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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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Newswise Cancer Research Wire for 21-Jun-2016

Cancer Research Wire

Cancer research news for the public and news media. More stories can be found at the Newswise Cancer News Source.

Telephones Can Bring Cancer Genetic Counseling to Rural Women

For women in rural communities, traveling to meet in person with cancer genetic counselors can be time-consuming and expensive. Now, a new study shows that getting cancer genetic counseling over the phone can be just as good as getting the same counseling in person. The work, led by Anita Kinney, PhD, RN, at The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Journal of Clinical Oncology

– University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Surgery Can Lengthen Survival of Metastatic Kidney Cancer Patients Treated with Targeted Therapies, Study Finds

Researchers find cytoreductive nephrectomy may offer an overall survival benefit to patients with metastatic kidney cancer who are treated with targeted therapies

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Journal of Clinical Oncology

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Amid Terrorism Fears, Promising Leads in Hunt for Radiation Antidote

Researchers have identified promising drugs that could lead to the first antidote for radiation exposure that might result from a dirty bomb terror attack or a nuclear accident such as Chernobyl.

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– University of Virginia Health System

High Blood Sugar Could Mean Lower Risk of One Type of Brain Tumor

In a surprising twist, benign brain tumors that have previously been tied to obesity and diabetes are less likely to emerge in those with high blood sugar, new research has found.

– Ohio State University

Scientists Discover on/Off Switch for Obesity-Associated Cancer

New research by scientists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center sheds light on the link between obesity and cancer.

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– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Rice University Lab Synthesizes New Cancer Fighter

Rice University scientists have synthesized a novel anti-cancer agent, Thailanstatin A, which was originally isolated from a bacterial species collected in Thailand.

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Journal of the American Chemical Society

– Rice University

Tumor Cells Develop Predictable Characteristics That Are Not Random, Say Moffitt Cancer Center Researchers

Moffitt Cancer Center researchers found that these assumptions may be incorrect. In a new article published in the journal Cancer Research, they report that certain subpopulations can be predicted and do not develop randomly as previously thought.

– Moffitt Cancer Center

The Mount Sinai Health System to Participate in the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival

Mount Sinai CEO Kenneth L. Davis, MD and Other Leaders to be Featured Speakers, June 23 to July 2, 2016 Complementary Heart Health and Skin Cancer Screenings at the Mount Sinai Health Concourse

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– Mount Sinai Health System

Artificial Intelligence Achieves Near-Human Performance in Diagnosing Breast Cancer

Pathologists have been largely diagnosing disease the same way for the past 100 years, by manually reviewing images under a microscope. But new work suggests that computers can help doctors improve accuracy and significantly change the way cancer and other diseases are diagnosed.

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– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Task Force Cancer Screening Recommendations Now Include Stool DNA Test

ROCHESTER, Minn. — The United States Preventive Services Task Force has issued its final colorectal cancer screening recommendations for 2016. The Task Force assigns an overall “A” grade to colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in people ages 50-75, and fully recommends several screening exams that now includes Cologuard, the stool DNA test codeveloped by Mayo Clinic and Exact Sciences.

– Mayo Clinic

Summer Session Fruit Fly Data Leads to Promising New Target in Colorectal Cancer

University of Colorado Cancer Center study in Cell Reports shows role of TIP60 in allowing human colorectal cancer cells to survive at the oxygen-poor centers of tumors.

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Cell Reports

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

Probing Proteins’ 3D Structures, Are We Ready for the Moonshot, A Better Prognostic Tool For Brain Cancer, and More in the Cancer News Source

Personalized Medicine Leads to Better Outcomes; Phase 1 Study Results of Selinexor Combination Therapy for Multiple Myeloma Patients; and the Latest from ASCO Sessions in the Cancer News Source

– Newswise

Women’s Long Work Hours Linked to Alarming Increases in Cancer, Heart Disease

Women who put in long hours for the bulk of their careers may pay a steep price: life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and cancer. Work weeks that averaged 60 hours or more over three decades appear to triple the risk of diabetes, cancer, heart trouble and arthritis for women, according to new research from The Ohio State University.

– Ohio State University

Innovative Device Allows 3D Imaging of the Breast with Less Radiation

Adding a new device to an existing breast molecular imaging system allows the system to get six times better contrast of cancer lesions in the breast, providing the same or better image quality while also potentially reducing the radiation dose to the patient by half. The device may also allow for 3D molecular breast images at higher resolution than current 2D scans in a format that may be used alongside 3D digital mammography.

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2016 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Annual Meeting

– Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

Shorter Radiation Course Recommended for Early-Stage Breast Cancer Patients

Early-stage breast cancer patients receiving a shorter course of whole breast radiation with higher radiation doses per fraction reported equivalent cosmetic, functional and pain outcomes over time as those receiving a longer, lower-dose per fraction course of treatment, according to researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

A Broken Calorie Sensing Pathway: How Overeating May Lead to More Eating

New research shows that overeating reduces levels of a hormone that signals the feeling of fullness in the brain, potentially promoting more eating.

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– Thomas Jefferson University

Piping Hot Drinks May Lead to Cancer of the Esophagus

Drinking piping hot coffee, tea and the caffeine-infused beverage yerba mate probably causes cancer, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday.

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The Lancet

– University of Southern California (USC)

Provide Best Practice Cancer Care with Cost Savings - HOPA Oncology Pharmacy Practice Management Program, September 23-24, 2016 - Chicago, IL

Join experts in the field of pharmacy services management as they share their expertise and practical solutions to the everyday challenges of providing top-of-the-line clinical care in a fiscally responsible manner at the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) 4th Annual HOPA Oncology Pharmacy Practice Management Program at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare on September 23-24, 2016.

– Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association

In Human Clinical Trial, UAB to Test Diet’s Effect on Ovarian Cancer Patients

Metabolism-based therapies such as the ketogenic diet have the potential to become a valuable adjunct to standard cancer treatment.

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– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Policy and Public Affairs

Bellville, Ohio, Teen and Family Travel to Capitol Hill to Advocate for Pediatric Cancer Research

Nationwide Children’s Hospital patient, Grant Reed, 15, and his family will join more than 40 other pediatric patients and their families to meet with members of Congress and share their personal health experiences as part of the 2016 Children’s Hospital Association’s Family Advocacy Day, taking place June 21-22 in Washington, D.C.

– Nationwide Children's Hospital


MD Anderson to Host a National Cancer Moonshot Summit Event June 29

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will join institutions across the country in the inaugural national Cancer Moonshot Summit, convened at the request of Vice President Joe Biden, on June 29.

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

3rd Annual Golf to Conquer Cancer Raises Over $1.2million for the Princess Margaret

The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation is proud to announce that over $1.2 million has been raised, bringing the three year total raised to $3.4 million.

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– University Health Network (UHN)

UVA Health System and HemoShear Therapeutics to Collaborate on Advanced Cancer Tumor Models

To better understand cancerous tumors and help develop breakthrough treatments, University of Virginia Health System and HemoShear Therapeutics, LLC, will collaborate on developing and validating advanced cancer tumor models.

– University of Virginia Health System

Andrew L. Kung, MD, PhD, Named Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Andrew L. Kung, MD, PhD, has been named the new Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). An accomplished physician, researcher, leader, and mentor, Dr. Kung most recently served as the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Dr. Kung formally assumes his new role as Richard J. O’Reilly, MD, steps down as Chairman after more than 30 years.

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

New American Academy of Dermatology PSA Highlights Dangers of Tanning

Whether you’re lying in the sun or in an indoor tanning bed, tanning is dangerous. And while it seems most young women understand that danger, many of them are still tanning and putting themselves at risk for skin cancer.

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– American Academy of Dermatology

Innovators and Leaders in the Field of Radiation Oncology Honored with ASTRO Gold Medal Awards

Three leaders in radiation oncology, including clinicians and researchers from Duke University, Massachusetts General Hospital and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, have been named recipients of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon members of the world’s largest radiation oncology society.

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Rutgers Cancer Institute Oncologists Named Tops in Annual ‘Inside Jersey’ 2016 Listing

A number of physicians at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey have been named as a ‘Top Doctor for Cancer Care’ by 'Inside Jersey' magazine.

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– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

$100,000 Taubman Prize Awarded for Ground-Breaking Work in Cancer Immunotherapy

Two clinician-scientists whose groundbreaking work has shown how the human body’s own immune system can fend off cancer will share the 2016 $100,000 Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science.

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– University of Michigan Health System

USPSTF Colorectal Cancer Screening Recommendations Are a Victory for Patients

Final United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) colorectal cancer screening recommendations assigned an “A” grade to colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in those ages 50-75 years and provided a list of recognized screening exams.

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

Expert Pitch

#SBP Prostate Cancer Researcher Battles Prostate Cancer for a Second Time, and Has a Message for Men Under 50

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– Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Fred Hutch Expert Available to Discuss New Recommendations for Colorectal Cancer Screening

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– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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