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UPMC-Developed Test Increases Odds of Correct Surgery for Thyroid Cancer Patients

July 25, 2014 10:00 am | by UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences | News | Comments

Researchers have identified certain gene mutations that are indicative of an increased likelihood of thyroid cancer, and the molecular testing panel developed at UPMC can be run using the sample collected through the initial, minimally invasive biopsy, rather than a lobectomy. When the panel shows these mutations, a total thyroidectomy is advised.

Gene Changes in Breast Cancer Cells Pinpointed with New Computational Method

July 24, 2014 3:07 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | News | Comments

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, working with high-throughput data generated...

Natural Products from Plants Protect Skin During Cancer Radiotherapy

July 24, 2014 11:48 am | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

Radiotherapy for cancer involves exposing the patient or their tumor more directly to ionizing...

National Science Foundation Continues Support of Bacterial Robotics' Non-Surgical Tumor Treatment Product Development

July 24, 2014 9:25 am | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Bacterial Robotics, a biotechnology firm developing ViruBots and BactoBots, announces receipt of...

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Research Brings Us Nearer to Understanding How Neuro Cells Turn Cancerous

July 23, 2014 12:07 pm | by University of Plymouth | News | Comments

Scientists from the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research in New York with the help of Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry have completed research which for the first time brings us nearer to understanding...

InformationWeek Finds 10 Healthcare-Friendly Robots

July 23, 2014 9:49 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

When it comes to welcoming our new robot overlords, InformationWeek editor David Wagner is ready to roll out the red carpet. Healthcare is one of the major reasons to welcome an influx of HAL 9000-like robots into our human sphere. With...

Christie Hospital Joins Elekta and Philips to Develop MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy System for Cancer Treatment

July 22, 2014 9:14 am | by Philips | News | Comments

Elekta and Royal Philips announced today that The Christie NHS Foundation Trust (Manchester, UK), a specialist cancer center, will join a consortium whose mission is to develop the clinical value of an integrated magnetic resonance imaging...

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Epigenetic Test Could Eliminate Unnecessary Repeat Biopsies for Prostate Cancer

July 21, 2014 1:52 pm | by Elsevier | News | Comments

More than one million prostate biopsies are performed each year in the U.S. alone, including many repeat biopsies for fear of cancer missed. Therefore there is a need to develop diagnostic tests that will help avoid unnecessary repeat biopsies...

FDA 510(k) Clearance for Varian Medical Systems’ Calypso Soft Tissue Beacon Transponder

July 21, 2014 10:18 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Varian Medical Systems today announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a Calypso soft tissue Beacon transponder that can help enhance the precision of radiotherapy and radiosurgery...

A Simple Blood Test for Cancers

July 21, 2014 10:00 am | by EKF Diagnostics | News | Comments

EKF Diagnostics, the global diagnostics company, announces that the latest results from its collaboration with the Institute of Life Sciences at the University of Swansea, UK, have continued to confirm the effectiveness of its PointMan DNA...

Robot-Assisted Surgery for Prostate Cancer Controls Disease for 10 Years

July 18, 2014 12:08 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

Robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is effective in controlling the disease for 10 years, according to a new study led by researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. The study also suggested that traditional methods of measuring...

Physicists Reveal Random Nature of Metastasis

July 18, 2014 10:11 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Physicists from the University of Dundee and Arizona State University have used a statistical model to show that the formation of a new secondary tumor—commonly known as a metastasis—could just as likely derive from "common" cancer cells that...

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New Gene Discovered that Stops the Spread of Deadly Cancer

July 17, 2014 2:17 pm | by Salk Institute | News | Comments

Scientists at the Salk Institute have identified a gene responsible for stopping the movement of cancer from the lungs to other parts of the body, indicating a new way to fight one of the world's deadliest cancers. By identifying the cause of...

Researchers Create New Method to Draw Molecules from Live Cells

July 17, 2014 1:57 pm | by University of Houston | News | Comments

University of Houston researchers have devised a new method for extracting molecules from live cells without disrupting cell development, work that could provide new avenues for the diagnosis of cancer and other diseases. The researchers used...

The Edge Radiosurgery System Can Target Cancer with Sub-Millimeter Accuracy

July 17, 2014 10:54 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Medical researchers have confirmed that the Edge radiosurgery system from Varian Medical Systems can deliver dose to a targeted tumor with sub-millimeter isocenter accuracy.  The researchers, from the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in...

