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 Cancer Treatment Involving Experimental Gene Therapy
Cancer cells require three genetically controlled components for survival and growth: 1) cancer cells have an abnormally rapid growth rate, 2) cancer cells do not die when the body tells them to and 3) cancer cells resist removal by the body’s immune system.
Gene therapy for the treatment of cancer tries to correct the growth rate, the death rate or make the immune system kill cancer cells.
In conclusion, gene therapy approaches to the treatment of cancer are investigational, but thus far, appear to be well tolerated and promise to be effective for some cancers.
patient.cancerconsultants.com /gene_cancer_news.aspx?id=17688   (987 words)

  
 SIR - Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation (RFA)
Cancer cells that travel to the brain, for example, are sheltered from the full effects of chemotherapy by the “blood-brain barrier.” This built-in defense protects the brain by blocking potentially dangerous “invaders” – including many drugs –before they can reach the tissues of this vital organ.
Cancer in the liver usually is not detected until it reaches an advanced stage, and most liver cancers cannot be treated with surgery.
Cancer of the breast is the most common cancer of women in the U.S. Approximately 180,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
www.sirweb.org /patPub/rfa-cancer.shtml   (1672 words)

  
 Dog's Complete Cancer Cure Opens New Doors In Research
The treatment is a cocktail of so-calledanti-angiogenic drugs, which have been widely researched for more than a decade and work by starving tumors of their blood supply.
Haber, 24, knew about this form of experimental cancer treatment because she had worked as a research fellow at the Angiogenesis Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Mass.
The cost of treating animal cancers is steep: Pet owners spend from $2,000 to $9,000 to save their pets' lives, according to Jack Stephens, a cancer survivor and former practicing veterinarian, who founded Veterinary Pet Insurance, based in Brea, Calif. His company offers special plans that reimburse up to $8,000 for cancer treatment.
www.rense.com /general27/dogscompletecancercure.htm   (1693 words)

  
 NCCS: Palliative Care & Symptom Management - Clinical Trials   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
After treatments are identified in the lab and/or prove promising in animal testing, a treatment or drug is tested through a clinical trial.
In cancer research a clinical trial is designed to show how a particular anticancer strategy — for instance, a promising drug, a gene therapy treatment, a new diagnostic test or a possible way to prevent cancer — affects the people who receive it.
Many treatment trials are designed to compare a new treatment with a standard treatment, which is the best treatment currently known for a cancer, based on results of past research.
www.canceradvocacy.org /resources/essential/trials.aspx   (1944 words)

  
 Conquer Cancer
But cancer researchers say the more patients that are involved in such trials, the better chance they have to find answers.
Advocates for cancer patients said New Jersey's agreement could be pivotal, however, because insurers came to the table willingly.
Cancer patient advocates are lobbying Congress to pass legislation to allow Medicare, which covers older Americans, to also cover clinical trials.
www.conquercancer.com /news/art2.htm   (636 words)

  
 Cancer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cancers are classified by the type of cell that resembles the tumor and, therefore, the tissue presumed to be the origin of the tumor.
Cancer pathology is ultimately due to the accumulation of DNA mutations that negatively effect expression of tumour suppressor proteins or positivly effect the expression of proteins that drive the cell cycle.
Although the control of the symptoms of cancer is not typically thought of as a treatment directed at the cancer, it is an important determinant of the quality of life of cancer patients, and plays an important role in the decision whether the patient is able to undergo other treatments.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cancer_treatment   (8844 words)

  
 Breast cancer: Treatment - MayoClinic.com
One side effect for which no treatment exists is "chemobrain," the common term for cognitive changes that occur during and after cancer treatment.
Hormone therapy is most often used to treat women with advanced (metastatic) breast cancer or as an adjuvant treatment — a therapy that seeks to prevent a recurrence of cancer — for women diagnosed with early-stage estrogen receptor positive cancer.
It's used as a treatment for women with hormone-sensitive metastatic breast cancer, as an adjuvant therapy for women with early-stage estrogen receptor positive breast, and as a preventive agent in high-risk women.
www.mayoclinic.com /health/breast-cancer/DS00328/DSECTION=7   (3091 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Dog's tale of survival opens door in cancer research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The treatment is a cocktail of so-called anti-angiogenic drugs, which have been widely researched for more than a decade and work by starving tumors of their blood supply.
Osteosarcoma, or cancer of the bones, is specific to large breeds of dogs because it attacks long bones.
Leukemia, a cancer of bone marrow, occurs in cats and dogs but is less common than other cancers.
www.usatoday.com /news/health/2002-07-24-cover-cancer_x.htm   (1824 words)

