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mRNA vaccine for pancreatic cancer — excellent long-term results

Recent long-term clinical trial data reveals the personalized mRNA vaccine, cevumeran, elicits a lasting immune response in pancreatic cancer patients, significantly improving recurrence-free survival. The phase 2 trial explores cevumeran’s combined efficacy with chemotherapy, as this approach shows potential to revolutionize treatment for this hard-to-treat cancer, underscoring mRNA vaccines’ role in advancing medical treatments.

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Does sugar cause cancer? Another dumb myth to be debunked

Despite the widespread belief that sugar may cause cancer, there is no strong clinical evidence to support this link. While some research, like a 2017 Nature Communications paper, suggests a connection, these findings are inconclusive and don’t constitute a general claim that sugar causes cancer. Cancer is a complex disease with over 200 types, each with different causes. Lifestyle changes, like avoiding smoking and maintaining a healthy diet, can reduce cancer risk. However, the Warburg effect posits that cancer could have a unique sugar metabolism, which presents a potential research avenue for treatments. It’s important to manage sugar intake for other health reasons, but currently, sugar avoidance is not proven to prevent or treat cancer.

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Vitamin D supplements do not prevent cancer

Claims about vitamin D supplements preventing or curing cancer are greatly exaggerated. Most research, typically in cell culture or animal models, fails to translate into clinical relevance. Large studies have found no link between vitamin D and reduced cancer incidence or improved cancer outcomes. Though essential in regulated amounts, excess vitamin D is toxic, and its synthesis is a response to sunlight, limiting the benefits and posing skin cancer risks. Individuals diagnosed with deficiencies should follow medical advice but not expect miraculous cancer prevention.

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100-year-old BCG vaccine — promising treatment for liver cancer

The BCG vaccine, initially for tuberculosis, shows promise in treating hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), common liver cancer, as per a study by UC Davis researchers. The vaccine, in animal models, triggered an immune response reducing cancer growth. With its history of repurposing for bladder cancer and potential in diabetes reversal, this FDA-approved vaccine may soon enter clinical trials for HCC.

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Eggplant (aubergine) and skin cancer — what does science say?

Despite internet claims about eggplant extract (BEC5) treating skin cancer, thorough research reveals no robust, clinical evidence supporting its efficacy. A study not validated by reputable journals or recognized by major medical societies is being overhyped without substantial backing. Medical professionals advise conventional treatments over unproven herbal remedies for skin cancer.

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New mRNA vaccine for pancreatic cancer enters phase 2 trials

A new personalized mRNA vaccine for pancreatic cancer, cevumeran, has shown promise in a phase 1 trial and is advancing to a larger phase 2 trial. It works by inducing an immune response against specific antigens in each patient’s tumor, offering hope for a disease with typically poor prognosis. Developed by BioNTech, cevumeran complements standard treatments like surgery and chemotherapy, potentially increasing overall success rates.

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Does drinking alcohol increase the risk of cancer?

The WHO suggests cutting alcohol lowers cancer risks, but evidence is mixed. A recent paper found limited or inadequate evidence of reduced cancer risk with lower alcohol consumption, specifically for cancers like laryngeal, colorectal, and breast cancer, while some links to oral and esophageal cancer were noted. Despite some findings, significant scientific gaps remain, and further research is needed to establish clearer connections between alcohol reduction and cancer risk.

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HPV vaccine prevents cervical cancer in women

A Scottish study found that the HPV vaccine is highly effective in preventing cervical cancer, with zero cases among women vaccinated at ages 12-13. The vaccine also significantly reduces cancer risk when given later, with three-dose protocols. The findings bolster the importance of early vaccination to combat HPV-related cancers.