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Cleveland Clinic, IBM Launch New Watson Project to Find New Treatment Options For Cancer Patients

(The Plain Dealer [Cleveland, OH]) Oct 29, 2014 - The Cleveland Clinic and IBM on Wednesday announced a new collaboration with Watson that is designed to help oncologists identify new cancer treatment options for their patients.
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Rosetta Genomics Partners with Admera Health for the Commercialization of Current and Future Sequencing-Based Oncology Tests

(CNBC) Oct 30, 2014 - Rosetta Genomics Ltd. announces a collaboration with Admera Health, a spin-off from the clinical services unit of GENEWIZ, Inc., a leading global genomics company. Focused on personalized medicine, Admera Health is a molecular diagnostics company that aims to develop and deliver cost-effective tests that fulfill unmet medical needs, including clinical molecular oncology diagnostics.
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FDA Grants Kamada Orphan Drug Designation For the Treatment of Graft Versus Host Disease

(TheStreet) Oct 29, 2014 - Kamada Ltd., a plasma-derived protein therapeutics company focused on orphan indications, announces that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Orphan Products Development has granted orphan drug designation for Glassia®, the Company's proprietary human Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT), to treat Graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD).
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Clinical Practice Guidelines Address Multimodality Treatment For Esophageal Cancer

(STS) Oct 30, 2014 - The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has released new clinical practice guidelines for treating cancer of the esophagus and gastroesophageal junction (area where the esophagus meets the stomach).
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CHEST Lung Cancer Experts Present Policy Statement to CMS Committee on Coverage

(CHEST) Oct 30, 2014 - As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Committee on Coverage studies the decision to cover lung cancer screening for eligible individuals, today’s Online First section of the journal CHEST published Components for High Quality Lung Cancer Screening: American College of Chest Physicians and American Thoracic Society Policy Statement.
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UTHealth Research Shows Mushroom Extract, AHCC, Helpful in Treating HPV

(UTHealth Houston) Oct 28, 2014 – A Japanese mushroom extract appears to be effective for the eradication of human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a pilot clinical trial at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School.
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Researchers Discover New Gene Mutation to Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Salivary Gland Cancer

(OICR [Canada]) Oct 29, 2014 - Researchers have identified a specific gene called PRKD1 that is mutated in the vast majority of patients with a specific type of oral salivary gland cancer.
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UMMS Study: Tanning Beds Widely Available On or Near College Campuses, Despite Cancer Risk

(UMMS Now/UMass Medical School) Oct 29, 2014 - Despite a high skin cancer risk, tanning beds are available on campus or in off-campus housing at nearly half of the nation’s top colleges, and access is frequently discounted or entirely free of charge, according to a new study from UMass Medical School published online Oct. 29 in JAMA Dermatology.
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New Molecular Imaging Technology Could Improve Bladder-Cancer Detection, Researchers Say

(Stanford Medicine) Oct 29, 2014 - Researchers have developed a new imaging method that targets a protein known as CD47 in human bladder cancer. This technology may greatly improve cancer detection and enable more accurate surgeries.
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Breast and Colorectal Cancers Remain More Aggressive in Children

(American College of Surgeons) Oct 29, 2014 - Breast and colorectal cancers rarely occur in children, but when they do, these conditions are more precarious, according to a pair of National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) studies presented this week at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.
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New Data on Fatigue From ROMANA 1, a Pivotal Phase III Study of Anamorelin in Advanced NSCLC Patients With Cachexia Presented at 2014 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology

(CNBC) Oct 30, 2014 - In ROMANA 1, a pivotal Phase III study, anamorelin was shown to increase lean body mass and body weight, reduce fatigue and improve health-related quality of life in patients with advanced NSCLC cachexia.
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Molecular Tumor Markers Could Reveal New Therapeutic Targets For Lung Cancer Treatment

(Yahoo! Finance) Oct 30, 2014 - Analysis of 607 small cell lung cancer (SCLC) lung tumors and neuroendocrine tumors (NET) identified common molecular markers among both groups that could reveal new therapeutic targets for patients with similar types of lung cancer, according to research presented today at the 2014 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology.
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Lung Cancer Patients With Minimally Invasive Adenocarcinoma Have Comparable 97.7 Percent 5-Year Survival Rate as Patients With Adenocarcinoma In-Situ

