Tag Archives: Cancer

How one bit of medical jargon fuels public confusion about cancer treatments

Most new cancer treatments haven’t been proven to help patients live longer or feel better. Instead they delay the growth of tumors — which may be faster to measure but doesn’t necessarily indicate a tangible benefit for patients. But you wouldn’t grasp that sobering fact from some recent news coverage: A headline in the UK’s… Read More »

When Depression Is Like a Cancer

Depression is not cancer. It’s a completely different disease. Yet when I look back on my husband’s depression and death by suicide three years ago, it sure looks a lot like cancer to me. As an adolescent medicine physician in Los Angeles, I have cared for many patients with depression and mental illness, and as… Read More »

Precious metal flecks could be catalyst for better cancer therapies

Tiny extracts of a precious metal used widely in industry could play a vital role in new cancer therapies. Researchers have found a way to dispatch minute fragments of palladium — a key component in motor manufacture, electronics and the oil industry — inside cancerous cells. Scientists have long known that the metal, used in… Read More »

Can the circadian clock in cancer cells help defeat a deadly brain cancer?

USC scientists and colleagues have discovered a novel potential target for treating glioblastoma, the deadly cancer that took the life of Sen. John McCain and kills 15,000 Americans a year. By Leigh Hopper cientists at USC and UC San Diego have discovered a potential novel target for treating glioblastoma, the deadly brain cancer that took… Read More »

Drinking sugary drinks including fruit juice increases risk of cancer

Drinking sugary drinks including fruit juice could increase your risk of getting cancer, research indicates. The effect of the sugar on vital organs and the associated increase in blood sugar levels are believed to be among the possible reasons. Additives in some soft drinks could also play a role. The French Institute of Health Research… Read More »