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Cancer

It’s impossible to talk about cancer without realizing that everybody’s life has been touched by it either directly or indirectly. In the United States, half of women and one-third of men will be afflicted with cancer in their lifetime, and it still ranks as the second leading cause of all death, only a hair behind atherosclerosis.

But unlike heart disease, cancer lethality is even greater in mid-life than among seniors. In fact, for people between the ages of 45 to 65, cancer is the leading cause of death, killing more people than heart disease, liver disease, and stroke combined.

When thinking about how to prevent mortality from cancer, there are three key questions to consider: 

  1. (1) How do you prevent cancer? 
  2. (2) How do you screen for cancer to detect it early? 
  3. (3) How do you treat it when you have it?

Below is a collection of clips, podcasts, and articles discussing the latest science on cancer prevention, treatments, and the importance of cancer screening.

Qualy #53 – Screening for prostate cancer

Today’s episode of The Qualys is from podcast #39 – Ted Schaeffer, M.D., Ph.D.: How to catch, treat, and survive…

Qualy #46 – Rapamycin’s effects on cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurodegeneration

Today’s episode of The Qualys is from podcast #09 – David Sabatini, M.D., Ph.D.: rapamycin and the discovery of mTOR…

Hormone therapy and breast cancer?

There are not many topics in clinical medicine more polarizing than hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for women suffering from menopausal…

#66 – Vamsi Mootha, M.D.: Aging, type 2 diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease – do all roads lead to mitochondria?

“We have 300 different forms of monogenic mitochondrial diseases. . .and these are terrible diseases and we need therapies for them. . .but it’s also our hope that studying some of them will provide insights into the common form of aging as well.” —Vamsi Mootha

Fasting and cancer

The purpose of the study was to find out if fasting could protect the intestines from high-dose radiation, which could allow for higher doses of radiation treatment in killing pancreatic tumor cells.

#62 – Keith Flaherty, M.D.: Deep dive into cancer— History of oncology, novel approaches to treatment, and the exciting and hopeful future

“We can’t keep hitting the same pillar and expect that we’re going to cure cancer. . .we need the activators of the immune system, we need the inhibitors of the activated oncogenes, we need the drugs that target epigenetic regulators, and we need the metabolic switch regulators.” — Keith Flaherty

#61 – Rajpaul Attariwala, M.D., Ph.D.: Cancer screening with full-body MRI scans and a seminar on the field of radiology

“This is where an MRI becomes a beautiful machine in the fact that it actually allows you to take the ‘yes or no’ binary answer of functional nuclear medicine and combine it with the anatomic localization and understanding of tissue types of radiology. . .I merged those two together on the one machine.” — Raj Attariwala

#59 – Jason Fung, M.D.: Fasting as a potent antidote to obesity, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and the many symptoms of metabolic illness

“We think of all these responses, obesity, insulin resistance, and the beta cell failure, as pathologic. They’re actually protective.  . .Your body is actually trying to protect itself against the root cause of the problem which is too much insulin, too much glucose.” — Jason Fung

#52 – Ethan Weiss, M.D.: A masterclass in cardiovascular disease and growth hormone – two topics that are surprising interrelated

“Primary prevention is still very much art and not science and probably will be for our lifetime so we’ll have to get used to that.” —Ethan Weiss

#51 – Robert Sapolsky, Ph.D.: The pervasive effect of stress – is it killing you?

“The [stress response] system has been serving vertebrates, doing a lot of help for them for an awful long time, and it’s only been a very recent modification to instead secrete [cortisol] in response to thinking about taxes.” —Robert Sapolsky

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