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No. 53 | 14. November 2019 | by Koh

Early detection of colon cancer: When is the right time for the follow-up colonoscopy?

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For the early detection of colorectal cancer, patients with statutory health insurance are entitled to two colonoscopies. If the first examination does not reveal any abnormal findings, a follow-up after a period of ten years is recommended. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center are now systematically investigating when and how often tissue lesions are detected during the follow up colonoscopy. Their conclusion: The ten-year period is usually reasonable. It is not yet possible to say whether and for which group of people the follow-up colonoscopy can be postponed even further.

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No. 51 | 06. November 2019 | by Koh

Meyenburg Prize 2019 for outstanding research on leukemia

Benjamin L. Ebert (left), Stefan Fröhling (Managing Director of NCT Heidelb...
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The Meyenburg Prize 2019, which carries prize money of 50,000 euros, goes to Benjamin L. Ebert from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston for his outstanding research results on the pathogenesis and treatment of leukemia. The award ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 7, 2019 as part of a symposium at the German Cancer Research Center.

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No. 46 | 14. October 2019 | by Koh

Protein misfolding as a risk marker for Alzheimer’s disease – up to 14 years before the diagnosis

Recognizing Alzheimer's risks well before the disease manifests itself thro...
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In symptom-free individuals, the detection of misfolded amyloid-β protein in the blood indicated a considerably higher risk of Alzheimer's disease – up to 14 years before a clinical diagnosis was made. Amyloid-β folding proved to be superior to other risk markers evaluated, as shown by scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Ruhr University Bochum (RUB), the Saarland Cancer Registry, and the Network Aging Research at Heidelberg University.

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No. 44 | 08. October 2019 | by Koh

HPV vaccination rate of 70 percent is possible and reasonable

How can we eradicate HPV-related tumors?
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Germany needs to agree on a target for the HPV vaccination rate in order to protect more people against cancer caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Representatives from the health sector, research, and politics attended a Round Table to Eradicate HPV-Related Cancer to achieve this goal in response to an invitation from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the Preventa Foundation. The participants agreed on the goal of achieving a vaccination rate of at least 70 percent among 15-year-olds across the country within the next five years. School vaccinations, invitation processes, vaccination consultations, uniform prescription processes throughout Germany, and a centrally managed information campaign can help achieve this goal.

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No. 42 | 26. September 2019 | by Rei

Familial risk of colorectal cancer: the genes only tell part of the story

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On the basis of a current epidemiological study, scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) conclude that the role of genes has been overestimated in patients with a higher familial risk of colorectal cancer. Other risk factors such as family dietary habits presumably have a greater impact that previously assumed. This will have implications for future calculations of individual risk and for the ensuing recommendations.

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No. 41c | 19. September 2019

Neurons promote growth of brain tumor cells

Graphic presentation of the newly discovered mechanism by which neurons (br...
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In a current paper published in the journal “Nature”, Heidelberg-based researchers and physicians describe how neurons in the brain establish contact with aggressive glioblastomas and thus promote tumor growth / New tumor activation mechanism provides starting points for clinical trials

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No. 39 | 10. September 2019

Harnessing the full potential of cancer prevention

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Around 40 percent of all new cases of cancer diagnosed in Germany every year could be avoided if all the scientifically proven preventive measures were actually implemented. Experts believe that future findings in prevention research will increase this figure even further. A new strategic partnership between the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and German Cancer Aid is designed to harness the considerable potential of prevention more effectively. The press conference to mark the start of the partnership was also attended by Anja Karliczek, Federal Minister of Education and Research, and Jens Spahn, Federal Minister of Health. The partnership is a contribution by DKFZ and German Cancer Aid to the National Decade Against Cancer.

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No. 41 | 16. September 2019 | by Rei

Biological mechanism explained: How lymphoma cells form brain metastases

Using a special microscopy technique, scientists can observe single lymphom...
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Lymphomas in the central nervous system are rare but dangerous. Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have now discovered which molecular mechanism leads to lymphomas forming metastases in the central nervous system. Using a mouse model, the researchers showed that chronic inflammatory processes in aging brains lead to lymphoma cells that have entered the brain tissue being retained instead of being released directly back into the blood. They also identified key molecules of this mechanism in tissue samples from patients with lymphomas of the central nervous system. The researchers therefore hope to have identified a potential approach for developing new therapeutic approaches.

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No. 38 | 09. September 2019 | by Rei

Black sheep: Why some strains of the Epstein Barr virus cause cancer

Epstein Barr viruses in blood vessels
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The Epstein Barr virus (EBV) is very widespread. More than 90 percent of the world's population is infected – with very different consequences. Although the infection does not usually affect people, in some it can cause glandular fever or various types of cancer. Researchers at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have now discovered why different virus strains cause very divergent courses of disease.

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No. 36 | 29. July 2019 | by Grö

First branch of the German Cancer Research Center in Dresden for intelligent technologies in the fight against cancer

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With support from the State of Saxony, the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) plans to step up cancer research considerably at the Dresden site. DKFZ's first branch outside Heidelberg is to work on pioneering technologies that use smart sensors and artificial intelligence to improve the prevention and treatment of cancer. A dedicated building will be erected on the Oncology Campus of Dresden University Medicine at TU Dresden.

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