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Mom Who Gave Up Cancer Treatment to Save Baby Dies

Newborn Life Lynn DeKlyen is 'going to be fine,' Carrie DeKlyen's husband says

(Newser) - Life Lynn DeKlyen was born Wednesday in Ann Arbor's University Hospital, and her first name is a poignant reminder of the sacrifice her mom made to bring her into this world. Carrie DeKlyen, a mom of five from Wyoming, Mich., died Saturday, two days after doctors took her off... More »

Thief Snatches ATM Machine With Forklift

Detectives think someone in the construction industry may be involved

(Newser) - Police in Conway, Ark., are looking for a brazen thief who made off with an ATM machine early Wednesday morning. According to bank surveillance footage, at about 3:30am the thief drove up to a bank drive-though area in a CAT forklift and hauled the ATM away, KATV reports. Police... More »

Scientists Spot Stage 1 Cancers Via Blood Test

Earlier treatment could save millions of lives

(Newser) - Human blood is rich with genetic material, and scientists have in recent years taken many steps forward in decoding it. The latest announcement—that a blood test can spot cancer at its earliest stages—has the potential to save millions of lives as treatment is administered earlier in the disease'... More »

New Cancer Treatment Called 'Most Exciting Thing I've Seen'

FDA unanimously approved it

(Newser) - "This is the most exciting thing I've seen in my lifetime," Dr. Timothy Cripe said Wednesday after voting in favor of a groundbreaking new cancer treatment. The oncologist and nine other members of a Food and Drug Administration panel voted unanimously to recommend approval of the treatment,... More »

Pregnant Mom to Deliver Early in Attempt to Save Her Life

Docs have removed tumors from her brain and abdomen

(Newser) - These are supposed to be the best days for Danielle Dick, a Kansas mother who's pregnant with twins and has a 2-year-old daughter. But after the 31-year-old found that she could "hardly put three words together" in a fog that seemed far worse than mere "pregnancy brain,... More »

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 »

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