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Bryan Tate Best Cancer Organizations to Give to

Best Cancer Organizations to Give to

I’ve said this before in previous blogs, but cancer research is an incredibly important part of my life. And that is why I am constantly looking for ways to give to charities, organizations and institutes that are seeking to find a cure for all types of cancer. For any of you that have been affected by the terrible disease, you know just how important it is to find a cure. That being said, it may be hard to find a charity that you want to dedicate your time and funds to. Here are a few of the best and most reputable cancer organizations to donate to.

 

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

For anyone familiar with cancer research, it may come as no surprise that the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) is featured on this list. As the world’s oldest and largest private cancer center, MSKCC is an absolutely fantastic cancer research facility that is worthy of your hard-earned money. With the center’s cutting edge technology, leading educational programs and world-renowned patient care, there is no doubt that MSKCC is one of the world’s greatest cancer research centers. Not only do their scientists and researchers study new and innovative ways to treat cancer, they also teach the next generation of researchers with their latest findings and information.

 

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

As one of the most well-known forms of cancer, breast cancer, like any other form of cancer, is an incredibly dangerous and serious illness. The foundation has made it their mission to rid the world of breast cancer. The foundation plans on achieving this by conducting research through innovative means and state-of-the-art technology. They are one of the world’s highest ranking breast cancer organizations in the country and have funded over 10 million hours of research since 1993. This is another foundation that thrives on donations and is one of the best places to focus your contributions to.

Cancer Research Institute

The Cancer Research Institute is another terrific institute to look at when considering donating. The institute, much like the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, focuses on finding cures for multiple types of cancer. Since its founding, the institute has raised a whopping $336 million dollars for research and funded over 120 clinical trials. The institute focuses mainly on immunotherapy, being one of the pioneers of the method. The Cancer Research Institute believes that immunotherapy has the potential to harness the human immune system and cure the body of cancer.

 

These three institutes all thrive on charitable donations from everyone. So if you have been personally impacted by cancer, or if you are feeling charitable, please do not hesitate to look into any of these three institutes, or even all three. Also remember that there are several other institutes, charities and organizations that can benefit from charitable contributions.

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History of Cancer

Cancer has existed since the beginning of the human experience. It is defined as abnormal cell growth that can spread throughout the body. There are many factors that increase the risk of cancer like tobacco use, obesity, and even poor diet. It took many years of research and experimentation to be able to develop treatments that are currently used. 

 

The First Cases

The earliest cases of cancer date back to early ancient Egypt due to cancerous bone tumors found in mummies. There has also been recorded information about cancer in Egyptian times. The recorded data is called the Edwin Smith Papyrus and is part of an old Egyptian text regarding trauma surgery with procedures that involved cauterization.

The word cancer was created by the “Father of Medicine”, Hippocrates. He used the term carcinoma to describe tumors. Carcinoma refers to a crab because cancer cells spread in thread-like projections that resemble crab’s legs.

 

Creation of Medicine

The most common practice for cancer removal was surgery. This, of course, did not always guarantee that cancer was fully removed. Currently, treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone therapy are all now 19th-century advancements in treating cancer.

The treatment of cancer by radiation stems back to the invention of the x-ray. German physicists, Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen created the x-ray in 1896 which allowed the identification of cancerous tumors. Then three years after the invention of the x-ray lead to the creation of radiation as a cancer treatment.

In World War II, certain soldiers were exposed to mustard gas during battle. While studying mustard gas and chemicals relating to it, they discovered that nitrogen mustard was effective in treating cancer in the lymph nodes. Not long after the nitrogen mustard discovery, vitamin folic acid showed results of remission in young children with acute leukemia. This discovery then sparked the model for similar treatments in killing cancer cells such as chemotherapy.

 

Where it is Today

Multiple different treatments of cancer stem from these moments in history. New ideas such as nanovaccines are beginning to break through in slowing cell growth. From 2004 to 2013 alone, the overall death rate of cancer in the United States fell by 13%. Cancer still remains to be a major issue in society but it takes small steps to advance in medicine and health with a widespread and common disease like cancer.

