Could asbestos be a risk factor in kidney cancer as well as mesothelioma?

A new case report published by occupational medicine specialists at the Scientific Institute of Pavia in Italy suggests that asbestos may be linked to the development of renal cell carcinoma. Doctors in Italy have just published the case report of a man who developed kidney cancer after 7 years of asbestos exposure. Just a year later, he […]

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Take home messages from ASCO

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting is the biggest cancer conference in the world. This year’s conference took place in Chicago last week, and attracted more than 35,000 cancer researchers, oncologists, patient advocates, politicians and other major players in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. One of the hottest topics this year was immunotherapy, with […]

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Exercise reduces risk of cancer

A recent review provides further evidence that exercise reduces the risk of developing certain cancers. Researchers pooled data from 12 different studies in Europe and the United States that analysed self-reported physical activity. A total of 1.44 million individuals (median age, 59 years) were included. Of the individuals studied, the median activity level was the equivalent […]

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New robot at Norfolk and Norwich Hospital for cancer surgery

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has a new £1m robot to help surgeons remove prostates from men with prostate cancer using key hole surgery. The new machine will save patients from the East Anglia region from travelling to Cambridge or London for robot assisted surgery. There are plans to use the robot to perform key […]

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Genetically engineered CD4 T cells show promise for cancer

Research being conducted at the National Cancer Institute in America has discovered a new treatment for cancer consisting of genetically engineered CD4 T cells. These cells, which are part of the body’s immune system, target a protein called MAGE-A3 and help other T cells, such as CD8 T cells in the immune response. The researchers […]

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Scientists use natural killer (NK) cells to fight cancer

Researchers in Australia have identified a mechanism that blocks natural killer (NK) cells, a type of immune cell, from attacking cancer. Switching off this mechanism had a dramatic effect on mice with skin, prostate and breast cancers: The action of the NK cells against the cancer cells in the tumours was stepped up. This prevented the spread of cancer […]

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Modifiable risk factors for kidney cancer

A healthy lifestyle can make a direct, positive and beneficial change to one’s life. As such, four new studies proving that diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight helps to improve your urologic health, were presented during a special press conference at the 111th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA) held in […]

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Link between obesity and kidney cancer identified

A study by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Centre has shown that receptors for the hormone, leptin, may be associated with tumour recurrence in patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC). This study provides further understanding about the molecular links between obesity and RCC tumour formation and prognosis. The findings are being […]

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Lack of sleep helps tumours thrive

Researchers from Hospital Clínic De Barcelona in Spain, University of Chicago, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, have presented the results from a recent study showing that lack of sleep can help tumours thrive at the European Association of Urology Congress in Munich, Germany. The study assessed the effects of sleep apnoea […]

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Cholesterol pill boosts cancer immunotherapy

Studies in mice suggest that tweaking cholesterol levels with avasimibe, a lipid-lowering drug, may boost the effectiveness of new immunotherapy drugs, such as nivolumab (Opdivo) and pembrolizumab (Keytruda). Adding avasimibe to PD-1 inhibitors improved tumour inhibition and increased survival in mice. Read more here.

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