Four-and-a-half months after being diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, 101-year-old Winnie Bazurto's cancer was gone. Breakthrough target therapy treatment on skin cancer may do the same for other kinds of cancers, from pancreatic to colon to prostate.
Kipp Weiskopf and Aaron Ring were awarded top prize in the graduate student division of the Collegiate Inventors Competition for their idea of creating high-affinity SIRP-alpha molecules to block the CD47 "don't eat me" signal that keeps macrophage cells from consuming and destroying cancer cells. The molecule has the potential to vastly boost the power and killing potential of existing antibody therapies against a wide variety of cancers. Their advisors are Stanford professors Irv Weissman, MD, and Christopher Garcia, PhD.
STANFORD, CA (November 1, 2013) Santwona Behera was not yet 40 when a cough began to nag at her, a cough that didn't yield to the allergy treatments prescribed for her. The mother of two little girls, she was also a full-time software engineer who ate healthy foods, stayed physically active and never smoked. But that strange symptom, that persistent cough, just would not go away. Finally a friend persuaded her to see a lung specialist. Read full story here: http://stanfordhospital.org/newsEvents/newsReleases/2013/lung-cancer-beh...
One day a patient who had had a very difficult treatment journey asked that her nurses sing to her on her last day of chemotherapy. The nurses complied and as others heard the singing they wanted to be sung to as well as a sort of graduation from chemotherapy treatment. Over the years, lyrics and melody were added, and now the Chemo Song has become a staple at the Stanford Cancer Center's Infusion Treatment Area.
After years of watching his wife and daughters take sun protection seriously—hats and sunblock were part of their regular routine, along with visits to a dermatologist—David Duckworth took advantage of a free skin cancer screening to see what a specialist might make of the freckles and dark spots he could easily see on his face, arms and shoulders. As it turned out, those were the least of his worries. Read David's full story here: http://stanfordhospital.org/newsEvents/newsReleases/2013/david-duckworth... Learn more about the Stanford Hospital Dermatology Clinic and how screenings can save lives at: http://stanfordhospital.org/dermatology
Gwen McCane was told the tumors in her liver were inoperable and incurable. The tumors were small, but deep inside her liver, the body's largest organ and so rich with blood vessels that any surgery is tricky. At Stanford, Dr. Gloria Hwang gave McCane hope and using microwave ablation, she made a small incision and, guided by imaging, found the tumors and applied microwave heat to destroy them. Gwen McCane was able to go home the next day. Learn more about Stanford's Cancer Center: http://cancer.stanford.edu/ Or to read the full story: http://stanfordhospital.org/newsEvents/newsReleases/2013/gwen-mccane.html