Frontline Cancer

  • Frontline Cancer: DART takes aim at rare cancers

    FRONTLINE CANCER: Feb. 27 is Rare Disease Day. The emphasis will be on research and the theme "Research brings hope." A "rare disease" in the United States is defined as a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans at any given time. In a population exceeding 325 million people, that makes...

  • Frontline Cancer: Questions to ask your doctor

    FRONTLINE CANCER: This year more than 1.6 million Americans will be told for the first time that they have cancer. Even if there were warning signs or symptoms, the news still shocks. We all tend to hope for the best, that our fatigue is just from working too hard or that the mole on our back is...

  • Frontline Cancer: It is time to better understand pre-cancer

    FRONTLINE CANCER: Although the war is far from won, modern medicine knows a lot more these days about how to fight cancer. Our weapons are more numerous and more precise, from laser surgeries to proton beam radiation to new drugs like checkpoint inhibitors that boost the immune system's own remarkable...

  • Frontline Cancer: Thankful for enlightened scientists

    FRONTLINE CANCER: "Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain." —Bob Dylan,"Not Dark Yet" Here's a doctor's confidentiality: I'm a huge Dylan fan. My admiration for the singer and songwriter is deep and abiding, no matter how much the times they are a-changin.' I've read possibly...

  • Frontline Cancer: Exercise can lower your cancer risk

    FRONTLINE CANCER: We all know physical activity is important to health. For decades, it has been strongly linked to lowered risk of heart disease (the nation's leading cause of death at 614,000 deaths annually), but the full benefits of sufficient exercise are much broader and more profound. Nowhere...

  • FRONTLINE CANCER: New cancer cell initiative maps mutations

    FRONTLINE CANCER: New cancer cell initiative maps mutations

    When the first draft of the human genome project was published in 2001, it justifiably sparked much acclaim and anticipation. It marked a new era in science, one fraught with expectation, not least of which was that the revealed genetic code would, in time, lead to new therapies for treating myriad...

  • FRONTLINE CANCER: Cancer Survivor rates continue to improve

    FRONTLINE CANCER: Cancer Survivor rates continue to improve

    June is National Cancer Survivor Month, highlighted by National Cancer Survivors Day, which occurred June 7. At University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center, we marked this 28th annual celebration with a week’s worth of events intended to honor both patients who have survived their...

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