Monthly Research Roundup: Possible New Benefit of Exercise, Research to Improve Immunotherapy, and More

June Research Roundup

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 June 2015.

  • A possible new role for exercise during cancer treatment: Early-stage research shows that exercise may have yet another benefit – the right amount at the right time could make cancer treatments more effective.
  • Getting the immune system to remember how to fight off cancer: American Cancer Society-funded researcher Surojit Sarkar, Ph.D., at Pennsylvania State University, is trying to figure out how to improve the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapies by looking for ways to help the immune system remember how to recognize and attack cancer so if it comes back in the future, the immune cells will be ready to fight and win.
  • To stop breast cancer’s spread, gene regulators may be key: Early-stage research being conducted by American Cancer Society grantee Douglas Hurst, Ph.D., suggests that it may be possible to stop the spread of breast cancer by changing the activity of molecules that are helping control whether certain genes get turned on or turned off. If the wrong combination of genes gets turned on – or off – cancer can spread.
  • Survivors’ top needs are physical and financial: American Cancer Society researchers studied what cancer survivors say in their own words their needs are. The analysis uncovered 16 themes, with physical problems mentioned most frequently, followed by financial issues.
  • Rates of melanoma skin cancer are rising: If rates of melanoma continue to increase at the current pace, 112,000 new cases will be diagnosed in 2030, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Melanoma is a dangerous type of skin cancer that can spread to other parts of the body if not caught early.

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