Friday Cancer News, April 11, 2008

April 11, 2008 by  
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Cancer News:

The Moscow Times, April 11, 2008. Cancer Drug Spurned in U.S. Approved. “Antigenics, the maker of a drug that stimulates the immune system against kidney cancer, won approval to market the product in Russia after a study failed to meet the statistical standard in the United States.”

ScienceDaily, April 11, 2008. Cancer Stem Cells Created with New Technique. “With a bit of genetic trickery, researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have turned normal skin cells into cancer stem cells, a step that will make these naturally rare cells easier to study.”

The New York Times, April 10, 2008. In Shift to Digital, More Repeat Mammograms. As more radiologist are switching from traditional x-ray to digital computerized images they are “retraining their eyes and minds may be more likely to play it safe by requesting additional X-rays — and sometimes ultrasound exams and even biopsies — in women who turn out not to have breast cancer.”

The Wall Street Journal, Health Blog, April 10, 2008. Small Drug World: Takeda Dropping 9 Billion on Millennium. “Takeda Pharmaceutical, Japan’s biggest drug maker, said this morning it would spend nearly $9 billion to buy Millennium Pharmaceuticals, a U.S. biotech that makes the cancer drug Velcade.”

All Headline News, April 10, 2008. Combination Therapy Prolongs Life of Patients With Liver Cancer. Study findings published in the April 9, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association report “advanced liver cancer patients receiving receiving a combination of transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) and radiofrequency thermal ablation (RFA) may liver longer.”

MSNBC, Associated Press, April 10, 2008. Drug May Protect Against Radiation Harm. Study: New Approach Prevents Cancer Care’s Serious Side Effect in Animals. ” Scientists mimicked one of cancer’s sneaky tricks to create a drug that promises to prevent a serious side effect of cancer treatment — radiation damage — or offer an antidote during a nuclear emergency.”, BusinessWire, April 9, 2008. Luna Innovations Plans Preclinical Studies and Collaboration with the National Cancer Institute. “Luna Innovations Incorporated, announces the National Cancer Institute has selected Luna’s resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent candidate for preclinical characterization by the Nanotechnology Laboratory (NCL), a national resource and knowledge base for cancer researchers.”

International Business Times, April 9, 2008. Pfizer Warns of Lung Cancer Risk on Inhaled Insulin. “Pfizer Inc. said on Wednesday clinical studies of its insulin drug Exubera found increased cases of lung cancer, leading developer Nektar to abandon the troubled product.”

Telegraph, April 8, 2008. Cancer Danger Among Young Using Sunbeds. Skin cancer is the highest growing cancer in Britain, and the use of sunbeds from an early age increases the risk of malignant melanoma by 75%.

eGov Monitor, April 8, 2008. Cervical Cancer Vaccination Scheme in Scotland. ” A £64 million immunisation programme which offers teenage girls protection against the virus which causes 70 per cent of cervical cancers will begin in Scottish schools on September 1.”

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4 Responses to “Friday Cancer News, April 11, 2008”
  1. Cassie, good to see you again.

    Not that I know anything but I can ferret out an answer from someone who does. 🙂

  2. Cassie J says:

    Hi, Tina. I enjoy your blog. I’ve forwarded this link to a friend of mine with breast cancer. She’s doing great but I told her she could stop by and ask you anything.

  3. Hey, Mary. Thanks for stopping by. I’ve been trolling the web for hours to bring YOU news. 🙂

  4. Mary C says:

    This is so interesting. I love all these news headlines gathered in one place.
    The liver cancer treatment, such a terrible cancer.
    And I’ve got a friend going through radiation treatment right now for breast cancer. I know this won’t help her…it’s for the future. But she’ll find it interesting.

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