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ASCO Members Advocate for Key Cancer Care Priorities

(ASCO in Action) Sept 6, 2016 - ASCO members participated in visits with their Members of Congress during the August congressional recess to advocate for cancer care priorities, like oral parity, federal funding for cancer research, and interoperability.
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Register for Upcoming Workshop on Drug Development in Oncology

(ASCO in Action) Sept 6, 2016 - On December 12-13, the National Cancer Policy Forum will host “The Drug Development Paradigm in Oncology Workshop.” This workshop will examine the challenges in improving the efficiency of the drug development and regulatory review process, while ensuring the safety of new therapies.
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ASCO Recommends Immediate Actions for National Cancer Moonshot

(ASCO in Action) Sept 6, 2016 - ASCO submitted a letter to Vice President Biden with recommendations on immediate actions for the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.
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Patient and Provider Groups Urge Medicare Not to Undercut Lung Cancer Screening

(ACR) Sept 6, 2016 - More than 80 patient advocacy groups, medical associations and health care systems are urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to abandon drastic low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening reimbursement cuts in the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) proposed rule.
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EU vs US Cancer Care: You Get What You Pay For

(Forbes) Sept 6, 2016 - A recent report suggests that cancer patients in England are suffering from serious lack of access to vital treatments due, in part, to problems with the drug assessment and approval process.
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CytRx Announces the Completion of Enrollment in Its Global Phase 2b Clinical Trial of Aldoxorubicin in Patients with Second-Line Small Cell Lung Cancer

(Yahoo! Finance) Sept 7, 2016 - CytRx Corporation, a biopharmaceutical research and development company specializing in oncology, today announced that it has reached its enrollment target of 132 patients for the company's global Phase 2b clinical trial of aldoxorubicin in patients with previously treated small cell lung cancer (SCLC).
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BioLineRx Announces Clinical Research Collaboration to Investigate Combination of BL-8040 with Atezolizumab in Multiple Oncology Indications

(The Business Journal) Sept 7, 2016 - BioLineRx Ltd. today announced that it has entered into a collaboration with Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, to support several Phase 1b studies investigating BioLineRx's BL-8040 in combination with Atezolizumab, Genentech's anti-PDL1 cancer immunotherapy, in multiple cancer indications.
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Gene-editing Method Shrinks Cancer

(BBC News) Sept 6, 2016 - Scientists have used a gene-editing tool to stunt tumour growth in mice.
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New Treatment May Help Those with Rare Immune Cancers

(UNM CCC) Sept 6, 2016 - Clinical trial shows new drug holds promise for treating advanced mastocytosis.
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Research by NFCR Scientists Reveals New Insights into Treatment Resistance of Metastastic Breast Cancer

(NFCR) Sept 6, 2016 – A prominent physician scientist supported by the National Foundation of Cancer Research (NFCR), Dr. Daniel Haber, and his team at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center have identified a dynamic gene expression in metastatic breast cancer that may contribute to disease progression and resistance to treatment experienced by many patients.
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Cancer 'Smoke Detector' Test Can Spot The Disease 10 Years Before Symptoms Appear

(The Telegraph [UK]) Sept 6, 2016 - A revolutionary blood test, which acts like a smoke detector to spot cancer up to 10 years before symptoms appear, could be available within five years.
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New Drug 'Wakes Up' Immune System To Fight One Of Deadliest Cancers

(The Guardian [UK]) Sept 6, 2016 - IMM-101 drug has extended lives of people with metastatic pancreatic cancer and appears to have no side-effects.
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Research Shows it May be Time to Abandon Dreaded Digital Rectal Exam

(Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center|) Sept 6, 2016 - The dreaded finger exam to check for prostate cancer used to be a mainstay of check-ups for older men. With its value now in question, some doctors share the risks and benefits with their patients and let them decide. So, should they or shouldn’t they?
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Electronic Health Record Data Can Help Determine Highest Risk of Early Death from Chemotherapy in Older Patients with Lymphoma

(NCCN) Sept 7, 2016 - Although diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is a curable disease in most patients aged 65 years or older, these patients are also at higher risk of chemotherapy-related death within the first 30 days of treatment.
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Cancer Caregivers Experience Unique Burdens Compared With Those Caring for Patients With Other Conditions

(ASCO) Sept 6, 2016 - An analysis of data from more than 1,200 caregivers in the United States finds that cancer caregivers report a higher burden and spend significantly more hours per week caregiving, as opposed to individuals who care for people with other conditions.
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“Mystery Shopper” Study Finds Barriers to Accessing Palliative Care Services at Major Cancer Centers

(ASCO) Sept 6, 2016 - A team of researchers, using a novel approach, found that while many cancer centers offer palliative and supportive care services, patients may face challenges when trying to access them.
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Early Palliative Care Improves Coping, Quality of Life for Patients With Incurable Cancers

(ASCO) Sept 6, 2016 - A randomized clinical trial found that introducing palliative care shortly after a diagnosis of certain metastatic cancers greatly increases a patient’s coping abilities, as well as overall quality of life.
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Family Caregivers for Patients With Advanced Cancer Often Experience High Levels of Anxiety, Depression

(ASCO) Sept 6, 2016 - A new multi-state survey shows that nearly one-quarter to one-third of family caregivers of patients with high-mortality cancers experience high levels of depression and anxiety symptoms.
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Cancer ‘Moonshot’ Panel Names Top 10 Ways To Speed Progress Against The Disease

(Washington Post/To Your Health) Sept 7, 2016 - The Obama administration's "cancer moonshot" took a major step forward Wednesday when a committee of top cancer researchers and patient advocates recommended an ambitious set of scientific goals designed to sharply accelerate progress against the disease.
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FDA Accepts Supplemental Biologics License Application, Assigns Priority Review and Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Merck’s KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) for First-Line Treatment of Patients with Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

(Merck) Sept 7, 2016 - Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for Priority Review the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab), the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy, for the first-line treatment of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors express PD-L1, with a PDUFA, or target action, date of Dec. 24, 2016.
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EpiPen Controversy Fuels Concerns Over Generic Drug Approval Backlog

(Kaiser Health News) Sept 6, 2016 - Consumers and Congress members pushing for cheaper alternatives to the EpiPen and other high-priced drugs are seeking answers about a stubborn backlog of generic drug applications at the Food and Drug Administration that still stretches almost four years.
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Getting Doctor Lists Right

(Kaiser Health News) Sept 6, 2016 - The law, which took effect July 1, also provides patients with some firepower to fight surprise medical bills that result from directory errors.
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For Every Hour With Patients, Doctors Spend Two Record-Keeping

(Forbes) Sept 6, 2016 - Physicians are spending nearly twice as much time with new electronic health record systems and “desk work” as they are providing medical care to their patients, according to a new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Medicare Cuts Would Scorch Patients

(San Antonio Express-News) Sept 4, 2016 - Biopharmaceutical companies are hard at work developing medicines to treat melanoma, a lethal and fast-spreading disease. But recent proposed changes to Medicare, the health insurance program for seniors, could put these medications out of the reach of Texans who need them most.
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Blood Cancer Treatment May Age Immune Cells As Much As 30 Years

(UNC Lineberger) Sept 1, 2016 - Researchers led by UNC Lineberger Director Norman Sharpless, MD, and William Wood, MD, uncovered clues that suggest that stem cell transplant is linked to a marked increase in the “molecular age” of these immune cells in a group of patients with blood cancer.
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