November 28, 2018

Improving Quality of Life for Cancer Patients: The Discovery of Palifermin


Research and collaboration by NCI scientists resulted in the development of palifermin, a very successful treatment for preventing and treating mouth sores (known as oral mucositis). This drug vastly improves the quality of life for patients who are undergoing intensive cancer treatment.

Benefits of Nanotechnology for Cancer

Here, when cancer cells (cell nuclei in blue) were treated with antibody-conjugated nanoparticles, the antibodies (red) and the nanoparticle cores (green) separated into different cellular compartments. Such knowledge may lead to improved methods of cancer detection in vivo as well as better nanoparticle-based treatments.

Nanoscale devices are one hundred to ten thousand times smaller than human cells. They are similar in size to large biological molecules (“biomolecules”) such as enzymes and receptors. As an example, hemoglobin, the molecule that carries oxygen in red blood cells, is approximately 5 nanometers in diameter.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) | Did You Know?

HPV Virus

Highlighting key topics in cancer surveillance, this video from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) looks at Human Papillomavirus trends in the United States.


Quitting smoking

Tobacco use is a leading cause of cancer and of death from cancer. People who use tobacco products or who are regularly around environmental tobacco smoke (also called secondhand smoke) have an increased risk of cancer because tobacco products and secondhand smoke have many chemicals that damage DNA.

Hair Dyes and Cancer Risk

Hair Dye Cancer Risks

Many people in the United States and Europe use hair dyes. It is estimated that more than one-third of women over age 18 and about 10% of men over age 40 use some type of hair dye

November 20, 2018

Obesity and Cancer

Obesity and Cancer

Compared with people of normal weight, those who are overweight or obese are at greater risk for many diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and many cancers.

November 8, 2018

Alcohol and Cancer Risk

drinking and cancer risk

Alcohol is the common term for ethanol or ethyl alcohol, a chemical substance found in alcoholic beverages such as beer, hard cider, malt liquor, wines, and distilled spirits (liquor). Alcohol is produced by the fermentation of sugars and starches by yeast.

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