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Oncology Clinical News

Tumor Mutational Burden and Response to Immune Checkpoint Therapy

(Rutgers/CINJ) Dec 14, 2017 - Predicting how patients will respond to anti-cancer therapies can be vital in informing clinical decisions and improving treatment outcome.

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Cancer Immunotherapy May Work Better in Patients with Specific Genes

(CUMC) Dec 14, 2017 - Cancer cells arise when DNA is mutated, and these cells should be recognized as “foreign” by the immune system. However, cancer cells have found ways to evade detection by the immune system.

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Real-World Data Determines Safety, Effectiveness of Second-Line NSCLC Treatment

(Journal of Clinical Pathways) Dec 15, 2017 - A recently approved second-line therapy is reasonably effective in the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to a recent real-world study.

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Oncology Business and Policy News

ESMO Publishes New Position Paper on Supportive and Palliative Care

(ESMO) Dec 15, 2017 - ESMO, the leading professional organisation for medical oncology, published a position paper on supportive and palliative care in its leading scientific journal, Annals of Oncology (1) today.

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Novartis Announces Oncology Head To Retire

(Novartis) Dec 15, 2017 - Novartis announced today that Bruno Strigini, CEO Novartis Oncology has decided to retire from Novartis and the industry for personal reasons.

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FCC, NCI Working with Markey to Improve Rural Cancer Care via Broadband Access

(University of Kentucky) Dec 14, 2017 - The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force (C2HFCC) has announced that the FCC and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have joined forces, signing a memorandum of understanding that will focus on how increasing broadband access and adoption in rural areas can improve the lives of rural cancer patients.

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21st Century Oncology Admits To Falsifying Medical Records To Win Government Funds

(The News-Press [Fort Myers, FL]) Dec 13, 2017 - 21st Century Oncology will pay $26 million to settle a lawsuit over improper self-referrals and to separately resolve the company's admission that it falsified its use of electronic medical records to receive government subsidies, investigators said.

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Broader Healthcare and Pharma News

Health Program For 9 Million Kids Falls Victim To Partisan Squabbling

(Politico) Dec 15, 2017 - It’s a mess that can happen only in Washington.

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