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ZIOPHARM Oncology Announces Initiation of Stereotactic Treatment Cohort in Phase 1 Study of Ad-RTS-hIL-12 + Veledimex in Recurrent Glioblastoma

(Morningstar) June 28, 2017 - ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on new immunotherapies, today announced the initiation of enrollment in the stereotactic arm of its Phase 1 multicenter study of Ad-RTS-hIL-12 + veledimex, a gene therapy for controlled expression of IL-12, in patients with recurrent glioblastoma multiforme (rGBM).

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MabVax Therapeutics Commences Patient Dosing in MVT-1075 Radioimmunotherapy Phase 1 Clinical Trial for the Treatment of Pancreatic, Colon and Lung Cancers

(MabVax Therapeutics) June 27, 2017 - MabVax Therapeutics Holdings, Inc. today announced that the first patient has been dosed in the Phase 1 clinical trial evaluating MVT-1075, the Company's fully human antibody radioimmunotherapy (RIT), for the treatment of CA19-9 positive malignancies including pancreatic, colon and lung cancers.

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TapImmune Reaches 50% Patient Enrollment Benchmark in Phase 2 Study of Novel T-Cell Vaccine Targeting Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

(The Business Journal) June 27, 2017 - TapImmune, Inc., a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company specializing in the development of immunotherapies targeting women’s cancers, announced that it has enrolled 50% (40/80) of the patients in its randomized Phase 2 clinical study of its novel T-cell vaccine candidate TPIV 200 for treating triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC).

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Novocure to Present Three Abstracts on Tumor Treating Fields and Pancreatic Cancer at the European Society for Medical Oncology 19th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer

(Novocure) June 28, 2017 - A phase 3 pivotal trial – PANOVA-3 – will test the efficacy of TTFields with gemcitabine and nab-paclitaxel as a front-line treatment of locally advanced pancreatic cancer.

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Oncology Business and Policy News

Three Giants in the Field of Radiation Oncology Named 2017 ASTRO Gold Medalists

(ASTRO) June 27, 2017 - The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) is pleased to announce the 2017 ASTRO Gold Medalists. Søren M. Bentzen, DSc, PhD; Louis B. Harrison, MD, FASTRO; and Michael L. Steinberg, MD, FASTRO, have been awarded the highest honor bestowed upon ASTRO members.

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Fight Colorectal Cancer Launches Biomarked to Educate on the Role of Biomarkers in Cancer Treatment

(Yahoo! Finance) June 27, 2017 - Today, Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC), the leading patient advocacy group in colorectal cancer, kicked-off Biomarked, with support from Eli Lilly and Company, to shine a spotlight on genetic biomarkers and the critical role they can play in colorectal cancer treatment.

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St. Jude Tops US News List Of Pediatric Cancer Hospitals

(The Commercial Appeal [Memphis, TN]) June 27, 2017 - Earning an accolade for what officials described as "unsurpassed" care to save sick kids, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital climbed three places to become the nation's No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital in rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.

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Editorial: The Star-Ledger: Don't Just Cap Costs For Cancer Patients; Put The Squeeze On Big Pharma

(NJ.com/Opinion) June 27, 2017 - A proposal to cap the out-of-pocket cost of drugs, which just passed the state Senate unanimously, sounds like a Godsend for patients. If you've got a rare form of leukemia or HIV/AIDS and need a specialty drug that costs tens of thousands of dollars, it can be.

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Viewpoint: N.C. Cancer Patients’ Lives Are At Stake If Senate Doesn’t Act This Week

(The Charlotte Observer) June 27, 2017 - A cancer diagnosis is one of the most disrupting and frightening experiences a person can go through. I know because it happened to me just last year.

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Mazie Hirono Makes Senate Speech Against Health Care Bill Night Before Cancer Surgery

(The Huffington Post) June 27, 2017 - Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) spent the hours before major surgery fighting against the controversial Republican health care bill.

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