A Yale-led research team has developed an antibody that blocks tumors in animal models of colorectal cancer. If the finding is confirmed in clinical trials, the antibody-based treatment could become an effective weapon against colorectal cancer, and possibly other cancers, that resist current immunotherapies, the researchers said.
Talking about cancer can be very difficult, even with people you know and love.
How do you have a conversation about a life-changing illness with someone who doesn’t know how it feels to receive a cancer diagnosis?
How can anyone else begin to understand how it feels to experience the treatment you’ve had, to suddenly find that you are no longer as independent as you would like to be or to have concerns about how you are going to get back to ‘normal’ again?
The challenge is equally real for loved ones, who often stand by wanting to help but not knowing how.
On the 18th of February, outback runner Jenna Brook will begin her Running for Bums challenge, a 4500-kilometre journey that will take her from the South East Cape of Tasmania to the tip of Cape York in Queensland.
“While running more than 100 marathons in just 4 months is a daunting prospect, it is made somewhat easier by being in aid of Bowel Cancer Australia and helping to raise awareness of Australia's second biggest cancer killer along the way,” said Jenna.
“My goal is to change the perception of bowel cancer, start a conversation about poo, and put an end to the embarrassment and stigma that has plagued this cancer,” Jenna said.
“You need to do something, even if it is haemorrhoids I want something done, I can't continue living like this," Queenslander Jodie Elisara said, after multiple visits to three different GPs over several years.
Eight years after she first started to experience symptoms, her pain had become unbearable.
Despite repeated attempts to get a definitive diagnosis as to what was causing symptoms which ranged from rectal bleeding, low iron levels, and extreme pain when passing stools, Jodie did not receive a diagnostic colonoscopy until the bowel cancer she was living with had reached stage 3.