Category Archives: Oncology

Cervical Cancer: An Injection Of New Hope

Cervical cancer rates as one of the most common cancers in women. Approximately 500,000 women fall victim to it annually worldwide; 350,000 die. Recovery is only possible with treatment at an early stage or with complete removal of the tumor. A therapeutic vaccine will more...

Does Your Dogma Bite?

I love dogs. While dogs are great fun, playful, and wonderful companions, they can also chew your expensive new shoes to pieces or leave malodorous droppings in the house that you follow your nose to find. Dogma is much like this. more...

Blog entry by Steven Curley

p53: Who’s Arousing The Tumour Slayer?

p53 is one of the body's most important weapons against cancer. In most tumours the tumour suppressor gene is however mutated. Scientists have for a long time been trying to retrieve this "guardian of the genome". The pharmaceutical giants are now enthusiastically more...

Article by Nicole Simon

Payback Is A Personal Trainer

This gentleman was several inches shorter than me, but his chest was massive. His biceps were larger than my thighs. He explained to me that the diagnosis of cancer was very inconvenient and that he needed to get back to training himself and his clients, including many more...

Blog entry by Steven Curley

Liquid Biopsy: Pathologists Dripping Blood

Working with tumour DNA from blood samples, doctors are succeeding in prying out the molecular characteristics of cancer without creating risks. The liquid biopsy might eventually even replace classic screenings, researchers hope. more...

Good News, Bad News

I would never make it as a professional poker player because I can’t bluff when I’m holding a bad hand or keep from grinning when I have a good one. My patients can tell from my face when I walk into the clinic room what the news is going to be. more...

Blog entry by Steven Curley

Animal Venoms: The Healing Bite

Animal venoms are supposed to deter, incapacitate or kill adversaries. Increasingly however, researchers keep discovering that the venom of snakes, scorpions or spiders can also cure diseases, and that this is even lucrative. Captopril and the antidiabetic exenatide more...

Importance of Hope

I learn useful life lessons from each patient I meet. Some are positive messages, reminding me of the importance of maintaining balance between family, work, and leisure activities, but more frequently I witness examples of the remarkable resilience of the human spirit more...

Blog entry by Steven Curley, M.D.

Tumour Therapy: Better Off Not Labelling Off-Label

Treatments using off-label medications are controversial – in tumour medicine as well. A new study aims to prove that when it comes to medication it makes sense to pay less attention to tumour type but more to the metabolism of malignant cells. more...

Article by Erich Lederer

Cancer: An Inheritance That One Cannot Reject

How do ethnic or gender differences manifest as part of cancer risk? And what added value do doctors get from the respective information? These questions are being answered by researchers using long-term data collected from more than 1.3 million cancer cases in the Los more...

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