Exploring treatments in breast cancer

Breast cancer is now the most-diagnosed cancer worldwide. With 2.3 million new cases revealed in 2020, it’s not a problem that’s going away in any hurry. But researchers are looking at new ways to treat it – with some promising leads. The crux of a lot of breast cancer treatment lies in hormones: specifically, in estrogens and … Continue reading Exploring treatments in breast cancer

Honeybee venom kills breast cancer cells

Venom from honeybees, but not bumblebees, has the potential to help fight breast cancer, new Australian research suggests. In trials at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Perth, the “extremely potent” venom rapidly destroyed triple-negative breast cancer and HER2-enriched breast cancer cells, with minimal effect on healthy cells. Melittin – a positively charged … Continue reading Honeybee venom kills breast cancer cells

Ultra-fine X-rays tested on cancer cells

Australian scientists have trialled in rats a new radiation therapy technique that uses ultra-fine X-rays to target brain cancer cells with precision. Working at the Australian Synchrotron, a team from the University of Wollongong combined personalised microbeam radiation therapy (MRT) with what they describe as an innovative assessment of tumour dose-coverage. It is, they say, … Continue reading Ultra-fine X-rays tested on cancer cells

Cancer acts like bacteria to resist drugs

Cancer cells can turn on error-prone DNA copy pathways to adapt to cancer treatment in much the same way as bacteria develop antibiotic resistance, new research has revealed. The process is known as stress-induced mutagenesis and can lead to drug resistance, according to a team led by David Thomas from Australia’s Garvan Institute of Medical … Continue reading Cancer acts like bacteria to resist drugs

Gel could help prevent radiation burns

A novel silicone-based, film-forming gel dressing could be used to prevent skin burns, which are a side effect that affects head and neck cancer patients. The study from the Queensland University of Technology, is the first of its kind to find an effective barrier against skin damage from radiation therapy in head and neck cancer. … Continue reading Gel could help prevent radiation burns