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Newswise Cancer Research Wire for 17-Oct-2017

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New Clinical Advances in Gastroenterology Presented at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG2017

Orlando, FL (October 16, 2017) – More than 5,000 gastroenterologists and other health care professionals from nearly 70 countries around the world will convene at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL for the World Congress of Gastroen...

– American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG2017

Embargo expired on 16-Oct-2017 at 08:00 ET

Bolstering Fat Cells Offers Potential New Leukemia Treatment

Killing cancer cells indirectly by powering up fat cells in the bone marrow could help acute myeloid leukemia patients, according to a study from McMaster University's Stem Cell and Cancer Research Institute and published in Nature Cell Biology.

– McMaster University

Nature Cell Biology

Embargo expired on 16-Oct-2017 at 11:00 ET

Flu Vaccine Failed to Protect Young Leukemia Patients During Cancer Treatment

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators said the results reinforce the importance of hand washing and other measures to help protect vulnerable patients from influenza infections.

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Journal of Pediatrics, October 16, 2017.

Embargo expired on 16-Oct-2017 at 00:05 ET

Scientists Led by Mount Sinai and Sema4 Identify Biomarker for Progression and Drug Response in Brain Cancer

Accurately subtyping glioblastoma tumors could lead to diagnostics and precision therapy

– Mount Sinai Health System

Researchers Discover New Blood Test That May Diagnose Breast Cancer

In a potential major breakthrough in breast cancer research, scientists at the Center for Translational Cancer Research (CTCR) at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute of Christiana Care Health System have developed a revolutionary n...

– Christiana Care Health System

Biology of Childhood Brain Tumor Subtypes Offers Clues to Precision Treatments

Researchers investigating pediatric low-grade gliomas (PLGG), the most common type of brain tumor in children, have discovered key biological differences in how mutated genes combine with other genes to drive this childhood cancer. By shedding light ...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Oncogene, online Aug. 14, 2017; Oncotarget, online Sept. 15, 2017; NS085336, TR000138

Plant-Based Diet Converts Breast Cancer in Mice From Lethal to Treatable Form

Researchers use compounds found in a combination plant-based diet to successfully prevent and treat ER-negative breast cancer in mice.

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Scientific Reports

Immune Response to Ovarian Cancer May Predict Survival, Mayo-Led Study Finds

A group of international cancer researchers led by investigators from Mayo Clinic and University of New South Wales Sydney has found that the level of a type of white blood cell, called tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes, present in the tumors of patient...

– Mayo Clinic

JAMA Oncology

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

Johns Hopkins Scientists Develop Experimental “Nano-Chemo” Particle to Treat Bladder Cancer

Working with mice and rats, Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a way to successfully deliver nano-sized, platinum-based chemotherapy drugs to treat a form of bladder cancer called nonmuscle-invasive that is found in the lining of the organ and ...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Clinical Cancer Research; 10.1158/1078-0432

3-D Packaging of DNA Regulates Cell Identity

A new study suggests that the ability of a stem cell to differentiate into cardiac muscle (and by extension other cell types) depends on what portions of the genome are available for activation, which is controlled by the location of DNA in a cell’...

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Cell; RO1 HL131611, R01 HL071546, K08 HL119553

World's "Better" Countries Have Higher Rates of Cancer

The world's "better" countries, with greater access to healthcare, experience much higher rates of cancer incidence than the world's "worse off" countries, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.

– University of Adelaide

Evolutionary Applications

Crystallizing Discovery on a Key Target for Cancer Drugs

Yale Cancer Center scientists now have made a fundamental discovery about EGFR signaling, reported in the journal Cell, that may open the potential for new types of cancer drugs.

– Yale Cancer Center


Intermountain Healthcare Researchers Launch Major Three-Year Genomics Breast Cancer Study

Goal of new Intermountain Healthcare genomics study is to show whether screening patients for the presence of circulating tumor DNA, known as ctDNA, can successfully detect breast cancer using a blood draw.

– Intermountain Medical Center

ACR Appropriateness Criteria Add Topics, Increase Diagnostic Imaging Clinical Scenarios

Radiologists can enhance the quality and effectiveness of care with the newest release of the ACR Appropriateness Criteria®. The latest edition covers 178 diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology topics with 890 clinical variants. Diagnostic ...

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

Liquid Biopsy, Molecular Testing vs. Reimbursement: A Personal Story

Dr. Rogerio Lilenbaum, a board member of NCCN and Chief Medical Officer of Smilow Cancer Hospital at the Yale Cancer Center said that for nonsmall-cell lung cancer, both panel testing and liquid biopsies are appropriate.

