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Incyte Announces First Patient Treated in Phase 3 Clinical Trial of Itacitinib for Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease

(Biotech 365) July 20, 2017 - Incyte Corporation today announced that the first patient has been treated in GRAVITAS-301, a pivotal Phase 3 trial for the first-line treatment of patients with acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).

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Statin Criteria Identify High-Risk Cancer Group

(MedPage Today) July 18, 2017 - People who met eligibility criteria for statin therapy had almost double the cancer incidence of people who did not meet criteria for the lipid-modifying agents, data from the Framingham Heart Study showed.

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Oncology Business and Policy News

ESMO Awards Recognise Four Outstanding Oncologists

(ESMO) July 20, 2017 - The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), the leading professional organisation for medical oncology, has announced the recipients of its four distinguished annual awards, to be presented at the ESMO 2017 Congress (8-12 September, Madrid, Spain).

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Dr. Alfred Ketcham, Who Pushed The Frontiers Of Curative Cancer Surgery, Dies At 92

(Miami Herald) July 19, 2017 - Dr. Alfred Ketcham, the captain of his high school football team who spent his senior year in a hospital after contracting polio, and later gained renown as an oncology surgeon who developed techniques for skull-base surgery and treating various forms of cancer, died on July 17.

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A.I. Prizes, Coming to Healthcare, Hit $1M Mark in Cancer Contests

(Xconomy National) July 20, 2017 - Each competition came about because the human radiologist rate of false positives—detection of something that turns out not to be cancer—seems unacceptably high (more than 90 percent for lung scans, and about 50 percent for mammography, according to the National Cancer Institute).

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Cancer Clinical Trials: How New Search Tools Make It Easier For Patients To Find The Treatment They Need

(Newsweek) July 20, 2017 - A cancer patient’s project grew into the Late-Stage MSS-CRC Trial Finder, launched in May in partnership with the advocacy organization Fight CRC and the health care technology company Flatiron Health. It offers patients and caregivers a curated list of trials for which they might be eligible.

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Five Obstacles to Active Surveillance in Three Cancers

(Medscape Medical News) July 19, 2017 - Active surveillance has become a buzzword in oncology and makes most sense in three cancers, but there are a host of common challenges with this approach.

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Onco360 Chosen For NERLYNX® Limited Distribution Pharmacy Network

(Morningstar) July 19, 2017 - Onco360, the nation’s largest independent Oncology Pharmacy, announced today that it is has been selected to be in the limited distribution network for Puma Biotechnology, Inc.’s new product, NERLYNX, a kinase inhibitor approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Broader Healthcare and Pharma News

Unapproved Stem-Cell Treatments Touted On Federal Database Clinicaltrials.Gov, Study Says

(Washington Post/To Your Health) July 19, 2017 - Stem-cell clinics are using a federal database as a marketing ploy for expensive, unregulated therapies, an analysis shows.

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