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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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Newswise Cancer Research Wire for 12-Feb-2019

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Some Primary Care Doctors Not Prepared to Help with Cancer Treatment Decisions

Research has shown patients are discussing initial cancer treatment options with their primary care doctors. And now a new study finds that a significant number of these physicians report notable gaps in their knowledge of cancer treatment options.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Cancer; P01CA163233; K07 CA201052

Lymph Node Removal Procedure as First-Line Treatment for Testicular Seminoma Associated with Favorable Survival Rates

Investigators at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey have found that a surgical procedure, when used as a first-line therapy for a form of testicular cancer known as seminoma, is associated with favorable survival rates.

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

2019 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, Feb-2019

Immunotherapy can be effective in treating people with recurrent glioblastoma

A UCLA-led study suggests that for people with recurrent glioblastoma, administering an immunotherapy drug before surgery is more effective than using the drug afterward.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Nature Medicine

Embargo expired on 11-Feb-2019 at 11:00 ET

New therapeutic target found for aggressive pediatric cancers with few treatment options

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have discovered that malignant rhabdoid tumors (MRT), a rare pediatric cancer without effective treatments, may be sensitive to drugs that block the cancer cell’s ability to dispose o...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Cancer Cell

Embargo expired on 11-Feb-2019 at 11:00 ET

Study Finds Upsurge in ‘Active Surveillance’ for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

Many men with low-risk prostate cancer who most likely previously would have undergone immediate surgery or radiation are now adopting a more conservative “active surveillance” strategy, according to an analysis of a new federal database by scien...

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

JAMA, Feb 11-2019

Embargo expired on 11-Feb-2019 at 17:00 ET

University of Maryland Thoracic Surgeons Identify Lymph Nodes That May Help To Determine Prognosis for Patients with Pleural Mesothelioma

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) surgeons have identified a group of lymph nodes in the chest that appear highly significant in predicting the prognosis for patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma – a deadly cancer of the ches...

– University of Maryland Medical Center/School of Medicine

Could energy overload drive cancer risk?

By providing an over-abundance of energy to cells, diseases like obesity and diabetes might super-charge growth and cause cells to become cancerous.

– Santa Fe Institute


Community-Based Exercise Programs Provide Valuable Support for Cancer Survivors

Community-based exercise programs can improve physical fitness and quality of life for people with cancer, a Rutgers study finds.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

The Journal of Advanced Practitioner in Oncology; VOL 10 • NO 1 JAN/FEB 2019

More than half a million breast cancer deaths averted in the US over three decades

Latest U.S. estimates indicate that since 1989, hundreds of thousands of women's lives have been saved by mammography and improvements in breast cancer treatment. Published early online in CANCER

– Wiley


University of Minnesota researchers 3D bio-print a model that could improve anticancer drugs and treatments

University of Minnesota medical researchers and engineers have developed a way to study cancer cells which could lead to new and improved treatment. They have developed a new way to study these cells in a 3D in vitro model (i.e. in a culture dish rat...

– University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Advance Materials, Jan. 21, 2019; NIH’s New Innovator Award ; National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineerig (NIBIB)

Scientists to Test Light Therapy as Relief From Painful Side Effect of Cancer Treatment

University at Buffalo researchers have received part of a $1.5 million grant to investigate light therapy as a replacement for prescription opioids in treating oral mucositis, painful ulcers and swelling in the mouth that result from chemotherapy and...

– University at Buffalo

NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn Addresses Growing Need for Specialized Gastrointestinal Treatment in the Borough

Sam Serouya, MD, joins NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn as a gastroenterologist specializing in advanced therapeutic endoscopy to better detect and evaluate digestive disorders and diseases.

– NYU Langone Health

Shorter Course of Radiation Therapy Effective in Treating Men with Prostate Cancer

A new UCLA-led study shows that men with low- or intermediate-risk prostate cancer can safely undergo higher doses of radiation over a significantly shorter period of time and still have the same, successful outcomes as from a much longer course of t...

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

CFN User Spotlight: Morgan Huse Measures the Mechanical Forces Generated by Immune Cells

Immunologist Morgan Huse of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center takes advantage of the microfabrication tools and electron microscopes at the CFN to generate micropatterned elastic surfaces composed of flexible micropillars that he then uses to me...

– Brookhaven National Laboratory

Mending Ben's Heart

Ben Golden Peterson was among the first patients to undergo heart surgery when the Bruno Pediatric Heart Center opened at Children’s of Alabama in 2012. Post surgery, he was diagnosed with cancer. Today, Ben is an energetic first grader who loves p...

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– Children's of Alabama

Tak Mak Lab Discovers How the Immune System “Thinks”

New research from the laboratory of cancer scientist Dr. Tak Mak, renowned for cloning the human T-cell receptor, has demonstrated that immune cells make brain chemicals to fight off infections.

– University Health Network (UHN)

Science, Feb-2019

Embargo expired on 07-Feb-2019 at 14:00 ET

Case Study Documents Bone Cancer in 240-Million-Year-Old Stem-Turtle

This research letter documents bone cancer in a 240-million-year-old stem-turtle from the Triassic period, helping to provide more data about the history of cancer in tetrapod evolution. This is a case study about a highly malignant bone tumor on the...

– JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

JAMA Oncology

Embargo expired on 07-Feb-2019 at 11:00 ET

Mount Sinai and USC Researchers Develop Prostate Cancer Prediction Tool That Has Unmatched Accuracy

Current tools used to predict prostate cancer progression are generally subjective in nature, leading to differing interpretations among clinicians

– Mount Sinai Health System

Scientific Reports, Feb-2019

Embargo expired on 07-Feb-2019 at 05:05 ET

Study Finds HIV+ Cancer Patients Benefit From Immunotherapy

The immunotherapy that has revolutionized treatment of many cancers appear to offer similar benefit to cancer patients living with HIV.

– Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

JAMA Oncology

Embargo expired on 07-Feb-2019 at 11:00 ET

Aspirin to Prevent Colon Cancer Underutilized in High Risk Patients

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded that aspirin reduces the risk of colorectal cancer by 40 percent as well as recurrence of advanced polyps, which are a major risk factor. To explore whether high risk patients are adhering to USPSTF g...

– Florida Atlantic University

American Journal of Medicine

Immunotherapy Appears Better Than Chemotherapy for Aggressive Type of Skin Cancer

The first study of the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab as the initial treatment for patients with a rare but aggressive form of skin cancer known as Merkel cell carcinoma reports better responses and longer survival than expected with conventional c...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Journal of Clinical Oncology; 1U01CA154967, K24CA139052, R01CA162522, R01CA142779, T32CA193145

HPV infection may be behind rise in vocal-cord cancers among young nonsmokers

A remarkable recent increase in the diagnosis of vocal-cord cancer in young adults appears to be the result of infection with strains of human papilloma virus (HPV) that also cause cervical cancer and other malignancies.

– Massachusetts General Hospital

Annals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology

Blood Cells Could Hold Master Clock Behind Aging

Blood cells could hold the key to aging, according to new research out of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. In a study published in Aging Cell, researchers found human blood cells have an intrinsic clock that remains steady even aft...

– Case Western Reserve University

Aging Cell; NIH; NIH

How Fibrosis Develops in Butterfly Syndrome Patients

Researchers have pinpointed how fibrosis develops in butterfly syndrome patients. The discovery points to a potential treatment for the debilitating complication.

– Thomas Jefferson University

Journal of Investigative Dermatology

Cannabinoid compounds may inhibit growth of colon cancer cells

Penn State College of Medicine researchers say some cannabinoid compounds may inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells in the lab.

– Penn State College of Medicine

Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research

Tree of life: Poplar studies yield human cancer insights

While studying the genes in poplar trees that control callus formation, scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered genetic networks at the root of tumor formation in several human cancers.

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory


UNC Researchers Dramatically Reduce Racial Disparities in Early-Stage Lung Cancer Treatment

System-based intervention can eliminate racial disparities in lung cancer treatment, which before the three-part intervention were 78 percent for white patients, 69 percent for black patients. With the intervention, treatment rates were 95 percent fo...

– University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Cancer Medicine

UC San Diego Health Expands Leading-Edge Cancer Care in Hillcrest

To make it easier for patients to receive world-class cancer care, UC San Diego Health has added a new multidisciplinary cancer clinic in Hillcrest and expanded its infusion center for both oncology patients and others in need of infusion services.

– University of California San Diego Health


Federal Funding Fueled Growth of Wistar Science in 2018

The Wistar Institute announces that it was awarded more than $16M in federal research funds in support of its groundbreaking research in cancer, immunology and infectious diseases.

– Wistar Institute

Cornell’s new Center for Immunology spans colleges, campuses

Cornell University has announced the creation of a new Cornell Center for Immunology, building on Cornell’s decades of fundamental and comparative research in the immunological sciences.

– Cornell University

PhRMA Foundation Provides $1 Million for New Centers of Excellence in Value Assessment

The PhRMA Foundation will fund two additional national Centers of Excellence as a part of its Value Assessment Initiative – to develop transformative, multi-stakeholder-driven solutions that address challenges in assessing the value of medicines an...

– PhRMA Foundation

UNC-Led Team Awarded $5.1M for Cervical Cancer Prevention in Malawi

The United States Agency for International Development, in partnership with the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, will fund two new programs to prevent cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, including a project led by UNC...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

USAID release, Feb-2019

The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy Receives Renewal of NAPBC Accreditation

The Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy has been granted a 3-year, Full Accreditation renewal by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), marking 10 years Mercy’s center has held this designation.

– Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore

Perlmutter Cancer Center Earns Comprehensive Status from the National Cancer Institute

Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Health has been designated a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the nation’s authority in cancer research and support.

– NYU Langone Health

Jersey Shore University Medical Center Launches High Risk Genetics Clinic Targeting Cancer Risk Assessment

Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center now offers one of the only comprehensive High Risk Genetics Clinics in the region. The clinic provides support for men, women and families who are predisposed to cancer causing genes,...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

UI Cancer Center Teams with Wellness House on Survivorship Programs

Free supportive therapy and survivorship programs now offered in Chicago, thanks to a collaboration between Wellness House and the University of Illinois Cancer Center.

– University of Illinois at Chicago





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