The Molecular Revolution: Development of a Breakthrough Cancer Treatment

July 16, 2014 12:08 pm | by Behrad Vahidi, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Director of Engineering, Cynvenio Biosystems Inc. | Articles | Comments

Thanks to Cynvenio Biosystems Inc., detecting cancer through a simple blood draw is no longer just a theory. Cynvenio is clinical diagnostics company transforming the treatment and management of cancer through the molecular characterization...

Self-Assembling Nanoparticle Could Improve MRI Scanning for Cancer Diagnosis

July 16, 2014 10:27 am | by Imperial College London | News | Comments

Scientists have designed a new self-assembling nanoparticle that targets tumors, to help doctors diagnose cancer earlier. The new nanoparticle, developed by researchers at Imperial College London, boosts the effectiveness of Magnetic Resonance...

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Improving Tumor Radiation Therapy: When Basic Ions Break DNA Down

July 16, 2014 9:34 am | by Springer Science+Business Media | News | Comments

Scientists now have a better understanding of how short DNA strands decompose in microseconds. A European team found new fragmentation pathways that occur universally when DNA strands are exposed to metal ions from a family of alkaline and...

Covidien Makes Liver Tumor Ablation More Predictable

July 16, 2014 9:01 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

Overcoming a significant roadblock to predictable ablation of soft tissue, Covidien plc has unveiled an advanced ablation system that offers physicians predictable results regardless of the target location or tissue type. The Emprint Ablation...

New Skin Gel Fights Breast Cancer Without Blood Clot Risk

July 15, 2014 3:23 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

A gel form of tamoxifen applied to the breasts of women with noninvasive breast cancer reduced the growth of cancer cells to the same degree as the drug taken in oral form but with fewer side effects that deter some women from taking it...

Capturing Cancer: A Powerful New Technique for Early Diagnosis

July 15, 2014 9:40 am | by Richard Harth, The Biodesign Institute | News | Comments

Despite impressive medical strides, cancer remains a leading killer and overwhelming burden to health care systems, causing well over a half million fatalities per year, with a projected cost of $174 billion by 2020, according to the National...

New Technology Developed to Diagnose Cancer Cells

July 14, 2014 9:48 am | by Medical University of Vienna | News | Comments

In pathology, cells and cell nuclei are usually examined using a microscope for bio-marker expressions in tumors. This analysis is used to weigh up the treatment options for patients who have cancer, for example. The certainty of the diagnosis...

FDA Weighs Cancer Risk of Fibroid Removal Devices

July 14, 2014 9:18 am | by Matthew Perrone - AP Health Writer | News | Comments

Federal health advisers say there is little to no evidence that a popular technique for removing fibroids can be performed without the risk of spreading undetected cancers to other parts of the body. The panel of Food and Drug Administration...

Merck Committed to Companion Diagnostics

July 11, 2014 4:27 pm | by Richard Park, Contributing Editor | Blogs | Comments

During the past month and a half, pharmaceutical giant Merck has been actively forming partnerships with IVD manufacturers to develop companion diagnostics for their drugs. The following is a rundown of these recent alliances. At the end of...

Doctor-Entrepreneur Sets Sights on Improving Prostate Cancer Treatment

July 11, 2014 2:49 pm | by MD Anderson | News | Comments

Providing life-saving care to cancer patients, becoming an internationally renowned doctor and serving as an engineer on a nuclear submarine are crowning career credentials in their own right. But Steven Frank, M.D., MD Anderson radiation...

Patients Seek FDA Ban on Fibroid Removal Devices

July 11, 2014 2:07 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

More than a dozen people — including cancer patients, their family members and physicians — called on federal health regulators on Friday to block the use of electronic surgical tools used to remove fibroids, but which can inadvertently...

Sunshine Act Will Reveal Manufacturers’ Payments to Docs in September

July 11, 2014 2:04 pm | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

When many of us have a medical appointment we're concerned about our finances: how much will we owe out-of-pocket? What's our co-pay? But next time, you may also want to ask your doctors about their financial situation. That's because nearly...

MyChart Use Skyrocketing Among Cancer Patients

July 9, 2014 3:14 pm | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | News | Comments

There has been a sharp increase in the number of cancer patients at UT Southwestern Medical Center using MyChart, the online, interactive service that allows patients to view laboratory and radiology results, communicate with their healthcare...

Concern at Lack of Teenage Patients in Cancer Trials

July 7, 2014 1:45 pm | by Cancer Research UK | News | Comments

Age limits on clinical trials need to be more flexible to allow more teenage cancer patients the chance to access new treatments, according to a report from the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), published in the Lancet Oncology. The...

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