The unspoken disease that can destroy families

Film Jun 6, 2014

The unspoken disease that can destroy families

by Kaori Shoji

Of the 17,500 cases of uterine cancer reported yearly in Japan, nearly half are cervical cancer, usually triggered by a virus spread by sexual intercourse. Because of this, sufferers often conceal the fact from friends and families and continue working at their jobs as ...

State lets terminally ill try experimental drugs

World / Science & Health May 18, 2014

State lets terminally ill try experimental drugs

Colorado melanoma patient Nick Auden, who died while seeking access to an experimental drug, helped inspire a first-of-its-kind state law allowing terminally ill patients to obtain experimental drugs without getting federal approval. The "Right To Try" law is now being advanced in several other U.S. ...

Cured Costa Rican seen as celebrity

World / Science & Health Apr 20, 2014

Cured Costa Rican seen as celebrity

On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. "Stand up," Mora recalled the image of the pope saying ...

Pfizer reports promising results for new breast cancer drug

World / Science & Health Apr 7, 2014

Pfizer reports promising results for new breast cancer drug

An experimental drug has shown encouraging results in treating advanced breast cancer in an early clinical trial, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer reported Sunday. Pfizer, the world's second-largest drugmaker, said the drug prevented breast cancer from worsening for 20.2 months in a trial involving 165 patients. Current ...

Fukushima-linked cancer surge unlikely: U.N.

National Apr 3, 2014

Fukushima-linked cancer surge unlikely: U.N.

by Fredrik Dahl

The Fukushima nuclear disaster is unlikely to lead to a rise in people developing cancer as happened after Chernobyl in 1986, even though the most exposed children may face an increased risk, U.N. scientists said Wednesday. In a major study, the United Nations Scientific Committee ...

World / Science & Health Mar 23, 2014

Gut bacteria study may help cancer sufferers

Researchers have launched a pioneering study aimed at finding ways to type individuals according to the bacteria in their guts. The aim is to discover if some people's microbial makeup makes them more susceptible to the side effects of radiotherapy for bowel, prostate and ...

National Feb 25, 2014

Fukushima kids' cancer risk raised

The lifetime risk of developing cancer has risen slightly among 1-year-old girls in an area affected by the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, according to a study published by a U.S. science journal.

Study disputes value of routine mammograms

World / Science & Health Feb 13, 2014

Study disputes value of routine mammograms

A Canadian study that many experts say has major flaws has revived debate about the value of mammograms. The research suggests that these screening X-rays do not lower the risk of dying of breast cancer while finding many tumors that do not need treatment. The ...

World / Science & Health Jan 29, 2014

Doctors: Too few cancer patients enroll in studies

One of every 10 clinical trials for adults with cancer ends prematurely because researchers can't get enough people to test new treatments, scientists report. The surprisingly high rate reveals not just the scope and cost of wasted opportunities that deprive patients of potential advances, but ...