Bryan Tate - A Fishy Solution for Breast Cancer

A Fishy Solution for Breast Cancer

I’ve mentioned the tragedy that is cancer. Whether it is of the breast or the pancreas, cancer is not something to be toyed with. And, as I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, there have been many scientific breakthroughs that could lead to long-term cures. And now, new scientific research could lead to another possible breakthrough.

 

According to an article from Futurity.com, scientists at the Boston University Medical Campus have been testing zebrafish in order to understand breast cancer further.

 

Why zebrafish? These zebrafish in particular have mutated genes that have made their skin transparent. And in that transparency lies the potential answer. Hui Feng, director of Boston University’s Lab of Zebrafish Genetics and Cancer Therapeutics, and his team of researchers are studying the development and progression of cancerous cells in the fish. As you could imagine, this is already a difficult process, so having the ability to see directly through the test subject without the use of x-rays or any other technological means is a tremendous boon.

 

David Farb, a professor at the School of Medicine, explained the benefit of using transparent zebrafish, stating, “The zebrafish can model human systems, and using them allows her to do pharmacological and genetics work quickly and relatively cheaply.”

 

The final goal of the tests is to find long-term remedies for breast cancer.

 

Feng and her team study the fish by inserting cancerous cells into the yolk sack of the fish, and, as it matures and grows, watch the cancerous cells grow and multiply.

 

Fabrice Laroche, a postdoctoral researcher working with Feng, has already learned quite a bit about breast cancer’s process. “When we make the breast cancer cell make more of this gene, or overexpress this gene, then the cancer cells spread more into the fish.” The gene that Laroche is referring to is S1PR1. The gene can be disastrous, as it codes for a cellular receptor that affects cell migration.
Hopefully these new studies offer enough insight into the growth of cancerous cells to allow for some sort of cure. Until then, we do the best we can to prolong the lives of those afflicted by the disease.

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Potential Cancer Therapy Breakthrough

As one of the world’s most devastating diseases, cancer has claimed millions of lives the world over. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 1,685,210 people died from the disease in 2016 alone. And although scientists have been working tirelessly for years to come up with a cure, they have yet to create one; however, recent tests in South Korea could change that.

 

According to a recent report from Gizmodo, scientists from South Korea have created a new strain of bacteria that can actually infiltrate cancerous tumors and trick the body’s immune system into attacking the cancerous cells. The studies have yet to be conducted on humans, however, the bacteria did reduce cancer in mice during experiments.

 

The bacteria was created by South Korean Biologists Joon Haeng Rhee and Jung-Joon Min and their team of researchers. The team took a strain of Salmonella and bioengineered it into something of a Trojan Horse. The bacteria finds its way inside of the tumor and calls out to nearby immune cells to attack the cancerous cells.

 

In preliminary tests, tumors were shrunk in over half of the mice who were injected with the bacteria. Although it is early, scientists hope that the immunotherapy will be effective, and most importantly, safe on humans. Bacterial cancer therapy had died down for quite some time until 2008, when the practice gained traction again. This latest effort by Min and Rhee to revitalize bacterial cancer therapy sought to make the Salmonella typhimurium bacteria far less toxic to the human body, while also retaining the bacterium’s ability to carry therapeutic properties.

 

The Trojan Horse bacteria was tested specifically on mice with colon cancer. Only three days after the injections, the Salmonella was 10,000 more times abundant than those found in the vital organs of the mice. The tumors were then shrunk by the strain of bacteria in more than half of the mice.

 

In an interview with Gizmodo, Rhee and Min explained the results of the study further, stating, “We [documented the] total eradication of tumors in approximately 60 percent of treated subjects. The remaining 20 percent of the animals remained stable.”
Again, these treatments are still very experimental, and haven’t been tested on humans yet, so it is not certain that they will have the same effect on humans. However, the preliminary tests are incredibly promising, and may lead us to a one true cure for cancer.