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Monday, July 30, 2007

New guidelines for early detection of ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer, which is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women, is difficult to diagnose at its early stages, since most of the common symptoms of this disease are non-specific. However, doctors believe that a new set of guidelines issued recently, will help women to detect ovarian cancer early, when it is still treatable.

This news clip from CBS News, explains how the new guidelines will help women and the medical professionals to identify this disease at its early stages (I/II).

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Special diets neither prevent breast cancer relapse nor does it improve survival!

Among breast cancer survivors, adopting a low-fat diet high in vegetables, fruit and fibre does not prevent the cancer from returning or prolong survival, according to a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association

Dr John P Pierce and his associates designed the Women's Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) trial, based on evidence that plant-derived foods contain anti-cancer chemicals.

Pierce, at the University of California, San Diego, and his team describe the intervention as "a telephone counselling program supplemented with cooking classes and newsletters that promoted daily targets of five vegetable servings plus 16 ounces of vegetable juice; three fruit servings; 30 grams of fibre; and 15 to 20 per cent of" calories from fat.

Subjects in the comparison group received care as usual and were given publications from the National Cancer Institute and the US Department of Health and Human Services, describing the "5-A-Day" dietary guidelines.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Dichloroacetates - A Possible Cure for Cancer!

Dichloroacetic acid, abbreviated as DCA, is an analogue of acetic acid and the salts and esters of this chemical compound are called dichloroacetates. Researchers at University of Alberta in Canada, have discovered that dichloroacetates can be used to treat cancer tumors in the lung, breast and the brain, without any side effects. Trials on rats have shown that the dichloroacetates inhibits the growth of tumors and shrinks it by 70%, without causing any side effects.

Currently, the researchers at University of Alberta are planning to conduct clinical trials on cancer patients, using DCA, to establish the effect of this compound on humans. They intend to secure the funds required for this trail from the public and not from the pharmaceutical companies, so that the drug can be available inexpensively to the patients in need, after it passes the clinical trials successfully.

This news clip from ‘Global National’, throws more light on this research,

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

A new system to identify women at risk of developing breast cancer!

The Newton-Wellesley Hospital at Newton, Massachusetts, has developed a new system to identify women at risk of developing breast cancer and to save their lives. This system identifies women at risk for breast cancer and screens them more frequently for breast cancer, which helps in the early detection of the disease and ultimately saves their lives.

This news story from WCVB - Boston's Channel 5, explains how this system works.

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