Category Archives: Cancer

Lab-Grown Vaginas Successfully Implanted In 4 Teenage Girls; Offer Normal, Pain-Free Function 8 Years Later


The four teenagers, ages 13 to 18 at the time of their surgery, were all born with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome, a rare genetic condition in which the vagina and uterus either under-develop or fail to develop at all. Given the success of the current patients, researchers from Wake Forest University’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine believe the treatment could also apply to women who suffer from vaginal cancer or have sustained serious injuries.

“This pilot study is the first to demonstrate that vaginal organs can be constructed in the lab and used successfully in humans,” said team leader Dr. Anthony Atala in a news release, adding that the study reflects regenerative medicine’s wide applicability. “This may represent a new option for patients who require vaginal reconstructive surgeries.”

Radical new skin cancer treatment shows promise in first clinical trials


A radical new form of cancer treatment that relies on the body’s natural “killer cells” to attack tumours has proved a success in the first clinical trials on patients suffering from advanced skin cancer, scientists have said.

The immune-therapy is based on a biologically designed drug that binds tumour cells to the killer T-cells of the immune system, causing the cancer cells to self-destruct. Scientists hope that the approach can be adapted for a wide range of other tumours, such as prostate, lung and ovarian cancers.

Results of the phase 1 clinical trial designed to test the drug’s safety on 31 patients with advanced melanoma – the most dangerous form of skin cancer – showed there were few serious, long-lasting side effects and that in some cases the tumours started to shrink.

The findings, released at the American Association for Cancer Research in San Diego, California, were better than expected and have already led to a phase-2 clinical trial to test the drug’s efficacy on skin cancer patients in both the UK and the United States, scientists said.

How fruit flies may be key to the fight against cancer


Ross Cagan is not a cancer doctor — he’s a fruit fly geneticist. He and his team have started doing something that seems like science fiction: creating a genetic copy of a patient’s tumor in a fruit fly (apparently a very intricate little critter).

Using the flies, they then test thousands of drug combinations until they find a cocktail that works.

“This has been called ‘revolutionary’ — what’s revolutionary about it?” asked Spencer.

“What’s different is, we’re obsessing over how to make the model,” said Cagan. “We make the model as close to Mark as we can, and then we don’t have any bias on what drug we throw on it. We take a large set of FDA-approved drugs — they’re not even all cancer drugs — and we throw them all at the fly. We don’t really care what’s driving the tumor; we just care what stops it.”

Children should not be subjected to this…

What is Common Core doing to America’s children? Mom shares heartrending photo published some details about the girl from the girl’s mother, photographer Kelly Poynter:

girlI am a photographer, a hobby farmer, a child advocate and a mother of 3 elementary-aged children. This is my middle child in the photo … she is 7 and is in 2nd grade. My kindergartner and my 4th grader were already finished with their homework and had left the table. I had brought my camera in to work on my white balance skills while shooting in low light as I had a session the next morning to prep for.

After checking her work, I had found 2 math problems were incorrect. I tried to help her understand where she went wrong through her process but I don’t understand it myself and was not much help.

I told her to forget about it and we’d try again tomorrow but she became very upset that she could not get the answer and kept trying and trying to fix it. She is hard on herself as she very much wants to excel in school and not be pulled for extra help all of the time.

My daughter is incredibly strong.  My daughter is a 4-year cancer survivor.  She is a fighter with a resilient spirit.  It crushes me to see her cry; to see her struggle.  My daughter deserves a happy childhood.

New Study Shows Yoga Has Healing Powers


Researchers looked at 200 breast cancer survivors who had not practiced yoga before. Half the group continued to ignore yoga, while the other half received twice-weekly, 90-minute classes for 12 weeks, with take-home DVDs and encouragement to practice at home.

According to the study, which was led by Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychiatry and psychology at Ohio State University, and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the group that had practiced yoga reported less fatigue and higher levels of vitality three months after treatment had ended.

Really? This has been known for years:

Vitamin C shows promise as cancer therapy

Intravenous vitamin C – combined with conventional chemotherapy – can kill cancer cells, the University of Kansas Medical Center reported.

