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September 15, 2003 | Dianne Partie Lange
A cancer susceptibility gene that is present in about one in eight people may increase the risk of cancer by 26%, researchers have discovered. The gene -- known as TGFBR1, for transforming growth factor beta receptor -- normally inhibits cell growth, but when it is altered or mutated, cells grow out of control, causing several cancers, including cancer of the colon, breast and ovary.
May 19, 2003 | Dianne Partie Lange
Breast cancer treatment takes a toll on women, leading to weight gain and changes in appearance that can affect how they feel about themselves for years. Now a study shows that women who begin exercising within 18 months after treatment not only improve physically, their self-esteem and mood get a boost too. Fifty-two postmenopausal women who had undergone chemotherapy, surgery or radiation therapy took part in the 15-week study.
May 21, 1991 | United Press International
A government scientist Monday unveiled a new gene therapy strategy to combat cancer, an approach aimed at "immunizing" cancer patients against their tumors. Dr. Steven Rosenberg of the National Cancer Institute said he hoped to begin testing the innovative tactic on people suffering from incurable cancer within six months.
May 21, 2000 | Reuters
A diabetes drug recently pulled from the market because of toxic liver effects may help in some cases of cancer and deserves further study, researchers said Saturday. They said they had found troglitazone, made by Warner-Lambert under the name Rezulin, had surprising effects on a few prostate cancer patients. "It's intriguing," Dr. Matthew Smith of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, who led the study, said in an interview.
December 29, 2003 | Jane E. Allen
Obese men tend to develop more aggressive prostate cancers and have more recurrences after surgery than men who are of normal weight or simply overweight, two studies have found. Urologist Dr. Christopher Amling of the U.S. Naval Medical Center in San Diego led one study -- of 3,162 prostate cancer patients, 19% of whom were obese. Dr. Stephen J. Freedland, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, conducted the other study -- of 1,106 patients, 22% of whom were obese.
November 18, 1987
Your editorial "New Focus in AIDS Fight" (Oct. 29) is both timely and appropriate. Dedication of federal and state funds for AIDS prevention and treatment is critical for successful control of this serious disease. But not all AIDS research and treatment are receiving government funding. Many of America's HIV-infected patients are cared for by private physicians without access to public-funded studies and programs. The Los Angeles Oncologic Institute, a private, nonprofit comprehensive cancer institute at St. Vincent Medical Center, includes AIDS research as a major component of its overall research program.
June 3, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The first scientific tests of some popular alternative medicine products hint that American ginseng might lessen cancer fatigue and that flaxseed might slow the growth of prostate tumors. But a big study indicated that shark cartilage was worthless against lung cancer, and doctors said people should not take it. The research was reported Saturday at an American Society of Clinical Oncology conference.
May 22, 2006 | From Times wire reports
Surgery appears to greatly increase a patient's chances of surviving with breast cancer, even if the cancer has spread by the time a woman is diagnosed. Although many women around the world are simply offered what is known as palliative care, to help them live a little longer and make them comfortable while they wait to die, surgery could help them live much longer, Swiss researchers found.
September 25, 2006 | From Times wire reports
Hormone therapy used to treat prostate cancer that has already spread might save patients from cancer but raise the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Writing in the Sept. 20 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers at Harvard Medical School said they examined the records of 73,000 men ages 66 and older who were diagnosed with local or regional prostate cancer.
May 20, 2002 | From Associated Press
An expert panel recommended Sunday that doctors stick with tamoxifen as the time-tested treatment for early-stage breast cancer, despite evidence that newer drugs may do a better job of preventing recurrence. The decision affects the care of about 700,000 women in the U.S. who take tamoxifen to prevent their breast cancer from coming back.
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