Posts Tagged "ovarian tumors"

Avenue Opens for New Ovarian Cancer Drugs

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 in Cancer

by Stephen Adams At present the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel, also known by its brand names Paxol and Abraxane, is often prescribed to shrink ovarian tumours by stopping cancer cells dividing. But some ovarian cancers are resistant to such drugs, known as taxanes, which are derived from the yew tree. Now British and American researchers, partly funded by Cancer Research UK, believe they have opened up a new route after identifying a key protein. They found that cells struggled to divide when they interfered with a gene known as SIK2, which produces the protein. The discovery was a surprise...

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Tiny ovarian tumors can lurk for years

Posted on Aug 12, 2009 in Cancer

New study may explain why diagnoses often come too late updated 8:30 p.m. ET, Mon., July 27, 2009 WASHINGTON – Tiny ovarian tumors lurk in the Fallopian tubes for an average of four years before they grow large enough to be detected, researchers reported on Monday in a study that explains why diagnosis usually comes too late to save a woman’s life.They said they were trying to find ways to improve testing for the cancer, one of the deadliest because it is so hard to detect before it has spread. “Reliable early detection would save so many more lives than many new...

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