Category Cancer Types

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Apr

Vitamin K and Sorafenib Combination Demonstrated Anti-Tumor Effects in Pancreas Cancer and Hepatocellular Carcinoma

A combination of Sorafenib and Vitamin K had an effect in vitro on both human pancreas cancer and hepatocellular carcinoma, according to researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. Data from the two studies were presented at the AACR 100th Annual Meeting 2009 in Denver. (Abstract #5470 and #5483) Vitamin K1 or Vitamin K2, …

16
Apr

Therapeutic Effect of Imatinib Improved with Addition of Chloroquine

The therapeutic effects of the blockbuster leukemia drug imatinib may be enhanced when given along with a drug that inhibits a cell process called autophagy, researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. The cell-death effect of imatinib (Gleevec) was potentiated when chloroquine, an autophagy inhibitor, was given …

16
Apr

New Therapeutic Target for Melanoma Identified

A protein called Mcl-1 plays a critical role in melanoma cell resistance to a form of apoptosis called anoikis, according to research published this week in Molecular Cancer Research. The presence of Mcl-1 causes cell resistance to anoikis. This resistance to anoikis enables the melanoma cells to metastasize and survive at sites distant from the …

14
Apr

Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center Researchers Receive $6.7 million Grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson were awarded a Susan G. Komen for the Cure Promise Grant of almost $6.7 million for five years for continued breast cancer research. The project represents a multidisciplinary team of scientists from a consortium that also includes Walter Reed Army Medical Center and DecisionQ Inc. in Washington …

24
Mar

Jefferson Breast Cancer Researcher to Receive PA Income Tax Check-Off Grant

Hallgeir Rui, M.D., Ph.D, a professor of Cancer Biology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center, is one of three recipients of the Income Tax Check-Off for Breast & Cervical Cancer Research grants this year. The $50,000 award will be used to conduct research to understand what causes the …

11
Mar

Proepithelin Encourages Cell Growth and Migration in Prostate Cancer

Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University have identified a protein that appears to play a significant role in the growth and migration of prostate cancer cells, especially androgen-independent prostate cancer cells. The study was published in the American Journal of Pathology. They also found that prostate cancer cells express more of the protein when compared to …

26
Jan

Pre-emptive Treatment Helped Curtail Skin Toxicity with Panitumumab

With a pre-emptive, prophylactic skin regimen, patients who receive panitumumab for treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer may be able to avoid some of the skin-associated toxicities, according to data presented at the 2009 American Society of Clinical Oncology Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco. Edith Mitchell, M.D., a clinical professor in the Department of Medical …

26
Jan

African-Americans Have Worse Prognosis Compared to Caucasians When Diagnosed With Colorectal Cancer

African-American patients with colorectal were more likely to present with worse pathological features at diagnosis and to have a worse five-year survival rate compared to Caucasian patients, according to a study conducted by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University. The results are being presented at the 2009 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium. …

7
Nov

Therapy May Block Expansion of Breast Cancer Cells

Breast cancer stem cells are known to be involved in therapy resistance and the recurrence of cancerous tumors. A new study appearing in Clinical and Translational Science shows the mechanisms governing stem cell expansion in breast cancer (called Notch activity), and finds that therapy targeting a protein called cyclin D1 may block the expansion of …

7
Jul

Jefferson Researchers Show Antibody to Breast Cancer- Secreted Protein Blocks Metastasis

Scientists at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have made a key discovery about the mechanism of breast cancer metastasis, the process by which cancer spreads. Focusing on a gene dubbed “Dachshund,” or DACH1, they are beginning to pinpoint new therapeutic targets to halt the spread of cancer. Reporting their findings …

24
Jun

Different Type of Colon Cancer Vaccine Reduces Disease Spread, Jefferson Scientists Show

Taking advantage of the fact that the intestines have a separate immune system from the rest of the body, scientists at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson in Philadelphia have found a way to immunize mice against the development of metastatic disease. Reporting online Tuesday, June 24, 2008 in the Journal of the National Cancer …

18
Jun

Blocking Signaling Protein Prevents Prostate Cancer Spread, Jefferson Scientists Find

Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson in Philadelphia have shown that by blocking a signaling protein, they can prevent prostate cancer cells from metastatic dissemination. The work opens the door to future studies examining the protein as a target for therapies aimed at keeping prostate cancer at bay. In a series of experiments …

3
Jun

Monitoring Blood Flow Helps Improve Prostate Biopsies, Jefferson Researchers Report

Using a special ultrasound technique to spot areas of blood flow in the prostate gland may substantially reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies, according to a new study by urologists and radiologists at the Jefferson Prostate Diagnostic Center and the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson in Philadelphia. The researchers found that biopsies targeted to areas …

23
May

Traditional Herbal Medicine Kills Pancreatic Cancer Cells, Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Researchers Report

An herb used in traditional medicine by many Middle Eastern countries may help in the fight against pancreatic cancer, one of the most difficult cancers to treat. Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer at Jefferson in Philadelphia have found that thymoquinone, an extract of Nigella sativa seed oil, blocked pancreatic cancer cell growth and killed the …

14
Apr

Jefferson Scientists’ Discovery May Help Explain Smoking-Pancreatic Cancer Link

If lung cancer and heart disease aren’t bad enough, cigarette smokers are also at higher risk for developing, among other things, pancreatic cancer. Now, researchers at the Kimmel Cancer at Jefferson in Philadelphia have preliminary evidence indicating one possible reason why. Data being presented April 13, 2008 during the Annual Meeting of the American Association …

14
Apr

Blood Pressure Drugs Halt Pancreatic Cancer Cell Growth, Jefferson Researchers Find

Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia are inching closer to understanding how common blood pressure medications might help prevent the spread of pancreatic cancer. They have found in the laboratory that one type of pressure-lowering drug called an angiotensin receptor blocker inhibits pancreatic cancer cell growth and causes cell …

3
Apr

Jefferson, PanCAN Holding Program April 5 to Help Patients, Families, and Public Learn More About Pancreatic Cancer

The message about pancreatic cancer is changing, says renowned surgeon Charles J. Yeo, M.D. New imaging techniques, improved early detection and screening of high-risk groups, and new therapies on the horizon have begun to change the way pancreatic cancer is viewed. “There’s been a shift in the way we treat and think about this disease,” …

29
Feb

Blocking Growth Protein Kills Prostate Cancer Cells, Inhibits Tumor Growth, Jefferson Scientists Find

Researchers at Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia have shown that they can effectively kill prostate cancer cells in both the laboratory and in experimental animal models by blocking a signaling protein that is key to the cancer’s growth. The work proves that the protein, Stat5, is both vital to prostate cancer cell maintenance and …

27
Feb

New Jefferson Trial to Test Radiation-Emitting Beads Against Advanced Liver Cancer

Liver cancer specialists at Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia are beginning an 18-month study of a new treatment for liver cancer. The therapy entails injecting tiny beads that emit small amounts of radiation into the liver’s main artery while also blocking the blood supply feeding the cancer’s growth. The technique, called radioembolization, has been …

21
Jan

Jefferson Scientists Find Protein Helps Pancreatic Cancer Cells Hide from Immune System, Allowing Spread

A protein that helps prevent a woman’s body from rejecting a fetus may also play an important role in enabling pancreatic cancer cells to evade detection by the immune system, allowing them to spread in the body. Researchers at Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia found that the metastatic cancer cells in the lymph nodes …

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