Research

Impact of Exercise on Cancer Mortality, Recurrence, & Treatment-Related Side Effects

Published Epidemiologic Reviews, researchers followed a total of 100 studies, involving thousands of individual patients whose exercise behavior was assessed following the diagnosis of any type of cancer.  

There are 2 major categories of health concerns for cancer patients and survivors: 1) concern regarding cancer recurrence and mortality, and 2) the persistent adverse effects of cancer treatment.

Forks Over Knives

FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the claim that most; if not all; of the so-called "diseases of affluence" that afflict us can be controlled; or even reversed; by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

The China Study

'The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health' is a fascinating combination of story, discovery, research, and the quest to understand cancer.

Diagnosing Pancreatic Cancer with the Tongue Microbiome

Pancreatic cancer initially has very few symptoms, so it often goes undiagnosed.  That's unfortunate, as approximately 1.6 percent of adults in the US will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at some point.  The 5-year survival rate for patients treated for pancreatic cancer is only 8.5%.

That's all pretty daunting.  Researchers are actively seeking better treatment, but it would help if they could detect this cancer at an earlier stage.

A One-Two Punch to Knock Out Leukemia

Scientists at the CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, have been looking into better ways to treat leukemia.  

Specifically, their concern for leukemia patients is that drugs will restrict the progression of their disease, but not completely eliminate it.  Therefore, leukemia patients are constantly taking drugs to manage their disease, often with unpleasant side effects, and comes with a risk of resistance and then failure to respond.

An Unexpected Path to Cell Death Before Cancer Starts

Scientists at the Salk Institute made an interesting discovery (published in the journal Nature, on January 23, 2019), when studying how telomeres relate to cancer.  A cellular process called autophagy (the body's way of cleaning out damaged cells, in order to regenerate newer, healthier cells), can actually promote cell death, which would prevent damaged cells from becoming cancerous.

There are many checkpoints in the body that try to prevent cells from dividing out of control (become cancerous), but this was not expected.

The Million Woman Study

In 1996, The Million Woman Study began recruiting women to participate in a long range study tracking the risk of breast cancer associated with different types of menopausal hormone therapy, but they found many participants, who had reached adulthood in the 60s had both smoked and used oral contraceptives as teens and young adults.  They also began to look at weight, as obesity was also on the rise.