Biomarkers found for lymph node metastasis in oral cancer

Researchers at the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, Kalyani, and ACTREC, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai have identified five biomarkers for lymph node metastasis in oral cancer. Two of the biomarkers are heritable DNA changes while three are somatic DNA alterations. Patients can be spared of lymph node dissection in the absence of the biomarkers. By looking … Continue reading Biomarkers found for lymph node metastasis in oral cancer

India should soon introduce plain packaging

Besides Australia, France, UK. Norway, Ireland, New Zealand and Hungary have introduced plain packaging of tobacco products. Plain packaging was will be introduced in Uruguay and Slovenia in 2019 and 2020 respectively, and is under process or being considered in 14 more countries. With the WTO clearing the last hurdle by favouring plain packaging, India should … Continue reading India should soon introduce plain packaging

IISER Bhopal team strikes at the root of head and neck cancer growth

Researchers at IISER Bhopal have found that depleting the production of a specific protein kinase (PAK2) has a cascading effect in head and neck cancer. The expression of both cancer gene (c-Myc) and cancer-specific metabolic enzyme (PKM2) gets compromised when PAK2 protein is depleted. Inhibitors developed to target the PAK2 protein are more likely to … Continue reading IISER Bhopal team strikes at the root of head and neck cancer growth

Podcast: Striking at the root of head and neck cancer

Researchers at IISER Bhopal have found that depleting the production of a specific protein kinase (PAK2) has a cascading effect in head and neck cancer. The expression of both cancer gene (c-Myc) and cancer-specific metabolic enzyme (PKM2) gets compromised when PAK2 protein is depleted. Inhibitors developed to target the PAK2 protein are more likely to be … Continue reading Podcast: Striking at the root of head and neck cancer

Diagnosing early-stage cervical cancer using artificial intelligence

Using an artificial intelligence-based algorithm that uses scattered light data from tissues, researchers from IISER Kolkata and IIT Kanpur have been able to differentiate normal and precancerous tissue, and even identify the different stages of progression of the disease within a few minutes and with great accuracy. In vivo studies are now being carried out. … Continue reading Diagnosing early-stage cervical cancer using artificial intelligence

This is one reason why India does not produce path-breaking health technologies

'Make in India' will forever remain only as a catchy slogan if India cannot provide funding to translate promising health research into technologies and products. When was the last time you heard of a path-breaking health technology, technique, procedure or product coming out of India? Is science and technology funding provided by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) … Continue reading This is one reason why India does not produce path-breaking health technologies

Mumbai team a step closer to treating oral cancer without surgery

If photothermal ablation is successful in humans, oral cancer can be treated in 30-40 minutes as an outpatient service. Researchers in Mumbai have moved a step closer to treating surface tumours such as oral, breast and cervical cancer and other tumours such melanoma and colon cancer through photothermal ablation using gold-polymer nanoparticles and near infrared … Continue reading Mumbai team a step closer to treating oral cancer without surgery

Mumbai researchers’ biomarker will tell if early-stage tongue cancer will spread

Only those patients who have higher levels of the biomarker are likely to have cancer spread to the lymph nodes. So the biomarker will help doctors to decide which patients could be spared of complex surgeries to remove the lymph nodes. Researchers at the Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai have identified a biomarker that will … Continue reading Mumbai researchers’ biomarker will tell if early-stage tongue cancer will spread

Editorial: Reining in cancer

Grim statistics present the deadly reality of the spread of cancer in India: one million new cases of different cancers are diagnosed every year in the country; an estimated 600,000 to 700,000 people were killed in 2012. The fact that tobacco was singularly responsible for nearly 40 per cent of all cancers is also painfully … Continue reading Editorial: Reining in cancer

Tobacco use accounts for 40 per cent of all cancers in India, says report

  Every year nearly one million new cancer cases are diagnosed in India, the prevalence being 2.5 million. With mortalities of 6,00,000-7,00,000 a year, cancer causes six per cent of all adult deaths in the country. The number of deaths per year is projected to shoot up to 1.2 million by 2035, according to a … Continue reading Tobacco use accounts for 40 per cent of all cancers in India, says report