In this Dec. 3, 2014 photo, liver cancer patient Crispin Lopez Serrano talks to an oncology nurse at a hospital in Clackamas, Ore.
AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka
Great strides have been made in cancer care over the past decades. As World Cancer Day on Feb. 4 approaches, it's important to note the growing role that kindness and empathy play in good care.
Applications to list drugs on the PBS are usually submitted by the manufacturers of those drugs.
Some argue the current system of subsidising drugs in Australia needs changing to accommodate new cancer therapies. But two recent drug listings show the current system is working perfectly well.
Some people taking these drugs can see their cancer completely disappear – there’s nothing left to see on their x-rays.
Imagine being able to offer hope to people with cancers once thought untreatable. Checkpoint immune drugs like Opdivo and Keytruda lead this new era in treatment. But they don't work for everyone.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) returned to the Capitol July 25 to cast what was a tie-breaking vote to proceed to debate a bill to repeal Obamacare.
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
A diagnosis of glioblastoma did not keep John McCain from the Capitol to cast a crucial vote that could end Obamacare. His actions are a reminder that stats are one thing but human beings, another.
Tumour evolution was first identified 40 years ago. We're finally making good progress with it.
Former President Jimmy Carter in Aug., 2015 at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. Carter was undergoing treatment for advanced melanoma at the time. Via AP.
Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, can usually be cured when caught early. When it has spread, however, it becomes a challenge. Recent findings are bringing hope. Here are a few examples.
CT scan of liver cancer.
A promising new immunotherapy to treat liver cancer has been discovered.
Rare cancers are those where the incidence is less than six cases per 100,000 people.
Should new understandings of how cancers develop and could be targeted mean we should change the way the scheme registers cancer drugs?
A breast cancer patient undergoes radiation treatment at a hospital in Honduras in 2012.
Researchers believe that combining immunotherapy with traditional therapies such as radiation could open up new possibilities for cancer treatment.
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.
Jimmy Carter, cured.
Jimmy Carter is now cancer-free, but is it right to say that he's been cured?
New immunotherapy drugs that enhance the body's natural ability to fight cancer offer several key advantages over previous treatments.
GM herpes virus on the case.
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Take two of medicine's great foes and pit them against each other.
Take one healthy T cell … and modify some things.
If you can't find the specific T cells you need to fight a cancer, make them.
Isolating the antibodies.
Immunotherapy has joined anti-retroviral drug therapy as a means to combat HIV.
Encouraging human T-cells.
Drugs that help the immune system recognise cancer are very promising.
Head and neck cancer underway.
Immune cells in the blood primarily defend us against infection. But we’re now learning that these cells can also keep us free from cancer. Patients with less efficient immune systems such as organ transplant…
Pancreatic cancer with other cells.
The trouble with treating cancer is that each type has its own quirks. The quirks of pancreatic cancer make it one of the most lethal. The survival period after diagnosis is only four to six months. The…
Immunotherapy boosts the body’s ability to fight disease.
Immunotherapy is treatment that boosts the body’s immune system by producing more infection-fighting agents, such as white blood cells and antibodies, to help fight disease. While it may seem a modern…