This is why testicular cancer is so responsive to chemo

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell researchers have taken a major step toward answering a key question in cancer research: Why is testicular cancer so responsive to chemotherapy, even after it metastasizes? Professional cyclist Lance Armstrong, for example, had testicular cancer that spread to his lung and brain, yet he made a full recovery after conventional chemotherapy. […]

New findings explain how UV rays trigger skin cancer

ITHACA, N.Y. – Melanoma, a cancer of skin pigment cells called melanocytes, will strike an estimated 87,110 people in the U.S. in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A fraction of those melanomas come from pre-existing moles, but the majority of them come from sources unknown – until now. Cornell researchers […]

Ellen and Gary Davis Immune Monitoring Core Established

Ellen and Gary Davis Immune Monitoring Core Established at Weill Cornell Medicine Foundational infrastructure to drive new advances in cancer immunotherapy launched with $2 million gift Portion of gift dedicated to establish key research collaborations between investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell University in Ithaca NEW YORK – With the goal of advancing a […]

Nanoparticle creates ‘wave of destruction’ in cancer cells

ITHACA, N.Y. – Nanoparticles known as Cornell dots, or C dots, have shown great promise as a therapeutic tool in the detection and treatment of cancer. Now, the ultrasmall particles – developed more than a dozen years ago by Ulrich Wiesner, the Spencer T. Olin Professor of Engineering at Cornell University – have shown they […]

Self-repairing cancer cells future of cancer treatments

Media Note: YouTube video explains findings of study. To download full study PDF, images and other videos: https://cornell.box.com/lammerding ITHACA, N.Y. – With narrow bodies and no collarbones, mice are able to squeeze through holes as small as a quarter-inch in diameter. Cancer cells similarly are able to migrate through extremely tight quarters but with a […]

Cancer-killing proteins destroy tumor cells in bloodstream

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell researchers have discovered potent cancer-killing proteins that can travel by white blood cells to kill tumors in the bloodstream of mice with metastatic prostate cancer. The breakthrough study will be published Feb. 10 as the cover article in the Journal of Controlled Release. “The therapy is remarkably effective in vivo and […]

Cornell engineers develop “killer cells” to destroy cancer in lymph nodes

Media Note: Video clips describing the research as well as b-roll are available on YouTube. The full study, videos and still images can downloaded at https://cornell.box.com/King ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell biomedical engineers have developed specialized white blood cells – dubbed “super natural killer cells” – that seek out cancer cells in lymph nodes with only […]

Stiffer breast tissue in obese women promotes tumors

ITHACA, N.Y. – Women who are obese have a higher risk and a worse prognosis for breast cancer, but the reasons why remain unclear. A Cornell study published this month in Science Translational Medicine explains how obesity changes the consistency of breast tissue in ways that are similar to tumors, thereby promoting disease.   Media […]

Vessel research offers new direction to study how cancer spreads

Researchers have understood very little about how blood and lymphatic vessels form in the mammalian gut – until now. A new Cornell University study reports for the first time how arteries form to supply the looping embryonic gut with blood, and how these arteries guide development of the gut’s lymphatic system. The study, published online […]

For cancer patients, sugar-coated cells are deadly

ITHACA, N.Y. – Every living cell’s surface has a protein-embedded membrane that’s covered in polysaccharide chains – a literal sugar coating. A new study by a Cornell University researcher found this coating is especially thick and pronounced on cancer cells and is a crucial determinant of the cell’s survival. Consisting of long, sugar-decorated molecules called […]