Cancer

20 things you need to know about chemotherapy

Historically these cancer drugs worked almost indiscriminately on rapidly dividing cells, usually poisoning them through free-radical toxic action. The chemotherapy drugs used are decided according to the type of tumour and its state of advancement. Some chemicals work directly on the rogue cell´s DNA; others on the receptors at the cell surface, trying to stop the rogue secondary messages...

CANCER TREATMENT FOR MS PATIENTS GIVES ‘REMARKABLE’ RESULTS

UK doctors in Sheffield say patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) are showing “remarkable” improvements after receiving a treatment usually used for cancer. About 20 patients have received bone marrow transplants using their own stem cells. Some patients who were paralysed have been able to walk again. Prof Basil Sharrack, of Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital, said: “To...

HCV, Cancer Drugs Added to Essential Medicines List as WHO Calls for Lower Prices

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a loud call for improving access to several high-profile—and high-cost—medicines by placing them on its 19thModel List of Essential Medicines released today.The updated list features 36 new medicines, including treatments for tuberculosis, HIV, hepatitis C (HCV) and cancer, and signifies a shift in WHO’s approach to securing...

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