ASH 2010 Conference Coverage

Minority of cells drive tumor growth

U.S. cancer researchers have unearthed further evidence that a tumour's growth can be fuelled by just a small minority of its cells.

Genes linked to breast cancer in East Asian women identified

A new study has identified three genetic changes in East Asian women linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.

Pain and itch may indicate skin cancer

Asking patients if a suspicious skin lesion is painful or itchy may help doctors decide whether the spot is likely to be cancerous, according to a new study.

New epigenetic test could eliminate unnecessary repeat biopsies for prostate cancer

Two independent trials have validated the performance of an epigenetic test that could provide physicians with a better tool to help eliminate unnecessary repeat prostate biopsies.

Repeat colonoscopies not always beneficial for some patients

Little benefit seen for repeat colonoscopy within 10 years in patients with no polyps on initial exam.

Piggy-backing cells hold clue to skin cancer growth

Skin cancer cells work together to spread further and faster, according to a new study. The discovery could lead to new drugs to tackle melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

Adolescent cancer patients risk heavy menstrual bleeding

Oncologist and gynecologist should collaborate to provide appropriate treatment

Natural plant products protect skin during radiotherapy

Three ubiquitous and well-studied natural products derived from plants can protect the skin against gamma radiation during radiotherapy, according to new research.

Research team makes cancer glow to improve surgical outcomes

Surgical resection is the most effective method for a cancer cure; however, the procedure may not remove the entire tumor, leading to local recurrence. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have established a new strategy in which near-infrared (NIR) imaging is used to help visualize the entire tumor.

Rethinking Breast Cancer Screening: Ultra FAST Breast MRI [EDITORIALS]

Breast cancer screening is once again controversial. In this editorial, the author discusses new research demonstrating the effectiveness of an MRI imaging technique called first postcontrast subtracted T1-weighted image (FAST).

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