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Cancer Drugs

A new cancer drug might stop tumors in their tracks

June 23rd, 2020

A new type of cancer drug has shown promising results in Phase 1 trials after preventing tumor growth in more than half of patients who did not have access to any other treatment. Called berzosertib, the drug is part of “precision medicine” therapies that target specific genes or genetic changes. Berzosertib works best when combined …

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New type of blood test may help diagnose cancer before symptoms appear

April 29th, 2020

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University helped develop a blood test that can detect cancers before the patient becomes symptomatic. The test, which is still in development will not be ready for widespread use for some time, spotted cancers that other screening methods missed. However, it also produced false positives and false negatives. Visit BGR’s homepage …

cancer blood test

New AI-powered blood test could reveal lung cancer without a CT scan

March 26th, 2020

A blood test that uses machine learning to hunt for cancer DNA could reveal lung cancer in patients who otherwise would never have been tested.  The system is accurate in roughly two-thirds of patients, but that may be enough to save an additional 1,200 lives per year, according to the scientists who developed it.  Visit …

exercise and cancer

Exercise may help prevent seven different types of cancer

December 28th, 2019

We all know we should exercise regularly. We know many of the benefits, we know the risks of being sedentary, and most of us do our best to get a bit of physical activity whenever it’s feasible. Now, a new study suggests that regular exercise might actually help to prevent seven different types of cancers. …

alcohol cancer risk

Even a little alcohol can raise your risk of getting cancer, study finds

December 10th, 2019

Over the years, there has been no shortage of studies focused on alcohol consumption. Some studies suggest there are benefits to moderate consumption of alcohol on a regular or semi-regular basis, while others warn of the many potential dangers. A new study published in the journal Cancer falls squarely in the latter category. The research, …

cancer blood test

Groundbreaking blood test could detect over 20 types of cancer

September 30th, 2019

Modern medical innovations have given doctors the power to screen for a variety of cancers, and that’s great, but screening for multiple types of cancers at the same time, and with a single test, is essentially still a pipe dream. However, that may be about to change thanks to a new kind of blood test …

zantac impurity

FDA warns of cancer-causing impurity in popular heartburn drug Zantac

September 17th, 2019

Heartburn, and its even uglier cousin, acid reflux, can leave a person feeling incredibly uncomfortable, which is why drugs meant to treat such conditions are so popular. But, given the choice, most people would likely choose a bit of digestive discomfort over other more serious conditions like, oh I don’t know, cancer. Apparently, that’s a …

obesity cancer risk

Being overweight is even more of a cancer risk than previously thought

August 12th, 2019

The risks of being obese are fairly well documented, and while it’s true that a person who is significantly overweight can better their odds of living longer with exercise, avoiding tobacco, and other healthy lifestyle choices, losing weight is oftentimes the best thing an obese person can do. When it comes to cancer, it seems …

cancer misdiagnosis

Mom of two was misdiagnosed with cancer, endured chemo and surgery before the mistake was found

July 20th, 2019

A mother-of-two from England was misdiagnosed with cancer three years ago, with doctors telling her she had a particularly aggressive form of the disease that would require intense treatment and surgery. It took months before the hospital realized the mistake. The patient, Sarah Boyle, underwent chemotherapy and a double mastectomy before doctors realized that the …