Cancer Research UK (CRUK) researchers have developed a new treatment for early-stage rectal cancer which they say could provide patients with an improved quality of life. In a pilot study of the new treatment option, which combines local keyhole surgery and radiotherapy, researchers found that they could prevent debilitating side effects such as diarrhoea and the need for a permanent colostomy bag. This study, dubbed TREC, enrolled 123 patients with early-stage rectal cancer, with 61 patients receiving the newly-developed treatment approach. In addition, 55 patients were randomised to two treatment approaches – 28 received major surgery and 27 received the new organ preserving treatment. Within the patient population who received the new treatment, 70% were treated successfully, meaning their tumour was removed while preserving the rest of their rectum and the cancer did not return during the three to five-year follow-up period. Patients who received the new treatment also reported ...
The disease-fighting capacity of the body depends on the proper functioning of its immune system. Hence, a new discovery revealing new insight into its functioning by University of Queensland (UQ) researchers could reveal new ways to treat diseases like cancer and autoimmune disorders.
The jury at the St. Louis court announced its verdict against J&J last month, giving a major blow to the company as it now has to pay about $4.7 billion to 22 women or their loved-ones for the claim that it’s talc caused ovarian cancer.
Cigarette smoking in black women leads to higher incidences of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) whereas moderate consumption of alcohol showed a lower risk, revealed data from the prospective Black Women’s Health Study.
Wall Street is unclear whether the U.S. insurance industry will have to pay any costs from the $4.69 billion verdict against Johnson & Johnson granted to customers and their families who alleged that asbestos-adulterated talc leads to ovarian cancer.
Silencing an earlier known protein could hamper tumor development and increase the efficacy of immunotherapy treatments, researchers discovered at the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy in the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
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