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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Cancer Research

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Cancer Research 2020

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Tongue Cancer

Tongue cancer is a type of mouth cancer, or oral cancer, that usually develops in the squamous cells on the surface of the tongue. It can cause tumors or lesions. The most noticeable signs of tongue cancer are a sore on the tongue that does not heal and a painful tongue.

Cancer can develop in two different areas of the tongue. Tongue cancer develops at the front of the tongue, while cancer at the back of the tongue is known as oropharyngeal cancer.

Symptoms of oral cancer can include:

  • red or red and white patches (oral leukoplakia) that appear on the lining of the mouth or the tongue
  • sores and mouth ulcers that will not heal
  • a sore throat or pain when swallowing
  • a feeling that there is something lodged in the throat
  • a painful tongue
  • a hoarse voice
  • difficulty moving the jaw or tongue
  • neck or ear pain
  • loose teeth
  • swelling in the area that remains for more than three 3 weeks
  • a lump in the mouth
  • thickening of the lining of the mouth
  • dentures that no longer fit correctly

Many of the early signs of mouth cancers can be hard to spot, so people may not notice any signs or symptoms when the cancer develops initially.

People who are more at risk of mouth cancer, such as those who smoke or drink excessively, should stay vigilant to any early signs. They should also schedule regular appointments with a doctor or dentist who can examine their mouth and identify any issues.


The most common type of tongue cancer is called squamous cell carcinoma. Squamous cells are thin, flat cells that are present on the surface of the skin and the tongue, in the lining of the digestive and respiratory tracts, and in the lining of the mouth, throat, thyroid, and larynx.

The primary symptoms of tongue cancer are a painful tongue and the development of a sore on the tongue. Additional symptoms may include:

  • pain in the jaw or throat
  • pain when swallowing
  • feeling as though something is catching in the throat
  • a stiff tongue or jaw
  • problems swallowing or chewing food
  • a red or white patch forming on the lining of the mouth or tongue
  • a tongue ulcer that will not heal
  • numbness in the mouth
  • bleeding from the tongue without reason
  • a lump on the tongue that does not go away

The symptoms of tongue cancer are similar to those of other oral cancers, and they may also not be evident in the early stages of the disease.

It is also possible for people to have some of these symptoms without having tongue cancer or another type of oral cancer.

Doctors classify most cancer types into stages according to how much cancer is present and whether or not it has spread, or metastasized, to other parts of the body.

The classification system uses letters and numbers. The letter T indicates a tumor, and the letter N refers to neck lymph nodes. These letters each have a grading from 1–4 or 0–3 respectively.

People with a T1 tumor have the smallest grade of tumor, while people with a T4 tumor have the largest grade.

An N0 classification signifies that the tongue cancer has not spread to any neck lymph nodes. Tongue cancer that has spread to a significant number of lymph nodes has an N3 classification.

It is also possible to grade tongue cancer in the following ways:

  • low grade
  • moderate
  • high grade

This grading denotes how aggressively the cancer is growing and how likely it is to spread to other parts of the body.

Experts do not fully understand why some people get tongue cancer. However, specific risk factors can increase a person’s likelihood of developing this disease.

Known risk factors include:

  • smoking or chewing tobacco
  • consuming alcohol in excess
  • eating a diet low in fruit and vegetables and high in red meat or processed foods
  • having a human papillomavirus (HPV) infection
  • having a family history of tongue or mouth cancers
  • having had previous cancers, particularly other squamous cell cancers
  • Older men are the group most at risk of tongue cancer. Oral cancers are most common in those aged 50 or above.
  • Smokers who also drink heavily are 15 times more likely to develop oral cancers than other people.

Additional risk factors include:

  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • betel chewing, a common habit in Southeast Asia
  • exposure to particular chemicals, including asbestos, sulfuric acid, and formaldehyde
  • poor oral hygiene or other factors affecting the mouth, such as jagged teeth that cause irritation or dentures that do not fit properly

  • medical history, including family medical history
  • examining the tongue and mouth
  • examining the lymph nodes to see if there is any enlargement
  • biopsy
  • CT or MRI

It is possible to cure tongue cancer, and the outlook is better for people who get an early diagnosis. People who have cancer that has not spread have a higher rate of survival.

The 5-year relative survival rate for tongue cancer is 78 percent before cancer spreads, compared with 36 percent once it has.

