Friday, December 5, 2008

Cancer Carnival #16

The 16th Edition of the Cancer Research Blog Carnival is up at Bayblab. Read. Learn. Enjoy.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Cancer Carnival #15

Welcome to the 15th Edition of the Cancer Research Blog Carnival - the monthly collection of cancer-related blogging.

We'll start off with cancer basics, courtesy of VideoJug. VideoJug is a video repository self-described as "life explained on film". An educational YouTube of sorts. They have several cancer-related videos such as the one above featuring experts discussing specific cancers, their diagnosis and prevention. Definitely a useful resource for those looking for cancer info in basic, easy to understand terms. So grab a cup of coffee, sit down and enjoy.

Or don't. Rob writes to us explaining that coffee is associated with high levels of homocysteine which is associated with heart disease, stroke and possibly cancer, though he remains skeptical:
And it may be that coffee raises cancer causing homocysteine levels by an appriciable amount, however, other factors associated with coffee drinking may result in an overall reduction in cancer incidence. So again even if homocysteine causes cancer, coffee may not
As if on cue, Hairy Swede points out that there are in fact trade offs and links us to a report that explains that coffee consumption can shrink breasts and with that the risk of breast cancer. But what does 'risk' actually mean in this context, and are these risks real? PalMD has an excellent post about how the media reports on science and what 'reducing risk' really means.
Statistics are non-intuitive. I have to work pretty hard to try to dig out the clinical meaning from stats, and I still get it wrong sometimes. The press gets it wrong much more often. Be very wary of banner headlines about risk. Besides the difficulty of understanding the difference between risk reduction and odds ratios, what does it mean in the real world?
He uses a recent study showing an inverse relationship between migraines and breast cancer as an example. How does stuff like this get funded?

That's the question I'm asking over at the Bayblab after a recent report in the UK showed that two-thirds of cancer research funding goes to 5 of the most treatable cancers. Are these priorities skewed, or should we finish one problem completely before tackling the next one? Join the discussion here. Meanwhile The Doc is pointing us to the Movember website a month long initiative to raise awareness about men's health issues such as prostate and testicular cancer. November may already be underway, but there's still time to work on that Movember 'stache. And if that's not enough to entice you to give money to cancer research, Sara points us to Susan's Story, the tale of a CML survivor and an example of what research dollars can do.

Research dollars don't just go to therapeutics, but also to basic research and diagnostic methods like imaging (among other things). 96well sends us news of a new, non-invasive technique to visualize tumour vasculature. Cool stuff, especially if you're interested in monitoring anti-angiogenic therapies.

Finally, pnreddy points us towards the Online Cancer Guide, a cancer-devoted blog featuring articles such as how to identify early stomach cancer symptoms or whether your sunscreen is doing its job. Of course don't use this site to replace advice or diagnosis from your physician.

That's it for the 15th Edition of the Cancer Research Blog Carnival. Start working on those posts for the next edition, and if you'd like to host, email bayblab[at]gmail[dot]com and we'll sign you up.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

15th Edition Coming Up...

The 15th edition of the Cancer Research Blog Carnival is coming up, but we've only had a trickle of submissions. It's not too late! Either start typing or dig up your best cancer blogging from the past month and submit it here. The carnival will appear Friday, Nov. 7.

And if you want to host a future edition, leave us a comment or send an email to bayblab[at]

Friday, October 3, 2008

Cancer Carnival #14 at ScienceBase

The 14th edition of the Cancer Research Blog Carnival is live at ScienceBase. It's a big one this month, packed with all the cancer news you've come to expect. Go check it out, then head back here to sign up to host a future edition!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Call for Submissions!

The 14th edition of the Cancer Research Blog Carnival is coming up this Friday, Oct. 3 at ScienceBase.