  
 Cancer Treatment > Experimental Cancer Drug Shrinks Tumors
An experimental cancer drug named bevacizumab (trade name Avastin) is the first "anti-angiogenesis" drug to prove that it can shrink tumors and extend survival in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer, according to a national clinical trial led by researchers at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Bevacizumab is known as an anti-angiogenesis drug because it blocks the formation of blood vessels in tumors (a process called angiogenesis) and thus inhibits their growth.
A five-month life extension is quite significant, given that patients with newly diagnosed colorectal cancer survive an average of 15 to 17 months, said Herbert Hurwitz, M.D., lead investigator of the study and an assistant professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center.
www.emaxhealth.com /51/2050.html   (626 words)

  
 Cancer Treatment
The use of different methods of treatment for cancer, such as surgery, hormone therapy, radiation, chemotherapy, and biologic therapy, is based on a number of factors, including the type of cancer, the stage of the cancer, and the patient’s age and general health.
The goal of this research is to find better cancer treatments and therapies and to support the use of these treatments in medical practice.
Unfortunately, only about 40% of cancer patients who are dying get hospice care, and many don't get it until the last few weeks of life, after enduring the side effects of treatments they shouldn't have had, and pain they shouldn't have felt.
www.health.ri.gov /disease/cancer/treatment.php   (1367 words)

  
 Topical Skin Cancer Treatment Home Remedies
Cancer cells in the laboratory grow most rapidly at a pH of about 5.5 and quickly die when exposed to a pH of 8.5 or greater.
Consumed by the cancer cell, the excess Ca2+ attracted by the stearic acid is speculated to cause the cancer cell's glucose metabolism to shut down, and the cancer cell soon dies.
Vitamin D, produced in skin oils during sun exposure, is a powerful cancer fighter that is often lacking in skin cancer victims hiding from the sun or living in latitudes away from the equator.
www.topicalinfo.org /Topical.htm   (6198 words)

  
 kutv.com - Experimental Cancer Treatment May Reduce Radiation Side Effects   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
A new technique is drastically reducing the length of radiation treatments endured by breast cancer patients.
She had the cancerous lump removed, and is now undergoing radiation.
The study is available to early stage breast cancer patients, at least 45 years of age, who've had a small tumor completely removed and have not yet undergone chemotherapy.
kutv.com /healthyliving/local_story_358132620.html   (351 words)

  
 November 2, 2004 Study of cancer trials finds significant safety improvement
Phase 1 cancer studies are usually restricted to patients with cancer who have exhausted established therapeutic options.
For these studies, the researchers analyzed how often participants died from drug toxicity, cancer-related deaths, other toxic treatment effects, and whether or not the treatment caused the tumor to shrink, as measured by CT scanning.
Roberts' co-authors are Bernardo Goulart, MD, Bruce Chabner, MD, and Jeffrey Clark, MD of the MGH Cancer Center; Elkan Halpern, PhD, and G. Scott Gazelle, MD, MPH, PhD, of the MGH Institute of Technology Assessment; and Sarah Stallings, PhD, Stan Finkelstein, MD, and Lee Squitieri of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
www.massgeneral.org /news/releases/110204roberts.html   (845 words)

  
 Experimental cancer treatment   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Experimental cancer treatments are medical therapies intended or claimed to treat cancer (see also tumor) without the disadvantages of the standard therapies:
Chemotherapeutic drugs have a hard time penetrating tumors to kill them at their core because these cells may be dead or lack a good blood supply.
Thirty years of clinical experimentation by Dr. Max Gerson[?] led to a successful therapy for advanced cancer.
www.websign.sk /ex/Experimental_cancer_treatments.html   (384 words)

  
 Experimental Brain Cancer Treatment
Suggested lead: Scientists are conducting early research on a new treatment for brain cancer that could yield better results with fewer side effects.
Until now, this barrier has meant that patients undergoing treatment for brain cancer usually had a poor prognosis.
John Sampson of Duke University Medical Center says there is an experimental new treatment that puts the cancer fighting toxins directly into the brain - behind the blood barrier.
www.dukenews.duke.edu /2001/09/mm_experimentalbrain.html   (291 words)

