Here’s a quick summary of notable recent health and cancer news:
One Doctor’s Quest to Save People by Injecting Them With Scorpion Venom
Wired takes a look at what Fred Hutch’s Jim Olson is doing with scorpion venom–aka Tumor Paint–that helps surgeons see tumors in the brain. But perhaps what’s most novel about Olson’s work is not so much his research, but how he’s funding it. Instead of looking to government and other traditional sources, Olson has adopted techniques that seem more at home in Silicon Valley. A well-rounded and even-handed article that not only captures Olson’s work, but the compassion that’s driving it.
Can Doctors Teach the Body to Cure Cancer?
The Atlantic considers recent advances in cancer immunotherapy and features some of the research going on at Fred Hutch, including David Maloney’s work with CAR-T cells for non-Hodgkin lymphoma patients. Dr. Maloney was also interviewed about this work earlier this year by Patient Power’s Andrew Schorr.
In Other Health and Cancer News
Scorpion venom may not only help paint tumor cells, Newsweek reports that it and bee venom may also be effective killing cancer cells. The Guardian published a first-person account of a woman whose dog–a miniature dachshund–detected her breast cancer. The Well at The New York Times reports on a study that shows that regularly taking small amounts of aspirin cuts the risk of developing colorectal, esophageal, and stomach cancers. And the Seattle Times’ Gabriel Campanario sketches Dr. Rainer Storb’s daily commute by boat from Madison Park to his work here at South Lake Union.