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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Removal of fibroids that distort the womb cavity may prevent recurrent miscarriages

Researchers have found the first, firm evidence that fibroids are associated with recurrent miscarriages. They have also discovered that if they removed the fibroids that distorted the inside of the womb, the risk of miscarriage in the second trimester of … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at 12:01 am
Posted in Fertility

Researchers discover gene that is mutated in some blood cancers and predicts better survival

Stockholm, Sweden: Geneticists have discovered that a gene involved in the modification of ribonucleic acid (RNA) is mutated in a significant proportion of people with a collection of blood cancers called myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). The researchers found that mutations in … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Genetics

Chemotherapy during pregnancy does not seem to cause developmental problems in children

Stockholm, Sweden: Children born after their mothers were treated with chemotherapy during pregnancy appear to be unaffected by the experience in terms of the development of their mental processes and the normal functioning of their hearts, according to new research … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

High blood pressure is linked to increased risk of developing or dying from cancer

Stockholm, Sweden: Raised blood pressure is linked to a higher risk of developing cancer or dying from the disease according to the findings of the largest study to date to investigate the association between the two conditions. Dr Mieke Van … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Unequal access to cancer care can no longer be tolerated: radical change needed to deliver affordable care in developed countries

Stockholm, Sweden: Cancer is one of the leading causes of death and morbidity worldwide, and its economic burden grows year by year. In 2008, the worldwide cost of cancer due to premature death and disability, excluding direct medical costs, was … Continue reading

Published Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 12:15 pm
Posted in Cancer

Smaller, faster trials can improve cancer patient survival; new drugs could become available more quickly

Stockholm, Sweden: With the advent of personalised medicine, gains in cancer survival over the long term could be improved by running smaller, faster trials with less stringent evidence criteria, a researcher told the 2011 European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress [1]. The … Continue reading

Published Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Breast cancer tumour make-up changes through the course of disease; regular biopsies needed to ensure correct treatment in patients who relapse

Stockholm, Sweden: New research has found that breast cancer tumours change their hormonal status throughout the course of disease, whereas the decision about the most effective treatment for the patient is usually only based on one biopsy of the primary … Continue reading

Published Sunday, September 25th, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Posted in Cancer

Bone-strengthening drug gives pain relief in prostate cancer bone metastases

Stockholm, Sweden: Many prostate cancer patients develop bone metastases, and controlling the pain these cause can be difficult. Now the first large randomised Phase III trial of a bisphosphonate drug in these patients has shown that a single dose of … Continue reading

Published Sunday, September 25th, 2011 at 12:20 pm
Posted in Cancer

New bone-targeting drug delays onset of metastases in hormone-resistant prostate cancer patients; quality of life can be significantly improved

Stockholm, Sweden: Inhibiting a protein involved in bone metabolism can delay the onset of the bone metastases which are common in men with a particular form of prostate cancer, a researcher told the 2011 European Multidisciplinary Cancer Congress [1]. Professor … Continue reading

Published Sunday, September 25th, 2011 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Treatment of rectal cancer varies enormously between different countries according to a study that hopes to standardise clinical practice across Europe

Stockholm, Sweden: First results from an international comparison of the care of patients with rectal cancer have shown there are substantial differences in the use of chemotherapy and radiotherapy between European countries. The European Registration of Cancer Care (EURECCA) study, … Continue reading

Published Saturday, September 24th, 2011 at 11:15 am
Posted in Cancer
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