Oncology

Yellow fever vaccine linked to breast cancer risk reduction

Researchers at Italy’s University of Padova have claimed that the yellow fever vaccine could potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer. They have suggested that administering the yellow fever vaccine to women aged between 40 and 54 could halve the risk of developing breast cancer. During...

Mammograms linked to breast cancer overdiagnosis

Mammograms may result in healthy women being given unnecessary treatment for breast cancer, according to new research from the Nordic Cochrane Center and Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark. The new study has provided evidence that links routine screening for breast cancer to an over-diagnosis of...

Existing drug could prevent spread of triple-negative breast cancer

New research has revealed that breast cancer metastasis may be prevented by a class of drugs that have already been approved in the US. Metastasis is the process by which cancer spreads. Researchers at the US’ Mayo Clinic have identified that enzyme pathway CDK4/6 regulates a cancer...

New test could detect ovarian cancer patients’ response to treatment

Scientists might be able to quickly predict how ovarian cancer patients are likely to respond to chemotherapy treatment using a blood test, according to a Cancer Research UK-funded study. In the study of 40 patients with high-grade serous ovarian cancer, the researchers monitored the DNA from...

FDA approves ovarian cancer drug

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug to treat ovarian cancer. It is called Rubraca and has been approved for women with advanced ovarian cancer who have already had two or more rounds of chemotherapy and whose tumours have a specific mutation - deleterious BRCA - as...

Scientists reveal how breast cancer spreads before a tumour develops

Even before tumours develop, breast cancer cells with a few defined molecular alterations can spread to organs, remain quiet for long periods of time, and then awaken to form aggressive, deadly breast cancer metastasis. This is according to a team of investigators led by researchers at Icahn School...

Biomarkers of response to breast cancer treatment identified

A new study could provide insight into why some breast cancers respond to treatment whilst others resist. Researchers at the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, US, have reported that they have identified biomarkers that could be used to predict how patients with...

Scientists develop tool to aid breast cancer surgery

Researchers have developed an optical fibre probe that distinguishes breast cancer tissue from normal tissue. It is hoped that this could allow surgeons to be much more precise when removing breast cancer. Scientists at the University of Adelaide, Australia, said the device could help prevent...

UK’s Nice urges doctors to offer breast cancer prevention drug

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) watchdog has issued new guidelines that recommend healthy women be prescribed cheap drugs that will cut the risk of developing breast cancer by half. According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), clinicians should consider...

Scientists create new drug design to improve breast cancer treatment

A new study by scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), US, has offered a novel structure-based drug design strategy aimed at improving breast cancer treatment. Resistance to breast cancer therapies remains a significant problem, whilst side effects, including an...