Cancer Research

With Cancer, Sharks Do Not Attack!

Posted by on Aug 5, 2011 in Cancer Care, Cancer Research | 1 comment

With Cancer, Sharks Do Not Attack!

It’s Shark Week at the Jersey Shore.  Shark stories on TV.  Shark inflatables on the boardwalk. Shark books in the stores.  Me, I have not seen a single fin or tooth, although the 300-pound seal on the beach was most impressive.  Still, it got me thinking…what ever happened to shark cartilage, which was supposed to cure cancer? The observation was made more then 40 years ago that sharks did not get cancer.  While not true, the concept opened up a whole area of possible treatment.  What if sharks do not get cancer because they are more cartilage then bone?  Is cartilage somehow cancer...

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Tough Science – The Shuttle and Cancer

Posted by on Jul 22, 2011 in Cancer Care, Cancer Research | 0 comments

Tough Science – The Shuttle and Cancer

In the early morning hours, the massive power of 30 years spent, Atlantis floated to earth, and rolled to still.  Decades of research, engineering and effort came to their natural end.   Spent were space dreams of my youth.  Tens of thousands of past problems solved, the shuttle program is no more.  When I think of all that work, all that achievement, I dream now of solving the problem of my adulthood…it is time to cure cancer. The race to space and the war on cancer, share much.  They both present complex puzzles with thousands of moving parts.  In space, the extremes are of heat, cold,...

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Pancreatic Cancer…. We have Been Waiting Too Long

Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Cancer Care, Cancer Research | 0 comments

Pancreatic Cancer continues to consume lives. This disease, which will affect 43,140 in this country in 2011, continues to be extraordinarily difficult to detect and equally difficult to cure.  It attacks and kills men slightly more the women.  It takes persons of all races and nationalities.   This cancer comes from the ducts of the pancreas and falls into a general class of cancers, known as adenocarcinomas.  Pancreatic cancer is increased in smokers, people that are obese, and about 10 percent of pancreatic cancer seems to run in families.  Diabetes is increased in people with pancreatic...

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