New cancer diagnoses in US halved in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

A analysis published in the journal JAMA Network Open has found new cancer diagnoses in the United States dropped by nearly 50 percent across the months of March and April. Experts warn these delayed diagnoses could lead to a spike in avoidable cancer … Continue reading New cancer diagnoses in US halved in wake of COVID-19 pandemic

Canada grants first legal exemptions for psilocybin use in 50 years

After waiting more than 100 days for a response, four terminally ill cancer patients have now been approved to use psilocybin to treat end-of-life distress. These patients will be the first to legally use the psychedelic in Canada for almost half a cen… Continue reading Canada grants first legal exemptions for psilocybin use in 50 years

Dinosaur diagnosed with late-stage cancer in first-of-its-kind study

Researchers in Canada have diagnosed an advanced, malignant bone cancer – in a dinosaur. Using the kinds of diagnostic techniques used in humans, a team of cancer professionals examined a large growth on the long-dead animal’s leg bone, marking the fir… Continue reading Dinosaur diagnosed with late-stage cancer in first-of-its-kind study

“Synthetic lethality” kills cancer by blocking DNA repair mechanism

“Synthetic lethality” is a phenomenon where genetic mutations that normally don’t harm a cell suddenly become deadly when paired up. Now, scientists have found a way to use this method to selectively kill off cancer that results from genetic mutations,… Continue reading “Synthetic lethality” kills cancer by blocking DNA repair mechanism

Cancer blood test catches disease 4 years before conventional methods

A new cancer-detecting blood test has been found to catch five common types of cancer up to four years before any other conventional diagnostic tool. Further verification is needed before the test is clinically available but the researchers suggest thi… Continue reading Cancer blood test catches disease 4 years before conventional methods

New Harvard vaccine technique coats red blood cells in nanoparticles

Researchers at Harvard have developed a new platform for producing vaccines – and the secret ingredient is blood. The technique involves loading red blood cells with antigens that they can then use to generate a specific immune response, and tests in m… Continue reading New Harvard vaccine technique coats red blood cells in nanoparticles

Fatty acid triggers newfound form of cell death in cancer

Through experiments on roundworms and human cells in the lab, scientists have found a potential new pathway for the treatment of cancer that involves a naturally occurring fatty acid. By subjecting cancer cells to this new foe, the team was able to kil… Continue reading Fatty acid triggers newfound form of cell death in cancer

Light-activated nanoparticles rob cancer cells of essential proteins

Loading up tiny particles with cancer-killing agents and sending them into the human body has emerged as a highly-targeted form of potential treatment for the disease. A new study out of Pennsylvania State University has offered up another exciting pos… Continue reading Light-activated nanoparticles rob cancer cells of essential proteins

Glowing dye lights up leftover cancer cells in dogs, and maybe humans

Surgery is an indispensable tool when it comes to treating cancer, but those performing the procedures have fine margins to work when cutting away cancerous cells, needing to extract as much as possible while leave healthy tissues intact. University of… Continue reading Glowing dye lights up leftover cancer cells in dogs, and maybe humans

Glowing dye lights up leftover cancer cells in dogs, and maybe humans

Surgery is an indispensable tool when it comes to treating cancer, but those performing the procedures have fine margins to work when cutting away cancerous cells, needing to extract as much as possible while leave healthy tissues intact. University of… Continue reading Glowing dye lights up leftover cancer cells in dogs, and maybe humans