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Cigna Agrees to Reduce H.I.V. Drug Costs for Some Florida Patients

(New York Times) Nov 7, 2014 - The health insurer Cigna has agreed to reduce the out-of-pocket costs that patients in Florida must pay for H.I.V. drugs, settling a complaint filed by advocacy groups, who said the drug pricing system in the state’s health care plans was discriminatory.
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After Hepatitis C Cure, Companies Target Next Big Liver Disease Market

(Reuters) Nov 9, 2014 - Now that new medicines promise to cure millions of hepatitis C patients in coming years, drugmakers including Gilead Sciences Inc are turning their attention to other liver diseases, with a potential market that could rival the success of statins, which generated more than $30 billion a year in sales at their peak.
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Merck's Four-Week Hepatitis C Regimen Fails to Top Gilead

(Bloomberg) Nov 10, 2014 - Merck & Co. won’t move forward with an ultra-short hepatitis C regimen that attempted to cut treatment durations in half by combining two of its drugs with another from Gilead Sciences Inc.
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U.S. OKs Genetically Modified Potato with Lower Cancer Risk

(Reuters) Nov 7, 2014 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday approved the first genetically modified potato for commercial planting in the United States, a move likely to draw the ire of groups opposed to artificial manipulation of foods.
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Dr. Candace Johnson Named Cancer Center Director at Roswell Park Cancer Institute

(RPCI) Nov 6, 2014 - Candace S. Johnson, PhD, has been promoted to Cancer Center Director at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Upstate New York.
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Roswell Park Acquires Breast Care of Western New York and Soniwala Hematology Oncology Associates

(RPCI) Nov 7, 2014 - Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) has acquired two established Western New York physician practices, increasing convenience and choice for cancer patients and unifying cancer surgical, medical and radiation services under the umbrella of the region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
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Meeting Encourages More Comprehensive End-of-life Care

(Reuters Health) Nov 10, 2014 - Physicians turned to contemplative techniques last week in New York to learn how to improve end-of-life care and handle the stress, burnout and communication challenges faced in caring for seriously ill patients.
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USP Chapter 800 Proposal Delayed

(ASCO in Action) Nov 5, 2014 - The U.S. Pharmacopeia Convention (USP) recently announced it will publish a revised version of proposed General Chapter 800, “Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings,” in early Spring 2015, following significant feedback received after the proposal’s release for public comment.
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EDAP Receives FDA Guidance on PMA for Ablatherm-HIFU

(CNNMoney) Nov 6, 2014 - EDAP TMS SA, the global leader in therapeutic ultrasound, today received a letter from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its current PMA application for Ablatherm Integrated Imaging Device.
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Retesting Breast Cancer Axioms

(New York Times/Well blog) Nov 10, 2014 - The decisions American women make are often more strongly influenced by fear or a friend’s experience than by a thorough understanding of the benefits and risks of mammography.
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American Cancer Society Includes Exact Sciences’ Cologuard in Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Guidelines

(Yahoo! Finance) Nov 6, 2014 - Updated guidelines include recommended use of noninvasive stool-based DNA screening test every three years.
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What Early Looks From ASH Tell Us About Cancer Immunotherapy

(Xconomy) Nov 7, 2014 - More cancer immunotherapy news will certainly emerge from the massive volume of abstracts between now and December 6, the first day of ASH. For now, there are several interesting developments to note.
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Practice Makes Perfect in Cancer Surgery

(Queen's Gazette/Queen's University [Ontario, Canada]) Nov 7, 2014 - Queen's researchers determine higher hospital and surgeon volume lead to better outcomes when treating bladder cancer patients.
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Researchers Take New Approach to Stop 'Most Wanted' Cancer Protein

(Dana-Farber) Nov 7, 2014 - Researchers at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center have found a way to defeat one of the most tantalizing yet elusive target proteins in cancer cells – employing a strategy that turns the protein’s own molecular machinations against it.
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Mayo Clinic Researchers Identify First Steps in Formation of Pancreatic Cancer

(Mayo Clinic) Nov 10, 2014 - Researchers at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Jacksonville say they have identified first steps in the origin of pancreatic cancer and that their findings suggest preventive strategies to explore.
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Physicians Play a Critical Role in Ensuring Bladder Cancer Patients Understand the Link Between Smoking and Their Disease

(Wiley) Nov 10, 2014 - A new study published early online in CANCER reports that when bladder cancer patients are well-informed by their physicians, they acknowledge that tobacco use was likely the cause of their disease.
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Dental Trauma May Play a Role in Oral Cancers

(Medscape Medical News) Nov 7, 2014 - Chronic dental irritation might play a role in the development of oral cancers, especially in nonsmokers, according to a study published online November 6 in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery.
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Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery Technique for Pneumonectomy Shown to Be Safe

(RPCI) Nov 6, 2014 - In the largest series of its kind to date, researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) have shown that performing thoracoscopic pneumonectomy, removal of the entire lung through a minimally invasive endoscopic approach, at a high-volume center appears to be safe and may provide pain and survival advantages in the long term.
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Cigars Just as Harmful to Health as Cigarettes, Study Says

(FoxNews.com) Nov 10, 2014 - Cigar smokers are thought to inhale less smoke than cigarette smokers, leading some people to believe they pose fewer health risks than cigarettes. But new research published in the Nov. 7 issue of the journal Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention suggests that isn’t so.
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OXiGENE Announces Presentation of Phase 2 Data Confirming That Addition of Fosbretabulin to Bevacizumab Significantly Increases Progression-Free Survival in Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

(CNBC) Nov 10, 2014 - OXiGENE, Inc. today announced the first presentation at a scientific conference of the positive results from the Phase 2 GOG 186I study of fosbretabulin combined with bevacizumab in recurrent ovarian, tubal and peritoneal carcinoma.
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ArQule Announces Positive Top-Line Results of NIH-Sponsored Phase 2 Trial of Tivantinib in Prostate Cancer

(Yahoo! Finance) Nov 10, 2014 - Study met primary endpoint, significantly improving progression-free survival in tivantinib single agent arm compared to placebo arm.
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The Next Chapter in Dendron's Troubled History: Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

(TheStreet) Nov 11, 2014 - A new chapter has been written in the Dendreon story. Unfortunately, it's Chapter 11.
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Medicare Costs For Breast Cancer Screenings Soar, But Benefits Remain Unclear

(New Haven Register [CT]) Nov 9, 2014 - The cost of Medicare-funded breast cancer screenings jumped 44 percent from $666 million to $962 million from 2001 to 2009, yet those added millions did not improve early detection rates among the 65 and older Medicare population, according to a Yale study.
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Boehringer Reports Data from Afatinib Phase III LUX-Lung 3 Trial in Asian NSCLC Patients

(Pharmaceutical Business Review) Nov 10, 2014 - Boehringer Ingelheim has reported positive data from a pre-specified subgroup-analysis of the pivotal Phase III LUX-Lung 3 trial of afatinib in Asian non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients.
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New Subgroup Analysis Shows Asian Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Patients with Most Common EGFR Mutation (del19) Lived Significantly Longer with First-line GIOTRIF® (afatinib*) Compared to Chemotherapy

(Boehringer Ingelheim) Nov 7, 2014 - Boehringer Ingelheim today announced data from a pre-specified subgroup-analysis of the pivotal Phase III LUX-Lung 3 trial which demonstrated that Asian non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with the most common type of EGFR mutation, (exon 19 deletion; del19), lived significantly longer after receiving first-line treatment with afatinib compared to chemotherapy (33.3 vs 22.9 months, respectively).
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