New drug for prostate cancer patients extends life by 4.6 months. Wah, is that a great achievement?

SINGAPORE: A new drug to treat advanced stage prostate cancer may prolong lives and mitigate pain for patients whose conditions have worsened while on, or after chemotherapy.

Called Zytiga, the pill has been approved by the Health Sciences Authority of Singapore.

Prostate cancer is the third most common cancer among Singaporean men.

In global clinical trials, patients lived an average of 4.6 months longer after taking the drug.

Read more: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/health/view/1209295/1/.html

One professor sent me this note:  Increasing life span by 4.6 months using zytiga (abiraterone acetate) with accompanying side effects is said to be an achievement. It is ridiculous to any good academic.

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Cancer Research – Not truthful? Only to protect rice bowl?

This is an e-mail written by some in the know of what is going on. Take his message anyway you like.

This is what he wrote:

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In 2001, I was working in the Research & Development (R&D) team at a Cancer Centre (CC), for molecular elucidation of the cause of gastric cancer.

One day, came a Professor for the USA. This Professor was meant to be authoritative scientist in gastric cancer research, having multiple decades of experiences. I was one of a few lucky ones who had an opportunity to attach to this professor during his 5-day visit @ CC. He showed a lot of interesting results on gastric cancer research but on the 5th day, he concluded in a closed door internal academic opinion exchange session, that he couldn’t trace the cause of gastric cancer at all, after 15years of effort.

It wasn’t so surprising then, because, breakthrough in science seriously isn’t easy. If there is a breakthrough in 20 years, it’s considered lucky, in academic field.

Professor later added, because he had consumed so much money from Glaxo Wellcome, he had to present some “results” to the investor. So he confessed that he picked the “most probable” ‘causative’ gene which, by statistical analysis, contributed to only 15% of all gastric cancer incidences, as a target gene for gastric cancer drug development.

If the gene wasn’t even identified, what use was the drug for? We now know that cancer is not caused by just one gene going hay wired, in fact a very big part actually lies on epigentics (i.e. micro-environmental influence on genes).

I immediately planned for my departure from Cancer R &D on that very day. Also this was one very important episode in my life that strengthen my will to do education on cancer preventive medicine, via proper diet and holistic lifestyle.

Scientists suggest that cancer is man-made

Cancer is a modern, man-made disease caused by environmental factors such as pollution and diet, a study review by University of Manchester scientists has strongly suggested.

Professor Rosalie David, at the Faculty of Life Sciences, said: “In industrialised societies, cancer is second only to cardiovascular disease as a cause of death. But in ancient times, it was extremely rare. There is nothing in the natural environment that can cause cancer. So it has to be a man-made disease, down to pollution and changes to our diet and lifestyle.”

She added: “The important thing about our study is that it gives a historical perspective to this disease. We can make very clear statements on the cancer rates in societies because we have a full overview. We have looked at millennia, not one hundred years, and have masses of data.”

Read more:  http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=6243

http://www.nature.com/nrc/journal/v10/n10/full/nrc2914.html

World Health Organization declares diesel fumes cause lung cancer

Read more: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/healthcare/biotech/healthcare/world-health-organization-declares-diesel-fumes-cause-lung-cancer/articleshow/14088081.cms

Diesel fumes cause lung cancer, the World Health Organization declared Tuesday, and experts said they were more carcinogenic than secondhand cigarette smoke.
The WHO decision, the first to elevate diesel to the “known carcinogen” level, may eventually affect some U.S. workers who are heavily exposed to exhaust. It is particularly relevant to poor countries, where trucks, generators, and farm and factory machinery routinely belch clouds of sooty smoke and fill the air with sulfurous particulates.

Diesel engines power commerce and transportation around the world, but the exhaust they produce can prove deadly. The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Tuesday that it now classifies diesel exhaust as a cause of cancer. While major advances in technology have helped clean up some diesel pollution in the United States, the findings could have serious implications for developing countries still relying on dirty diesel power.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/environment/la-me-gs-diesel-exhaust-causes-cancer-says-world-health-organization-20120615,0,4699323.story

Alternative medicine may help cancer patients

Study finds that those using complementary therapies have fewer infections

By MELISSA PANG

A study surveyed 357 patients from the National Cancer Centre Singapore. Of these, 195 used complementary and alternative medicines, while the remaining 162 were non-users.

Cancer patients who take complementary and alternative medicine come down with fewer infections than those who do not, a local study has found. They are also less likely to be hospitalised or need antibiotics.

Read more:  http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_810779.html

CT scans on children ‘could triple brain cancer risk’

By Jane Dreaper Health correspondent, BBC News

The study looked at the records of nearly 180,000 young patients

Multiple CT scans in childhood can triple the risk of developing brain cancer or leukaemia, a study suggests.

Read more:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-18342867

http://health.auplurk.com/2012/06/ct-scans-could-triple-risk-of-brain.html