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Diabetes drug Actos may pose bladder cancer risk

Taking the diabetes drug Actos may increase one’s risk of developing bladder cancer, Health Canada and the drug’s maker, Takeda Canada Inc., say.

The statement was the culmination of a safety assessment Health Canada announced last June, two days after the U.S. Food and Drug administration issued a warning similar to the one the… Diabetes drug Actos may pose bladder cancer risk   



Protein RAL associated with aggressive characteristics in prostate, bladder and skin cancers

We have known for years that when the proteins RalA and RalB are present, cells in dishes copy toward aggressive forms of cancer. However, until this week, no study had explored the effects of RAL proteins in human cancers - an essential step on the path to developing drugs to target these proteins. From… Protein RAL associated with aggressive characteristics in prostate, bladder and skin cancers   



Like prostate cancer, bladder cancer patients may benefit from anti-androgen therapy

Bladder cancer patients whose tumors express high levels of the protein CD24 have worse prognoses than patients with lower CD24. A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that CD24 expression may depend on androgens – and that anti-androgen therapies like those currently… Like prostate cancer, bladder cancer patients may benefit from anti-androgen therapy   



Advanced surgical approaches may benefit elderly patients with colorectal, bladder cancers

Advanced surgical techniques such as robotic-assisted operations and minimally invasive surgical procedures may extend survival and improve recovery in octogenarians with bladder and colorectal cancers when compared with patients who undergo conventional open operations according to two new studies presented at the 2012 Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Boston University… Advanced surgical approaches may benefit elderly patients with colorectal, bladder cancers   



Surgery or radiation, not monitoring, most often sought for low-risk prostate cancer, Mayo finds

Few physicians recommend active surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer rather than pursuing surgery or radiation, according to a Mayo Clinic study being presented at the North Central Section of the American Urological Association’s annual meeting Oct. 10 in Chicago. Mayo Clinic urologists also are discussing findings on enlarged prostates, bladder cancer and other research… Surgery or radiation, not monitoring, most often sought for low-risk prostate cancer, Mayo finds   



New study of the molecular roots of recurrent bladder infections could lead to a vaccine

Urinary-tract infections are the second most common bacterial infection in humans, and many of them are recurrent. A study published by Cell Press on February 14th in the journal Immunity reveals the cellular and molecular basis of recurrent bladder infections and suggests possible treatment strategies, such as vaccines, to prevent this common problem.

“Our… New study of the molecular roots of recurrent bladder infections could lead to a vaccine   



Stem cell findings may offer answers for some bladder defects and disease

For the first time, scientists have succeeded in coaxing laboratory cultures of human stem cells to develop into the specialized, unique cells needed to repair a patient’s defective or diseased bladder.

The breakthrough, developed at the UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures and published today in the scientific journal Stem Cells Translational Medicine, is… Stem cell findings may offer answers for some bladder defects and disease   



Genetic profile predicts which bladder cancer patients will benefit from early chemotherapy

Three genetic changes can predict whether a patient will benefit from chemotherapy before surgery to remove bladder cancer, according to new findings presented by Fox Chase Cancer Center researchers during the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

During the study, 36 patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer received chemotherapy before surgery,… Genetic profile predicts which bladder cancer patients will benefit from early chemotherapy   



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