University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Cancer News

U-M Researchers Find First Major Gene Mutation Associated with Hereditary Prostate Cancer Risk

After a 20-year quest to find a genetic driver for prostate cancer that strikes men at younger ages and runs in families, researchers have identified a rare, inherited mutation linked to a significantly higher risk of the disease. more

In Rare Cancers, It Takes a Village to Make a Difference

When Diana Hart's brother was diagnosed with adrenal cancer, her whole world turned upside down. Like so many others who feel powerless in the face of life-threatening illness, Diana turned to the Internet for information and guidance, but she found very few resources. Considered an ultra-rare cancer, adrenal cancer strikes less than 400 people nationwide each year. Unlike patients with more common cancers, those with rare cancers don't have national support networks or immediate access to information about best practices and treatment options. more

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Cancer Drugs Found to Increase Breast Cancer Stem Cells

Cancer treatments designed to block the growth of blood vessels were found to increase the number of cancer stem cells in breast tumors in mice. more

First-of-Its-Kind Surgery Helps Cancer Patient Keep Her Voice

When Sherry Wittenberg was diagnosed with a rare cancer in the cricoid cartilage of her larynx, doctors told her the only way to treat the condition was to remove her voice box. more

Gene Linked to Pancreatic Cancer Growth

A mutant protein found in nearly all pancreatic cancers plays a role not only in the cancer's development, but also in its continued growth, according to a new study. more

Ginger Root Supplement Reduced Colon Inflammation Markers

Ginger supplements reduced markers of colon inflammation in a select group of patients, suggesting that this supplement may have potential as a colon cancer prevention agent. more

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