Fighting a contagious cancer

  • metta

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    Sep 28, 2011 3:49 AM GMT



    Very rare between humans but they feel that it can happen.
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    Sep 28, 2011 6:51 AM GMT
    Very interesting!

    I guess it makes sense. When working with cancer models in mice subjects, many times you induce tumors by injecting the mice with millions of cancer cells.
    I just never thought of transmissible cancer happening naturally (in the wild).

    Those poor devils icon_sad.gif
  • dancedancekj

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    Sep 28, 2011 7:26 AM GMT
    Technically, couldn't the cervical cancer caused by certain strains of HPV be considered a transmissible cancer?
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    Sep 28, 2011 11:53 AM GMT
    Devil facial cancer--sounds bad for the little devils. icon_eek.gif

    Feline leukemia is a well-known example of an oncogenic virus being transmitted in the wild.

    There are plenty of human examples of transmissible cancer viruses:

    HTLV 1 and 2
    HPV (certain serotypes)
    XMRV (found to cause certain prostate cancers)
    Hep B and C (well, it's the body's repair mechanism that "causes" the cancer, but they are considered causes of liver cancer because they induce the cirrhosis to start with)
    HHV 8 (Kaposi's)
    EBV (all types of different cancers)
  • nanidesukedo

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    Sep 28, 2011 12:11 PM GMT
    q1w2e3 saidDevil facial cancer--sounds bad for the little devils. icon_eek.gif

    Feline leukemia is a well-known example of an oncogenic virus being transmitted in the wild.

    There are plenty of human examples of transmissible cancer viruses:

    HTLV 1 and 2
    HPV (certain serotypes)
    XMRV (found to cause certain prostate cancers)
    Hep B and C (well, it's the body's repair mechanism that "causes" the cancer, but they are considered causes of liver cancer because they induce the cirrhosis to start with)
    HHV 8 (Kaposi's)
    EBV (all types of different cancers)


    Well, the good thing is that HHV8 typically only causes cancer in those with untreated HIV or other serious immunocompromised state..

    also, EBV, while linked to several cancers, is a rare cause of cancer. so, don't everyone go getting freaked out that you've had mono in the past and that now you are gonna get cancer.. :p
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    Sep 28, 2011 12:17 PM GMT
    I watched a full length documentary about this on Nat. Geo. the other day. They started from the first known cases in 1996 through sometime last year I think. They were thinking that they might have some success introducing western Devils that were resistant into the eastern population.