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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cancer Research: New method detects more breast cancer in screening ♦ Plant-derived compound targets cancer stem cells ♦ Moderate exercise may make cancer treatments more effective

Recurrence of prostate cancer detected earlier with innovative PSMA-ligand PET/CT A recent study compared use of the novel Ga-68-PSMA-ligand PET/CT with other imaging methods and found that it had substantially higher detection rates of prostate-specific membrane antigen in patients with biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy.
Moderate exercise may make cancer treatments more effective  Kinesiology research offers encouraging information for cancer patients: A brisk walk or a slow jog on a regular basis may be the key to improved cancer treatments. Research also has shown that moderate exercise can help cancer patients counteract some of the side effects of treatment -- such as low blood count, fatigue, cachexia and lost muscle mass
Discovery could help reverse glucocorticoid resistance in some young leukemia patients Scientists have identified a mechanism that helps leukemia cells resist glucocorticoids (a class of steroid hormones), a finding that lays the foundation for more effective treatment of cancer and possibly a host of autoimmune diseases.  
Plant-derived compound targets cancer stem cells A compound and an enzyme that occur naturally in cruciferous vegetables--cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts--may help prevent recurrence and spread of some cancers, according to researchers. When they treated human cervical cancer stem cells with phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) in a Petri dish, about 75 percent died within 24 hours
New method detects more breast cancer in screening Tomosynthesis (a 3D X-ray technique)  detects 40% more breast cancers than traditional mammography does, according to a major screening study. This is the first large-scale study to compare the screening method with regular mammograms. The 3D X-ray technique is also more comfortable for women.

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