Cancer in children constitutes 5.5% of total cancer cases in India according to the Indian Council for Medical Research. This percentage has more than doubled from 2.5% ten years ago. A disturbing reality, however, is that only around one in 10 of the childhood cancer cases receives complete therapy.  As a consequence, while cure rates for common childhood cancers like lymphoma and leukaemia…

An adequate intake of certain nutrients from food, but not supplements, is linked with a lower rate of death, according to a study in the April 9, 2019, Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers looked at the relationship between food and supplements and death from all causes among more than 30,000 adults. The results shows that adequate…

A new way of concentrating radiotherapy dose in tumors, while minimizing damage to healthy cells, has been proposed in research led by scientists at the University of Strathclyde. The study proposes that focusing high-energy particle beams on a small spot deep inside the body could potentially enable clinicians to target cancerous tumors precisely, while reducing…

In a study published this month in Annals of Surgery, researchers from Osaka University revealed that, compared with primary tumors, which are often used to assess treatment outcomes in many types of cancers, the response of lymph nodes to  neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) is more effective in predicting disease recurrence and patient survival in individuals with esophageal cancer…

The study of around 125,000 Americans found that people with the highest intake of vitamin A lowered their risk of squamous cell skin cancer s by around 15%. Most of the vitamin A they consumed came from foods. “These findings just add another reason to have a healthy diet hwith fruits and vegetables. Vitamin A from plant sources…

Psychological stress was associated with a higher risk of cancer-specific mortality in women diagnosed with cervical cancer. Patients receiving a cancer diagnosis are at increased risk of several  stress related psychiatric disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and stress-reaction and adjustment disorders,” Lu said. “Emerging evidence from both experimental and epidemiological studies indicates that psychological distress might affect the…

Elderly cancer patients who are HIV-positive, particularly those with prostate and breast cancers, have worse outcomes compared to cancer patients in the same age range who do not have HIV. A Moffitt Cancer Center researcher, in collaboration with investigators at the National Cancer Institute, Duke University, and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, took…

UBC scientists have demonstrated for the first time a causal link between high insulin levels and pancreatic cancer.In a study published today in Cell Metabolism, researchers lowered insulin levels in mice predisposed to developing pancreatic cancer and found that these lower levels protected the mice against developing the disease. The findings hold promise for early detection…

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