Monthly Research Roundup: Nanosensors, New Lung Cancer Mutations, and MoreAug 1, 2014
Every day, American Cancer Society researchers and scientists across the world are working to find cancer cures – and better ways to treat and prevent the disease. Below are some of the interesting stories our researchers think you should know about from July.
- Researchers creating nanosensor to monitor for cancer: A device just one nanometer in diameter, which can be inserted under the skin, may one day be able to signal the onset, progression, or spread of cancer, and alert doctors so they can take action more quickly.
- More lung cancer mutations found: The identification of 4 new types of genetic mutations in the most common form of lung cancer could open the door for targeted treatment options for many more patients.
- Cancer survivor guidelines key to long-term care: Ensuring survivors are getting the long-term follow-up care they need is becoming increasingly important as this population is growing and living longer. To provide a better quality of life for these patients, several organizations in recent years have put together guidelines for their care.
- Targeting specific gene to stop lung cancer’s spread: In this video, cancer researcher and former American Cancer Society grantee Adam Marcus, Ph.D., reveals insights into the role a gene called LKB1 – often damaged in lung cancer patients – plays in cancer metastasis and how targeting it may help more patients survive.
- Testicular cancer on the rise in young Hispanic men: Testicular cancer rates among young Hispanic men are increasing more quickly than they are among their non-Hispanic counterparts.