Cancer

  • Vaccine for cervical cancer to cost about Rs 100, says Abdul Kalam Yesterday

    Chandigarh: Work is on to develop a vaccine to contain prevalence of cervical cancer among women, especially in rural and tribal areas, former President APJ Abdul Kalam said on Tuesday. "The vaccine will cost around Rs 100," he said at a conference organised here by the Institute of Microbial Technology...
  • Thyroid cancer patients may get low dose of radioactive iodine 2 days ago

    Mumbai: People with thyroid cancer are often given radioactive iodine treatment following surgery to kill cancer cells that may have been left behind, a treatment that comes with its own health risks, but this is likely to change in terms of quantity now, according to a study. New recommendations by...
  • Risk of oesophageal cancer decreases with height 4 days ago

    Washington: Taller individuals are less likely to develop oesophageal cancer and its precursor, Barrett's oesophagus, according to a new study. "Individuals in the lowest quartile of height (under 5 feet 7 inches for men and 5 feet 2 inches for women) were roughly twice as likely as individuals in the...
  • Modified vitamin D may treat pancreatic cancer 4 days ago

    Washington: A synthetic derivative of vitamin D can collapse the barrier of cells shielding pancreatic tumours, making the seemingly impenetrable cancer susceptible to therapeutic drugs, scientists say. "While the success of this drug in humans with pancreatic cancer is still unclear, the findings in animal studies were strong, raising hope...
  • Modi meets Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus during US visit January 16, 1410

    New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday had a meeting with eminent Nobel Laureate and famous cancer specialist Professor Harold Varmus and invited him to visit India to assist in health and public care research. Interestingly, 74-year-old Varmus, currently director of the US National cancer Institute, had done his apprenticeship...
  • Exercise good for people undergoing chemotherapy September 20, 2014

    New York: Exercise has multiple benefits and researchers suggest that exercise may have an added benefit for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Their work, performed on a melanoma mouse model, found that combining exercise with chemotherapy shrunk tumours more than chemotherapy alone. "The immediate concern for patients is the cancer but then when...
  • National Cancer Awareness Day on November 7 every year: Harsh Vardhan September 20, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: National Cancer Awareness Day will be observed across the country on November 7 every year, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan announced. "Henceforth, November 7 will be observed all over the country as National Cancer Awareness Day. It is high time we went into combative mode against this disease," he...
  • We should launch a war against cancer: Harsh Vardhan September 19, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Friday called for the launching of a countrywide war against cancer. The minister earlier in the day formally recommended the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) here as one of the 20 RCCs in the country chosen to be elevated as the apex state cancer institute. "Cancer...
  • This will restore your faith in humanity. Stranger leaves family of woman coping with ovarian cancer $1000 as a 'random act of kindness' September 11, 2014

    A Reddit user was woken up by a stranger who left her an envelope addressed to her mother. When she opened it, she was stunned to see 1000 USD in it. Her mother suffers from ovarian cancer. She has shared her story on Imgur with links to a campaign for...
  • Depression more common for cancer patients, but rarely treated September 6, 2014

    New York: Three new studies by researchers at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh in the UK reveal that threequarters of depressed cancer patients are not receiving treatment for depression. The researchers also found that serious depression is more common for cancer patients than for the general population, and varies by...
  • Age no bar for breast cancer surgery: Study September 6, 2014

    Singapore: There is good news for older women suffering from breast cancer as researchers have found that breast cancer surgeries may be safely performed even for women aged 80 years and above. "The results of this study are important as they dispel the misconception and fear among the public that surgery...
  • India faces acute shortage of cancer specialists, only one doctor available for every 2,500 patients September 5, 2014

    Mumbai: Every year nearly 5,00,000 people die of cancer in India, but there are only 1,600 cancer specialists in the country, according to the alarming statistics coming from the Union Health Ministry. What's worse is that a 20 per cent surge in cancer cases is expected by the end of...
  • Pilots, crew face twice the risk of skin cancer September 4, 2014

    Washington: Airline pilots and cabin crews face double the risk of deadly skin cancer compared to the general population and increased exposure to UV rays at higher altitudes may be to blame, according to new research. Several studies have suggested a higher incidence of melanoma in pilots and flight...
  • Injected bacteria can shrink human tumours August 17, 2014

    Washington: In a breakthrough, scientists have developed a modified version of a bacteria that produces a strong and precisely targeted antitumour response in rats, dogs and humans. In its natural form, Clostridium novyi (C novyi) is found in the soil and, in certain cases, can cause tissuedamaging infection in cattle, sheep...
  • An Indianorigin scientist has devised a method to develop cancerfighting drugs from bee, snake or scorpion venom August 12, 2014

    New York: Bee, snake or scorpion venom can soon herald a new generation of cancerfighting drugs, a team of scientists led by an Indianorigin researcher has reported. They have devised a method for targeting venom proteins specifically to malignant cells while sparing healthy ones that reduces or eliminates side effects that...
  • This woman photographed her hair growing back after chemotherapy and it's the most amazing thing to look at August 11, 2014

