When good cells go bad: White blood cells may aid in tumor recurrence

Reading time: 4 mins Sara Musetti “I lit up like a Christmas tree, Hazel Grace.” This line, from John Green’s bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars, hits hard. A young teenage survivor of cancer has had a widespread relapse picked up in one of his many routine scans since going into remission years earlier. …

Chlamydia, Ovarian Cancer, and the Arrested Immunity Conundrum

Taylor B. Poston Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection in the world, and 75% of infected women never develop symptoms. Furthermore, chlamydia will ascend from the cervix to the upper genital tract in 40% of infected women. This infection of the endometrium puts women at risk for pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. …

Hold the sugar: identifying the contributions of high blood glucose to poor cancer outcomes

Tamara Vital We’ve talked at Oncobites about how many factors can cause or contribute to cancer. We’ve discussed how tumors arise from cells that have acquired mutations (could be inherited). Many of these factors have been related to external exposures like UV exposure from the sun or cigarette smoking that cause mutations that contribute to …

Vaccines as Cancer Prevention and Therapies

Rachel Cherney Cancer is a complex set of diseases, characterized by uncontrolled growth and metastasis, destroying important organs and bodily systems. It can occur in almost any part of the body, and in most cases, it is impossible to determine how or when it will develop, certain genetically linked cancers perhaps being an exception. Because …