(Yahoo! Finance) Oct 30, 2014 - Lung cancer patients with minimally invasive adenocarcinoma (MIA) have similar, positive five-year disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) rates as patients with adenocarcinoma in-situ (AIS), according to research presented today at the 2014 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology.
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10 Years of Data Reveals Excellent, Sustained Local Control With Minimal Side Effects For Medically Inoperable, Early Stage Lung Cancer Patients

(Yahoo! Finance) Oct 30, 2014 - Analysis of data from an institutional patient registry on stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) indicates excellent long-term, local control, 79 percent of tumors, for medically inoperable, early stage lung cancer patients treated with SBRT from 2003 to 2012, according to research presented today at the 2014 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology.
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Post-Operative Radiation Therapy Improves Overall Survival for Patients With Resected Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

(Yahoo! Finance) Oct 30, 2014 - Patients who received post-operative radiation therapy (PORT), radiation therapy after surgery, lived an average of four months longer when compared to the patients who had the same disease site, tumor histology and treatment criteria and who did not receive PORT, according to research presented today at the 2014 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology.
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Medicare Costs Analysis Indicates Need For Decreasing Use of Biopsies as Diagnosis Tool For Lung Cancer

(Yahoo! Finance) Oct 30, 2014 - Biopsies were found to be the most costly tool prescribed in lung cancer diagnosis, according to research presented today at the 2014 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology.
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Patients at High-Risk For Lung Cancer Are More Likely to Receive Screening When Primary Care Provider Is Familiar With Guideline Recommendations

(Yahoo! Finance) Oct 30, 2014 - Patients at high-risk for developing lung cancer are more likely to receive low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening when their primary care provider is familiar with guideline recommendations for LDCT screening for lung cancer, according to research presented today at the 2014 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology.
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Update: New Melanoma Drug Shows Promise In Trial

(Forbes) Oct 29, 2014 - A new cancer drug benefited 51% of stage III and IV melanoma patients during a phase II trial, achieving complete response (total cancer disappearance) in 26% during the treatment period. That was all in just 16 weeks of treatment, suggesting this drug has great potential for treating certain cancers in the future.
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Cord Blood Transplant: In Children, One Will Do

(Medscape Medical News) Oct 29, 2014 - It may seem intuitive that, in stem cell transplantation, two units of cord blood may bestow significantly better outcomes than one unit of cord blood. But at least in children, that may not be the case: the outcomes were similar after both.
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Bristol Immunotherapy Shows Promise in Lung Cancer Trial

(Reuters) Oct 30, 2014 - Treatment of advanced squamous cell non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with Bristol-Myers Squibb Co's experimental immunotherapy nivolumab led to a one-year survival rate of 41 percent in a midstage clinical trial, according to data being presented at a medical meeting.
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Most Internet Sources on Prostate Cancer Disagree with Expert Panel’s No-Screening Recommendation

(American College of Surgeons) Oct 27, 2014 - New study shows that two-thirds of health websites appearing on the first page of search results do not recommend against prostate cancer screening, as opposed to the US Preventive Services Task Force.
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Prostate Cancer Medications Linked with Increased Risk of Heart-Related Deaths in Men with Cardiovascular Problems

(Wiley) Oct 29, 2014 - A new study has found that certain prostate cancer medications are linked with an increased risk of dying from heart-related causes in men with congestive heart failure or prior heart attacks. Published in BJU International, the findings will help doctors and patients weigh the benefits and risks of the drugs.
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Triphase, Celgene Extend Deal for IV Formulation of Marizomib and Bevacizumab for Glioblastoma

(Pharmaceutical Business Review) Oct 29, 2014 - Drug development firm Triphase Accelerator has extended its strategic collaboration with Celgene for a Phase I development program to explore combining an intravenous (IV) formulation of marizomib with bevacizumab in glioblastoma (GBM), an aggressive malignant primary brain tumor.
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FDA Staff Recommends Limited Use of Daiichi's Blood Thinner

(Reuters) Oct 28, 2014 - U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff reviewers recommended approval of a 60 mg dose of Daiichi Sankyo Co's blood thinner for some atrial fibrillation patients, but suggested limiting its use to those with abnormal kidney function.
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Lilly, Boehringer Ingelheim Revise Diabetes Alliance In Certain Countries

( Oct 29, 2014 - Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company are changing the operational and financial structure of their diabetes alliance in certain countries, Eli Lilly said. The changes will be implemented starting January 1, 2015.
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