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Scientists Successfully Test a Vaccine in Mice That Could Prevent Many Cancers

Even under the best of circumstances, cancer treatment can be an excruciating, costly ordeal that tragically doesn’t even work sometimes. In light of that reality, scientists and doctors have long searched for a way to proactively head off the problem using a vaccine. One potential approach to a cancer vaccine, highlighted in a new study published Thursday in Cell Stem Cell, might involve using our own reprogrammed stem cells to better train the immune system against several—and maybe even all—types of cancers. Read More >>

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New Drugs Extend Lives of Men With Resistant Form Of Prostate Cancer

As a general rule, cancer patients have to worry about the possibility that their cancer will return with a vengeance, no matter how successful their initial treatment course may have been. But some men with prostate cancer are left in an even more nerve-wracking state of uncertainty. Their cancer appears practically frozen, not spreading elsewhere but also not responding any further to treatment. Sadly, some patients will eventually develop a full-blown, incurable, and ultimately fatal cancer. Read More >>

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A Study Showing the Dangers of Hot Tea Reveals How Complex Cancer Risks Can Be

There are few better things on a blustery cold day than a spot of hot tea. But a new study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that some people’s tea habits—in particular, those who drink and smoke regularly—might be raising their chances of developing oesophageal cancer. The findings also highlight how complicated it can be to figure out what exactly causes cancer. Read More >>

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The FDA is Cracking Down on Claims That Weed Cures Cancer

In the US, so far 29 states and DC have legalised medical marijuana, as modern research has suggested that weed can help treat conditions like chronic pain and the side effects of chemotherapy. Some companies, though, are abusing the growing acceptance of weed for medicinal purposes. On Wednesday, the FDA reported that it has sent warning letters to four companies claiming that marijuana-based products can treat or cure cancer. Read More >>

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When Hope Runs Out, Cancer Patients Are Making Their Own DIY Immunotherapy Treatments

Every generation has had its breakthrough that promised to, at long last, finally cure cancer, but this time around the chances of actually pulling it off are looking pretty good. Rapid advancement in fields like genetics have led to incredible success using immunotherapies to turn patients’ own bodies into cancer-fighting machines. Pharmaceutical companies, philanthropic billionaires and the US federal government’s cancer moonshot program are all racing to develop new treatments, with a handful already approved. Read More >>

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Zika Virus Kills Brain Cancer Cells in Mice

The Zika virus played the role of 2016's worst health story. At the centre of that story was the virus’ heartbreaking link to microcephalic babies when it infected their pregnant mothers. But sometimes, the worst vectors can still be used for good. Read More >>

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Disturbing New Visualisation Shows Cancer Cells Coursing Through a Mouse

Biologists in Japan have a developed an innovative scanning technique that makes tissues and vital organs transparent, allowing them to track cancer as it spreads throughout the bodies and brains of mice. Read More >>

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Report: Cancer Journal Retracts a Record Hundred and Seven Studies

Scientists don’t work in a vacuum. Their work should always come along with a rigorous review process to ensure their methods and results aren’t wild, misinterpreted, or outright made up. But what if you’ve found a way to fake your own review? Read More >>

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Uncharted 4 and Inside Win Big At BAFTA Games Awards

Naughty Dog's 2016 Indiana Jones-style game, Uncharted 4, has taken home Best Game at the recent BAFTA Games Awards. Read More >>

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Crisps Are as Bad For You as Everyone Says

The latest news about what causes cancer is extremely bad for the UK population, as it's one of our favourite things. There's no way of breaking this to you gently, so let's just say it: It's crisps. Lovely crisps, the essential part of every lunch. Read More >>

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Two-Thirds of All Cancer Mutations Are ‘Unavoidable,’ Scientists Claim

In a study that’s bound to attract considerable controversy, a pair of researchers are claiming that between 60 and 66 per cent of all cancer-causing mutations are the result of random DNA copying errors, making them essentially unavoidable. The new research is offering important insights into how cancer emerges, and how it should be diagnosed and treated—but many questions remain. Read More >>

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Biotech Firm Halts ‘Revolutionary’ Cancer Treatment After Patient Deaths

Following the deaths of five patients, Juno Therapeutics has decided to pull the plug on an experimental cancer treatment that boosts the power of a patient’s immune cells. The news comes just days after the company’s rival, Kite Pharma, announced its success with a similar method, showing there’s still hope for this potentially revolutionary gene therapy. Read More >>

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An Innovative New Cancer Therapy Hijacks Bacteria to Fight Tumours

Researchers from South Korea have engineered a strain of bacteria that infiltrates tumours and fools the body’s immune system into attacking cancer cells. In experiments, the modified bacteria worked to reduce cancer in mice, raising hope for human trials. Read More >>

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World First Drug Trial in Manchester Leaves Man With No Trace of Cancer

Medical science took another step towards finding a cure for cancer today with the news that experimental NHS cancer centre The Christie has participated in a world-first drug trial that has left a 60-year-old man with no trace of the disease. Read More >>

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A Groundbreaking Gene-Editing Therapy Eliminated Cancer in Two Infants

Two infants diagnosed with an aggressive and previously incurable form of leukemia are now in remission, after British doctors say they cured the babies using so-called “designer cells.” Read More >>