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IBM Supercomputer to Help 10K Veterans Beat Cancer

First Watson competed on 'Jeopardy!'; now it's being brought into VA facilities

(Newser) - In January, President Obama handed the reins to Joe Biden to head a "moonshot" initiative to cure cancer , and a major step toward that end has just been made. Per Fortune , IBM will donate its Watson supercomputer technology—the same technology that beat humans on Jeopardy!, CNET notes—to... More »

Mom Won't Treat Brain Tumor Until She Gives Birth

'The baby saved me. Now it's my turn to save him': New York woman

(Newser) - For Kim Vaillancourt, pregnant while staving off aggressive rare brain cancer, it comes down to this: "The baby saved me. Now it's my turn to save him." Vaillancourt was diagnosed with glioblastoma—deadly and fast-growing tumors known to reappear within eight to 12 weeks—after going to... More »

Why This Baby's 'Incurable' Leukemia Didn't Kill Her

Layla Richards is cancer-free after treatment with 'designer cells'

(Newser) - Right as Layla Richards turned a year old in June, doctors said there was nothing more they could do for her. Since she was 14 weeks old, Layla had been battling "one of the most aggressive forms" of acute lymphoblastic leukemia her doctors had seen; chemotherapy and a bone... More »

'One-Two Punch' on Cancer May Replace Chemotherapy

Drug combo shrinks 58% of melanomas via immunotherapy

(Newser) - Researchers have discovered a way to give aggressive skin cancer what one calls "a powerful one-two punch." In an international trial on 945 patients with advanced melanoma, drugs ipilimumab and nivolumab were able to shrink or stabilize tumors in 58% of people for an average of 11.5... More »

Scientists Fight Skin Cancer With Herpes—Successfully

Modified virus kills cancer cells, awakens immune system

(Newser) - Adding herpes to skin cancer sounds like adding insult to injury, but researchers say that a modified version of the virus that causes cold sores has led to a major breakthrough for cancer patients. The genetically engineered virus stopped melanoma by "killing cancer cells and sparking the immune system... More »

Boil an Egg by Mistake? That Can Be Reversed

Researchers "unboil" a 20-minute egg

(Newser) - Want to unboil an egg? Probably not, but researchers in the US and Australia have found a way to do so with a primary ingredient from pee, Popular Science reports. "Yes, we have invented a way to unboil a hen egg," biochemist Gregory Weiss says in a statement... More »

Man's Cancer Knocked Out —Using HIV as a Tool

Disabled version of virus puts Marshall Jensen's leukemia in remission

(Newser) - A Utah man's leukemia is in remission after facing an unusual enemy: HIV. Marshall Jensen spent years trying to find a treatment for his acute lymphoblastic leukemia, to little avail. Finally, he met with a team at the University of Pennsylvania, where recent work has achieved stunning results against... More »

Future Cancer Treatment: Pieces of Gold?

Tiny spheres work alongside radiotherapy

(Newser) - Experts have discovered a possible new cancer treatment, and it's dependent on little balls of gold. Very little: The nanospheres are 4 million times smaller than a hair's width. After spreading a chemotherapy drug on the spheres, which have gold at their core, researchers placed them in extracted... More »

New Treatment Kills Cancer Like It's a Cold

T-cells are infused with genes to kill off cancer

(Newser) - What if people's immune cells could battle cancer like they fight off the common cold? Researchers at three US cancer centers are testing just such an idea by reprogramming the T-cells of cancer patients to destroy cancer cells—and it's working remarkably well, CNN reports. "This is... More »

Lung Cancer Drug Could Be 'Game-Changer'

Roche drug more effective on smokers than non-smokers: study

(Newser) - An experimental drug is actually more effective against lung cancer in patients who smoke than those who never have, Reuters reports. MPDL3280A, a Roche drug, is "great news for lung cancer patients," who are notoriously difficult to treat, researchers say; one oncologist says early-stage trials suggest it is... More »

That Cancer You Beat May Not Have Been 'Cancer'

Some early diagnoses steal funding from bad cancers: Virginia Postrel

(Newser) - When it comes to cancer, we live in a world where early diagnosis has become king, with the "reigning theory" being that early detection and treatment mean a reduced chance of death, writes Virginia Postrel at Bloomberg . "Yet this theory infers causality from correlation. It implicitly assumes that... More »

Dustin Hoffman 'Cured' by Cancer Surgery

Oscar winner plans to keep filming this fall

(Newser) - Dustin Hoffman has undergone early cancer surgery and plans to continue his film career without a hitch, his rep tells People . "It was detected early and he has been surgically cured," she says. "Dustin is feeling great and is in good health." The rep divulged no... More »

New Prostate Cancer Weapon: Estrogen Skin Patches?

Potential way around menopause-like side effects

(Newser) - Today's prostate cancer treatments carry the risk of side effects reminiscent of menopause, but scientists may have found a way around the problem. Estrogen-releasing skin patches appear to be a safer way to treat the disease, scientists found in a study comparing patches to drug injections in 254 patients.... More »

Mastectomy Can Actually Lower Chance of Surviving

Lumpectomy with radiotherapy is more effective: breast cancer study

(Newser) - You may think a mastectomy is a safer bet than a lumpectomy for those diagnosed with breast cancer. But a new study of more than 100,000 women with the disease finds that for those who catch it in its early stages, the opposite is actually true. Women diagnosed with... More »

Cancer Patients Often Get 'Chemo Brain'

Study suggests about a quarter suffer from mental fog after treatments

(Newser) - A new study suggests that up to a quarter of cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy end up with a side effect known as "chemo brain," reports NPR . Those afflicted say they're just not as sharp as they were before treatments—"it literally felt like your were... More »

Hugo Chavez: Cancer Is Back

Venezuelan president will again seek treatment in Cuba

(Newser) - Hugo Chavez's long battle with cancer has resumed, and the Venezuelan president will again seek treatment in Cuba, reports CNN . Speaking in a televised address to his nation last night, Chavez said "It's absolutely necessary, absolutely vital that I undergo a new operation." But in acknowledging... More »

Chemotherapy Can Actually Help ... Cancer Cells

Treatment can backfire, new study finds

(Newser) - Chemotherapy can actually help cancer cells grow, a new study finds. Researchers were investigating why cancer cells, which are easy to kill in a lab setting, are so difficult to kill inside the human body, often reacting positively to chemo at first, only to quickly grow back and resist further... More »

Girls' Cancer Treatments Hike Breast Cancer Risk as much as 7 times

(Newser) - The powerful therapies used to treat cancer in girls drastically increase their odds of suffering breast cancer as adults—by as much as six or seven times, a study finds. For most women, the odds of getting breast cancer by age 50 are about 4%. Among women who received chest... More »

New Drugs May Deliver Potent Cancer Defense

Strategies include getting the body's own immune system to fight back

(Newser) - A meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology is taking place this weekend in Chicago, and a spate of genuinely hopeful stories is emerging about new drugs and strategies. The Wall Street Journal says significant progress has been made at last in training the body's own immune system... More »

Breast Cancer: Not One but 10 Diseases

Genetic study offers 'completely new way of looking at breast cancer'

(Newser) - Breast cancer isn't a single disease but an umbrella term for 10 genetically distinct diseases, according to the biggest-ever study of the genetics of breast tumors. The researchers, who split the disease into 10 categories after examining samples from 2,000 tumors, say the study offers a "completely... More »

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