CHICAGO, United States - For people diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, the outlook is about as grim as it gets: the average patient won't live longer than a year. But a new study involving a targeted drug therapy has demonstrated it may be possible to significantly slow its spread, with a third of patients receiving the medication still alive 2 years into a clinical trial, a researcher reported on Sunday. The trial specifically looked at patients with BRCA gene mutations, which are inherited and are known to increase the chances of getting pancreatic, ovarian, prostate, and breast cancer -- the reason why actress Angelina Jolie had a preventative double mastectomy. The mutation affects the body's ability to repair damaged DNA, which can result from a number of factors ranging from excess sunlight to exposure to asbestos. "Normal cells may be able to repair it, but cells that have the mutation cannot repair this damage, and they then start to grow abnormally because they have … [Read more...] about New drug therapy slows spread of pancreatic cancer: study
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Laurie McGinley, The Washington Post Published 8:02 am PDT, Sunday, April 14, 2019 An image of a breast cancer tumor and its microenvironment. Tumor cells are in cyan, macrophages in red and collagen fibers in green. An image of a breast cancer tumor and its microenvironment. Tumor cells are in cyan, macrophages in red and collagen fibers in green. Photo: Joseph Szulczewski, David Inman, Kevin Eliceiri And Patricia Keely/Carbone Cancer Center At The University Of Wisconsin/National Cancer Institute/National Institutes Of Health Photo: Joseph Szulczewski, David Inman, Kevin Eliceiri And Patricia Keely/Carbone Cancer Center At The University Of Wisconsin/National Cancer Institute/National Institutes Of Health Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 An image of a breast cancer … [Read more...] about The disturbing links between too much weight and several types of cancer
Kristen Jordan Shamus Detroit Free Press Published 9:00 AM EDT Mar 28, 2019 It might seem as if you're hearing a lot about pancreatic cancer because some well-known people have announced they're being treated for the disease. This week, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Earlier this month, "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek told fans that he, too, is fighting the disease. Last summer, Detroit's Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin succumbed to pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, as did Apple chairman, CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs. Actors Patrick Swayze and Michael Landon both died of pancreatic cancer, too. But it also could be because the incidence of pancreatic cancer is on the rise. Although it's still considered a rare cancer — comprising about 3 percent of all cancer cases — the incidence of pancreatic cancer has been steadily increasing for decades in the United States, … [Read more...] about Pancreatic cancer on the rise, and it has been for decades
Hilary Brueck, provided by Published 1:14 pm CST, Thursday, March 7, 2019 Lisa Rose/ABC via Getty Images Alex Trebek, who has been the host of Jeopardy since 1984, announced Wednesday that he's been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The diagnosis means the cancer has spread to other parts of his body. Trebek said he'll "fight this" and "keep working." Scientific studies suggest that kind of positive outlook can be a boon to cancer patients. Alex Trebek, who has been hosting Jeopardy for 35 years, was recently diagnosed with cancer. On Wednesday, Trebek, who's infamously "curious about everything," announced his diagnosis with a video message on Twitter, adding in his usual dose of trivia flare. "Just like 50,000 other people in the United States each year, this week I was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer," Trebek said. This disease starts in the pancreas, an organ in the abdomen that helps us break down food so the body can use it. Stage 4 … [Read more...] about Jeopardy host Alex Trebek says he’s ‘going to fight’ aggressive stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Here’s what that might mean.
Some illnesses are known to create specific body smells. Typhoid fever reportedly reminds of freshly-baked bread, while whiffs of acetone, said to be similar to rotten apples, are evident on the breath of diabetics. Modern research suggests that a person's breath could also illuminate the presence of cancer, CNN reports. Cancer Research UK is the driving force behind a two-year trial looking into a clinical device called the Breath Biopsy by Owlstone Medical to test that theory. Specifically, testing will examine if exhaled airborne molecules can be useful for cancer detection.RELATED READ: Penn Medicine survey helps people create goals for reducing cancer riskTo gauge the effectiveness of the tool, breath samples from participants will be collected in the clinical trial to see if odorous molecules called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be detected. They're testing specifically for VOCs because when cells carry out biochemical reactions as part of their metabolism they … [Read more...] about Cancer-detecting ‘breathalyzer’ begins large trial in United Kingdom