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Blood Biomarker May Detect Lung Cancer, Study Presented at CHEST 2014

(American College of Chest Physicians) Oct 21, 2014 - A new study shows that patients with stage I to stage III non-small cell lung cancer have different metabolite profiles in their blood than those of patients who are at risk but do not have lung cancer.
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'Yes' to Routine Colonoscopies in IBD

(MedPage Today) Oct 21, 2014 - Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) who had a recent colonoscopy were less likely to develop colorectal cancer and were less likely to die from the disease after a colon cancer diagnosis, researchers said here.
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For GI Cancer Patients, Unplanned Hospitalizations Common

(Monthly Prescribing Reference/HealthDay News) Oct 21, 2014 - Unplanned hospitalizations among elderly patients with gastrointestinal cancer are common, according to research published online October 6 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
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NICE Recommends Another New Skin Cancer Drug

(NICE) Oct 21, 2014 - NICE has issued final guidance recommending dabrafenib for the treatment of melanoma which has spread or cannot be completely removed by surgery, and which tests positive for the BRAF V600 mutation.
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Money Woes Spawn Cancer Patient Treatment Shortcuts

(Medscape Medical News) Oct 22, 2014 - Even if they have insurance, cancer patients often struggle with out-of-pocket costs and, as a result, make changes to their lifestyle and treatment regimens.
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Early Palliative Care Can Cut Hospital Readmissions for Cancer Patients

(Duke Medicine) Oct 21, 2014 - Doctors at Duke University Hospital have developed a new collaborative model in cancer care that reduced the rates at which patients were sent to intensive care or readmitted to the hospital after discharge.
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Key Research From Inaugural 2014 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium Highlights Advances in Integrating Palliative Care into Treatment and Financial Hardships Facing People Living with Cancer

(ASCO) Oct 21, 2014 - Four studies highlighted in an embargoed presscast yesterday from the inaugural 2014 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium explored how the use of "smart technology" and medical oncologist/palliative care specialist partnerships can successfully integrate palliative care into treatment and the impact of financial hardships on people living with cancer.
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C.D.C. Issues New Guidelines for Ebola Care

(New York Times) Oct 20, 2014 - The new protocols are based on procedures followed by the international aid group Doctors Without Borders.
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Unanimous FDA Panel Support for Novartis' Secukinumab

(PharmaTimes [UK]) Oct 21, 2014 - Advisors to the US Food and Drug Administration have voted unanimously to support approval of Novartis’ secukinumab for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.
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AbbVie, Shire Terminate Year’s Biggest Deal

(Wall Street Journal) Oct 20, 2014 - AbbVie Inc. and Shire PLC officially agreed to terminate their $54 billion deal, killing the year’s biggest agreed-upon merger and giving a win to the Obama administration, which has fought overseas merger deals prompted by tax advantages.
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Actavis Competing With Sanofi for Omega Pharma Deal

(Bloomberg) Oct 21, 2014 - Actavis Plc is among the bidders for Omega Pharma NV, people with knowledge of the matter said, as the U.S. drugmaker continues hunting for acquisitions.
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Boehringer’s New Lung Drug to Cost $96,000 a Year

(Bloomberg) Oct 20, 2014 - Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH priced its new treatment for a deadly lung-scarring disease at $96,000 a year, just higher than Roche Holding AG’s competing product.
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BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR… AMA RUC Survey of Subcutaneous, Intramuscular, and Intravenous Injection Codes

(ASCO in Action) Oct 20, 2014 - In the next few weeks, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in collaboration with multiple specialty societies will randomly distribute an American Medical Association (AMA) Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) survey of the therapeutic injection CPT ® codes 96372, 96374, and 96375 the chemotherapy injection CPT ® codes 96401, 96409, and 96411.
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Celgene Participates in New Round of Investment for Sequenta

