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Cancer: Breakthrough treatments to target drug resistance

Cancer: Breakthrough treatments to target drug resistance

Health
The world's first drugs designed to stop cancer cells becoming resistant to treatment could be available within the next decade, scientists have said.A £75m investment to develop the drugs has been announced by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR).Chief executive Prof Paul Workman said cancer's ability to adapt to drugs is the biggest challenge in treatment.The new drugs could make cancer a "manageable" disease in the long term and "more often curable", he said.Researchers say existing treatments such as chemotherapy sometimes fail because the deadliest cancer cells adapt and survive, causing the patient to relapse.Prof Workman said: "Cancer's ability to adapt, evolve and become drug resistant was the cause of the vast majority of deaths from the diseas
‘Dismantling cancer’ reveals weak spots

‘Dismantling cancer’ reveals weak spots

Health
Scientists have taken cancer apart piece-by-piece to reveal its weaknesses, and come up with new ideas for treatment.A team at the Wellcome Sanger Institute disabled every genetic instruction, one at a time, inside 30 types of cancer.It has thrown up 600 new cancer vulnerabilities and each could be the target of a drug. Cancer Research UK praised the sheer scale of the study.PrecisionThe study heralds the future of personalised cancer medicine. At the moment drugs like chemotherapy cause damage throughout the body. One of the researchers is Dr Fiona Behan, whose mother died after getting cancer for the second time. The first course of chemotherapy damaged her mother's heart, so she was not physically strong enough for many treatments the second time aroun...
Student loan borrowers with cancer are supposed to get a break. They’re still waiting

Student loan borrowers with cancer are supposed to get a break. They’re still waiting

Finance
On Sept. 28, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law a bill allowing people with cancer to put their student loan payments on hold. The rollout of the new program has been rocky. The Education Department, in a notice in the Federal Register, writes: "The law was immediately effective, meaning that borrowers can immediately request and, if eligible, should receive the deferment." That's not happening. Cancer patients with student debt hoping to get this new break from their monthly bills are running into a wall. At issue seems...
Smoking after cancer diagnosis raises healthcare costs, study says

Smoking after cancer diagnosis raises healthcare costs, study says

Health
April 5 (UPI) -- Smoking after a cancer diagnosis can lead to soaring healthcare costs, a new study says. On average, smoking after a cancer diagnosis can lift costs by an additional $ 11,000 per patient, according to research published Friday in JAMA Open Network. "These data estimate that smoking could result in $ 3.4 billion in additional cancer treatment costs national if patients continue to smoke after being diagnosed with cancer," Graham Warren, vice chairman at the radiation oncology center at the University of South Carolina and study lead author, said in a news release. "We know that continued smoking can lead to bad treatment outcomes for patients with cancer. The 2014 Surgeon General's Report concluded that continued smoking after a cancer diagnosis increases the risk of dyin...