New zebrafish model identifies drugs that kill paediatric cancer cells

A new animal model developed by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators promises to be less expensive, easier to use and to improve personalised therapies for cancers and potentially other diseases

New zebrafish model identifies drugs that kill paediatric cancer cellsIn their paper published online in Cell, the investigators describe using their immunodeficient zebrafish model to visualise drug responses at single-cell resolution in live animals. They also identify a promising new treatment for ‘rhabdomyosarcoma,’ a muscle cancer that primarily develops in children. “We have created the first immune-compromised zebrafish model that can robustly engraft and […]

Pune: Doctors remove 10.5 kg pumpkin-sized tumour from 50-yr-old woman’s body  

Doctors of Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, Maharashtra’s first Joint Commission International (JCI), USA and NABH Accredited Hospital successfully removed a pumpkin-sized giant uterine tumour weighing 10.5 kg from a 50-year-old female

Pune: Doctors remove 10.5 kg pumpkin-sized tumour from 50-yr-old woman’s body  Pushpa (name changed), a resident of Bhosari, Pune complained of mild pain and swelling at her abdomen. She was able to carry out her daily activities but was getting tired very often. Then one day her relative noticed that her abdomen was abnormally looking distended and they immediately consulted Dr Rohidas Alhat, an Obstetrician and […]

Colon cancer could be made more aggressive by common oral bacteria

Researchers have determined how a type of bacteria commonly found in the mouth accelerates the growth of colon cancer

Colon cancer could be made more aggressive by common oral bacteriaTests have shown that around a third of people who develop colorectal cancer also have the bacterium, which has the name Fusobacterium nucleatum. Their cancer also tends to be more aggressive, but it was not clear why until the recent study. A paper that now features in the journal EMBO Reports reveals how the microorganism […]

Following a keto diet could help make cancer therapy more effective

New cancer-fighting drugs come along pretty regularly, and some show more promise than others, but a new class of treatments is getting a boost in effectiveness from a somewhat unlikely source: a low-carb diet

Following a keto diet could help make cancer therapy more effectiveIn recent years, scientists have been testing a new class of cancer drugs. They target a specific molecular pathway that has been shown to be faulty in many types of cancer. Specifically, these drugs target a cell signalling pathway called phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K), which is activated by insulin. Previous studies have shown that mutations in […]

Mumbai: JJ Hospital doctors remove 4 kg tumour from Parbhani woman’s chest

The woman was suffering from chest pain and breathing difficulties since the past 4-5 years. She had visited many doctors in her village. But, they could not diagnose her condition. Finally, doctors at Mumbai’s JJ Hospital ran a few tests on her. The tests revealed that a tumour which weighs more than 4 kgs had lodged itself between the woman’s chest and lungs  

Mumbai: JJ Hospital doctors remove 4 kg tumour from Parbhani woman’s chestRohini Kamat (name changed) a 55-year-old woman hails from Maharashtra’s Parbhani district. She was affected with recurring chest pain and breathing difficulties since the past few years. She used to feel fatigue while working. She and her husband visited many doctors in Parbhani district but to no avail. They had also performed test upon her […]

Breast cancer’s deadliness is influenced by genes, reveals study

An international team of scientists have confirmed that both rare and common mutations of our genes are linked to the development of breast cancer, including tumour characteristics and corresponding deadliness

Breast cancer’s deadliness is influenced by genes, reveals studyInterestingly, they discovered that the rare mutations were linked to more aggressive tumours, while the common mutations were associated with less aggressive tumour characteristics The study was led by Dr. Li Jingmei, Senior Research Scientist at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s (A*STAR) Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), together with a team at Karolinska […]

Pune: Doctors remove 7cm tumour close to the brain with a rare kind of surgery

Sumit (name changed), a 23-year-old man who hails from Ahmednagar district, Maharashtra, used to frequently get nose bleeds and nasal blockage. He recently underwent a rare and risky surgery. Doctors from Sassoon General Hospital (SGH), Pune, performed an angiofibroma on him thereby removing a seven-centimetre tumour which had latched itself on his internal carotid artery (the main blood vessel of the brain)

Pune: Doctors remove 7cm tumour close to the brain with a rare kind of surgeryThe tyransnasal endoscopic approach was used for the removal of this tumour. This particular type of tumour is commonly seen in young adults. He visited many hospitals in his district, but when no one could do the required procedure, he came to Sassoon Hospital in Pune. Dr Sameer Joshi, Head of the ear, nose and […]

Survivors of childhood brain tumours may struggle to live on their own

 Adults who had brain cancer as children may have a harder time living independently and having rich professional and personal lives than people who didn’t have these tumours in childhood, a U.S. study suggests

Survivors of childhood brain tumours may struggle to live on their own  The 306 childhood brain tumour survivors in the study were 26 years old on average and had typically been diagnosed with cancer about 18 years earlier. Overall, 40 per cent had achieved levels of independence similar to what might be seen in 20-somethings without a history of cancer, managing things like a home of […]

Mumbai: Doctors remove 650 grams tumour from man’s stomach after 8 hour surgery

Doctors from Mumbai’s civic-run Sion hospital have successfully operated a man, who was suffering from a very rare leiomyosarcoma of the prostate glands. After 8 hours of surgery doctors managed to remove 650 grams tumour

Mumbai: Doctors remove 650 grams tumour from man’s stomach after 8 hour surgeryDoctors from Mumbai’s civic-run Sion Hospital have successfully removed a prostate tumour from a 58-year-old man’s stomach. According to the doctors, the tumour weighing 650 grams and was 7 centimetres in size was removed after 8 hours of surgery. Doctors say prostate tumour of this size is very rare and there are very few cases […]

Mumbai: Doctors successfully remove 12-centimetre-tumour from boy’s stomach

Doctors at the hospital said that there are 500 known cases worldwide, where the kids have born with a tumour in their stomach. Experts say, if a pregnant woman consumes mutton (meat) with isn’t cooking properly, then the bacteria can enter in her body and the baby is likely to develop a tumour in the womb

Mumbai: Doctors successfully remove 12-centimetre-tumour from boy’s stomachDoctors from Mumbai’s Shushrusha hospital in Dadar have successfully removed a tumour from an 11-year-old boy’s stomach. As per the doctors who were treating him, the tumour was as big as 12 centimetres in the size. Doctors say a tumour was present in the boy’s body since birth. And there are 500 known cases worldwide […]