Promising Treatment for Aggressive Childhood Cancer
Prescription Addiction: A side-effect of Childhood Cancer
The latest promising treatment for aggressive childhood cancer neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer, is the KSP inhibitor. The study was led by researchers at Lund University in Sweden, and is published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. About 800 children in the US are diagnosed with neuroblastoma annually. Neuroblastoma is an aggressive cancer of […]
Avoiding Infection While on Treatment for Childhood Cancer
When I was 16 I became addicted to codeine. This addiction presented itself in me until I was 22. I worshipped it, and even writing about it now makes me yearn for the taste of that tablet and the wave of relaxation that would make its way down my body 15 minutes later. The ability […]
Leukaemia Drug May Help Treating Childhood Brain Cancer
Caregivers can contribute to positive treatment outcomes by helping children with cancer avoid exposure to infections. Whenever medically advised, children should continue to participate in school and other activities to maintain relationships and build social skills. This may be hard for caregivers, who may feel more comfortable keeping a child at home to avoid exposure […]
Why Is Stage IV Cancer Difficult to Treat?
Researchers describe a new use of leukaemia drug, nilotinib, to treat a subtype of medulloblastoma, a deadly paediatric brain cancer. According to a multi-institutional team led by researchers at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California San Diego, medication used to treat chronic myeloid leukemia could be more effective at stopping […]
Long-Term Cardiomyopathy Risk in Childhood Cancer Survivors
The more widely cancer has spread from the site where it is first diagnosed, the more difficult it becomes to treat. Cancer is labeled stage IV when it is found not only in its original location, but also in distant tissues and organs. There are several staging systems used by pathologists and cancer specialists to […]
Presence in Times of Pain
Recently, an analysis of long-term cardiomyopathy risk in 28,000 childhood cancer survivors in the US and Europe was done. Researchers compared 4 chemotherapy drugs with development of cardiomyopathy (diseases of the heart muscle). They found exposure to different anthracyclines results in different long-term cardiovascular risk. Heart disease is a leading cause of early death from non-cancer causes […]
Why Delays to Fixing Health Care are Bad News for South Africans
The one thing that we can all agree on is that Cancer is very painful at the best of times. Pain is very difficult to cope with both for the person fighting this dreadful disease and for anyone else in their presence in times of pain. Very often we do not know what to do […]
Is Bacon Really Carcinogenic?
The release of a final report about the state of competition in South Africa’s private health sector has been delayed again. It was compiled by an inquiry panel made up of medical, legal and economic experts. The panel heard submissions from a range of stakeholders including members of the public, civil society organisations as well […]
Leading Cancer Expert Resigns after Disclosure – Joins Drug Makers
The head of the UN agency that provoked a massive outcry and some ridicule when it declared that bacon, red meat and glyphosate weedkiller caused cancer has defended its work, denying the announcements were mishandled and insisting on its independence.
Dr José Baselga resigns from as one of the editors-in-chief of the American Association for Cancer Research‘s journal Cancer Discovery, after he failed to accurately disclose his conflicts of interest in dozens of articles in medical journals. Now employed by drug manufacturer AstraZeneca.