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Cancer Research

The world of cancer research is offering new insights into how cancer forms in some instances, and why, while also measuring the effectiveness and safety of new treatment options. Learn more in the blogs below.

FDA approves first cancer treatment based on genetic makeup, not tumor location


Immunotherapy drug

Cancer has traditionally been identified by where in the body it develops. Breast cancer forms in the breast, lung cancer in the lungs, and so on. Even when a cancer metastasizes to a different part of the body, it is defined by its original location. If colorectal cancer travels to the brain, for instance, it is called metastatic colorectal cancer, not brain cancer. But many doctors, including Dr. Shayma Master Kazmi, Medical Oncologist at our hospital in Philadelphia, call that old-school thinking.

Study: Bad cell copies lead to most cancers


cancer mutations

If you’ve ever relied on a copy machine, you know what happens when it goes on the fritz. Whether it's low on toner, has a paper jam or turns your original into something resembling an accordion, the results can ruin your work product. On a much more consequential scale, similar breakdowns occur in the human body, which is responsible for churning out billions of replicas of new cells every day.

What's the difference? Genetics vs genomics


genetics vs genomics

Although commonly used interchangeably, the terms “genetics” and “genomics” are not synonyms. Both involve the study of genetic material and both are derived from the Greek word gen, which means birth or origin. But the similarities largely end there.

Can playing video games help cancer patients?



Playing a video game requires mental agility and focus. You have to target bad guys, learn new skills to advance and remember how to use your controller to jump over that bomb in the road or to avoid the assassin hiding in the corner. The action playing out on screen isn’t real life, but the learnings and effort involved may have real-world applications.