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No Link Found Between Vitamin D Level and Fatal Prostate Cancer

( News) Mar 10, 2015 — Neither circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) levels nor common variations in vitamin D pathway genes appear to be associated with risk of fatal prostate cancer, according to research published online March 2 in Cancer.
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New Imaging Technique for Improved Prostate Cancer Detection and Treatment

(NIH/NIBIB) Mar 9, 2015 - A research team including NIBIB-funded scientists has developed a new MRI technique for more precise and effective treatment for prostate cancer. The sharper MRI image can provide more accurate biopsies, enable better treatment planning, and help surgeons pinpoint the tumor while sparing surrounding healthy tissue.
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Skin Tumors Develop Specific Mutations to Resist Drug, Researchers Say

(Stanford Medicine) Mar 9, 2015 - Basal cell carcinomas develop mutations in a protein on the Hedgehog pathway to evade a common drug therapy. Targeting another portion of the pathway may be an effective alternative treatment.
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New Test to Aid Melanoma Diagnosis: Ready for Clinical Use?

(Medscape Medical News) Mar 10, 2015 - A 23-gene signature developed by Myriad Genetics can differentiate benign skin moles or nevi from malignant melanoma, researchers report.
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Amgen to Lay Off 300 at Onyx, Close South San Francisco Facility

(San Francisco Business Times) Mar 10, 2015 - Amgen Inc. will shed roughly 300 of 750 Onyx Pharmaceuticals employees and shutter the South San Francisco facility the giant biotech picked up in its $10 billion acquisition of Onyx less than 18 months ago.
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U.K. Regulators Grant Early Access to Merck Skin Cancer Drug, but Where Is Northwest Bio?

(TheStreet) Mar 11, 2015 - Skin cancer patients in Britain can be treated with Merck's Keytruda before the cancer immunotherapy drug is approved there under a new early access plan announced Wednesday.
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Skin Cancer Drug Fast-tracked on NHS

(BBC News) Mar 10, 2015 - Pembrolizumab is a treatment for advanced skin cancer and is the first medicine to be approved through the Early Access to Medicines scheme (EAMS), launched in England last April.
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NICE Supports NHS Use of Roche's Gazyvaro in CLL

(PharmaTimes [UK]) Mar 11, 2015 - Patients in England and Wales with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia are a step closer to getting access to Roche’s Gazyvaro (obinutuzumab) on the National Health Service, after cost regulators recommended the drug for routine use.
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First Study to Compare Resection With RFA For Liver Cancer

(Medscape Medical News) Mar 11, 2015 - For patients with hepatocellular carcinoma who meet the Milan criteria, rates of disease-free and overall survival are similar after treatment with surgical resection or radiofrequency ablation, according to a European study.
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First Ablation Technique to Reach Central Liver Metastases

(Medscape Medical News) Mar 11, 2015 - Irreversible electroporation could offer hope to patients with untreatable centrally located liver metastases from colorectal cancer.
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An Injection That Makes Double Chins Disappear Is Probably Coming Soon

(Yahoo! Health) Mar 9, 2015 - An injection called ATX-101, which targets double chins, is nearing approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On Monday the drug was backed by an independent panel to the FDA, which brings it one step closer to full approval.
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Report: Specialty Drugs Drive Prescription Spending Jump

(ABC News/Associated Press) Mar 10, 2015 - Prescription drugs spending jumped 13 percent last year, the biggest annual increase since 2003, according to the nation's largest pharmacy benefits manager.
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Can Apple Help Cure Cancer? Its New ResearchKit Could Be The Start

(Forbes) Mar 9, 2015 - Apple used its Apple Watch event to unveil ResearchKit, its new effort to transform how medical research gets done. And if you're an iPhone user, it was basically an open invitation to help out.
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FDA Warns of Seizure, Alcohol Risks With Pfizer's Chantix

( Mar 10, 2014 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned on Monday that Pfizer Inc's quit-smoking drug, Chantix, has been associated with seizures and that some patients who drink while taking the drug may become aggressive or black out.
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Olympus Pushed Back at FDA on Cleaning Endoscopes to Kill Superbugs

(Bloomberg) Mar 10, 2015 - Olympus, the leading maker of the endoscopes linked to recent superbug outbreaks at hospitals around the U.S., asked the Food and Drug Administration to water down guidelines on cleaning medical devices that the agency proposed four years ago.
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Lisa Bonchek Adams, Who Wrote About Her Cancer, Dies

(Time) Mar 7, 2015 - Lisa Bonchek Adams, a prominent online writer who inspired and provoked readers with her extensive writing on her experience with cancer, died Friday evening.
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Sage Bionetworks Launches “Share the Journey” iPhone App to Study Breast Cancer

(Susan G. Komen) Mar 9, 2015 — Using iPhone sensors and participant surveys, the Share the Journey: Mind, Body and Wellness after Breast Cancer app tracks five common issues related to breast cancer treatment: fatigue, cognitive difficulties, sleep disturbances, mood changes, and reduction in exercise performance.
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NCCN 20th Annual Conference Will Highlight 20 Years of Cancer Treatment Improvements and Explore Value in Oncology; New and Updated NCCN Guidelines(R)

(NCCN) Mar 6, 2015 - The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) will host its 20th Annual Conference: Advancing the Standard of Cancer Care™, March 12 - 14, 2015, at The Diplomat in Hollywood, Florida.
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Clinical Trials, Advanced Genetic Profiling, Improved Patient Categorization Have Led to Improved Outcomes in Acute Myeloid Leukemia since 1996

(NCCN) Mar 9, 2015 - NCCN has published the 20th annual edition of the NCCN Guidelines® for Acute Myeloid Leukemia, one of the original NCCN Guidelines published in 1996.
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Chemotherapy and Improved Surgical Techniques Noted as Important Advancements in Treating Ovarian Cancer over the Last Two Decades

(NCCN) Mar 9, 2015 - NCCN has published the 20th annual edition of the NCCN Guidelines® for Ovarian Cancer, one of the original NCCN Guidelines published in November 1996.
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Dr. Nancy Davidson Named American Association for Cancer Research President-elect 2015-2016

(AACR) Mar 10, 2015 - The members of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) have elected Nancy E. Davidson, MD, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC CancerCenter, as their president-elect for 2015-2016.
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Take Action: Urge Congress to Support Robust Federal Funding for Cancer Research

(ASCO in Action) Mar 9, 2015 - Since 2003, Congressional funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has stagnated and failed to keep pace with inflation.
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ICD-10 Delay Soon Could be Back on Table

(HealthData Management) Mar 9, 2015 - Congress during the month of March expects to once again attempt a permanent fix to the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula for reimbursing physicians, and a delay in the ICD-10 compliance date could be in the mix, just as it was last year when the date was moved to Oct. 1, 2015.
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10 Reasons Why CMS's Cancer Payment Model Could Fail

(HealthLeaders Media) Mar 3, 2015 - The Oncology Care Model's purpose is to contain costs and improve care, but some oncologists and practice analysts say it is laced with perverse incentives.
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Biocept Expands Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Diagnostic Capabilities for EGFR Mutations

(NASDAQ) Mar 10, 2015 - Adds to portfolio of blood-based 'liquid biopsies' with EGFR mutation identification to assist physicians with treatment decisions for lung cancer patients.
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