Colon Cancer

Cancer 'avalanche effect' refuted

First, the number of chromosomes in a cell changes, then an avalanche of further mutations occur that transform the cell into a cancer cell, according to a well-known - but untested - theory. A research group at Lund University ...

Dec 11, 2013
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Why tumors become resistant to chemotherapy?

A common observation in oncology is the phenomenon that a patient with a tumor receives a drug and responds very well, but after a few months the cancer comes back and is now resistant to previously administered ...

Dec 02, 2013
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Supercomputing human immunology

Larry Smarr began his scientific career as an astrophysicist studying billions of stars in far-off galaxies. More recently, he's been studying much larger numbers of units closer to home—his own body.

Nov 25, 2013
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Chronic diseases hinder good cancer survival rates

There are many people in this position and the number is increasing; cancer patients who not only have to fight against cancer, but also suffer from other diseases. So-called comorbidity is a large and growing problem, not ...

Nov 15, 2013
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Biomarker may help predict aggressive cancers

For children with central nervous system cancers, the presence of a specific genetic modification—hypermethylation of the TERT promoter—may help predict tumor progression and patient survival, according to results presented ...

Nov 05, 2013
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