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Weight loss can make cancer immunotherapies ineffective

London: A weight loss condition during cancer can make immunotherapies ineffective, finds a study. The condition, known as cancer cachexia, causes loss of appetite, weight loss and wasting in most patients with cancer towards the end of their lives. However, cachexia often starts to affect patients with certain cancers, such as pancreatic cancer, much earlier

Cancer Survivors come together Breast Cancer awareness

Mohali: Saarthak, the cancer support group at Fortis, organized a colorful session titled ‘One Big Pink Day’ at Fortis Hospital, Mohali today. Cancer Survivors had an unforgettable day at a special event organized by Saarthak, a cancer support group at Fortis. friends and families of more than 50 cancer survivors came under one roof to

Your increasing waist size may cause liver cancer

New York: Individuals with high body mass index (BMI), increased waist circumference, and Type 2 diabetes may be at an increased risk of developing liver cancer, a study has found. The findings showed that for every 5 kg/m2 increase in BMI, there was a 38 and 25 per cent increase in the risk for liver

Cancer cells’ invisibility cloak identified

Toronto: Canadian researchers have discovered how cancer cells become invisible to the body’s immune system which may help in developing immune bio markers that can potentially stop the disease in its tracks. This ‘invisibility’ phase is a crucial step that allows tumours to spread throughout the body — when the spread cannot be traced. The

Contraceptive pills driving fall in ovarian cancer deaths

London: Wide spread use of oral contraceptives has driven the fall in deaths from ovarian cancer world wide, a major study has found. Deaths from ovarian cancer fell worldwide between 2002 and 2012 and are predicted to continue to decline in the US, European Union (EU) and, though to a smaller degree, in Japan by

Hookahs can cause cancer more easily than cigarettes, says doctors

New Delhi: Smoking a hookah can be more harmful than cigarettes and can cause diseases like cancers much more easily, doctors say. According to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an hour-long hookah smoking session involves 200 puffs, while smoking an average cigarette involves 20 puffs. “In fact second-hand smoke from hookahs can also

New AI system can help predict breast cancer risk faster

Houston: Scientists, including those of Indian origin, have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) software that can assist doctors to quickly and accurately predict breast cancer risk. The software intuitively translates patient charts and mammograms into diagnostic information at 30 times human speed and with 99 per cent accuracy. “This software intelligently reviews millions of records

Stuck in traffic jams? It may up risk of cancer

London: Apart from wasting your time, long traffic jams may cause exposure to toxic fumes, and potentially increase various health risks, including cancer, say researchers, one of them of Indian origin. Exposure to outdoor air pollution is among the top ten health risks faced by humans and is especially pronounced in urban concentrations, according to

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How malaria supports spread of infectious cancer in Africa

New York: Infectious agents can cause a lot of cancer in Africa and researchers believe they now have a clue to how malaria during pregnancy creates the right conditions for a virus to cause cancer in children. The researchers wanted to explore why the Epstein-Barr virus causes a type of cancer called Burkitt’s lymphoma only

Sleep hormone may suppress breast cancer growth

New York: Suggesting a link between lack of sleep and increased risk of breast cancer, a new study has found that melatonin, a hormone produced in the human brain at night to regulate sleep cycles, appears to suppress the growth of these tumours. While treatments based on this key discovery are still years away, the

Listening to music can be beneficial for cancer patients

Washington: Listening to music can be beneficial for cancer patients as it leaves a positive impact not just psychologically but physically as well by alleviating symptoms of anxiety, pain, fatigue and boosting quality of life, a new study has suggested. Published by the journal Cochrane Library, the study examined the impact of music therapy (a

Cancer kills more Europeans than heart disease does: Study

London: With 17.3 million deaths globally, cancer has now overtaken heart diseases as the main cause of death in 12 European countries, revealed a study. The findings showed that in France, Belgium, Denmark, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Britain more men die of cancer than of diseases of heart and blood vessels

New compound shows hope for prostate cancer therapy

New York: Researchers have identified a novel compound that can block testosterone from fuelling the tumours in mice and act as a new generation therapy for prostate cancer. “Prostate cancer is the most prevalent form of cancer in men, and the principal driver of tumour growth is the androgen receptor,” said John D. Norris, Associate Professor

Air pollution may shorten survival chances in lung cancer patients

New York:  Air pollution may shorten survival chances in patients with lung cancer detected at an early stage of the disease, particularly adenocarcinoma, according to a study. Adenocarcinoma is the most common type of non-small cell lung cancer, which accounts for 80 per cent of lung cancer cases. Air pollution has been linked to a

Common viruses may increase risk of breast cancer

New York: Infection with the most common viruses like Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) may put women at increased risk for developing breast cancer. EBV, one of eight known viruses in the herpes family to infect humans, is also known as the cause of infectious mononucleosis and has been linked to various cancers, including African Burkitt lymphoma,

New rare form of hereditary colon cancer identified

London: Researchers have discovered that mutation in a gene can led to a form of hereditary colon cancer which was not identified earlier. The researchers discovered genetic changes in the MSH3 gene in patients and identified a new form of colon cancer. “The knowledge about molecular mechanisms which lead to cancer is also a precondition

Cancer risk may rise before and after diabetes diagnosis: Study

Toronto: Individuals with Type 2 diabetes may be at an increased risk of developing cancer before and immediately after their diagnosis, says a study. The findings showed that the highest risk appears shortly after a diabetes diagnosis. Cancer incidence was also significantly higher in persons with diabetes within the first three months after diagnosis, but

RNA molecule that fuels cancer growth identified

London: Researchers have identified an RNA molecule that helps cancer cells in growing opportunistically, offering scientists a new target for drug development. The study showed that NEAT1, a non-coding RNA, plays an important role in the survival of highly dividing cells — and in particular of cancer cells. These findings can help develop new drugs

NASA technology reveals bacteria’s role in breast cancer

Washington: Using planetary protection techniques that ensure NASA spacecraft do not contaminate other worlds, researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have found a link between bacteria in breast ductal fluid and breast cancer. The breast ductal system contains the glands that produce milk and naturally secretes a substance called “nipple aspirate fluid”. For the study, the

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‘Women working long hours at risk of cancer, heart disease’

Washington: Women who work for long hours may have an increased risk of developing life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and cancer, a new study has warned. Work weeks that averaged 60 hours or more over three decades appear to triple the risk of diabetes, cancer, heart trouble and arthritis for women, researchers said. The risk