(Sequenta) Oct 20, 2014 - Sequenta, Inc., a biotechnology company developing clinical diagnostics based on immune cell receptor genes, today announced an equity investment by Celgene Corporation and other strategic investors.
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Unum Therapeutics, A Cellular Immunotherapy Company, Launches with $12M

(Boston Globe) Oct 21, 2014 - Unum Therapeutics announced its launch Tuesday with $12 million in funding led by Fidelity Biosciences and Atlas Venture, with participation from Sanofi-Genzyme BioVentures.
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Healthtech: Providence Cancer Spinoff Gets Anti-tumor Technology into Clinical Trial

(Portland Business Journal/Healthcare Inc. NW blog) Oct 20, 2014 - AgonOx, a Providence Cancer Center spinoff, has hit a new milestone, with a new cancer therapy clinical trial getting under way.
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Optim Oncology Expands and Enhances Patient Care with the Addition of Two Locations

(McKesson) Oct 20, 2014 – Optim Oncology, a practice in The US Oncology Network and a leader in providing quality oncology care throughout the greater Oklahoma City area, announced today it has expanded its practice to include two additional locations, through the acquisition of Artesian Cancer Centers.
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North Carolinian Credits Early Cancer Diagnosis To New Health Coverage

(Kaiser Health News/The Charlotte Observer) Oct 20, 2014 - Kimberly Tonyan illustrates what the law was designed to accomplish: Because she had insurance, she got care before her cancer advanced. While her care has been expensive, it headed off more costly procedures, such as chemotherapy and radiation.
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At Home with the Specialist: Oncologists and Other Specialists Launching Patient-centered Medical Homes

(Modern Healthcare) Oct 18, 2014 - Solo practice endocrinologist Carol Greenlee is one of a small number of specialist physicians in the country who operate their practice as a patient-centered medical home, a model pioneered by primary-care doctors.
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ACCC to Develop Comprehensive Program on Immuno-Oncology for Community-Based Providers

(ACCC) Oct 21, 2014 - The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has been provided with a charitable contribution from Bristol-Myers Squibb to develop a comprehensive program in Immuno-Oncology for community-based providers.
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October 21, 2014: COA Releases 2014 Community Oncology Practice Impact Report

(COA) Oct 21, 2014 - Over the past 8 years, 313 cancer treatment facilities have closed and 544 community cancer practices have been acquired by or affiliated with hospitals. New to this year’s report, COA tracked that over the past 2 years 74.5% of the acquisitions/affiliations have been with hospitals receiving 340B drug discounts.
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Oasmia Pharmaceutical AB: Oasmia's Lead Human Oncology Product Paclical Shows a Positive Risk/Benefit Profile Versus Standard Treatment in Pivotal Phase III Clinical Study

(NASDAQ) Oct 21, 2014. Oasmia Pharmaceutical AB (publ) today announced that the full clinical trial report of Paclical, for the treatment of epithelial ovarian cancer, shows a positive risk/benefit profile. The data will serve as the basis of a Marketing Authorisation Application to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), which the company intends to submit in early 2015.
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Agios Pharmaceuticals Announces Initiation of a Phase 1/2 Clinical Trial of AG-221 in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors with an IDH2 Mutation

(CNNMoney) Oct 21, 2014 - Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the initiation of a Phase 1/2 multicenter study of AG-221 in patients with advanced solid tumors, including gliomas, as well as angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) that carry an isocitrate dehydrogenase-2 (IDH2) mutation.
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UCLA Scientists Discover Protein that Can Accelerate Cancer Patients’ Recovery After Radiation and Chemotherapy

(UCLA) Oct 20, 2014 - Scientists from UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have shown for the first time how a unique protein found in human bone marrow can drive stem cells to repair our blood system after an injury.
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ACG: Recent Increase in Incidence of Young-onset CRC

( News) Oct 20, 2014 - The incidence of young-onset colorectal cancer (CRC) is increasing, and the disease is more aggressive pathologically. These findings are being presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, held from Oct. 17 to 22 in Philadelphia.
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