Cancer-scanning device detects residual cancer cells post-surgery – Biotech’s future

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Despite a surgeon’s best efforts, residual cancer cells often remain after a tumor is removed. Now, a technology from NSF-funded small business NovaScan detects cancer cells in living tissue in real-time. The cancer-scanning device has already been used to find breast cancer cells. NovaScan’s William Gregory talked about how the wand works at the 2014 BIO International Convention.

Leveraging the immune system to fight cancer – Biotech’s future

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Inventors are using small-scale biology and engineering to find ways to use the body’s natural defenses to effectively treat cancer. NSF-funded small business GigaGen uses microfluidics, bioinformatics and genome sequencing to look for antibodies that may be good candidates for new therapies. GigaGen’s David Johnson explained how at the 2014 BIO International Convention.

United to End Cancer

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There are those who stand together to make a difference in the fight against cancer — The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s community of donors. From across the world and all walks of life, these diverse supporters are united in their generosity toward the Moon Shots Program, the most ambitious assault on cancer ever undertaken by a single institution.

For more information and to make a donation, visit: mdanderson.org/gifts

Personalized treatment for ovarian cancer

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/personalized-treatment-for/id4318482... MD Anderson Cancer Center now has a more strategic approach to treating ovarian cancer which results in a 68% higher rate of removing the whole cancer tumor. Previously, all new ovarian cancer patients would undergo surgery to explore the extent of the disease and remove as much of it as possible. Under this new protocol, all patients undergo this procedure to determine if chemotherapy may...

Wilms’ tumor: childhood kidney cancer

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wilms-tumor-childhood-kidney/id43184... Wilms’ tumor is a cancer that develops in the kidney and is the fifth most common cancer in children. Generally there are no symptoms and Wilms’ tumor is most likely discovered when a large mass is felt by a parent. Najat Daw, M.D., professor in Pediatrics at MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses detection, treatment and research for Wilms’ tumor.

Prostate Cancer Moon Shot update

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Download from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/prostate-cancer-moon-shot/id43184821... . The Prostate Cancer Moon Shot at MD Anderson Cancer Center focuses on: reducing overtreatment; combining therapies used in more advanced cases to treat the disease earlier; and developing new, targeted therapies (including immunotherapy) for patients who see little to no benefit from traditional treatment methods. Timothy Thompson, Ph.D., professor in Genitourinary Medical Oncology, discusses...