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The progress they’ve made and the opportunities at first Holiday edition of Research for hand are more exciting than ever, and you have a Cure. In it you’ll find recent updates on our research programs, a new paradigm for To help keep you informed about the advances you are supporting, we will be expanding our make tax-wise, year-end gifts, a delicious newsletter to four editions in 2005. I hope you will continue to read them and provide us with your valuable feedback. Thank you so much for your NFCR. Over the last three months we’ve received annual progress reports from our nine research A Toast to Your Health - Sophia Teng, M.A.
The relatively low incidence of heart disease among the development of tumor cells.
French, whose diet contains high levels of saturated fat, A recent study by Drs. Marty Mayo and Fan Yeung at the is commonly known as the French Paradox. Many have University of Virginia demonstrated that resveratrol can attributed this phenomenon to their consumption of red wine.
facilitate the initiation of cancer cells’ self-destruction by We know now that resveratrol, a compound found in the skins inhibiting the activity of nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kB), which activates genes critical for cell survival. Additionally, its minimal toxicity to blood-forming cells makes it an appealing candidate as an anti-cancer agent. Although present in foods such as mulberries and peanuts, resveratrol can be found most abundantly in the skins of red fermentation process of wine making.
fungus invasion. It is also an antioxidant that can inhibit lipid peroxidation of Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL), which plays an important role in preventing the occurrence of heart production. Of the different types of red wine, resveratrol disease. Resveratrol also appears to intervene in cancer concentration is the highest in pinot noir, followed by progression by inhibiting enzymes such as COX-1 and cabernet Franc, merlot, and it varies greatly in cabernet ribonucleotide reductase which play important roles in the sauvignon. Grape juice, which is not a fermented beverage, isnot a significant source of resveratrol.
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NFCR Fellow, Dr. Stanley Cohen at Stanford University School of Medicine is a leadingresearcher in the field of cancer molecular Biofunding Summit 2004 in October, OSIPharmaceutical’s Colin Goddard, Ph.D.
described clinical trial results which showed homozygous knockout (RHKO) technology that identifies, isolates, and characterizes genes that Pharmaceutical’s Tarceva™, provides a “one-two” Today, with NFCR’s support, Dr. Cohen’s research (NSCLC), the nation’s leading cancer killer. And is focusing on understanding and curing liver that’s not all: results of a phase III clinical trial cancer using microarray (gene chip) technology.
Microarray is a technology that can analyze gene another anti-cancer drug, gemcitabine, also expressions by identifying differences in biological properties between normal and cancerous tissues.
Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, Co-Director of the NFCR Dr. Cohen and his team have identified 703 genes that are highly expressed Center for New Therapy Development remarked in liver cancer. Many of those 703 genes have biological functions related to that these combinations represent a "targeted cell proliferation, cell cycle control, DNA repair, or RNA transcription – all therapy" approach that focuses on the abnormal important steps involved in cancer formation. Researchers can now identify signals that drive cancer cells and lead to the tumor markers, cancer promoting genes, and therapeutic targets for liver cancers. Targeted therapies try to reduce Why are Dr. Cohen’s recent discoveries so important? Liver cancer is one tumors and keep cancer at bay by blocking the of the leading causes of cancer death in the world today. Dr. Cohen’s process by which cancer cells divide, grow and comprehensive approach to analyzing gene expression has allowed scientists spread. Because targeted therapies potentially to quickly extract more detailed information from limited sets of data, target cancer cells while sparing healthy cells, accelerating the pace at which better diagnostics and treatments will become there is great hope for them as a new and more available to help liver cancer patients. effective way to treat cancers with fewer side Until a cure for liver cancer is found, prevention and early detection are still your best defense - if you smoke, quit; and limit alcohol intake. If you’re traveling abroad, make sure to have your Hepatitis B & C vaccinationscompleted. Call NFCR today at 1-800-321-2873 to receive a free Liver CancerFAQ booklet. ■ Giving and Receiving – A Holiday Tradition
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(CAM) to combat cancer. In one year alone, it NFCR supports research that utilizes advanced was reported in the Journal of the American Medical technology to develop new anti-cancer therapies from Association that Americans spent upwards of $21.2 natural herbal substances while following FDA clinical billion on complementary and alternative medicine protocols. NFCR Fellow, Dr. Yung-Chi Cheng at Yale therapies. Not currently regulated by the FDA, these University School of Medicine is exploring the use of approaches include dietary supplements, megadose a Chinese medicine formula as complementary therapy vitamins, herbal preparations, acupuncture and other for the treatment of liver cancer. Dr. Cheng has non-conventional ways to seek help from cancer.
discovered that when used in combination with available drugs, such as Xeloda, this formula can researchers have begun to apply the same standards decrease side effects while enhancing its cancer- of scientific rigor required for conventional medical fighting effectiveness. Please be sure to consult your treatments. One such integrative medical approach physician before taking any natural remedies or combines cutting-edge technologies such as natural products. Not all natural remedies and proteomics and combinatorial chemistry with CAM to products are compatible with chemotherapies. ■ A Gift That Lives On…
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