– Yale Cancer Center

Powered by Chemo: Patient with Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Tackles Ironman Triathlon

Despite a diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic cancer and ongoing chemotherapy, Mike Levine boarded a plane this past weekend destined for Kona, Hawaii, where he will compete in one of the most grueling of physical competitions: the Ironman World Champio...

– University of California San Diego Health


Norwalk Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Launch Unique Cancer Care Collaboration

Norwalk Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) today announced MSK Physicians at Norwalk Hospital, a new cancer care collaboration that will integrate MSK medical and radiation oncologists and care practices with the existing cance...

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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

NIH Awards $6.5 Million to Berkeley Lab for Augmenting Structural Biology Research Experience

The NIH has awarded $6.5 million to Berkeley Lab to integrate existing synchrotron structural biology resources to better serve researchers. The grant will establish a center based at the Lab’s Advanced Light Source (ALS) called ALS-ENABLE that wil...

– Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

V. Craig Jordan, Ph.D., elected to the National Academy of Medicine

V. Craig Jordan, Ph.D., professor of Breast Medical Oncology, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine for his discovery of selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs), a class of drugs with far-reaching impact on women’s health.

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Cancer Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Receive $9 Million Grant to Study Aggressive Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma is the most aggressive cancer that originates in the brain. Current therapies can slow the disease, but more often than not can’t cure it.

– Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

American College of Gastroenterology Announces Winners of Third Annual SCOPYs: Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence

Orlando, FL (October 13, 2017) – The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) announces the winners of the 2017 SCOPY Awards (Service Award for Colorectal Cancer Outreach, Prevention and Year-Round Excellence) to recognize the achievements of ACG...

– American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG2017

Embargo expired on 13-Oct-2017 at 08:00 ET

Dr. Douglas L. Fraker to Chair Rutgers/RWJBarnabas Surgical Services

A renowned endocrine and oncologic surgeon with decades of NIH-funded research experience and one of the largest endocrine surgery practices in the country has joined Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School as chair of the Department of Surgery.

– Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Globus Expands Data Services to Accelerate Secure Cancer Research

With a $4.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, the University of Chicago’s Globus and leading cancer researchers at University of Chicago Medicine will build new protected cancer research networks that enable collaborations while kee...

– Computation Institute

NCCN Radiation Therapy Compendium™ is Now Complete, Providing Radiation Treatment Recommendations for All 41 Disease Sites

Completed compendium serves as the definitive source of radiation protocols for treatments used with nearly two-thirds of patients with cancer , and is available for free for a limited time.

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

Stand Up To Cancer awards $5.5 million to VARI for cancer clinical trials to enhance immunotherapy

Van Andel Research Institute–Stand Up To Cancer Epigenetics Dream Team scientists have been awarded two grants totaling nearly $5.5 million to pursue clinical trials of epigenetic drugs to enhance tumor response to immunotherapy.

– Van Andel Research Institute

MD Anderson Team Selected for National Push to Expand Immunotherapy

A major national effort to expand the reach of cancer immunotherapy to benefit more patients will draw upon the expertise of a team of researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

University of Rhode Island Faculty to Receive Institute of Coaching’s Excellence Award

A University of Rhode Island psychology professor internationally renowned for his pioneering work in behavior change, along with his wife and research partner, will receive the Institute of Coaching’s Vision of Scientific Excellence in Coaching aw...

– University of Rhode Island

CicloMed Announces FDA Clearance of IND Application for Ciclopirox Prodrug in the Treatment of Bladder Cancer

CicloMed LLC announced that its development candidate for non-muscle-invasive and muscle-invasive bladder cancer, Ciclopirox Prodrug, was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin human clinical trials. With this clearance, CicloMed p...

– University of Kansas Cancer Center

Dr. Carl June, Sens. Blunt and Casey to Receive AACI Awards

The 2017 AACI Distinguished Scientist Award will be presented to Carl H. June, MD, and U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Bob Casey (D-PA) will receive the 2017 AACI Public Service Award at the Association of American Cancer Institutes’ annual meet...

– Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI)

Higher Education Events

“Lobos Love Pink” Game Honors Breast Cancer Fighters and Survivors

To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The University of New Mexico Lobos and UNM Cancer Center are sponsoring the “Lobos Love Pink” Football game on Friday, October 20, 2017.

– University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

UNM Women’s Cancer Panel to Talk about Ending HPV Cancers

An expert panel on women’s cancers and human papillomavirus (HPV) will assemble at UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center on October 20, 2017. The panel features Shobha S. Krishnan, MD, FAAFP, Carolyn Y. Muller, MD, FACOG, and Cosette M. Wheeler, PhD

– University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Expert Pitch

Q&A: How Meditative Movement Is Improving the Lives of Breast Cancer Survivors

– Arizona State University (ASU)





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