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Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum - DKFZ

Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg

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Cancer, with over 450,000 new cases diagnosed and 270,000 deaths each year, is one of the most dreaded diseases and the second most frequent cause of death in Germany. More than almost any other disease, cancer poses tremendous challenges for research and clinical practice. Practically every organ can be affected, every type of cancer has its own rules, and the underlying changes in affected cells are extremely complex. In order to develop novel, more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment, we first need to understand the basic mechanisms of cancer. In recent years, researchers at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg have achieved major advances both in basic research and in the development of novel methods for clinical application. This has received special recognition in 2008, when Professor Harald zur Hausen was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his outstanding scientific contribution to the study of human papillomaviruses (HPV).

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    Using oxygen to make cancer visible

    Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center have developed a new method that uses oxygen to identify brain tumors more effectively by magnetic resonance tomography (MRT). To do so, they rely on a metabolic feature of the tumor cells that they can make visible using a completely new im ... more

    Potential pivot for a more effective cancer immunotherapy

    Scientists from the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (Greece), the Institute of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine of the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital Dresden and the National Center for Tumor Diseases Dresden (NCT/UCC), in collaboration with an inter ... more

    How dying cells prevent dangerous immune reactions

    Dying cells in the body can keep the immune system in check, thus preventing unwanted immune responses against the body's own tissues. Scientists of the German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) have now identified a receptor on immune cells that activates this ... more

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