A new strategy for genetically bolstering the immune system proved surprisingly powerful against an advanced form of leukemia according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Medical oncologist Renier Brentjens, MD, PhD, was quoted. Additional interviews with Dr. Brentjens also appeared on ABCNews.com and The Scientist.com.
A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that a new approach to reprogram immune cells to attack cancer is producing encouraging results. Geneticist Michel Sadelain, MD, PhD, was quoted.
According to a study published in the journal BMC Medicine, herbal medications can cause dangerous side effects when mixed with certain medicines or health conditions. Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Chief of Integrative Medicine, Barrie Cassileth, PhD, was quoted.
Urologic surgeon Bernard Bochner was interviewed about a published analysis of SEER data that found that nearly all patients with high-grade, primary bladder cancer do not receive guideline-recommended follow-up care.
Breast imaging radiologist Elizabeth Morris discussed a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that found that women with dense breasts are at a higher risk of breast cancer and are more likely to have aggressive tumors compared to women with less dense breasts.
The Department of Environmental Protection said it suspects that iodine-131, used to treat thyroid cancer, is winding up in Philadelphia’s drinking water intakes from patients excreting excess radioactivity in their urine. Endocrinologist James Fagin and chemist Pat Zanzonico are quoted.