BY Jim Newman

This fall, officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are debating the pros and cons of using low-dose CT scans to screen high-risk patients for early stage lung cancer, and whether to approve coverage for the screenings.

The decision may not be an easy one. It comes at a time in American medicine when experts are debating which tests are necessary and which are not. Last year, the United States Preventive...

CT scan

BY Ron Gilmore

Want to understand why cancer cells metastasize? Think of Sparta.

Ancient Greek warriors were fed a special diet that better prepared...

BY Ron Gilmore

To speed the development of new cancer drugs, Bristol-Myers Squibb and MD Anderson are teaming up to conduct clinical trials of several new...

BY Ron Gilmore

MD Anderson scientists have discovered mutations in a gene that allow tumors to form and grow.

In this month’s issue of Cancer Cell, Gordon Mills, M.D., Ph.D., and Lydia Cheung, Ph.D., report that mutations on the gene PIK3R1 activate enzymes known as ERK and JNK, which prevent cell death. Tumors form when cells that are genetically programmed to die refuse to do so.

Since its discovery two decades ago, the PIK3R1 gene has...

PIK3R1 mutation