In a study of 27 patients newly diagnosed with stage 3 or stage 4 ovarian cancer, researchers found that patients who received a high-dose of intravenous vitamin C, along with conventional cancer therapy of paclitaxel or carboplatin, experienced fewer toxic effects from the chemotherapy drugs.

Researchers also conducted a rodent study and observed that an intravenous infusion of vitamin C was able to kill cancer cells without noticeable toxicity or pathological changes in the liver, kidney or spleen.

Vitamin C was used in the 1970s as an unorthodox therapy for cancer and is used by complementary and alternative medicine physicians.  However, conventional physicians remain skeptical about its therapeutic benefits. This study, published in Science Translational Medicine, aimed to determine the cellular mechanisms by which pharmalogic vitamin C has a therapeutic benefit in cancer.

Benefits of yoga for breast cancer survivors


The beauty of yoga is that you can take as little or as much of it as you want. It can be practiced traditionally or unconventionally.

But, there is much more to yoga than the practice of physical postures, called hatha yoga, which is so popular in this country. If practiced regularly, yoga can help maintain equanimity and patience, control anger, relieve pain and treat many physical conditions such as chronic backache, migraines and asthma. Moreover a new study, from the Ohio State University, shows that yoga may reduce fatigue and inflammation for breast cancer patients.

During the study, small groups of four to 20 women were asked to perform 90-minute yoga twice a week for 12 weeks.
After that researchers found that on average, fatigue was about 60 percent lower in women who had practiced yoga compared to the non-yoga women, and had 20 percent lower levels of three proteins in the blood that are markers for inflammation. And this is beneficial, because chronic inflammation may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease and numerous other health problems.

Breath Test May Detect Signs of Lung Cancer


A simple breath test might reveal if a person has early-stage lung cancer, according to a new study.

Researchers tested the exhaled breath of people with suspicious lung lesions that were detected on CT scans. The breath was tested for levels of four cancer-specific substances, called “carbonyls.”

The breath samples were analyzed using a special device developed at the University of Louisville.

Having elevated levels of three of the four carbonyls was predictive of lung cancer in 95 percent of patients, while having normal levels of these substances was predictive of a noncancerous growth in 80 percent of patients, the researchers found.

New Compound Could Reverse Loss of Muscle Mass in Cancer and Other Diseases


A new antibody could dramatically boost strength and muscle mass in patients with cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sporadic inclusion body myositis, and in elderly patients with sarcopenia according to research published ahead of print in the journal Molecular and Cellular Biology.

“Age-related loss of muscle mass is a major contributing factor to falls, broken bones, and the loss of mobility,” says co-corresponding author David Glass of Novartis, Cambridge, MA, one of the compound’s developers, along with first author Estelle Trifilieff, also of Novartis. “This study illustrates that we may have a powerful tool to prevent muscle wasting and promote growth.”

Live Like You Were Dying

How many of us fear death? Is it the unknown quantity which transfixes us, much like a deer facing the oncoming headlights of a car as it bears down upon them? There is a scripture that creates a humbling attribute for me:

2 Corinthians 12:9

King James Version (KJV)

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

The emphasis should be placed upon the verse “For my strength is made perfect in weakness”. How many times have we heard those who rebut the thought of religion to suddenly find it when a catastrophic occurrence appears in their lives? The phrase “There are no atheists in foxholes” comes to mind.

Strength made perfect in weakness – when things are at their worst, when we have nowhere else to turn is when we look to a greater power to take the pain and heartache from us. And sometimes, in our darkest hour it is removed from us. However, often it is not and then it is upon us how we react to the knowledge that it may, indeed, be our end; whether it be a debilitating illness, the death of another, the loss of everything once held dear. God works best when someone acknowledges their weakness and it is only then he can rebuild them into greatness, much like a military boot camp, remaking – remolding – them into something better than they were before. How we perform in the face of fear tells us a great deal on our character. Will we succumb to the soul-crushing realization of our own mortality or will we rise above it and in the lyrics of a song by Tim McGraw, “Live like you were dying”.

This young woman epitomizes that adage. She rose above it all.


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