Category Archives: Brain Tumors

Radiosurgery For Treatment of Brain Metastases

Statistics from the 2008 American Cancer Society Registry show that about 1.4 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year and 40% of those patients may develop brain metastasis in their lifetime. Longer patient life expectancies due to improvements in … Continue reading

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Fake Avastin- The Problem with Counterfeit Drugs

Last year it was Tamiflu and Alli. This year it’s Avastin. Counterfeit drugs. Counterfeit versions of the drug Avastin were found in Europe and the USA in early Real Avastin Fake AvastinFebruary and when tested was found to contain a variety … Continue reading

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Telomeres, Telomerase and Cancer

This is a very interesting area of research that may help us unlock them puzzle of why some people develop cancer and others don’t. Some of my information comes from an article printed in February 1996 in Scientic American.* The authors won … Continue reading

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The Body’s Back Up System For Cells That Run Wild

1.  DNA Repair System- See previous post 2.  Apoptosis- See previous post 3.  Limiting the number of times a cell can divide-This prevents the cell from reproducing over and over again. A counting mechanism involving the DNA segments at the … Continue reading

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The Body’s Back Up System For Cells That Run Wild

1.  See Previous Post- DNA Repair System 2.  Apoptosis- this system prompts a cell to commit suicide if an essential component is damaged or the control system is not functioning. Every day, 50-70 billion cells die. Apoptosis is responsible for … Continue reading

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The Body’s Back Up System for Cells That Run Wild

There are 3 systems that help keep cells from runaway cell division: 1.    DNA repair system- Our genes are under constant attack by environmental carcinogens and chemicals produced in the cell itself. Mistakes occur during DNA replication as  well.  Usually, … Continue reading

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TUMOR SUPPRESSOR GENES AND CANCER

Tumor suppressor genes are transcription factors* that become active when a cell experiences stress or DNA damage.The function of tumor suppressor genes is to stop the progression of the cell cycle and carry out DNA repair therefore preventing mutations from … Continue reading

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