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State of the Fight: Stomach Cancer

Gastric cancer – also known as cancer of the stomach or digestive tract – is the second-leading cause of cancer death worldwide, with about 1 million new cases and approximately 750,000 deaths per year. In the United States, 21,000 new cases are diagnosed per year, with nearly 10,500 deaths annually.

Life Unexpected

Pamela Tom shares surprising facts about HPV-related throat cancer and how she's fighting back.

State of the Fight: Pancreatic Cancer

In 2012, about 44,000 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas – a gland located in the abdomen. The disease will claim an estimated 37,390 lives, with a shockingly low five-year survival rate of only six percent.

Being Thankful, Even Through Cancer

The surprising emotional and physical benefits of giving thanks.

State of the Fight: Lung Cancer

Lung cancer remains, by far, the number one cause of cancer death in the U.S. According to the National Institute of Health, in 2012, more than 226,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and 160,340 will die.

State of the Fight: Liver Cancer

From a worldwide perspective, liver cancer is one of the most common and deadly forms of cancer. I should note that while it’s common for cancer to spread from the lungs and other organs to the liver during metastasis, for this blog I will focus on primary liver cancer, or cancer that originates in the liver.

State of the Fight: Breast Cancer

As a cancer researcher, I knew that cancer could be a devastating disease. Yet, my love of science and quest for knowledge meant I was mainly preoccupied with trying to understand how cancer cells grow uncontrollably in a Petri dish. That all changed when, as it does for far too many of us, my fight against cancer became deeply personal.

Empowering the Citizen Scientist

Dr. Philippe Bishop shares how you can help a revolutionary new breast cancer study.

State of the Fight: Childhood Cancers

Fifty years ago, only about 20 percent of children diagnosed with cancer were cured. Today, while 80 percent to 90 percent of children in developed countries diagnosed with some types of cancer are cured, there are still many types of cancers that claim the lives of nearly all children. Furthermore, among those who do survive, two out of three will live with lifelong problems such as learning disabilities, hearing loss, heart disease, infertility, secondary cancers and more. Not what you consider when you hear the word “cure.”

State of the Fight: Prostate Cancer 2012

We have many new therapies in the pipeline for prostate cancer to help patients. For example, we need to continue to probe the role of androgen signaling in prostate cancer and look at new ways to attack the cancer based on its reliance on the function of the androgen receptor axis. We need to focus more research on rational combinational therapy. All advanced cancers that we can cure are cured by combination therapy. Thus, strategies that combine chemotherapeutic, immunologic, radiation and hormonal therapies are likely to have the best chance of success.
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This year, approximately 1.65 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer and about 585,720 will die of the disease.