Monthly Research Roundup: Walking, Dreaming, and Getting Personal

April 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 April 2015.

  • Lung cancer “Dream Team” formed: More than 35 of the top lung cancer researchers in the United States, dubbed the lung cancer “Dream Team,” are coming together to work on one of the most difficult-to-treat lung cancers – those that have a mutation in a gene called KRAS.
  • Personalized cancer care: Researchers are working on a wide variety of tactics to achieve personalized cancer care, which is the ability to tailor treatments, as well as prevention strategies, to the unique characteristics of each person.
  • Studying possibility of preventing colon cancer with a vaccine: Preventive vaccines may be the next step forward in keeping away colorectal cancer, which is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths for both men and women living in the United States.
  • Helping reduce inequalities in cancer care: Social inequality plays a significant, but often overlooked role in cancer. Harvard researcher Nancy Krieger, Ph.D., with the help of a newly-awarded American Cancer Society Research Professor grant, is launching several new studies that she hopes will give researchers, doctors, and patients a better understanding of how social inequalities impact cancer.
  • Walk an hour a day to live longer: Getting 3 to 5 times the amount of recommended physical activity is linked to living a longer life, according to a new study from researchers from the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society.

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