead to novel cancer treatments

A new University of Colorado Boulder-led study sheds light on a protein key to controlling how cells grow, proliferate and function and long implicated in tumor development. The findings, published this week in the journal Genes and Development, could lead not only to new therapies for hard-to-treat cancers, but also inform novel treatments for neurological […]

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FIT Aids Triage for Possible Colorectal Cancer

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2020 — Fecal immunochemical test (FIT) results can be used to prioritize patients for investigation of suspected colorectal cancer (CRC), according to a study published online Oct. 30 in Gut. Nigel D’Souza, M.B.B.S., from Imperial College London, and colleagues assessed whether FIT could be used to select patients with suspected CRC symptoms […]