cancer

Genetics - Cancer
6:43 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Unwinding the helix: using genetics to treat childhood cancer

Washington University’s Todd Druley uses a magnet to separate DNA-coated magnetic beads from a liquid reaction buffer, to isolate specific genes from patient DNA for sequencing analysis.
Scott Supplesa

Pediatric leukemia is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. There are about 3,000 new cases in the United States every year, typically in children between the ages of four and six.

With treatment, about three-quarters of affected children are able to beat the disease.

But for those with what’s known as “high risk” leukemia, the odds of survival are much worse.

Washington University pediatric oncologist Dr. Todd Druley has been trying to use genetics to understand why some leukemia is so hard to treat. He spoke with St. Louis Public Radio's VĂ©ronique LaCapra.

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Health - Cancer
4:37 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

How could dialing 2-1-1 help fight cancer?

(via Flickr/nate steiner)

A new study out of Washington University has found that the 2-1-1 phone information system could be an effective tool to fight cancer in low-income and minority communities.

Across the U.S., people can call 2-1-1 to get help with housing, food, and other social service needs.

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Cancer Prevention
6:25 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Preventing cancer: a conversation with Siteman Cancer Center's Graham Colditz

An x-ray image of a chest. Both sides of the lungs are visible with a growth on the left side of the lung, which could possibly be lung cancer.
(National Cancer Institute)

More than half of cancer cases in the United States could be prevented.

That’s according to a new article published this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine by researchers at the Siteman Cancer Center and Washington University.

St. Louis Public Radio's Véronique LaCapra spoke with lead author Dr. Graham Colditz about what we know about cancer — and why more isn’t being done to prevent it.

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Lawsuit - Asbestos
3:53 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Granite City, Ill., lawsuit over take-home asbestos exposure to go to trial

(via Flickr/s_falkow)

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the family of Annette Simpkins of Granite City, Ill., returning her case to the Madison County circuit court for a trial.

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Music therapy
6:25 am
Wed March 7, 2012

Instruments of Healing: Fighting cancer with medicine and music

St. Louis Symphony cellists Anne Fagerburg and Bjorn Ranheim play a music therapy concert at the Saint Louis University Cancer Center on Feb. 27.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

At first glance, the Saint Louis University Cancer Center and the St. Louis Symphony seem to have vastly different missions. One seeks to provide the best care possible following an often devastating diagnosis. The other seeks to spread the beauty of music wherever it can.

But a unique collaboration looks to combine those two missions as often as possible in the region's first comprehensive music therapy program – to the benefit of both organizations and the people they serve.

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Prostate cancer screening
5:05 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Annual prostate cancer screening not needed for most men, but some can still benefit

Diagram showing the anatomy of the prostate, a gland of the male reproductive system that produces fluid for semen.
(National Cancer Institute)

There's more evidence that most men don’t need an annual prostate cancer screening.

Washington University chief urologist Dr. Gerald Andriole has been leading a clinical trial involving more than 75,000 men over the age of 55.

The study has tracked the men for over a decade, to see whether getting an annual prostate-specific antigen, or PSA test, makes someone less likely to die from prostate cancer.

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