Reading time: 4 minutes Suchitra Mitra Normal cells grow, age, and ultimately die to be replaced by new cells. Cancer cells, on the other hand, experience cell cycle malfunctions and grow out of control to become invasive, spreading undesirably and harmfully. This anomalous cell proliferation is a consequence of genetic alterations, or changes in the... Continue Reading →
The circulating tumor DNA: a promising cancer biomarker
Reading time: 6 minutes Aishat Motolani What if I say a floating DNA in the blood could broadcast a glimpse of a diseased system’s future, particularly that of cancer? Diagnosing cancer commonly involves the use of invasive procedures, such as tumor tissue biopsy. This involves the examination of tissues extracted from a primary or metastatic... Continue Reading →
The road not taken – Cancer cells adore a lymphatic detour to avoid being ‘ferried’ to death
Darshak Bhatt Reading time: 4 minutes Migration is tough! The International committee for the Red Cross states that “… on their journey, migrants face multiple risks and high degree of vulnerability”, and adds “Thousands (of migrants) die or disappear along the way every year.” Similarly, a cancer cell faces challenges related to migration and the... Continue Reading →
Rapalogs and Male Reproduction: Do these cancer treatments affect fertility long-term?
Reading time: 6 minutes Taylor A. Johnson Over the past few months, we have repeatedly discussed ways in which cancer may intersect with reproduction. On the female side, we have seen some of the challenges women face with fertility as well as links between bacterial infections and the development of ovarian cancer. On the male... Continue Reading →