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Special Report: How a Secretive Medical Panel Uses Data that Distort Doctors’ Pay

(Washington Post) July 20, 2013 - Doctors’ pay is supposed to depend on duration and intensity of procedures. But an AMA committee uses exaggerated time to reach values for services, a Post investigation finds.
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Catch that Wave!

(ASCO Connection/Commentary) July 21, 2013 - After three years of planning, ASCO has developed a working prototype of a “rapid learning system” for oncology called CancerLinQ.
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Nominations Now Open

(ASCO) July 19, 2013 - Nominations for the 2014 ASCO Special Awards are now open. The nomination deadline is August 12, 2013.
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Cedars-Sinai Establishes First Accredited Complex Surgical Oncology Fellowship

(Cedars-Sinai) July 16, 2013 - The Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute has established the medical center’s first accredited Complex Surgical Oncology Fellowship program, joining an elite group of 16 U.S. hospitals.
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Saul Rivkin Shifts Full-time Focus to Cancer Center Named for His Wife

(Seattle Times) July 20, 2013 - Legendary cancer doctor Saul Rivkin, who lost his wife to ovarian cancer and launched a research center in her memory, has retired at age 77 — but hasn’t slowed down.
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Grim Prognosis Ignites Fight for a Cure

( [Video]) July 21, 2013 - A Fox Business interview with Kathy Giusti, chief executive officer of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
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Karmanos Launches Lung Cancer Screening Program to Help Detect Lung Cancer Early

(Karmanos Cancer Institute) July 22, 2013 - The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center is launching a Lung Cancer Screening Program for adults with a history of smoking – both current and former smokers.
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Urine-based Cancer Detection Technology Validated

(Yahoo! Finance) July 22, 2013 - Trovagene, Inc. announces that results emerging from ongoing clinical studies have confirmed the broad applicability of Trovagene technology across a variety of cancer types, and the successful development of a molecular diagnostic test capable of detecting and quantifying oncogene mutations from a simple urine specimen.
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Opinion: Medicare Part B, Life and Death

(Houston Chronicle) July 19, 2013 - Across Texas, seniors with serious medical conditions could soon lose access to the medical treatments they need.
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Merrimack Initiates Phase 2 Clinical Study of MM-111 in Advanced Gastroesophageal Cancers

(Merrimack) July 22, 2013 - Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the enrollment of its first patient in a Phase 2 clinical trial of its bispecific antibody, MM-111, for the treatment of advanced gastric, esophageal and gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancers.
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OncoSec Medical Presents Positive Immune Response Data from Phase II Study at the 8th World Congress of Melanoma

(Reuters) July 22, 2013 - OncoSec Medical Inc., a company developing its advanced-stage ImmunoPulse DNA-based immunotherapy and NeoPulse therapy to treat solid tumors, announced interim immune response data from the company’s Phase II study of ImmunoPulse in patients with metastatic melanoma.
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Eight in 10 Now Survive Skin Cancer

(Cancer Research UK) July 22, 2013 - More than eight out of 10 people diagnosed with malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, will now survive the disease, compared to only around five in 10 in the early 70s, according to a new report from Cancer Research UK.
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Study Finds Missing Piece of Pediatric Cancer Puzzle

(Nationwide Children's) July 19, 2013 - Most of the time, it takes decades of accumulating genetic errors for a tumor to develop. While this explains the general occurrence of cancer in adults, it leaves a gap in understanding of the cause of pediatric tumors.
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Proteomics Can Improve Breast Cancer Treatment

(Karolinska Institutet [Stockholm, Sweden]) July 19, 2013 - Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have identified a protein that could help physicians decide what type of therapy patients with hormone driven breast cancer should go through.
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Protein Complex Linked to Cancer Growth May Also Help Fight Tumors, Moffitt Cancer Center Researchers Say

(Moffitt Cancer Center) July 22, 2013 - Researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center and Tianjin Medical University Cancer Institute and Hospital in China have discovered a gene expression signature that may lead to new immune therapies for lung cancer patients.
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Regenstrief, IU study: Caregivers Open to Stopping Cancer Screening as Dementia Progresses

(IUSM) July 19, 2013 - Research from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research has found that many family caregivers of older adults with dementia are willing to consider stopping cancer screening of the elderly individual; they are also relieved when the older adult’s physician brings it up.
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E6 Protein in Blood Increases Risk of Throat Cancers, Say Scientists

(The Guardian/Press Association) July 21, 2013 - Infection with certain types of the HPV virus significantly increases the risk of oropharyngeal cancers – those in the back of the throat – according to a new study.
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Cold Caps Tested to Prevent Hair Loss During Chemo

(San Francisco Chronicle/Associated Press) July 22, 2013 - U.S. researchers are about to put an experimental hair-preserving treatment to a rigorous test: To see if strapping on a cap so cold it numbs the scalp during chemo, like Miriam Lipton did, really works well enough to be used widely in this country, as it is in Europe and Canada.
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Dissent Over a Device to Help Find Melanoma

(New York Times) July 20, 2013 - MelaFind, a system for imaging skin lesions, has been polarizing the field of skin-cancer detection.
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New Genes IDd in Obesity: How Much of Weight is Genetic?

(Time Healthland) July 19, 2013 -Two studies zero in on DNA-based drivers of weight. Is obesity written in our genes?
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Intuitive Cuts Sales, Surgery Forecasts, Hit By FDA Warning

(Reuters) July 18, 2013 - Intuitive Surgical Inc shares fell 11 percent after the company slashed its 2013 sales forecast due to disappointing demand for its da Vinci surgical robots and procedures, and said U.S. regulators had issued a warning letter after an inspection of its facilities in June.
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FDA Fees to Review Drugs Would Be Unfrozen in House Bill

(Bloomberg) July 18, 2013 - About $1 billion in annual fees that Pfizer Inc., Medtronic Inc. and other drug and device companies pay the U.S. to review new products would be exempt from federal budget cuts under a bipartisan bill proposed in Congress.
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With Legacy on the Line, Obama Touts Health-Care Implementation

(Washington Post) July 18, 2013 - Transforming the nation’s health-care system stands as Barack Obama’s most crucial piece of unfinished business, with much of his presidential legacy riding on whether it is deemed to have succeeded or failed.
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Cancer Research UK Appoints Guerilla Tea to Build World First Mobile Phone Game to Seek Cures

(Cancer Research UK) July 19, 2013 - Cancer Research UK has hired games and software development agency Guerilla Tea to build the charity’s first mobile phone game to pinpoint new genetic causes of cancer – accelerating potential new cures.
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Tony Mok, MD, Selected to Give Addario Foundation Keynote at 14th International Lung Cancer Congress

(MarketWatch) July 18, 2013 - Physicians’ Education Resource (PER), the go-to source for excellence in continuing medical education, will honor Dr. Tony Mok of Chinese University of Hong Kong as the recipient of the 2013 Addario Lectureship Award at the 14th International Lung Cancer Congress®.
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