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Custom virus used to cure prostate cancer in mice

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN recently cured prostate cancer in mice through use of a custom virus embedded with a “library” of DNA meant to trigger an immune reaction, a biomedical research journal has reported. The method is an evolution of gene therapy treatments administered to cancer…

Drinking six cups of coffee a day cuts prostate cancer risk

WASHINGTON — More is better when it comes to drinking coffee to ward off the risk of deadly prostate cancer, according to a major US study released Tuesday by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. Men who drank six or more cups per day had a 60 percent…

Early baldness doubles risk of prostate cancer: study

PARIS – Men who start to lose their hair by age 20 — a syndrome known as pattern baldness — are twice as likely to develop prostate cancer later in life, according to a new study. The findings, published this week in the Annals of Oncology, could help identify men…

$93,000 cancer drug: How much is a life worth?

How much is a life worth? $93,000 cancer drug pushes boundaries, and patients feel the pinch. Cancer patients, brace yourselves. Many new drug treatments cost nearly $100,000 a year, sparking fresh debate about how much a few months more of life is worth. The latest is Provenge, a first-of-a-kind therapy…

Iconoclastic Hollywood icon Dennis Hopper dies of prostate cancer at 74

Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wild man whose memorable and erratic career included an early turn in “Rebel Without a Cause,” an improbable smash with “Easy Rider” and a classic character role in “Blue Velvet,” has died. He was 74. Hopper died Saturday at his home in the Los Angeles…

Scientists discover antibody that kills prostate cancer

US researchers have found an antibody that hunts down prostate cancer cells in mice and can destroy the killer disease even in an advanced stage, a study showed Monday. The antibody, called F77, was found to bond more readily with cancerous prostate tissues and cells than with benign tissue and…

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