Archive for 2011

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Overcoming global cultural and financial disparities to treat children with cancer

African children

Children in developing nations suffer from five times as many cases of cancer as their counterparts in developed nations. At the most basic level, the easiest way to increase survival rates in these children would be to train more doctors and nurses in their care and to add facilities where they can be adequately treated. To do this, cultural and financial disparities endemic to this population should be addressed. Scientists at National Cancer Institute (NCI) are working with colleagues, including those at International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (INCTR), toward this end.

Ovarian Cancer Treatment: Where We Are Now

Shown are surgeons and a nurse performing surgery

Ovarian cancer has proven to be a very difficult cancer to diagnose at a curable stage and thus treat successfully.  Even though it has one of the highest mortality rates of all gynecological cancers in the United States, there are no validated or proven screening tests, making it a challenge to diagnose at an early [...]

Measles viruses genetically modified to treat ovarian cancer

Scientists prepare clinical lots of measles virus to use in clinical trials against cancer. Credit:  Mayo Clinic.

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) is undertaking a large-scale review of cancer genes. The most recent study results were published June 30, 2011, in Nature. As part of this work, TCGA investigators searched for existing drugs that might inhibit genes that were suggested to play a role in ovarian cancer. The search identified 68 genes [...]