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Where Did It All Go Wrong? Scientists Identify ‘Cell Of Origin’ In Skin Cancers

(University of Cambridge [UK}) July 8, 2016 - Scientists have identified for the first time the ‘cell of origin’ – in other words, the first cell from which the cancer grows – in basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, and followed the chain of events that lead to the growth of these invasive tumors.
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Revolutionary Surgery For Lung Cancer

(CRCHUM [Canada]) July 11, 2016 - The University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM) is launching a major international clinical trial to test a minimally invasive and safer surgical approach for patients with lung cancer: video-assisted thoracoscopic (VATS) lobectomy with ultrasonic pulmonary artery sealing.
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Changes in Benign Tissue Next To Prostate Tumors May Predict Biomedical Recurrence Of Cancer, Scientists Find

(Case Western Reserve University/Think) July 6, 2016 - Changes in benign tissues next to prostate tumors may provide an early warning for patients at higher risk for biochemical recurrence after a radical prostatectomy, a study by researchers at Case Western Reserve University and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions shows.
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New Findings Concerning Hereditary Prostate Cancer

(Lund University [Sweden]) July 11, 2016 - For the first time ever, researchers have differentiated the risks of developing indolent or aggressive prostate cancer in men with a family history of the disease. Researchers from the Swedish universities of Lund, Uppsala and Umeå now present new and somewhat surprising results.
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Acupressure May Ease Fatigue After Breast Cancer

( July 11, 2016 - The targeted massage therapy known as acupressure may help breast cancer patients overcome fatigue, according to a new study.
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Why Breast Cancer Survivors Should Exercise

( News) July 8, 2016 - Excessive stress can lead to memory problems among breast cancer survivors, but exercise can help, according to new research.
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Major Funders Launch International Repository Of Cutting-Edge Cancer Models

(Science Magazine) July 11, 2016 - Several U.S. and European funding agencies are launching the Human Cancer Models Initiative (HCMI), which aims to give the research community tumor cells that behave more like actual human tumors.
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Could Statins Help Fight Cancer?

(U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News) July 8, 2016 - Some cancer patients who take cholesterol-lowering statins may live longer than those not on these heart medications, a study from Britain suggests.
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Study Forecasts ‘Silver Tsunami’ of Cancer Survivors

(NCI/Cancer Currents Blog) July 8, 2016 - The aging of the U.S. population will result in a substantial increase in the number of older cancer survivors over the next quarter century, particularly those 85 and older, according to a new study by NCI researchers.
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Statins May Be Associated With Reduced Mortality In 4 Common Cancers

(European Society of Cardiology) July 8, 2016 - High cholesterol diagnosis associated with lower risk of death in lung, breast, prostate and bowel cancers.
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International Collaboration To Create New Cancer Models To Accelerate Research

(Cancer Research UK) July 11, 2016 - An international project to develop a large, globally accessible, bank of new cancer cell culture models for the research community launches today.
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EMA: ‘Business As Usual’ - For Now - After Brexit

(PMLiVE [UK]) July 7, 2016 - And says it will be up to remaining EU members to decide on its future location.
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Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes Banned From Running Labs

(TIME/Associated Press) July 8, 2016 - Two-year ban follows reports that company's tests were unreliable.
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FDA Staff Say Amgen Biosimilar "Highly Similar" to Abbvie's Humira

(Reuters) July 8, 2016 - Amgen Inc's biosimilar form of AbbVie Inc's arthritis drug Humira, the world's top-selling medicine, is similarly potent and safe as the original product, according to a preliminary review by staff members of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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Proposed Policy, Payment, and Quality Provisions Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year (CY) 2017

( July 7, 2016 - On July 7, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that updates payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2017.
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Report: ‘Convergence Science’ Has Potential To Accelerate The Research-To-Product Pipeline

(Kaiser Health News) July 8, 2016 - A few years ago, Elizabeth Jaffee, a professor of oncology in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, probably wouldn’t have imagined that she would team up with an aerospace engineer to advance her research on cancer therapies.
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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Settles Oxycodone Investigation for $250K

(Puget Sound Business Journal) July 7, 2016 - The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a U.S. Justice Department investigation relating to the loss of more than 96,000 pills between 2011 and 2013.
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Archway Health Partners With Coalition Of Leading Oncology Groups

(Archway Health) July 1, 2016 - Archway Health announced today that it has entered into an innovative affiliation arrangement with a leading coalition of oncology medical groups for the purpose of developing superior tools and services to help practices build and manage oncology bundled payment programs.
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Results of First Study Assessing Clinical Impact of ESMO-MCBS

(ESMO) July 7, 2016 - Details of the first study by one of Europe’s largest cancer centres, the Medical University of Vienna (MUV), assessing the clinical impact and feasibility of the ESMO Magnitude of Clinical Benefit Scale (MCBS) in a real-life context are now available on ESMO Open.
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Japan's Eisai Weighs Legal Action In UK Cancer Drug Row

(Reuters) July 7, 2016 - Japan's Eisai said on Friday it would consider all options, including possible legal action, to fight delays in Britain's healthcare system that prevent patients from accessing one of its drugs to treat a rare form of cancer.
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Roche Receives FDA Approval for Use of SurePath Preservative Fluid with Cobas HPV Test for Cervical Cancer Screening

(Yahoo! Finance) July 8, 2016 - Roche HPV test is first to be approved for use with the SurePath Preservative Fluid gynecologic cell collection medium commonly used for Pap tests.
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'New Game Plan' Lies Ahead for ASCO Practice Guidelines

(Medscape Medical News) July 8, 2016 - For more than 20 years, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has been publishing clinical guidelines, and now the society is putting together a "game plan" to help set the stage for incorporating new therapies and approaches into clinical guidelines as quickly and as accurately as possible.
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Proposed 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule Released

(ASCO in Action) July 7, 2016 - On July 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its proposed rule for 2017 Physician Reimbursement.
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Kite Pharma Completes Enrollment of All Patients with Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) in Pivotal Multi-Center Phase 2 Study of KTE-C19 (ZUMA-1)

(Biotech 365) July 8, 2016 - Kite Pharma, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing engineered autologous cell therapy (eACT™) products for the treatment of cancer, announced today that it has completed enrollment of 72 patients in DLBCL cohort in the Phase 2 portion of ZUMA-1.
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Second, Unrelated Cancer Strikes 1 In 12 Cancer Patients

( News) July 8, 2016 - A new study found that 8 percent of patients -- or one in 12 -- already diagnosed with one form of cancer end up developing a second type of unrelated cancer.
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