Latest Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Stories

Are End-of-life Surgeries Overused?
2011-10-06 11:26:37

A new Harvard study has found that it is surprisingly common for older people to undergo surgery in the last year, month and even week of their life, a finding that is likely to fuel the debate over whether medical care is overused and needlessly driving up medical costs. The study also found that age and where the people live may have even more to do with whether elderly Americans undergo surgery than their actual medical need or desire for the procedures. Nearly a third of the 1.8...

2011-09-27 11:35:01

First comprehensive assessment of DNA errors that drive advanced prostate cancer A team of researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington has conducted the first comprehensive assessment of every gene in the genome of advanced, lethal prostate cancer. Until now, the genetic composition of such tumors had been poorly defined. In the process, they have discovered a number of potential key drivers — recurrent genetic mistakes — common to...

2011-08-16 23:05:32

From Seattle to Sweden: First population-based study to demonstrate that inherited genetic variants play a role in prostate cancer progression and mortality An international team of researchers led by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has identified five inherited genetic variants that are strongly associated with aggressive, lethal prostate cancer. The discovery ultimately could lead to the development of a simple blood test that could be given upon diagnosis to determine which men...

2011-08-12 11:49:00

SEATTLE, Aug. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Adult smokers nationwide who want to kick the habit have until Aug. 31 to see if they are eligible to enroll in WebQuit, a free, online smoking-cessation study being conducted by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The goal of WebQuit, which began in June 2010, is to improve the effectiveness of online smoking-cessation programs. Study director Jonathan Bricker, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist who specializes in smoking-cessation research, says...

2011-07-29 05:00:00

SEATTLE, July 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Using a "systems biology" approach - which focuses on understanding the complex relationships between biological systems - to look under the hood of an aggressive form of breast cancer, researchers for the first time have identified a set of proteins in the blood that change in abundance long before the cancer is clinically detectable. The findings, by co-authors Christopher Kemp, Ph.D., and Samir Hanash, M.D., Ph.D., members of Fred Hutchinson Cancer...

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