Colorectal cancer - new drugs soon on the market

Colorectal cancer which includes cancer of the colon, rectum, anus, and appendix is, after lung cancer, a leading cause of cancer related deaths in certain parts of the world. Currently only a third to one half of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer respond to traditional chemotherapy. Latest strategy in treatment is being targeted at a specific type of receptor, the EGFR found on a cell's surface. The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) found on the surface of tumour cells, has been shown to contribute to the growth and spread of many different types of solid tumours. Activation...

Donor kidneys protect itself in a new body!

Researchers with the Mayo Clinic discover that a donor kidney protects itself once transplanted into a new body. A long-standing medical discussion about how transplanted organs survive in a new body has received provocative new evidence from Mayo Clinic research. It shows a donated kidney survives in a new body by turning on a protective mechanism to shield it from the hostile environment of the patient's immune system. The results are published in this month's American Journal of Transplantation.


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