Welcome to the Cancer Research Blog Carnival #30!
Let’s start this month off with an interesting post from bayblab. Their post, infrequent fliers and cancer, analyzes whether flying is good or bad for your risk of cancer.
As that post notes, small doses of radiation can actually be protective from cancer. It’s a concept I just learned in Toxicology class, and this overall a quite interesting post from a high quality blog. They blog about other cancer topics and are well worth subscribing to.
The next post is on Lung Cancer – Its Symptoms and Treatment. This post is mostly an overview of what the types of lung cancer are. Readers should remember that lung cancer is tragic in that tends to present at a quite advanced stage and has very significant mortality.
That’s why treatments for it which are not that effective, like Tarceva and Iressa, have generated a lot of hope.
James Randi is a bit of a legend, so I was sad to read this post, where he speaks out about chemotherapy, and if it’s as bad as its reputation might have you think. As this blog has been noting, new treatments for cancer are getting increasingly specific and with less side effects.
To wrap up the posts from other blogs is this interesting analysis of tumors as ecosystems. Cancers are pretty much like rebellious states that set up their own country inside your body, and this post looks at how much like ecosystems they are.
To toot my own horn, this past month I have been analyzing and reading about very interesting new chemotherapies. I put much of my findings into this post where I go through a list of new cancer drugs, and would love to hear from you if you know of any new cancer medications that show promise.
Thanks for reading!