Tag Archives: Cancer

How one bit of medical jargon fuels public confusion about cancer treatments

Most new cancer treatments haven’t been proven to help patients live longer or feel better. Instead they delay the growth of tumors — which may be faster to measure but doesn’t necessarily indicate a tangible benefit for patients. But you wouldn’t grasp that sobering fact from some recent news coverage: A headline in the UK’s… Read More »

Theranos redux? Not really. But claim of a ‘simple’ test for breast cancer warrants scrutiny

Once again the lure of a “simple” test has made headlines. This time the catalyst was a news release issued by the UK’s National Cancer Research Institute. Its title: “Simple blood test for early detection of breast cancer.” In fact, no such test exists. As the body of the PR news release acknowledged, it’s an… Read More »

Newer skin cancer treatments improve prognosis for those with cutaneous melanoma

Cutaneous melanoma, also called malignant melanoma, is the type of skin cancer that is most likely to spread to other parts of the body. Though melanoma accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers, it is responsible for more than 90% of skin cancer-related deaths. But thanks to developments in skin cancer treatment (mostly in… Read More »

Medical News Today: Cancer: Using copper to boost immunotherapy

An interdisciplinary group of scientists has successfully destroyed tumor cells in mice by using nano-sized copper compounds alongside immunotherapy. Importantly, the tumors did not return after the treatment ceased. According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide — in 2018, it was responsible for approximately 9.6 million deaths.… Read More »

Google blasted for ads of 'potentially lethal' cancer remedy

Campaigners have criticised Google for running adverts for a “potentially lethal” medicine that is being targeted at cancer sufferers. A ‘natural’ remedy called Miracle Mineral Solution, which is advertised to cure cancer, Aids, autism and – according to the manufacturers – “basically anything”, is being advertised on Google ads that pop up on the computers… Read More »