Archive for May, 2011

Early detection of cancer among patients important: President

May 31, 2011

Early detection of cancer among patients is important as is the need to create awareness about the disease by educating people, according to President Pratibha Patil. Patil said tobacco consumption in the country was high and should be discouraged as it was found linked with incidences of cancer.

She said the option of an integrated therapy should be explored by experts in different branches of medicine to find cure and offer relief to the patients, lessening their suffering.  Read more…


Getting To The Bottom Of Coffee And Prostate Cancer

May 30, 2011

According to a new study, regular coffee drinkers amongst men appear to have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer, particularly those men who drank regular or decaffeinated coffee. Even as our love affair with coffee continues to grow, there are many contradictory findings regarding coffee’s many health benefits, and similarly conflicting results as to its harmful effects.

Several compounds in coffee are known to affect human body chemistry. Coffee beans contain certain chemicals, mild psycho-tropics for humans, but toxic in large doses, or even in normal amounts when consumed by many creatures in the wild. The caffeine in coffee acts as a stimulant, but there are certain potential risks to it.  Roasted coffee has been reported to contain over 1,000 chemicals, 19 of which are known rodent carcinogens. However, most substances cited as rodent carcinogens occur naturally and at exposure levels typically experienced in day-to-day life, cannot be assumed to be carcinogenic in humans. Read more…

Skin Cancer Awareness

May 28, 2011

Skin cancer awareness day, dubbed “Don’t Fry Day,” took place on Friday, kicking off the Memorial Day weekend. Don’t forget your sunscreen along with your swimsuit! Since they are non-melanomas, they are so common and treatable that they are often overlooked in cancer statistics. Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer and is diagnosed in over 68,000 people a year.  Read more…

Study : New method for detecting oral cancer

May 27, 2011

During the study, oral surgeons will use a fluorescence visualization (FV), or “blue light,” to identify cancerous tissue in the mouth that needs removal. Using traditional white light, it’s hard to spot oral cancer. But under the blue light, normal tissue generates a fluorescence, while oral squamous cell cancers or pre-cancerous cells go dark.

In this new trial, researchers will assess the efficacy of the tool on 400 eligible patients. Often, oral surgeons can’t easily see all of the cancerous tissue in the initial operation and therefore can’t get it all. It’s hoped this study will show that the blue light device helps with finding high-risk, pre-cancerous tissue that might otherwise go undetected. The beauty of the FV or “blue light” is that it is an incredibly simple concept: it is not invasive or painful, and the technology is relatively easy to use. Read more…

Prostate cancer drug extends life by four months.

May 26, 2011

The treatment, discovered is one of a very few treatments that can help men in the final stages of the disease. It represents a breakthrough because it was previously thought that hormone therapy did not extend life for those with advanced prostate cancer.

n a clinical trial of 1,195 men with prostate cancer who had stopped responding to standard hormone therapy as well as chemotherapy, those given the new treatment survived for nearly 15 months – about four months longer than those given a placebo. They also experienced less pain. Read more…

Brisk Walking May Help Keep Prostate Cancer in Check

May 25, 2011

Brisk walking may help men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer reduce their risk of progression of the disease, according to a new study. The study shows that survivors who walk at a pace of at least 3 miles per hour for three hours or more per week were 57% less likely to develop the biochemical markers of cancer recurrence or to need a second round of treatment for their disease.
Another study also showed that physical activity after diagnosis seemed to reduce disease-related death in a distinct group of men with prostate cancer.The new study supports that finding and was the first to focus on the effect of exercise after diagnosis on early indications of progression of the disease, such as a rise in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood levels. Read more…

Narayana Hrudayalaya – LVAD – Artificial Heart

May 25, 2011

Physics of Echocardiography

May 24, 2011

History Of Ultrasound Imaging

  • 1760 Abbe Lazzaro Spallanzani – Father of Ultrasound.
  • 1912 First Practical application for rather unsuccessful search for Titanic.
  • 1942 First used as diagnostic tool for localizing brain tumors
  • 1953 First reflected Ultrasound to examine the heart.
  • 1970 Origin of TEE

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Please help, pray for Rheamol ward off cancer

May 23, 2011

Rheamol (aka Sherin Sara Alexander), is a sprightly 13-year-old, fighting for her life. A member of the St Mary’s Orthodox Valiyapally, Jalahalli, Bangalore, this exceptional child is the daughter of Mr Alexander Panicker. When all other kids are out in school and playful, this kid is on chemotherapy and transplant at an young age. Currently, Rheamol is undergoing treatment for cancer – or relapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at the Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital near Bangalore. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) is a form of leukemia, or cancer of the white blood cells which is characterised by excess lymphoblasts. Rheamol was diagnosed at the age of six and has been undergoing various treatments since then, including chemotherapy for the past 7 years at the hospital on the outskirts of Bangalore. Her only restorative treatment for survival is a Bone Marrow Transplant.

Dr Sharat Damodar, consultant haematologist and head of Bone Marrow Transplant unit at the Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospital says the only curative treatment is a bone marrow transplant since Rheamol has no HLA matching sibling and is planned for cord blood transplant. The approximate cost of the bone marrow transplant is Rs 8 lakhs while the approximate cost of the bone marrow treatment itself is Rs 10.50 lakhs in the absence of any major complications. Read more…

Indian herbs contain natural antibiotics to fight oral cancer

May 21, 2011

A new research has investigated the potency of Indian wild plants against bacterial and fungal infections in the mouths of oral cancer patients.Researchers  tested extracts from several plants used in traditional or folk medicine against microbials found in the mouths of oral cancer patients.

Of the 40 patients involved in the study, 35 had compromised immune systems with severely reduced neutrophil counts. Eight of the plants tested were able to significantly affect the growth of organisms collected by oral swab, and pure cultures of bacteria and fungi grown in the lab. This included wild asparagus, desert date, false daisy, curry tree, caster oil plant and fenugreek. Read more...