New study reveals how cancer cells evade the immune system

Adaptive immunity forms the basis of immunological memory - once our immune system has responded to a specific pathogen, if it meets the same intruder again, it can mount a swift and specific response. MHC class 1 are an important part of this wing of the immune system

New study reveals how cancer cells evade the immune systemCancer cells are cells that have gone awry; they both multiply unchecked and function incorrectly. Normally, cells that are faulty, dead, or dying are cleared away by the immune system. Macrophages — a type of white blood cell — are largely responsible for the consumption and destruction of foreign invaders and errant cells. Although macrophages […]

A tale of three cancer survivors: Mother, daughter and granddaughter conquer the disease  

It’s often said that a family that stays together, triumphs together. Showing an awe-inspiring family spirit, a Bengaluru family is giving us major ‘togetherness’ goals on this World Cancer Day (February 4th)  

A tale of three cancer survivors: Mother, daughter and granddaughter conquer the disease  Self-pity is easier to resort to when faced with a crisis like cancer. Few women have a strong urge to survive against this deadly disease. Leela (name changed) was treated for breast cancer about a few years back. Everything went on well, till she actually realised that both, her mother and daughter suffer from different […]

New cancer test can detect 8 types of cancers, offering new hope to patients

The Cancer Seek test was able to detect tumours about 70% of the time on average in more than 1,005 patients with early-stage cancer. Crucially, it did so before the cancers had spread, giving patients the best chance of beating the disease

New cancer test can detect 8 types of cancers, offering new hope to patientsA new blood test that can help in the early diagnoses of eight common cancers before they spread and risk patients’ chances of survival has been developed by Australian researchers. The new test would help early detection of cancers affecting the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, oesophagus, bowel, lung and breast, Xinhua quotes a statement from […]

Beware! Consuming sugary foods can help cancer tumours grow

We know that almost all the cells in the human body require energy, and they derive this energy from the sugars in the food we eat. Cancer cells also require sugars to grow. But their glucose intake is a lot higher than that of healthy cells, as is the rate at which they ferment that glucose into lactic acid. This is known as the Warburg effect, and it may, scientists have hypothesised, have something to do with cancer's rapid growth rate

Beware! Consuming sugary foods can help cancer tumours growCancer cells could be benefiting from sugary foods. Eating sugar stimulates cancers to grow and continue to develop, the scientists claimed. The more sugar consumed, the more aggressive the cancer can become, they added. The findings could have “sweeping consequences” for diet recommendations in cancer patients. “Our research reveals how the hyperactive sugar consumption of […]

Here’s the reason why cigarette smoke affects lung cells and causes cancer

In the study, authors explain how scientists now understand cancer to be a 'complex process involving both genetic and epigenetic abnormalities' that can be brought about 'through various forms of stress,' such as exposure to cigarette smoke. They found that after 10 days, smoke-exposed cells showed higher amounts of DNA damage compared with cells that had not been exposed to the simulated cigarette smoke

Here’s the reason why cigarette smoke affects lung cells and causes cancer  In the journal Cancer Cell, scientists from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Centre in Baltimore, MD, describe how they used cell-level laboratory experiments to map a series of “epigenetic” events that, over time, may connect exposure to cigarette smoke to lung cancer. Lung cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells in the lungs […]

Karnataka: Doctors treat Iraqi boy suffering from bone cancer without amputating leg

India has been the medical hub for many patients across the globe, time and again. The patient was in the moderate stage of cancer and waiting any longer would have resulted in an extreme step where the surgery would have been impossible, as the cancer would have spread to his thigh and hip

Karnataka: Doctors treat Iraqi boy suffering from bone cancer without amputating legJust a few days ago, a 16-year-old came to Columbia Asia Hospital in Hebbal, Karnataka, with his clearly distressed family. Abdul (name changed) was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in the right femur; the only option he was left with for his survival was amputation of his entire leg as suggested by other hospitals. Doctors at the […]

Night time light exposure may raise risk of breast cancer, says study

The findings revealed that women who had higher average night time light levels before being diagnosed with breast cancer had a greater risk of developing breast cancer later on. The link between outdoor light at night and breast cancer was only present among premenopausal women and those who were current or former smokers

Night time light exposure may raise risk of breast cancer, says studyAs artificial lights continue to line city streets across the country, scientists are studying how light pollution affects the world around us. The abundance of bright bulbs has been linked to health problems among not only wildlife, but humans, too. Now, a new study has linked outdoor light and breast cancer. In the study, published […]

IIT research: Excessive usage of cell phone causes brain cancer

Smartphones have entirely changed the world of communication, and the impact of its introduction is visible on personal as well as professional lives. While, smart phones provide an efficient and easy way to communicate with friends, family and co-workers, excessive use can take a toll on your health

IIT research: Excessive usage of cell phone causes brain cancerA survey conducted by The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, revealed that due to excessive of mobile, emission of radiation and other hazardous waves from the mobile, increases the risk of developing brain cancer by 400 per cent. Due to the overuse of mobile phones, more radio activities were found in patients with brain […]

Scientist fight cancer cell growth with cold and flu drug

The researchers explain that when the stromal cells of tumours are exposed to oxidative stress, they release lactate and other "nutrients" that the cancer cells need to thrive. With this in mind, the team hypothesized that the antioxidant properties of NAC might help to "starve" cancer cells of these nutrients

Scientist fight cancer cell growth with cold and flu drugResearchers found that a medication used to ease symptoms of the common cold — called N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) — could also help to prevent the growth of cancer cells by depriving them of proteins that are important for their survival. Study co-author Prof. Federica Sotgia, of the School of Environment and Life Sciences at the University […]

Researchers kill cancer cells with the help of diabetes drug

Scientists may have found an innovative way to kill off cancer cells in acute myeloid leukaemia, all the while preserving and regenerating healthy red blood cells

Researchers kill cancer cells with the help of diabetes drugThe new study was carried out by researchers from the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. Mick Bhatia — a professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences at McMaster University and director of the McMaster Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute — led the investigation, and the findings have […]