    A cancer survivor, who lost all her hair to chemotherapy, photographed every stage of it growing back. From the stubble to lush wavy locks, the photographs are the most satisfying thing you will see today. ...
  • Care to get doused with a bucket of ice cold water? You will be helping a charity August 8, 2014

    The idea is simple: Take a bucket of ice water, dump it over your head, record it and post the video on social media. It's cold, it's fun and it's contagious. But these ice bucket challenges and similar social mediapowered stunts also are raising awareness and money for causes such as...
  • Harsh Vardhan writes to states, UTs over sale of tobacco products August 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has written to several states and union territories over easy availability of tobacco products in various forms despite restrictions on their sale. Vardhan also launched an antitobacco website and kicked off a campaign showcasing the plight of a cancer victim on Thursday. In his letter,...
  • India has the second highest number of Hepatitis B infected July 27, 2014

    New Delhi: India has over 40 million Hepatitis B infected patients, second only to China, and most people with chronic Hepatitis B or C are unaware of their infection, putting them at serious risk of developing cirrhosis or liver cancer which are life threatening. As India observes World Hepatitis Day tomorrow,...
  • Cancer therapy cures two Australian patients of HIV! July 21, 2014

    Sydney: In a piece of good news after the sad announcement a few days ago about HIV virus rebounding in the "Mississippi Baby", scientists have uncovered two new cases of HIV patients in whom the virus has become undetectable. The two Australian men became apparently HIVfree after receiving stem cells to...
  • Oral cancer claims one life every six hours in India July 21, 2014

    Kolkata: One person dies every six hours due to oral cancer in the country, signalling an alarming rise in the incidence of the disease, according to a top orthodontist. The situation could be still graver as many cases of the disease went unreported, SecretaryGeneral of the Indian Dental Association Dr....
  • 'Thirdhand' smoke deposited as dust in homes may also pose a potential cancer risk to nonsmokers: study July 18, 2014

    London: Have you finally amended your habits and stopped smoking inside the house to protect your kids from exposure to secondhand smoke? That may not be good enough! Researchers have found that even 'thirdhand' smoke, tobacco smoke gases and particles deposited as dust in homes, pose a potential cancer risk to...
  • Two dead in shooting at Washington state medical center: Police July 8, 2014

    Washington: US Police said that two people died on Tuesday in a shooting at a medical center in Spokane, Washington, and that it appeared a man shot a woman before taking his own life. The Spokane Police Department said on Twitter that officers were securing the area. Local broadcaster KHQ said...
  • 'The Fault In Our Stars' tweet review: The movie deserves applause for staying faithful to the book July 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Literary works have often been used as reference point, source material for films. While many think directing a film based on a popular book is the easiest and also the most reliable way to strike a chord with the audience, not all books adapted into films have managed...
  • Modi wishes quick recovery for Sushil Koirala June 30, 2014

    Kathmandu: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has wished "full and speedy recovery" to his Nepal counterpart Sushil Koirala who is suffering from first stage lung cancer and is in a New York hospital. In a letter to Koirala, Modi has said: "I also take this opportunity to offer my best wishes...
  • Nepal PM Koirala diagnosed with lung cancer June 26, 2014

    Kathmandu: Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has been diagnosed with lung cancer at a US hospital, his personal physician said on Thursday. Koirala, 75, flew to the US 10 days ago for medical treatment as his doctors advised him to have a thorough medical checkup in a wellequipped hospital after black...
  • Gene in brain linked to kidney cancer June 25, 2014

    Washington: Scientists have found that a gene that controls brain growth and development is heavily involved in promoting the most common form of kidney cancer, a finding that could lead to new strategy to treat the disease. The study by researchers from Mayo Clinic in Florida shows that the gene...
  • Mobile radiation not harmful, health experts and doctors June 24, 2014

    Kolkata: A group of health experts and doctors have come together on the same platform to dispel fears of harmful effects of radiation from mobile phones and towers. As part of an awareness campaign by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the experts have assured mobile phone users that radiation...
  • Politicianhumourist Innocent's cancer ward memoir now a part of Kerala state syllabus textbook June 14, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: After winning the Lok Sabha polls as an LDFindependent, actor and humourist Innocent has earned another credit with Kerala Government including in an school textbook excerpts from the memoir he penned when he underwent treatment for cancer. Innocent, who survived cancer just a few months before he plunged into the...
  • US: Indian couple sentenced for using unapproved cancer drugs June 14, 2014

    New York: A US court has sentenced an Indian oncologist and his wife for using unapproved chemotherapy medications at their cancer institute for three years. Anindya Kumar Sen (65) and his wife, Patricia Posey Sen (66), of Tennessee were sentenced by US District Judge Ronnie Greer on charges of introducing misbranded...