January 4, 2017

Health roundup Cancer edition

Rub-on cream for skin cancer nearly as effective as surgery, five year trial shows

More than eight in 10 patients found that the cream imiquimod kept their basal cell carcinoma (BCC) at bay for five years, compared with 98 per cent of those who had their tumour removed. Researchers from the University of Nottingham say although rates are not as good as surgery, some people may still prefer a less invasive approach, particularly if the cancer is on a sensitive area such as the face.The cream works by boosting the body’s immune response so it can fight the cancer itself.

Simple blood test could show lung cancer 5 YEARS before the disease even appears on medical scans.

Antibodies are produced by the immune system during the early stages of lung cancer, a study at the University of Dundee which examined 12,000 adults at high risk of lung cancer.

If you were a smoker or lung cancer runs in your family, it's good news that a simple blood test can detect lung cancer at its earliest stages when you have the best hope for treating it successfully.

New Brain Cells Help Fight Cancer

A man with deadly brain cancer that had spread to his spine saw his tumors shrink and, for a time, completely vanish after a novel therapy to help his immune system attack his disease, another first in this promising field. Grady was the first person to get the treatment dripped through a tube into a space in the brain where spinal fluid is made, sending it down the path the cancer traveled to his spine. He had "a remarkable response" that opens the door to wider testing, said Dr. Behnam Badie, neurosurgery chief at City of Hope, a cancer center in Duarte, California, where Grady was treated.

Breast cancer cells start spreading to other parts of the body long before a tumor is even detected

It had been thought that it is when cancer is at its most advanced or at 'stage 4' or 'invasive' that it is at the greatest risk of it spreading. The new findings show breast cancer spreads at 'stage 0' - before a tumor has been found and cancer has been diagnosed. Experts say the findings highlight the seriousness of very early stages of cancer

Posted by Jill Fallon at January 4, 2017 10:29 AM | Permalink