It is not possible to prevent tongue cancer from developing. However, if people notice any of the signs or symptoms of tongue cancer they should make an appointment with their doctor as soon as possible. The earlier a doctor can diagnose the disease, the sooner treatment can begin and the more favorable the outlook.

There are also lifestyle factors that people can control to minimize their risk of developing tongue cancer. These include:

  • quitting smoking
  • avoiding chewing tobacco products or betel
  • limiting alcohol intake or avoiding it completely
  • eating a varied, healthful diet that includes lots of fruit and vegetables
  • practicing good dental hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly and attending regular dental appointments
  • receiving a full course of the HPV vaccine
  • practicing safe sex and using a dental dam for oral sex

People with tongue cancer will usually require surgery to remove the cancerous tissue. Surgeons can generally remove smaller tumors in a single operation.

Multiple and more complicated operations may be necessary if larger tumors are present or if the cancer has spread. The surgeon may also need to remove part of the tongue. If this is the case, they will attempt to rebuild the tongue using skin or tissue from other parts of the body.

Surgery that involves the removal of part or all of the tongue is called a glossectomy. Although doctors will attempt to minimize the damage to the mouth during the procedure, some side effects are inevitable.

Glossectomy can affect:

  • speaking
  • eating
  • breathing
  • swallowing

In addition to surgery, some people may have radiation or chemotherapy treatment to kill any cancerous cells that remain.


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Non-oncology drugs helps kill cancer cells

Research at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute shows that many non-oncology drugs, including the drugs for diabetes, inflammation, alcoholism -- and even for treating arthritis in dogs kill cancer cells in lab. The researchers analyzed thousands of already developed drug compounds and found nearly 50 that have previously unrecognized anti-cancer activity. The surprising findings, which also revealed novel drug mechanisms and targets, suggest a possible way to accelerate the development of new cancer drugs or repurpose existing drugs to treat cancer.

The researchers tested all the compounds in the Drug Repurposing Hub on 578 human cancer cell lines from the Broad's Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia (CCLE). Using a molecular barcoding method known as PRISM, which was developed in the Golub lab, the researchers tagged each cell line with a DNA barcode, allowing them to pool several cell lines together in each dish and more quickly conduct a larger experiment. The team then exposed each pool of barcoded cells to a single compound from the repurposing library and measured the survival rate of the cancer cells.

They found nearly 50 non-cancer drugs -- including those initially developed to lower cholesterol or reduce inflammation -- that killed some cancer cells while leaving others alone.

Some of the compounds killed cancer cells in unexpected ways. "Most existing cancer drugs work by blocking proteins, but we're finding that compounds can act through other mechanisms," said Corsello. Some of the four-dozen drugs he and his colleagues identified appear to act not by inhibiting a protein but by activating a protein or stabilizing a protein-protein interaction. For example, the team found that nearly a dozen non-oncology drugs killed cancer cells that express a protein called PDE3A by stabilizing the interaction between PDE3A and another protein called SLFN12 -- a previously unknown mechanism for some of these drugs.

These unexpected drug mechanisms were easier to find using the study's cell-based approach, which measures cell survival, than through traditional non-cell-based high-throughput screening methods, Corsello said.

Most of the non-oncology drugs that killed cancer cells in the study did so by interacting with a previously unrecognized molecular target. For example, the anti-inflammatory drug tepoxalin, originally developed for use in people but approved for treating osteoarthritis in dogs, killed cancer cells by hitting an unknown target in cells that overexpress the protein MDR1, which commonly drives resistance to chemotherapy drugs.

The researchers were also able to predict whether certain drugs could kill each cell line by looking at the cell line's genomic features, such as mutations and methylation levels, which were included in the CCLE database. This suggests that these features could one day be used as biomarkers to identify patients who will most likely benefit from certain drugs. For example, the alcohol dependence drug disulfiram (Antabuse) killed cell lines carrying mutations that cause depletion of metallothionein proteins. Compounds containing vanadium, originally developed to treat diabetes, killed cancer cells that expressed the sulfate transporter SLC26A2.

"The genomic features gave us some initial hypotheses about how the drugs could be acting, which we can then take back to study in the lab," said Corsello. "Our understanding of how these drugs kill cancer cells gives us a starting point for developing new therapies."

The researchers hope to study the repurposing library compounds in more cancer cell lines and to grow the hub to include even more compounds that have been tested in humans. The team will also continue to analyze the trove of data from this study, which have been shared openly ( with the scientific community, to better understand what's driving the compounds' selective activity.

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