Frontline Cancer

  • Frontline Cancer: Genetic background can provide clues about possible future tumors

    Frontline Cancer: Genetic background can provide clues about possible future tumors

    FRONTLINE CANCER: In Steven Spielberg's 2002 science fiction thriller "Minority Report," Tom Cruise leads a futuristic police unit whose job is to prevent crimes based upon three mutated humans called "precogs" who "previsualize" crimes via visions of the future. In other words, the precogs predict...

  • Frontline Cancer: Center for Novel Therapeutics to open in 2019 on UCSD campus

    Frontline Cancer: Center for Novel Therapeutics to open in 2019 on UCSD campus

    FRONTLINE CANCER: The long and tangled history of cancer treatment is, perhaps, the most obvious argument that defeating this Gordian knot of diseases will require every tool we have — and can imagine. No single act or epiphany can cure cancer. The effort requires the efforts of many, using every...

  • 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: Inflammation and the development of cancer

    Frontline Cancer: Inflammation and the development of cancer

    FRONTLINE CANCER: When you have diabetes, your body cannot produce enough or effectively use the hormone insulin to regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels. The resulting complications are widespread and notorious, from stroke, blindness and kidney failure to nerve damage, skin problems, dental issues...

  • Frontline Cancer: National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers Council (C3) combine efforts in San Diego

    Frontline Cancer: National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers Council (C3) combine efforts in San Diego

    FRONTLINE CANCER: When it was first announced three years ago, the San Diego National Cancer Institute Cancer Centers Council (C3) was described as a new way to leverage the combined powers in local cancer research. San Diego is among just a few places in the country home to multiple National Cancer...

  • Frontline Cancer: Latest news about prostate cancer

    Frontline Cancer: Latest news about prostate cancer

    — FRONTLINE CANCER: After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common malignancy among American men, with 180,000 new cases each year. It’s the second leading cause of cancer death in men (more than 26,000 annually); only lung cancer kills more. Changing these grim statistics demands steadfast...

  • Frontline Cancer: Vaccines for HPV near guarantee

    Frontline Cancer: Vaccines for HPV near guarantee

    FRONTLINE CANCER: Dear Scott: “Our son, who is 25, went to the GP yesterday and his doc wasn’t sure about giving the Gardasil I had been bugging him to get. Didn’t you tell me about the benefits of the HPV vaccination?” The note was from a friend. It was personal, but also a topic of wide public...

  • Frontline Cancer: Studying cancer disparities among ethnicities

    Frontline Cancer: Studying cancer disparities among ethnicities

    • FRONTLINE CANCER: Cancer is not an equal opportunity killer. African-American males have the highest incidence rate of all cancers combined, for example, followed by whites, Hispanics, Asian/Pacific and American Indian/Alaska Native men. But among females, combined cancer incidence rates are...

  • Frontline Cancer: Top scientists to tackle cancer challenge

    Frontline Cancer: Top scientists to tackle cancer challenge

    • FRONTLINE CANCER: Elizabeth Blackburn has spent much of her career at the forefront, a pioneering researcher whose work has garnered virtually every major award in science: the Lasker, Gruber and Gairdner prizes, for example, and, of course, the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for...

  • Frontline Cancer: Research links lack of sleep and cancer biology

    Frontline Cancer: Research links lack of sleep and cancer biology

    • FRONTLINE CANCER: Sleep is the best meditation, says the Dalai Lama. It may also be the best medication. Sufficient sleep – seven or eight hours each night – is important to healing, proper immune function and mental health. Inadequate sleep has been associated with a host of ailments, from obesity...

  • Frontline Cancer: Transformative period in cancer prevention

    Frontline Cancer: Transformative period in cancer prevention

    • FRONTLINE CANCER: One year ago this month, a pair of distinguished researchers at Johns Hopkins University published a study that essentially concluded getting cancer is just “bad luck,” the unfortunate result of random mutations during DNA replication. It was a startling statement, undermining...

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