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With a global epidemic of obesity and diabetes and their known relationship to cancer, researchers and oncologists are turning their attention to metabolic hormones as promising new targets for cancer treatment.
Patients that are not cured with surgery or radiation are largely treated with endocrine therapies that target androgens or the androgen receptor (AR), a major driver of PCa. In response to androgen deprivation, most PCas progress to castrate resistant PCa. Epidemiological studies suggest that high-fat diets play important roles in PCa progression. Lipid metabolism rewires […]
Obesity has been linked to increased risk for over a dozen different types of cancer, as well as worse prognosis and survival. Over the years, scientists have identified obesity-related processes that drive tumor growth, such as metabolic changes and chronic inflammation, but a detailed understanding of the interplay between obesity and cancer has remained elusive. […]
Endogenous hyperinsulinemia has been proposed as one of the causal factors contributing to the association between obesity, diabetes, and increased cancer risk and mortality. Previous studies have examined the mechanisms through which hyperinsulinemia promotes cancer progression, but it is not understood how hyperinsulinemia contributes to cancer incidence. Disruption of cell polarity is an early event […]
We show that decellularized ECM from tumor-bearing and obese mammary glands drives TNBC cell invasion. Proteomics of the ECM from the obese mammary gland led us to identify full-length collagen VI as a novel driver of TNBC cell invasion whose abundance in tumor stroma increases with body mass index in human TNBC patients. Last, we […]
…insulin signaling can be seen as enabling tumor development by providing a mechanism for PI3K activation and enhanced glucose uptake. This idea is supported by studies showing enhanced tumor development in humans and mice with hyperinsulinemia, and reduced tumor development in states of reduced insulin levels.
Women with breast cancer and diabetes have a greater risk for all-cause and cancer-specific mortality and are less likely to receive chemotherapy and radiotherapy compared with women with breast cancer alone, according to researchers.
About 40 percent of all cancers in the United States -- more than 630,000 in all -- are associated with excess weight, health officials said Tuesday, urging a renewed focus on prevention. The rates of these overweight- and obesity-related cancers are rising, in contrast to the overall rate of new cancer cases which has dropped since the 1990s.
"When assessing cancer risk, body mass index (BMI) and fat percentage may not be adequate measures as they fail to assess the distribution of fat mass," she explained. "Avoiding central obesity may confer the best protection."
Obesity has become one of the leading preventable causes of cancer. Yet, the mechanisms of how obesity and associated systemic inflammation can promote cancer progression remain poorly understood. In a new study, researchers found that the cytokines interleukin 5 (IL-5) and granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) are induced in obesity and, in obese mice, this leads to lung neutrophilia and supports breast cancer metastasis to the lung. Quail, Olson et al. used mouse models of obesity, induced by a high-fat diet (diet-induced obesity, DIO mice) or leptin deficiency (ob/ ob mice), to study how inflammation in obesity is linked to breast cancer metastasis.