Three Subtypes Of Gastric Cancer Suggest Different Treatment Approaches

Rates in all countries have been dropping for decades, and are much lower in the United States than in Asia, but the malignancy still afflicts more than 21,000 people in the U.S. a year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Despite differences in the way their tumors respond to treatments, patients often receive a "one-size-fits-all" treatment approach, resulting in a five-year survival rate of about 27 percent in the United States. Full size image Stomach cancer falls into three broad subtypes that respond differently to currently available therapies. Credit: Duke Medicine "There has been an urgent need for improved classification of gastric cancer that provides insight into the biology of the tumors that might help predict treatment response," said co-senior author Patrick Tan, M.D., PhD., professor in the Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Program at Duke-NUS. Read more..

Gene May Be a Target of Stomach Cancer Treatment

"We wish to express our sincere sympathy at the passing of the Honorable Martin Nesbitt," the state Democratic Party said in a statement. "Our prayers are with his loved ones at this time for they have lost a husband, father and grandfather. The citizens of the State of North Carolina have lost a leader and champion of exemplary and distinguished public service." Blue offered similar thoughts for Nesbitt, who he has worked with for over three decades. Tonight, North Carolina lost a great leader, and I mourn a valued friend," he said in a statement. "Martin always believed in the people of our great state and strove to make North Carolina a better place. Read more..

State Senator Martin Nesbitt dies from stomach cancer

Martin, MD Dec. 28, 2010 -- Targeting ASK-1, a gene previously linked to both skin and colon cancer , may be a new way to treat stomach cancer , Japanese researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. There will be about 21,000 new cases of stomach or gastric cancer diagnosed in 2010, and about 10,570 people will die from this disease during the same year, according to the American Cancer Society. Risks for stomach cancer include smoking , consuming salted and smoked meat, and Helicobacter pylori infection. Current stomach cancer treatments include surgery, chemotherapy , and radiation . Read more..