It’s time for a round-up of cancer stories that have appeared on the web recently.
From the US
Given all the coverage in the media lately about US versus UK healthcare, we start in the States. The New York Times has an interesting piece on the “War on Cancer” by Nobel laureate James Watson, entitled “To fight cancer, know the enemy”, with a responding commentary in The UK Times by Mark Henderson.
Meanwhile, over at Respectful Insolence, Orac discusses the problem of recruiting patients onto clinical trials for cancer treatment in the US – a subject we’ll be returning to next month. Over there, only around 3 per cent of adult cancer patients are involved in trials, whereas here in the UK the figure is around 12 per cent.
On the American Cancer Society’s blog, Dr Len discusses the importance of cancer prevention, and navigates the thorny issues of health insurance and euthanasia.
Research – from nanobees to cancer genes
As Cancer Research UK’s Nell Barrie commented, “… there’s a real buzz around using nanotechnology to treat cancer…” , so it’s not surprising the recent story about “nanobees” got quite a lot of coverage. The NHS Choices blog does a nice job of exploring the science behind the headlines. Also on the nano-scale, they cover a fascinating piece of research involving the use of nanomagnets to push cells around, which could have potential applications for cancer treatment.
There have also been a couple of cancer gene stories on NHS Choices, with new genes found for childhood leukaemia and ovarian cancer (both of which Cancer Research UK helped to fund). And they also look into recent reports that immune-blocking drugs for arthritis and other conditions could increase the risk of childhood and teen cancer.
As a companion piece to Henry’s recent post about pancreatic cancer, Dave Munger has a great article about the challenges of pancreatic cancer research (and its reporting in the media) up on SEED magazine.
The latest cancer research blog carnival is up on Bayblab, highlighting the issues surrounding breast cancer overdiagnosis and treatment, triple-negative breast cancer, gene variants and cancer risk, and cancer stem cells. And on Blue Genes there’s a handy guide to understanding cancer. Part 1 is here, with more to follow.
The BBC deserves a pat on the back for its new three-part series The Cell with Adam Rutherford, looking in fascinating detail at these microscopic building blocks of life. The first part was a trip back in time, peering down the earliest microscopes to look for signs of life, including a peek at Rutherford’s own sperm on national television.
You can watch it (once each episode has been broadcast) on the BBC’s iPlayer.
If you’ve seen any interesting cancer-related stories or blogs on the web recently, please share them in the comments below.
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