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Pfizer to Trial Triple-Combination Cancer Treatment

(Financial Times) May 9, 2016 - Pfizer plans to test a combination of three novel cancer drugs in humans next year, as the US drugmaker seeks to make up lost ground in the race to develop a new generation of “immunotherapy” medicines that turn the body into a weapon against tumors.
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$8.9M Grant Funds Research On Treatment For One Of Deadliest Cancers

(MUSC) May 9, 2016 - The Hollings Cancer Center has received an $8.9 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to foster collaboration across clinical and laboratory research for the study of signaling in sphingolipids, a class of lipids involved in the growth of solid tumor cancers.
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Stand Up To Cancer to Offer Training Modules for Nurses on Front Lines of Administering New Cancer Therapies

(SU2C) May 9, 2016 - In recognition of Nurses Appreciation Week, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) announces the development of a series of Certification for Nursing Education (CNE) training modules by experts from Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing.
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Swiss Blood Test for Colorectal Cancer Joins Race of ‘Liquid Biopsies’

(Labiotech.eu) May 9, 2016 - Novigenix has published a validation study of its molecular blood test (Colox) which can reliably detect colorectal cancer at an early stage. Is this the second-place diagnostic in the race for Colorectal cancer blood tests?
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LabCorp Launches Colorectal Cancer Test, But Key Hurdles Remain

(Xconomy Wisconsin) May 9, 2016 — The market for colorectal cancer tests that are less cumbersome than colonoscopies is getting more crowded.
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NantHealth's Cancer Profiling Test Receives Coverage from Three Self-Insured Employers

(GenomeWeb News) May 10, 2016 - NantHealth said today that three self-insured employers — Bank of America, Phoenix Children's Hospital, and Sanford Health — have agreed to cover its GPS Cancer test for some cancers.
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Big Data’s Big Implications for Cancer Treatments

(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) May 9, 2016 - Data mining unearths pathways and networks that yield clinical gold.
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Researcher Under Fire For New Yorker Epigenetics Article

(Nature.com) May 9, 2016 - Scientists attack Siddhartha Mukherjee’s feature exploring gene regulation.
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Letters to the Editor: What the Medicare Part B Prescription Pilot Doesn’t Address

(Washington Post) May 5, 2016 - The May 2 editorial “Drug money,” which endorsed the Obama administration’s proposed Medicare Part B pilot program, did a serious disservice to the patients whose health would be jeopardized by this misguided experiment.
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South Africa Negotiating With Roche To Cut Cancer Drug Prices

(Reuters) May 10, 2016 - South Africa is in talks with pharmaceutical firm Roche to reduce the price of its breast cancer drug Herceptin, which cost 500,000 rand ($32,745) a year to treat one person and was unaffordable to most women, the health minister said on Tuesday.
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Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Expands Into Cancer Drugs

(The Tennessean) May 10, 2016 - Cumberland Pharmaceuticals will bring a drug used to treat some side effects from cancer treatment back to the U.S. — and expands its portfolio into oncology medications — under an agreement with Clinigen Group.
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Tolmar Wins FDA Approval for Eligard to Treat Advanced Prostate Cancer

(Pharmaceutical Business Review) May 9, 2016 - TOLMAR Pharmaceuticals has secured from FDA a label update for ELIGARD, indicated for the palliative treatment of advanced prostate cancer.
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New Guidelines on Bladder Cancer Management: AUA/SUO

(Medscape Medical News) May 10, 2016 - New joint guidelines on the management of bladder cancer issued by the American Urological Association (AUA) and the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO) validate many long-standing practices used in the management of superficial bladder cancer but also affirm the real benefits associated with newer technologies to better visualize bladder tumors.
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TRACON Pharmaceuticals Announces Initiation of Dosing in a Phase 1/2 Neoadjuvant Study of TRC105 in Patients with Breast Cancer

(Yahoo! Finance) May 9, 2016 - TRACON Pharmaceuticals today announced that dosing has been initiated in a Phase 1/2 clinical trial evaluating TRC105 in combination with Afinitor® (everolimus), a mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor, and Femara® (letrozole), an aromatase inhibitor, to treat patients with breast cancer prior to surgery.
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Study ID's Microbiome Tied to Infectious Outcomes in AML Patients

(Monthly Prescribing Reference/HealthDay News) May 9, 2016 - For patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) undergoing induction chemotherapy (IC), gastrointestinal microbiome composition is associated with infectious complications, according to a study published online May 3 in Cancer.
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Scripps Florida Scientists Design Potent Therapeutic 'Warheads' That Target Cancer Cells

(TSRI) May 9, 2016 - In a pair of related studies, chemists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have identified and designed dozens of molecular “warheads” that not only can detect a key biomarker of cancer, but also could be developed into a potent new class of drug candidates for a range of diseases.
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Research Discovers Mechanism That Causes Cancer Cells To Escape From The Immune System

(Texas A&M/Vital Records) May 9, 2016 - Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center found that when cancer cells are able to block the function of a gene called NLRC5, they are able to evade the immune system and proliferate.
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Experimental Therapy Halts Treatment-Resistant Brain Tumors

(Cincinnati Children’s) May 9, 2016 - Researchers report in the journal Cancer Cell an experimental therapy that in laboratory tests on human cells and mouse models stops aggressive, treatment-resistant and deadly brain cancers called glioblastoma and high-grade gliomas.
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Discovery of Lung Cancer Mutations Responsive to Targeted Therapies and to Immunotherapies

(ITMO University [St. Petersburg, Russia]) May 10, 2016 - A number of new driver mutations in lung cancer cells has been discovered that may be responsive to genomically targeted therapies and to immunotherapy.
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Scripps Florida Scientists Pioneer a Breakthrough Approach to Breast Cancer Treatment

(TSRI) May 9, 2016 - In a development that could lead to a new generation of drugs to precisely treat a range of diseases, scientists have for the first time designed a drug candidate that decreases the growth of tumor cells in animal models in one of the hardest to treat cancers—triple negative breast cancer.
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New Research Gives Deeper Understanding Of Why Some Breast Cancers Are Hard To Treat

(Cancer Research UK) May 10, 2016 - Scientists have unearthed crucial new genetic information about how breast cancer develops and the genetic changes which can be linked to survival, according to a Cancer Research UK-funded study published in Nature Communications today (Tuesday).
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Radiotherapy Halves Deaths From Prostate Cancer 15 Years After Diagnosis

(Umeå University [Umeå, Sweden]) May 9, 2016 - A longitudinal Nordic study, comparing the results of hormone (antiandrogen) therapy with or without the addition of local radiotherapy, shows that a combination of treatments halves the risk of death from prostate cancer 15 years after diagnosis. This according to a follow-up study recently published in the journal European Urology.
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Study Suggests Chemotherapy After Radical Prostatectomy May Benefit Men Who Are At High Risk for Relapse

(AUA) May 7, 2016 - Not all men with prostate cancer benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy after radical prostatectomy; however, African American men and men with a higher tumor stage may, according to a new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study featured at the 111th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association (AUA).
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Could 'Breast Cancer Genes' Play Role in Prostate Cancer, Too?

(U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News) May 9, 2016 - A man's risk of aggressive and lethal prostate cancer may be heavily influenced by gene mutations previously linked to breast and ovarian cancer in women, a trio of new studies suggests.
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NewLink Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine Fails, May Even Harm Patients

(TheStreet) May 9, 2016 - An experimental cancer vaccine developed by NewLink Genetics failed to prolong survival in patients with pancreatic cancer compared to a standard therapy, according to results from a phase III study disclosed Monday.
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