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Bristol-Myers Squibb to Present New Data for Opdivo (nivolumab) in Advanced Melanoma, as Monotherapy and in Combination with Yervoy (ipilimumab), at the Society for Melanoma Research 2015 International Congress

(MarketWatch) Nov 12, 2015 - Bristol-Myers Squibb Company today announced results of new clinical research of its Immuno-Oncology agents – Opdivo and Yervoy – will be presented at the Society for Melanoma Research (SMR) 2015 International Congress in San Francisco, CA from November 18 – 21.
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Researchers Call for Hospitals to Establish Bereavement Programs for Families of Deceased Patients

(Dana-Farber) Nov 11, 2015 - Backed by a growing body of research, investigators at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are calling for all hospitals to establish bereavement programs for families of deceased patients.
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Change in a Single DNA Base Drives a Childhood Cancer

(CHOP) Nov 11, 2015 - Pediatric oncology researchers have pinpointed a crucial change in a single DNA base that both predisposes children to an aggressive form of the childhood cancer neuroblastoma and makes the disease progress once tumors form.
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Researchers Develop Molecular Target for Brain Cancer

(Stanford Medicine/Scope blog) Nov 11, 2015 - About 23,000 new cases of brain and central nervous system tumors are diagnosed annually, and more than 15,000 patients are expected to die of brain cancer this year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.
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Study Reveals Why Chemotherapy May Be Compromised in Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

(MD Anderson) Nov 11, 2015 - A study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center may explain why chemotherapy drugs such as gemcitabine are not effective for many pancreatic cancer patients, and perhaps point to new approaches to treatment including enhancing gemcitabine’s ability to stop tumor growth.
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New Device Makes Breast Cancer Surgery Easier

(UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center) Nov 12, 2015 - Breast cancer surgeons routinely face a dilemma: how to find tumors they cannot feel. Before going into the operating room they must use some method to locate them.
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Blood Test Detects When Hormone Treatment for Breast Cancer Stops Working

(ICR [UK]) Nov 11, 2015 - Scientists have developed a highly sensitive blood test that can spot when breast cancers become resistant to standard hormone treatment, and have demonstrated that this test could guide further treatment.
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Radiotherapy Confers No Additional Benefit for Mesothelioma

(Medscape Medical News) Nov 11, 2015 - Nonrandomized studies have suggested that radiotherapy, given after surgery and chemotherapy, affords an extra survival benefit in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.
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The Gene Hackers

(The New Yorker) Nov 16, 2015 Issue - A powerful new technology enables us to manipulate our DNA more easily than ever before.
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Genetic Tests Show How Sunlight Turns Moles into Melanoma

(NBC News) Nov 12, 2015 - Using a genetic test, researchers have found a new way to tell if a suspicious-looking mole is about to turn malignant.
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Landmark Study in NEJM: Mutations ID'd That Lead to Melanoma

(Medscape Medical News) Nov 11, 2015 - A sequence of gene changes associated with melanoma progression has been identified and might lead to tools to help clinicians identify the subgroup of intermediate lesions likely to progress to invasive disease, according to new research.
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Patient and Provider Groups Call on Congress to Pass Medicare Virtual Colonoscopy Coverage

( Nov 11, 2015 – Medicare coverage for virtual colonoscopy (known as CT colonography) can lower costs, increase colorectal cancer screening rates and save thousands more lives each year.
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FDA Issues First Product Marketing Orders Through Premarket Tobacco Application Pathway

( Nov 10, 2015 - Following a rigorous, science-based review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today that for the first time it has authorized the marketing of new tobacco products through the premarket tobacco application (PMTA) pathway.
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Valeant Turns to Drug Discounts to Keep Doctors Prescribing

(Bloomberg) Nov 10, 2015 - After drawing criticism for its price hikes, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is turning to a new strategy: discounts.
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Express Scripts Drops Pharmacy With Ties to Horizon Pharma

(Bloomberg) Nov 10, 2015 - Express Scripts Holding Co., the largest U.S. manager of prescription drug benefits, said it removed a mail-order pharmacy from its network after concluding it mostly dispensed medications from Horizon Pharma Plc and didn’t fulfill its contractual agreements.
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AHA: Candesartan May Preserve Cardiac Function in Breast Ca Patients

(MedPage Today) Nov 11, 2015 - An angiotensin II receptor blocker may help to preserve cardiac function in patients receiving treatment for breast cancer, according to results of a small trial reported here.
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Some Breast Cancer Survivors Feel Like 'New Species’

(Medscape Medical News) Nov 11, 2015 - As some patients with metastatic breast cancer live beyond their expected survival, they must deal with an unprepared healthcare profession, prejudice, and threats to their treatment from cost-cutting measures, according to experts speaking here at the Advanced Breast Cancer Third International Consensus Conference (ABC3) 2015.
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Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network Releases Data from New Survey of Neuroendocrine Cancer Patients

(TheStreet) Nov 10, 2015 - Results from a new survey announced today by the Neuroendocrine Cancer Awareness Network (NCAN) find that 98 percent of patients living with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) wish there was more information and resources available about their disease.
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Dr. Electra Paskett Honored With AACR Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities

(AACR) Nov 10, 2015 - The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) congratulates Electra D. Paskett, PhD, MPH, on receiving the 2015 AACR Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, funded by Susan G. Komen.
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Jimmy Carter Is Responding Well To Cancer Treatment

(Atlanta Journal-Constitution) Nov 10, 2015 - Former President Jimmy Carter is responding well to treatments for a cancer that has spread to the brain, and recent tests have shown there is no evidence of new malignancy, the Atlanta-based Carter Center said Tuesday in a statement.
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Watch Carly Fiorina Talk About Obamacare and Cancer at the GOP Debate

(TIME) Nov 10, 2015 - Carly Fiorina turned to her own battle with cancer when asked about President Obama’s healthcare law at Tuesday night’s Republican debate on Fox Business.
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Arbitrators Rule In Favor Of UPMC For Cancer Care

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Nov 10, 2015 - Highmark Inc. violated a contract with UPMC over payments for chemotherapy, an arbitration panel has ruled, meaning the health insurer must now pay millions of dollars for past claims by its members for cancer care.
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Women In Their 40s Get Some Help With The Mammogram Decision

(NPR/Shots blog) Nov 11, 2015 - Expert groups differ on when and how often women should have mammograms. So many groups now say that a woman in her 40s should talk to her doctor about the pros and cons of mammography as well as her individual risk in order to make the decision that's right for her.
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Solving The Problem Of Too Much Cancer Data

(Forbes) Nov 10, 2015 - An international consortium made up of some of the world's leading cancer institutions is bringing together patient tumor sequencing data in a central location in an effort to improve treatment decisions.
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Big New-Drug Win For Skin Cancer Patients, Two Bay Area Biotechs

(San Francisco Business Times) Nov 10, 2015 - A skin cancer drug developed in the Bay Area will work with another locally grown drug after federal regulators approved the combination Tuesday morning.
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