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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Cancer Research: Scientists put final pieces into place for seeing cancer with protons ♦ Stopping ovarian cancer in its tracks ♦ Discovery of an embryonic switch for cancer stem cell generation ♦

Stopping ovarian cancer in its tracks: Antibody may help patients heal themselves In a first, researchers show the potential a PD-1 antibody, nivolumab, has in fighting the disease. Nivolumab, an inhibitory antibody for PD-1, has shown efficacy in several types of malignancies including melanoma, kidney cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer.
Scientists put final pieces into place for seeing cancer with protons Scientists are currently in South Africa putting together a unique medical imaging platform which could improve treatment for millions of cancer sufferers by making proton therapy a viable option
Lower survival rates in women with breast cancer diagnosed with depression Women with breast cancer who subsequently had a recorded diagnosis of depression had a 45% higher risk of death from all cause. The researchers suggest this finding could help to target and support those women most at risk of depression
Discovery of an embryonic switch for cancer stem cell generation Decreases in a specific group of proteins trigger changes in the cancer microenvironment that accelerate growth and development of therapy-resistant cancer stem cells.

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