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Seniors Have the Most Complications After Colorectal Cancer Surgery

(CBS News) Apr 10, 2014 - The majority of colorectal cancer surgeries performed in the U.S. are on people 65 and older, and these patients tend to have worse outcomes, according to a new study from the JAMA Networks Journal.
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Celgene Higher on Revlimid Patent Case Document Release

(TheStreet) Apr 9, 2014 - Celgene shares are notably higher Wednesday on what appears to be an investor relief rally over the patent life of Revlimid, the company's biggest selling cancer drug.
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Hem/Onc Specialists Rank Among Highest Medicare Payees

(Medscape Medical News) Apr 9, 2014 - Specialists in hematology/oncology were the second biggest recipients of Medicare payments, at $2.09 billion dollars, split among 1831 Medicare billers.
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How Mouse Studies Lead Medical Research Down Dead Ends

(NPR/Shots blog) Apr 8, 2014 - New drugs are usually tested in animals before they're tested in humans. But many of those studies aren't done carefully enough, analysts say. So time and money is wasted, and treatments are delayed.
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Choosing Wisely Lists Dominated by Cost Considerations

(Medscape Medical News) Apr 9, 2014 - Healthcare costs figured highly in specialty medical societies' decision-making processes in determining what to include in their Choosing Wisely Top 5 lists, according to a research letter published in the April 9 issue of JAMA.
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Fewer Americans Overwhelmed by Medical Bills: Report

(U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News) April 9, 2014 - While millions of Americans still feel hamstrung by medical expenses, a new government report shows that some people are getting relief.
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CMS Ensures Higher Value and Quality for Medicare Health and Drug Plans

(CMS.gov) Apr 7, 2014 - Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2015 rate announcement and final call letter for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug benefit (Part D) programs.
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Historic Release of Data Gives Consumers Unprecedented Transparency on the Medical Services Physicians Provide and How Much They Are Paid

(HHS.gov) Apr 9, 2014 - Today, as part of the Obama administration’s work to make our health care system more transparent, affordable, and accountable, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the release of new, privacy-protected data on services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other health care professionals.
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Docs' Medicare Pay Totals Now Public

(MedPage Today) Apr 9, 2014 - For the first time, totals of what Medicare pays individual healthcare providers is now freely available to download and browse on a government website.
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Data Uncover Nation’s Top Medicare Billers

(Washington Post) Apr 9, 2014 - The Medicare program is the source of a small fortune for many U.S. doctors, according to a trove of government records that reveal unprecedented details about physician billing practices nationwide.
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To Get Quality Care, You Need to be the Right Kind of Patient

(Washington Post) Apr 7, 2014 - Humphrey received excellent cancer care. All patients should be treated so considerately.
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Becky L. DeKay, MBA, Becomes President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers

(ACCC) Apr 7, 2014 - Becky L. DeKay, MBA, became President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers at its 40th Annual National Meeting on April 2, 2014.
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Promising New Drugs, Research "Dream Teams," Cancer Risk Findings; News Roundup from AACR

(The Plain Dealer [Cleveland, OH]) Apr 9, 2014 - Wednesday marks the official end of the four-day annual meeting of the AACR in San Diego, at which more than 18,400 scientists, physicians, patient advocates and other professionals in the field of oncology convened.
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Verastem Presents Data on Cancer Stem Cell-Targeting Agents at the 2014 AACR Annual Meeting

(Verastem) Apr 9, 2014 - Research results provide additional support for targeting cancer stem cells directly and through immunomodulation of the tumor microenvironment.
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Clinical Data Presented at AACR Demonstrate Ability of Trovagene's Molecular Diagnostic Platform to Non-Invasively Track Cancer Patients' Response to Therapy

(Yahoo! Finance) Apr 8, 2014 - Clinical study results presented today at the AACR Annual Meeting demonstrate the ability of Trovagene's molecular diagnostic platform to detect and monitor BRAF V600E mutations in cancer patients.
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Data Presented at AACR Support Potential of Peregrine's PS-Targeting Immunotherapy Bavituximab to Enhance Anti-Tumor and Immune-Stimulating Effects of Anti-CTLA-4 and Anti-PD-1 Treatments in Models of Melanoma and Colon Cancer

(MarketWatch) Apr 9, 2014 - Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc., today announced data from studies validating the immune-stimulatory mechanism of action of bavituximab and demonstrating that the combination of a preclinical phosphatidylserine (PS)-targeting antibody with the immune checkpoint inhibitors anti-CTLA-4 or anti-PD-1 antibodies yielded superior anti-tumor immune responses in animal models of melanoma and colon cancer compared to anti-CTLA-4 and PD-1 antibodies alone.
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ImmunoGen, Inc. Announces First Clinical Findings with Refined Dosing Strategy for IMGN853

(Boston.com) Apr 8, 2014 - ImmunoGen, Inc. today announced the first findings from Company research aimed at optimizing the dosing of its IMGN853 product candidate.
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Mirna Therapeutics Announces Interim Phase 1 Safety Data on Lead Product Candidate MRX34 at AACR Annual Meeting

(Reuters) Apr 8, 2014 - MRX34 found to have manageable safety profile during initial dose-escalation phase of clinical trial in patients with unresectable primary liver cancer or solid cancers with liver involvement.
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Minimal Residual Disease, Deep Sequencing, And Prognosis In Multiple Myeloma

(The Myeloma Beacon) Apr 8, 2014 - A recent Spanish study adds important findings to the growing literature about the measurement and significance of minimal residual disease in multiple myeloma.
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MD Anderson Announces Immunotherapy Collaboration with GSK

(MD Anderson) Apr 8, 2014 - The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center announced today it formed a research alliance with GlaxoSmithKline to strengthen its efforts in advancing therapies that train the body’s immune system to combat cancer.
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2014 Community Oncology Conference Spotlights Stark Contrasts: Exciting Advances in Treatment and Payment versus Deeping Cancer Care Crisis

(COA) Apr 9, 2014 - The theme for the just-completed 2014 Community Oncology Conference, Community Oncology 2.0: Blazing a New Way Forward, was borne out by the clinical and business presentations highlighting advances in treating cancer and in paying for cancer care.
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Nearly $5 Million in Research Grants Awarded for Innovative Pancreatic Cancer Research

(AACR) Apr 8, 2014 - The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) awarded 14 grants through the 2014 Research Grants Program here today to outstanding scientists throughout the country, supporting their innovative research in the field of pancreatic cancer.
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NCI Intramural Research Highlighted at 2014 AACR Meeting

(NCI) Apr 7, 2014 - At this year’s annual AACR meeting in San Diego there were plenary talks by two NCI intramural scientists -- Steven Rosenberg, M.D., and Louis Staudt, M.D., Ph.D.
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Statement on Forthcoming Changes in NCI's Clinical Trials Programs

(NCI) Apr 4, 2014 - Clinical trials are pivotal elements in the conversion of scientific discoveries into practical means to prevent and treat cancers.
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ASCO Urges Congress to Provide for a Strong FDA

(ASCO in Action) Apr 9, 2014 - In written testimony to Congress on April 4, ASCO President Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, urged legislators to provide appropriations of $2.784 billion to the FDA for fiscal year 2015, to strengthen and ensure access to high quality cancer care and life-saving treatments.
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