I have covered a number of new-science approaches to detecting, preventing or curing cancers in this blog and in other writings. The context was set in an early blog entry From four-pound hammer to smart molecules – on cancer treatments. Here is a listing of the new approaches and twists on old ones, citing relevant blog and writing entries:
* DNA demethylation: See DNA demethylation – a new way of coming at cancers. Also Homicide by DNA methylation, and Embryonic Stem cell research news. In my treatise see the candidate theory of aging and the blog entry Epigenetics, Epigenomics and Aging
* Use of terminator stem cells: See Terminator stem cells in the early pipeline. See also Trojan-horse stem cells might offer an important new cancer therapy, and Progress in fighting glioblastoma.
* Telomerase activation affect on cancer stem cells: See Extra-telomeric benefits of telomerase – good news for telomerase activators.
* Gene therapy: See for example A Fascinating dance of death and life – Fas, FasL and diseases.
* Targeting the Factor 5A1 gene: See Senesco and the Factor 5A1 gene
* Taking advantage of the NRG1 GENE: See The NRG1 Gene – an important new tumor suppressor gene?, Also see DNA demethylation – a new way of coming at cancers
* Chemotherapy combinations and substances in clinical trials for lymphomas: see Autoimmune diseases and lymphoma – Part III: focus on lymphomas
* Cancer immunotherapy: See Dendritic cell cancer immunotherapy
* Prevention of oncogenic radiation-induced DNA damage: See my paper Protection Against Radiation – The Second Line of Defense.
For the time being it appears that the multiple forms of cancer offer multiple challenges and that multiple approaches will be needed to deal with these challenges. Thus, each of the above approaches and others yet may turn out to have their roles. I will continue to monitor these and other emerging developments.