Cancer Research Blog Carnival #45
Qi exam prep is proud to be hosting the 45th Cancer Research Blog Carnival! This blog carnival highlights posts on cancer that have stood out over the past month.
As a medical writer, I've always had a bias towards meds, so start first with this one.
This post walks us through step by step analyzing claims that chemotherapy isn't that effective. Direct yet clever, it does a great job of discussing the various issues, in particular, showcasing the statistical evidence that shows benefit.
Personalized medicine has been hyped by the media especially since the breakthrough human genome sequencing. Yet how much progress have we really made?
This article discusses this question and does an especially good job of looking at some personalized medicine approaches being used in the treatment of cancers.
Somewhat brief but to the point, this piece discusses the growing field of adoptive T-cell immunity. The idea is to grow immune cells against a melanoma cancer then put them back into the body. This idea can actually be seen in the treatment Provenge for prostate cancer which was approved a year ago.
Another article discussing an emerging technology. This one is on the use of carbon nanotubes as a cancer detection device. Carbon nanotubes are the big thing in nanotechnology, and increasingly small lab detection tests are a big thing in bio.
The goal is to detect diseases like cancer even when it is present in only extremely small amounts and hard to find by normal testing. Hopefully in the next 10 years or so, we'll see some important clinical advances.
This touching and personal post discusses the author's experience getting a colonoscopy. It is a reminder that, while an unpleasant and in some ways invasive procedure, it plays a key role in cancer detection.
Not to mention it's interesting to learn more about what actually happens with the procedure.