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Susan G. Komen Sets Bold Goal To Reduce U.S. Breast Cancer Deaths By 50 Percent In 10 Years

(Susan G. Komen) Sept 13, 2016 - The Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization announced a bold plan today to reduce the nation’s 40,000 breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in 10 years, by improving access to quality and timely cancer care for the underserved and enhancing Komen’s research focus on lethal breast cancers.
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Black Health Experts Renew Fight Against Menthol Cigarettes

(New York Times) Sept 13, 2016 - About 45,000 African-Americans die each year from smoking-related illnesses — black men have the highest lung cancer mortality rate of any demographic group.
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As Radiologists Push For “Virtual” Colonoscopy Coverage, Risk Of Misleading Readers Is Real

(HealthNewsReview.org) Sept 12, 2016 - American College of Radiology (ACR), together with the Colon Cancer Alliance and other advocacy groups, want you to know that they’re urging Medicare to cover seniors for “virtual” colonoscopy screening (also known as CT colonography).
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Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: (MMRF) and Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center Collaborate on Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) Study in Multiple Myeloma

(4-traders) Sept 13, 2016 - New clinical trial will identify potential genomic markers linked to achieving and maintaining deep response to therapy.
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GenomeDx Adds Multiple Leading Cancer Centers to Its Proprietary Genomics Resource Information Database Platform (Decipher GRID)

(TheStreet) Sept 13, 2016 - GenomeDx Biosciences today announced that it has expanded access to its Decipher Genomics Resource Information Database (Decipher GRID ®) to a new group of leading cancer centers, allowing them to join the existing Decipher GRID network.
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Allegheny Health Network, Johns Hopkins Team Up To Test Late-Stage Cancer Patients

(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) Sept 13, 2016 - Allegheny Health Network is partnering with Johns Hopkins Medicine for molecular tests of late-stage cancer patients, for whom options are often limited and treatment costly.
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EU Nod For Exelixis’ Kidney Cancer Drug

(PharmaTimes [UK]) Sept 14, 2016 - European regulators have approved a new second-line treatment option for patients with advanced kidney cancer.
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Array BioPharma Announces Phase 3 BEACON CRC SPA Agreement with FDA

(Yahoo! Finance) Sept 14, 2016 - Array BioPharma announced today that it has reached agreement with the FDA regarding a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) related to BEACON CRC, a global Phase 3 trial of encorafenib and Erbitux® (cetuximab), with or without binimetinib, versus standard of care in patients with BRAF-mutant colorectal cancer (CRC) who have previously received first-or second-line systemic therapy.
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Personal Genome Diagnostics Reports Positive Data On Utility Of Liquid Biopsy Testing In Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients

(Yahoo! Finance) Sept 14, 2016 - Personal Genome Diagnostics Inc., a leading provider of advanced cancer genome testing products and services, today announced that data from a collaborative effort with Takeda Pharmaceuticals to assess the feasibility of liquid biopsy genomic testing for cancer drug development will be presented today at the 2016 Precision: Lung Cancer World R&D Summit in Boston, Massachusetts.
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NUS Scientists Discover Potential Mechanism For Early Detection And Better Treatment Of Gastric Cancer

(NUS [Singapore]) Sept 13, 2016 - A team of researchers from the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore (CSI Singapore) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found that changes in ribonucleic acid (RNA) sequences play a major role in the development of gastric cancer.
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Special T Cells That Target Solid Tumors Offer Potential Treatment For Pediatric And Adult Cancers

(Baylor College of Medicine) Sept 14, 2016 - Adoptive cell-therapies, in which a patient's own immune cells are used to recognize and target tumors, have shown breakthrough results for patients with certain B-cell malignancies, or cancers of the blood, but this therapy has not seen similar success in patients with solid tumors.
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Many Adolescent Girls with Leukemia Are Not Being Screened for Pregnancy Before Beginning Chemotherapy

(Wiley) Sept 12, 2016 - A new study indicates that adolescent females with acute leukemia have low rates of pregnancy screening prior to receiving chemotherapy that can cause birth defects. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.
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No Difference Seen in Recurrence Rate After Robot-Assisted vs. Open Hysterectomy

(Medscape/Reuters Health) Sept 12, 2016 - Patients with early-stage cervical cancer who undergo robot-assisted radical hysterectomy have similar recurrence and mortality rates as those who undergo the open procedure, but with less blood loss and fewer post-operative complications, new research suggests.
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Choosing Stronger Sunscreen Would Reduce Women's Melanoma Risk

(Reuters Health) Sept 13, 2016 - The number of women affected by the deadliest form of skin cancer could fall by almost a fifth if they all used sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher, a new study suggests.
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Counting Cancer Cells In Blood Could Be Key To Telling Whether Prostate Cancer Treatment Is Working

(ICR [UK]) Sept 14, 2016 - A drop in the number of cancer cells detected in a patient’s blood could be the best indicator yet as to whether treatment for prostate cancer is working.
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UCLA Study Finds Common Breast Cancer Test May Not Be Worth The Cost

(UCLA/Jonsson CCC) Sept 12, 2016 - A new study by a UCLA researcher in collaboration with colleagues at Harvard and University of Texas Southwestern has found that a genomic test widely used to help determine whether women with a common form of breast cancer should undergo radiation is not cost effective.
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The Health Condition That Concerns Americans Most

(CNN) Sept 13, 2016 - What health condition concerns Americans the most? Cancer -- more so than obesity, neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's and even infectious diseases, such as Zika, Ebola and HIV/AIDS. A majority of survey respondents -- 37% -- believed cancer to be the No. 1 most significant health care challenge in the country.
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Aveo Halts Study Of Lung Cancer Drug

(BioPharma Dive) Sept 12, 2016 - Aveo Oncology said it would end Phase 2 trials of its lung cancer drug and second most advanced clinical candidate ficlatuzumab, revealing the shift Monday in a regulatory filing.
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Obama Drops In On Meeting With Insurers On Upcoming Obamacare Enrollment Season

(CNBC) Sept 13, 2016 - It's Obamacare, with a personal touch. President Barack Obama on Monday personally appealed to insurers to help boost enrollment in Obamacare health plans during the next open enrollment season, which begins in November.
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Inventor of Hepatitis C Cure Wins a Major Prize—and Turns to the Next Battle

(Scientific American) Sept 13, 2016 - Lasker Award winner Michael Sofia created a pill to fight an incurable virus. Now he is setting his sights on another.
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Hillary Clinton to Release More Medical Records After Pneumonia Diagnosis

(Wall Street Journal) Sept 13, 2016 - Campaign admits fault in delaying announcement that candidate was diagnosed with pneumonia.
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How Congress Can Make Drug Pricing More Rational

(Forbes) Sept 12, 2016 - The public reproach over the price of Mylan’s lifesaving drug EpiPen is the latest imbroglio in a much broader debate over drug costs.
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50 Years Ago, Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists To Point Blame At Fat

(NPR/The Two-Way) Sept 13, 2016 - In the 1960s, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat, according to a newly published article in JAMA Internal Medicine.
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Study: Imaging Better Than Surgery For Lung Cancer Staging

(UPI.com) Sept 13, 2016 - While endosonography is more accurate for staging the disease, no difference in survival was seen between the two diagnostic techniques.
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GW Cancer Center Launches Online Community of Practice for Patient-centered Care

(GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences) Sept 12, 2016 - The George Washington University Cancer Center is pleased to announce the launch of the first-ever online Community of Practice for patient-centered cancer care.
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