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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Cancer Research: Watching a tumor grow in real-time ♦ Urine test for early stage pancreatic cancer possible ♦ PHD2 oxygen sensor inhibits breast cancer dissemination

Watching a tumor grow in real-time Researchers have gained new insight into the phases of breast cancer growth. The ability to visualize and characterize the composition of a tumor in detail during its development can provide valuable insights in order to target appropriate therapeutics.
Cancer patients lose faith in health care system if referred late by GP If it takes more than three trips to the GP to be referred for cancer tests, patients are more likely to be dissatisfied with their overall care, eroding confidence in the doctors and nurses who go on to treat and monitor them.
Blocking PHD2 oxygen sensor inhibits breast cancer dissemination Reducing the expression of the PHD2 oxygen sensor impairs the ability of breast cancers to metastasize (spread) to other parts of the body, scientists have discovered. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, primarily due to metastasis. These findings indicate that PHD2 inhibition may have valuable therapeutic potential.
Urine test for early stage pancreatic cancer possible after biomarker discovery A combination of three proteins found at high levels in urine can accurately detect early-stage pancreatic cancer, researchers have found. The discovery could lead to a non-invasive, inexpensive test to screen people at high risk of developing the disease.

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