Checkpoint blockade and adoptive immunotherapy are two examples of the fourth and newest pillar of cancer therapy.
New treatment options for cancer have flowed from our knowledge of how cells work, including the realisation the patient’s own immune system is a powerful agent in defeating cancer.
Understanding the DNA of tumours allows researchers to target treatment to each individual.
Personalised medicine is based on the idea that by understanding the specific molecular code of a person’s disease, and particularly its genetic makeup, we can more accurately tailor treatment.
Actor Tom Hanks’ wife Rita Wilson says she’s been “blown away” by her husband’s support throughout her current battle with breast cancer.
A growing body of research evidence shows being married greatly increases patients' chances of being cured of cancer.
Keytruda® targets a protein on the surface of immune cells that stopped them from attacking the melanoma cells.
Keytruda® is the latest drug to be registered in Australia for the treatment of widespread melanoma. But we must wait to see if it meets the cost-effectiveness targets for PBS subsidisation.
Adjusting to sexual changes after cancer can be challenging, but the right support can make a difference.
After treatment ends, many cancer survivors are left with sexual changes that, when left unaddressed, can become long-term problems.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of cisplatin’s accidental discovery as an anticancer drug.
Cancer drug cisplatin was accidentally discovered to help treat cancer in 1965. And it's been doing exactly that since it was approved for use in 1978.
They have cancer in their sights.
It sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel – an army of tiny weaponised robots travelling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumours and destroying them from within. But research in Nature…
Sperm grown from the frozen testicle tissue of newborn mice has been used to produce healthy offspring, according to a new…
The way melanoma cells manage tangled DNA could explain why they rapidly develop resistance to cancer treatment. Researchers…
A protein that regulates height could be used to treat diseases such as cancer and diabetes, according to new Australian…
Good news, we have stopped the spread of cancer.
National Cancer Institute
More than nine in ten cancer-related deaths occur because of metastasis, the spread of cancer cells from a primary tumour…
Before a new drug can be tested in humans it must undergo comprehensive preclinical screening and testing.
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It seems that every week a major breakthrough in the understanding of cancer is announced in the media. So where are all the drugs that should flow from these discoveries? Unfortunately, the road from…
Cancer researchers are not shy of using nanotechnology. Their work is making promising headway into developing safer and more effective treatments. And now, new developments in the area mean that the general…
Combining complementary medicine with conventional cancer treatment opens up the possibility of drug interactions.
Recent German research found that more than 70% of people with cancer supplement their regular hospital treatment with complementary and alternative medicine. More worryingly, many do so without advising…