  
 Experimental Treatment Gives Cancer Patients Hope
Cancer patients who have tried standard drug therapies without success are often desperate to find hope in experimental drugs."The name of the game in cancer is buying time," Savage said.
Before starting treatment at Powderly's office in October, Savage got a CT scan to show the extent of his cancer.
Powderly, chairman of the cancer research committee at Presbyterian Hospital, is one of several area doctors involved in Phase I cancer drug trials.
www.cancercompass.com /cancer-news/1,8974,00.htm   (1438 words)

  
 Local10.com - Health - Woman To Undergo Experimental Brain Cancer Treatment
SAN DIEGO -- A California woman with brain cancer is going to undergo a groundbreaking treatment that could help her beat the deadly disease.
Moore is the first person in San Diego to undergo an experimental treatment that uses a drug combination with diphtheria.
Moore firmly believes the experimental therapy will work for her and others who are fighting this deadly type of brain cancer.
www.local10.com /health/4117198/detail.html   (523 words)

  
 Cancertrialshelp.org: Provides cancer clinical trials, patient advocate, and cancer research information.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Most people don't know that cancer clinical trials are the means by which cancer research becomes cancer treatment.
Of the 1.3 million people who will be diagnosed with cancer this year, only three to five percent will participate in cancer clinical trials.
This is a dismal comparison to the rate of 90 percent of American children who participate and about a third of adult cancer patients in Europe who are treated via clinical trials.
www.cancertrialshelp.org /patientsCaregivers/abc.jsp   (157 words)

  
 CancerWise - September 2004 - Experimental Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Ovarian cancer is difficult to treat, and usually returns, as it did prior to Ellison’s last transplant.
The transplants have been available for several years, and are still the latest, most aggressive treatments available, according to Ellison’s doctor, Michele Donato, M.D., assistant professor in the M. Anderson Department of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
Ellison’s latest treatment — stem cell replacement and higher, more toxic doses of chemotherapy — offers a 53% six-year survival rate for women in remission from advanced ovarian cancer, according to previous study results Donato says.
www.cancerwise.org /september_2004   (853 words)

  
 TheBostonChannel.com - Health - Doctors Explore Risky Bladder Cancer Treatment
Costa had bladder cancer -- and like 20 percent of those diagnosed with the disease, it was the more aggressive, muscle-invasive form.
The typical treatment -- removal of the bladder and prostate -- often leaves patients with an outer bag to collect urine and side effects like impotence.
The doctors performed the treatment on 40 patients last year, with cure rates that are similar to the traditional surgery.
www.thebostonchannel.com /health/3546540/detail.html   (739 words)

  
 Teen's family pushes for experimental cancer treatment | akron23.com
Yet, the parents of a 14-year-old cancer victim say they won’t give up trying to help their son.
The parents of Jordan Aron are pushing to raise nearly $2 million to fund an experimental gene therapy in an attempt to fight the fast-growing childhood cancer.
His parents are fighting for an experimental treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
www.wkyc.com /akron/akron_fullstory.asp?id=30259   (173 words)

  
 WXII12.com - Entertainment - Harrison Gets Experimental Cancer Treatment
He offers a treatment called stereotactic radiosurgery, which attempts to attack tumors with high doses of radiation but with minimal damage to surrounding tissue.
The youngest Beatle -- he's 58 -- was diagnosed with lung cancer and a brain tumor earlier this year.
Harrison was angered in July when false reports surfaced that his death was "imminent." He released a statement that said those claims were "unsubstantiated, untrue, insensitive and uncalled for".
www.wxii12.com /entertainment/1065733/detail.html   (381 words)

  
 How to Find a Cancer Treatment Trial - National Cancer Institute
Cancer advocacy groups work on behalf of people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones.
These organizations recognize that clinical trials are important to the cancer treatment process and, thus, work to educate and empower people to find information and access to treatment.
Because they work hard to know about the latest research advances in cancer treatment, these groups will sometimes have information about certain key government-sponsored trials, as well as some potentially significant trials sponsored by pharmaceutical companies or cancer care centers.
www.cancer.gov /clinicaltrials/finding/treatment-trial-guide/page8   (833 words)

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