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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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Newswise Cancer Research Wire for 16-May-2017

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Complications From Thyroid Cancer Surgery More Common Than Believed, Study Finds

As thyroid cancer rates rise, more people are having surgery to remove all or part of their thyroid. A new study suggests complications from these procedures are more common than previously believed.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism; AG049684; CA201198; HS024512

NIBIB-Funded Researchers Develop Optical Biopsy Tool to Identify Early Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers have developed a new tool for detecting early pancreatic cancer. The tool bounces light off targeted tissue to detect structural changes in the tissue, a method called light-scattering spectroscopy. The researchers performed a series of p...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

CA205431; EB003473; CA205431

Good News for Grilling: Black Pepper Helps Limit Cancerous Compounds in Meat, Study Shows

A Kansas State University researcher recently discovered that a commonly used spice is a champion at reducing carcinogenic compounds in grilled meats.

Expert Available

– Kansas State University

Strategy Significantly Boosts Colorectal Screening for Groups with Low Rates

Researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine that providing one-on-one support and customized tools for decision-making increased screening rates for patients at two community health centers in North Carolin...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System

JAMA Internal Medicine, May-2017

Embargo expired on 15-May-2017 at 11:00 ET

Prototype Drug Uses Novel Mechanism to treat Lung Cancers

Lung cancer tumors were prevented in mice by a novel small molecule that directly activates a tumor suppressor protein.

– Case Western Reserve University

The Journal of Clinical Investigation, May-2017

Embargo expired on 15-May-2017 at 16:05 ET

Breakthrough Study Stops Fat-Eating Prostate Cancer Cells

Patients with castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) usually have a poor prognosis. In part, this is due to the cancer’s ability to resist anti-androgen therapy. A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published today [May 3] in Oncotarge...

– University of Colorado Cancer Center


Stem-Cell Transplants Show Limited Benefit for Double-Hit Lymphoma Patients in Remission

Patients with double hit lymphoma (DHL) who undergo autologous stem-cell transplantation (autoSCT) after achieving remission are not more likely to remain in remission or live longer than patients who do not undergo autoSCT, according to a new analys...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

New Finding Affecting Immune Reconstitution Related to B Cells

Researchers examined the mechanisms of B cell immune reconstitution in pediatric patients who had undergone bone marrow transplantation and discovered a disruption in the maturation of B cells – critical to the immune system – preventing the prod...

– Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Skin Cancer on the Rise

New diagnoses for two types of skin cancer increased in recent years, according to a Mayo Clinic-led team of researchers.

– Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

Interim Analysis Shows Surgery to Remove the Prostate and Prostate Cancer That Has Spread Is Safe and Feasible

An interim analysis of a phase I clinical trial examining a surgical procedure to remove the prostate and prostate cancer in men whose disease has spread (metastatic) shows the operation is safe and feasible in carefully selected patients.

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Annual Meeting of the American Urological Association, May-2017

Opening Up the Playbook

The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania is the only cancer center in the region offering acupuncture, and the service itself is nothing new. Penn has been offering the service for years after research made the benefits clear. But...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Tomato Extract Fights Stomach Cancer, Ripe for Further Study

A new study suggests that the use of tomato — a key food of the Mediterranean diet — should be explored to develop supportive strategies against gastric cancer

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Journal of Cellular Physiology, online May 10, 2017

Ludwig Researchers Identify Counterintuitive Approach to Treating a Brain Cancer

The loss of the tumor suppressor gene PTEN has been linked to tumor growth and chemotherapy resistance in the almost invariably lethal brain cancer glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Now, Ludwig researchers have shown that one way to override the growth-...

– Ludwig Cancer Research

Nature Communications May-2017

Saving Ryan: A Dramatic Tale of Hope, Persistence, and Medical Ingenuity

Ryan Dant was afraid. He knew he likely wouldn’t live to see his 11th birthday due to a virulent disease that would stiffen his limbs, attack his heart, and destroy his brain.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

The First Study of Oncolytic HSV-1 in Children and Young Adults With Cancer Indicates Safety and Tolerability

HSV1716 – an oncolytic herpes simplex virus-1 – has been studied in adults via injection into the brain and superficial tumors. Now, a team of researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have ...

– Nationwide Children's Hospital

Clinical Cancer Research, May-2017

Embargo expired on 11-May-2017 at 12:00 ET

Despite Evidence That It Benefits Patients with Cancer, Study Finds Most Oncologists Don’t Discuss Exercise with Patients

As published in JNCCN – Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a Gundersen Health System study found that most patients look for guidance on physical activity during cancer care, but oncologists do not feel equipped to give recommend...

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

Dendritic Cell Vaccine Augments the Immune System in People with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

UCLA scientists have discovered a dendritic cell vaccine that amplifies the response of the immune system in people with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the most common form of lung cancer. The study, which is the first to test the vaccine in hum...

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

Free C3d Regulates Immune Checkpoint Blockade and Enhances Anti-Tumor Immunity

Researchers have found a protein that stops cancer’s ability to prevent the immune system from destroying cancer cells. The protein, free C3d, has the potential to be developed into a cancer vaccine and a cancer treatment.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight; R21AI117561-01; K23AI10951

Tai Chi Relieves Insomnia in Breast Cancer Survivors

Study shows that slow-moving meditation practice works just as well as talk therapy, and better than medication

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

Journal of Clinical Oncology

Embargo expired on 10-May-2017 at 16:00 ET

Stem Cell Vaccine Found to Increase Immune Responses, Inhibit Tumors in Animal Models

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) have found that a cancer stem cell vaccine, engineered to express a pro-inflammatory protein called interleukin-15 (IL-15) and its receptor (IL-15Ralpha), caused T cell production in animal models and ...

– University of Cincinnati (UC) Academic Health Center

American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy’s annual meeting

Targeted MRI Could Pinpoint Aggressive Prostate Cancers Before They Spread

A research team has engineered a small peptide that binds to a protein found in high-risk prostate cancers and can be imaged using MRI. The system identified aggressive tumors in mouse models of prostate cancer, and is a promising step for reliable e...

– National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Bioconjug Chem, Apr-2017; EB000489

Mayo Clinic Launches First-in-World Mate-Pair Sequencing Test That Locates “Breakpoints” of Chromosome Rearrangements

Mayo Clinic has launched a first-of-its-kind clinical test that will be used to help patients who may be at a diagnostic “dead end” with other genetic testing.

– Mayo Clinic

Experts Available to Discuss Screening Guidelines for Thyroid Cancer in Adults

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance experts are available to discuss new U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines related to thyroid cancer screening for adults, risk factors and treatment options.

Expert Available

– Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Twenty-Year Cancer Survivor Gives Back by Donating 20 Handmade Quilts

Twenty years after undergoing a life-saving treatment at Loyola University Medical Center, cancer survivor Carolyn Gatenby returned to Loyola to donate 20 handmade quilts. “I wanted to give back,” Mrs. Gatenby said. “I’ve had 20 good years th...

– Loyola University Health System


Dr. Brian Marr Appointed Director of Ophthalmic Oncology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Brian Marr will join the Department of Ophthalmology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center as director of the Division of Ophthalmic Oncology, effective May 15.

– New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Embargo expired on 16-May-2017 at 06:00 ET

Dr. Stephan Grupp to Lead Cellular Therapy & Transplant Section in CHOP Cancer Program

A leading pediatric oncologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Stephan Grupp, MD, PhD, will become Chief of the Section of Cellular Therapy and Transplant in the Hospital’s Division of Oncology. Grupp, who has researched and led gr...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

New CDC-Funded Portal Enables Health Providers to Schedule Free Colorectal Cancer Screenings for Uninsured Patients

Illinois Colon CARES, a UChicago Medicine-led initiative, seeks to become model for other states to increase access for vulnerable populations

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Embargo expired on 12-May-2017 at 05:00 ET

Missouri S&T, PCRMC Partner on New Research

Researchers from Missouri University of Science and Technology are working with physicians and clinicians from Phelps County Regional Medical Center on medical research that could lead to new treatments for cancer and traumatic brain injury, a new wa...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

The Wistar Institute Appoints Daniel W. Kulp, Ph.D., as Associate Professor in the Vaccine Center and Translational Tumor Immunology Program

The Wistar Institute, an international biomedical research leader in cancer, immunology and infectious diseases, announces the appointment of Daniel W. Kulp, Ph.D., as associate professor in the Vaccine Center and the Translational Tumor Immunology P...

– Wistar Institute

UofL Developing Program to Guide Other Universities in Teaching Palliative Care

Faculty members at the UofL School of Medicine have begun developing a national training program to instruct educators at universities across the United States in teaching interprofessional palliative care to those who care for cancer patients.

– University of Louisville


Expert Pitch

New Guideline for Prostate Cancer Treatment – Radiation Oncologist Panel Members Available to Comment

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Raymon Grogan, MD, Studies Thyroid Tumors, Genetic Changes in These Tumors, and the Unexplained Rise in Thyroid Cancer Incidence Worldwide

– University of Chicago Medical Center





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