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.