Breast milk compound found to dissolve tumors in human trials


Hamlet Pharma Labs researching a breast milk compound which kills cancer

Swedish scientists from the University of Lund have found promising results from researching the effects of a compound found in breast milk – a substance nicknamed Hamlet (Human Alpha-Lactalbumin Made LEthal To Tumor Cells) – on bladder cancer patients. In the early trials, those injected with the compound began to shed dead tumor cells through their urine within days. The best part is, the Hamlet targeted the cancer cells alone, thus offering an alternative to chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments which damage both healthy and cancerous cells in the body.

The early trial involved 40 patients with hard-to-treat bladder cancer. All 20 who were given the drug rather than placebo, in six infusions over 22 days, excreted whole tumor fragments in their urine. Then, there was another human trial involving nine bladder cancer patients. These participants were administered five daily doses in the week before surgery to remove their tumor. Eight of them started passing tumor cells in their urine just two hours after being given the drug, and their tumors reduced in size or aggression. None of them suffered any damage to surrounding tissue. The trial was overseen by scientists from Lund University in Sweden and carried out at Motol University Hospital in Prague.

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Cause of cancer is written into DNA of tumors, scientists find, creating a ‘black box’ for origin of disease


Cancer causes the genetic code of DNA to change and the alterations can now be read

The cause of cancer is written into the DNA of tumors, scientists have discovered, in a breakthrough which could finally show how much disease is attributable to factors like air pollution or pesticides.

Until now the roots of many cancers have proved elusive, with doctors unable to tease out the impact of a myriad of carcinogenic causes which people encounter everyday.

Even with lung cancer, it is not known just how much can be attributed to smoking and how much could be linked to other factors, such as living by a busy road, or inhaling pollutants at work.

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New nanobots hunt down and destroy cancerous tumors


Small weaponized robots, swarm into the human body, hunt down malignant tumors and destroy them.

An army of tiny weaponized robots traveling around a human body, hunting down malignant tumors and destroying them from within sounds like a scene from a science fiction novel. But research in Nature Communications today from the University of California Davis Cancer Center shows the prospect of that being a realistic scenario may not be far off.


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Chemotherapy can backfire and cause cancer to grow

Chemotherapy works by inhibiting reproduction of fast-dividing cells such as those found in tumors.

A new study that came out Sunday has found that cancer-busting chemotherapy can cause damage to healthy cells which triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumor growth and resistance to further treatment.



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Dental x-rays double brain tumor risk: study

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Researchers found frequent doses of x-ray radiation were linked with more cases of the cancer.

Having more than one dental x-ray a year can double or even triple the chance of developing a common type of brain tumor, according to a new study. People who recalled having frequent dental x-rays were more likely than those who did not, to have a form of non-spreading cancer called meningioma.


Annual chest x-rays fail to reduce death rate from lung cancer

chest xray

Best strategy for discovering lung tumors are the more costly CT scans.

Chest X-rays done annually didn’t significantly reduce the death rate from lung cancer in a study involving more than 150,000 patients that reflects the challenges of using early detection to save lives in the battle against malignancies.


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Caffeine in sunscreen could provide greater protection against skin cancer


Caffeine in sunscreen could add greater protection against skin cancer.

Putting caffeine in sunscreen could provide greater protection against skin cancer, suggest scientists. They believe the chemical found in coffee absorbs ultraviolet radiation when applied to the skin and prevents tumors after exposure to sunlight.


Magnetic Pulse Can Target Cancer Cells and Heat Them Up Until They Die

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False color image of cancer cells attached to normal human cells before treatment.

Cancer can be “burned up” with a new technique that uses magnetic pulses to heat tumor cells until they die.  Scientists have found they can surround cancer cells with tiny particles of iron oxide that vibrate when in a magnetic field, causing the cells to heat up.


U.S. Scientists Hail ‘Penicillin Moment’ in Cancer Treatment Following Drug Trials


Drug trials used genetic data to target tumors.

Scientists have hailed a ‘penicillin moment’ in cancer treatment following trials of a drug that uses genetic data to target the formation of specific tumors.  The study has raised hopes drug manufacturers will be able to tailor drugs to individual cancers that will halt them in their tracks and even reverse the growth of existing tumors.


Significant Advances in Two of the Hardest to Treat Cancers


Lung cancer and melanoma are among the hardest cancers to treat.

Using two opposite strategies, one focused and one broad, scientists say they have made progress in taming two of the most intractable types of cancer.   The focused approach shrank tumors significantly in a majority of patients with advanced lung cancer marked by a specific genetic abnormality.


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‘On-Off Switch’ Mechanism Stops Spread Of Cancer


A tiny bit of genetic material with no previously known function may hold the key to stopping the spread of cancer, researchers at Yale School of Medicine and Sichuan University in Chengdu, China report in two papers in the September 7-11 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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