Nature killer cell therapies catch up to CAR-T

From The Scientist, 1 April 2020: When the first anticancer therapies based on engineered T cells hit the market a few years ago, they offered the possibility of what would have once been perceived as a medical miracle: a one-shot cure for certain blood cancers. Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapies, as they are Continue reading Nature killer cell therapies catch up to CAR-T

Game-changing class of immunotherapy drugs lengthens melanoma survival rates

From Nature, 22 April 2020: When Jedd Wolchok began working in the area of melanoma 20 years ago, the average life expectancy for a patient with advanced disease was six or seven months. Now his waiting room is full of people coming back for their third or fourth year of follow-up, sharing their stories of Continue reading Game-changing class of immunotherapy drugs lengthens melanoma survival rates

How cancer genomics is transforming diagnosis and treatment

From Nature Outlook, 25 March 2020: When cancer was first described by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, he identified just two forms: the non-ulcer-forming carcinos and the ulcer-forming carcinoma. In the late nineteenth century, physicians found, with the help of the microscope, that cancer had multiple cellular forms. Now, technology is once again transforming our Continue reading How cancer genomics is transforming diagnosis and treatment

Radiation exposure in children with heart disease highest for transplants

From Cardiology News, 9 June 2014: Children with heart disease are cumulatively exposed to relatively low levels of ionizing radiation from imaging procedures – less than the average annual background exposure in the United States – although those who have undergone more complex procedures such as heart transplants or cardiac catheterization experience significantly greater exposure, Continue reading Radiation exposure in children with heart disease highest for transplants

Asbestos may raise risk of non-lung cancers

From ABC Science Online, News in Science, 27 August 2012: Children exposed to blue asbestos may face more wide-ranging health problems in adulthood than mesothelioma and lung cancer, according to an Australian study. Researchers from Western Australia analysed health data from children who lived at Wittenoom, a now-abandoned WA town where blue asbestos was mined Continue reading Asbestos may raise risk of non-lung cancers