HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Chemoprevention backgrounder: Working for a future of cancer chemoprevention

by M. D. Anderson researchers. Those compounds are retinoids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), calcium compounds and selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs).

The research represents a completely new way of thinking about cancer, says Waun Ki Hong, M.D., head of the Division of Cancer Medicine at M. D. Anderson. "Cancer doesn't begin with the appearance of a tumor, just as cardiac disease doesn't start with a heart attack," he says.

"And just as we can control the risk of a heart attack with medication, we want to control the process of cancer development with drugs and supplements," says Hong, who is credited as a national pioneer in the chemoprevention movement, an effort he started at the Boston VA Medical Center before he moved to M. D. Anderson in 1984. In 2003, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation (CRPF) recognized Hong with its second annual AACR-CRPF Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research. The previous year's inaugural award went to Michael B. Sporn, M.D., of Dartmouth Medical School, for his work on the basic science of chemoprevention.

"As complicated as cancer is, oncology is decades behind cardiology in this respect, but we will get there. It is just going to require a lot of patience and hard work."

Adds Bernard Levin, M.D., vice president for Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences at M. D. Anderson, "Our work will never be done until we can say that we have reduced the risk of developing cancer very substantially - perhaps down to zero."

The retinoid story - first bid to reverse damage When Hong began his work on chemoprevention three decades ago, researchers knew very little about the genetic changes that push a normal cell to divide and survive - the cross-circuitry that produces cancer. And they were still honing use of the tools that helped them cut out tumors (surgery), zap cancer from outside (radiation)
'"/>

Contact: Nancy Jensen
nwjensen@mdanderson.org
713-792-0655
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
16-Nov-2004


Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

Related medicine news :

1. Cancer gene therapy news backgrounder: New ideas fuel next generation gene therapy research
2. Iressa news backgrounder: Testing of smart drug expands at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
3. Cancer markers news backgrounder: Future of cancer diagnosis, treatment lies in tumor barcode
4. Working out may keep breast cells working well
5. PAHO Working With Affected Communities In Central America
6. Lupus Foundation Of America Awards Summer Internship To Student Working At Wistar Institute
7. Concerns over the future of childrens health care in British general practice
8. Engineers develop biowarfare sensing elements for future highly sensitive nerve-gas detectors
9. HIV vaccine trial breaks ground for future research
10. Climate change and the future of air travel
11. NIH action plan charts future challenges for liver disease research

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/7/2020)... ... January 07, 2020 , ... ... for characterizing microbiome populations down to the strain level, has announced a ... organization. , TOMY provides high-quality instruments and services to industry segments including ...
(Date:1/7/2020)... ... January 07, 2020 , ... Red Oak ... Director of Foothills at Red Oak Recovery effective immediately. Ian began working ... the nation's leading residential treatment centers for adolescents. In this capacity, Ian worked ...
(Date:1/7/2020)... ... 06, 2020 , ... After 32 years in Stealth Mode, LumaCare ™ ... Duo ™. , The first public demonstrations of the LumaCare Duo will be given ... during CES 2020, the largest consumer electronics trade show and conference in the United ...
(Date:1/7/2020)... ... , ... R3 Stem Cell is now offering access to all regenerative training ... 24/7 and includes all the stem cell and exosome courses. , For several years, ... For the online regenerative training courses, R3 assembled all of the presentations and procedures ...
(Date:1/3/2020)... ... January 02, 2020 , ... ... lifestyle solutions, has announced the final round of U.S. finalists for its annual ... are Andrew Bischoff of Minnetonka, Minnesota; Ashley Pederson of St. Paul, Minnesota; Kim ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/7/2020)... , ... January 07, 2020 , ... ... enterprises and telecom service providers, announced today it has been selected by MetLife ... network infrastructure. , “As part of our ongoing commitment to maintain the ...
(Date:1/5/2020)... ... January 04, 2020 , ... The Voice First ... firms are fighting for leadership in both devices and voice assistant software. As ... during the past few years, multiple health-related voice assistants have been introduced, including ...
(Date:1/3/2020)... ... ... Stay on top of current hot topics through free webinars presented by leading ... free, so be sure to register today to save your place. Participate in the ... our upcoming webinars: , CLINICAL OPERATIONS , January 23 – The Benefits of a ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: