Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 12, 2003
Research casts doubt on safety of black cohosh for women with breast cancer
Research results released today by the Mylan School of Pharmacy at Duquesne University indicate that the dietary supplement herbal extract black cohosh, one of the most widely used alternative therapies for women experiencing menopause symptoms, may not be a safe alternative therapy for women with breast cancer and may be undesirable for women that could have undetected breast tumors.

New generation of treatments shows promise for cancer patients
Armed with information about the function and capabilities of currently approved cancer therapies, researchers are beginning to develop more potent and successful treatments, according to research presented today at the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

First public forum on the use of proscar to prevent prostate cancer in healthy men
A panel of experts from a variety of fields in cancer research and treatment will conduct the first public forum at the AACR Annual Meeting over the use of finasteride - sold by Merck under the brand name Proscar - to prevent prostate cancer in otherwise healthy men.

Older drug could have exciting new role in treating colorectal cancer
Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center are reporting how a 15-year-old drug could have a promising new role in the treatment of rectal cancer.

Telomere shortening may be early marker of cancer activity
Telomere shortening may be one of the earliest and most prevalent changes on a cell's path to cancer, according to two studies presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).

One drug, two targets
Targeted therapies are the new paradigm in cancer treatment and researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia are developing the second generation of these antibody-based drugs.
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