Having cancer is bad enough, and dealing with the costs and confusion of billing systems makes things harder.
A cancer diagnosis is one of the scariest of all. The pain and fear are worsened by a confusing landscape of bills, opaque billing systems and changing insurance rules, rates and reimbursements.
Illustration of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia,
showing lymphoblasts in blood.
Seeing cancer in 'high-resolution' could improve personalised medicine.
Cancer treatment could be revolutionised by the discovery of the origin cells which divide first.
Cancer survivors are honored at a Relay for Life Event in Twinsburg, Ohio, in June 2009. Researchers found that many survivors do not like that label.
A recent study found that many people who have survived a cancer diagnosis do not like to be called 'survivor.' As World Cancer Day is observed on Feb. 4, their wishes are something to think about.
This is a model of the adenovirus type 5 which causes respiratory infections.
When you think of viruses, you might think of the horrible illnesses they cause, like flu or Ebola. But now researchers are learning how to use the unique traits of viruses to treat disease.
The NHS's plan to offer genome sequencing to the general public, for a fee, raises many important questions.
Evidence shows that the growth of air pollutants – as well as rising temperatures, increased rain and flooding – connect breast cancer with climate change.
Most cases of breast cancer are related to environmental causes. When we talk about climate change, we must not forget this part of the story.
Hull Peninsula and part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area.
A few decades ago Boston Harbor was one of the nation's dirtiest water bodies. Now, healthier fish in the harbor underscore that a multibillion-dollar cleanup has succeeded.
Different genes drive cancer growth in males and females.
Male and female tumors are different. Researchers are now hoping to exploit these sex-specific differences to treat brain cancer. This might improve survival for everyone.
Are you exhausted? Your immune cells might be too.
The cornerstone of our adaptive immune system is the ability to remember the various infections we have encountered. Quite literally, if it doesn’t kill you, it makes your immune system stronger.
You’re another year older but that doesn’t have to mean poorer health.
As you age, your body deteriorates and your risk of disease and injury increases. Here's a decade by decade guide to what you're up against – and what you can do about it.
Many towns in Newfoundland and Labrador have issues with disinfection byproducts created by chlorination.
Chlorine has been used to disinfect drinking water for more than a hundred years. But new alternatives may be safer.
Pharmaceutical companies have traditionally been the ones to develop drugs. But for rare diseases university researchers may play a role.
Developing drugs is typically the domain of large pharmaceutical companies. But here is an example of drug development for a rare pediatric brain cancer that was done in a university setting.
The chances of returning to work after cancer remain puzzlingly low.
Around 63,000 people with cancer want to work but are unable to through lack of support. Three important things need to happen to help them.
The Gila monster.
The Gila monster gave humans a treatment for diabetes. What other medical miracles are we losing by failing to protect wildlife and ecosystems?
All cancers have a similar DNA pattern that differs from that of non-cancer cells.
Our research has found that cancer DNA forms a unique structure when placed in water. We used this finding to develop a test that can detect cancerous DNA in less than ten minutes.
iThemba LABS provides support for research and training to all universities.
Neutrons can penetrate through matter, which means they can be harnessed for all sorts of important work.
A lot of people have spent a very long time wondering what causes cancer – and scientists still can’t say for certain why an individual person might have it.
Marina del Castell/Flickr
I have worked on this problem for many years, and to be honest it still blows my mind to really think about just how complex it is.
Clinical research has established exercise as a safe and effective intervention to counteract the adverse physical and psychological effects of cancer and its treatment. The Clinical Oncology Society of Australia is the first to recommend exercise as part of regular cancer care.
From weekend walks with your doctor to free gym memberships, there is a global movement afoot.
How a price-hiking "meat tax" could prevent 220,000 deaths and save more than US$40 billion in health care costs around the world every year.