Be sure to get your submissions in here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

ScienceBase to host Cancer Carnival #14

The next edition of the Cancer Research Blog Carnival (#14) will appear at ScienceBase on Friday, October 3. Get your submissions in!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Cancer Carnival #13 at Highlight HEALTH

The 13th edition of the Cancer Research Blog Carnival has been posted. Head on over to Highlight HEALTH to check it out. Walter's done an excellent job, putting together a great carnival. If you want to be next to host, let us know.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Subscribe to the Cancer Carnival (RSS)

You may notice a couple of new buttons down near the bottom of the side bar. Add the Cancer Research Blog Carnival to your RSS reader to be kept up to date on any news or announcements, including when new editions are posted!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Submit your posts to Cancer Carnival #13

The next edition of the Cancer Research Blog Carnival will be hosted by Walter at Highlight HEALTH on Friday, September 5. Get your posts in here.

If you want to host a future edition, leave us a comment or email us at bayblab[at]

Hosting Guidelines

If you're interested in hosting a future edition of the Cancer Researh Blog Carnival (and we're always looking for new hosts!), first pick a day that you're interested in hosting. Upcoming editions and their availability are listed on the sidebar. Only the next three carnivals are listed, but if you prefer one further out that's no problem.

Once you find a date that suits you, let us know that you want to host. The best way to do that is to email bayblab[at] or use the contact form.

After you've been approved as a host (sorry: active bloggers only, no spam blogs) you'll be added to the list and will begin receiving submissions. Submissions made through will be automatically sent to the email address you provide. Submissions made by other means will be forwarded to you.

Hosting Responsibilities
Traditionally, hosts of the CRBC have done it in a straightforward style. Hosts of other carnivals sometimes take a more literary approach, presenting posts as imagined conversations or even choose-your-own-adventure stories. Your style as host is entirely up to you, as long as you include links to the posts submitted and a link back to this site. As host it will be your job to weed out spam or off-topic posts from those that fit criteria for inclusion. For first time carnival hosts, it's a good idea to check out previous editions of this carnival (on the right).

Once you're selected as a host, you should announce it on your blog, including the edition number, the date it will be posted and an link to the submission form. A repeat announcement a week before the carnival is due to be published is a good idea as well. Similarly, this site will be updated with information about your upcoming edition and again once it's published.

If you feel there isn't enough material for the carnival, you can solicit entries from bloggers if you've seen recent posts that warrant inclusion. Be polite about it and please don't spam other sites. A blog carnival is dependent on submissions from bloggers and it doesn't help to piss them off.

When it's time to post, try to do it in a timely manner. The carnival publishes the first Friday of each month. It doesn't have to be the crack of dawn, but ideally not the stroke of midnight either.

Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the great content our readers have submitted.

Submission Guidelines

The Cancer Research Blog Carnival publishes the first Friday of each month and, like all blog carnivals, is dependent on reader submissions to keep going.

The CRBC is devoted to all things cancer-related. Topics include (but aren't limited to):

  • Cancer biology
  • Animal models of human disease
  • Cancer diagnostics
  • Treatment and therapeutics
  • Cancer genetics
  • Living with cancer
  • Debunking cancer quacks and related woo
  • Other cancer news (new facilities, funding initiatives, etc.)

Due to the subject material, we often get submissions touting the latest miracle diet cure. Posts that are sales pitches, spam or otherwise off-topic will not be included. Inclusion or exclusion of a post will be done at the discretion of the monthly host.

How to submit

After writing a cancer post, submission to the Cancer Research Blog Carnival is easy and can be done several ways:

  1. The submission form
  2. Contact the host of the upcoming edition directly with a link to your post (see sidebar for future hosts)
  3. Email your link to bayblab[at]
  4. Leave your link in a comment on this site (a good spot would be posts announcing upcoming editions)

Welcome to the CRBC!

The Cancer Research Blog Carnival (CRBC) is a monthly collection of the best cancer-related posts from around the blogosphere. The carnival was founded August 24, 2007 by Anonymous Coward at the Bayblab and has steadily grown in both size and quality over the past year. The Cancer Research Blog Carnival is published on the first friday of each month. Previous editions can be found on the right-hand sidebar.

Why the new site?
Until now, Bayblab has been the home of the CRBC (and are still its proud parents). The aim of the new site is to enhance the visibility of the CRBC and build the community that has grown around it, archive previous editions and as a central place for announcements and news regarding the carnival.