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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

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Newswise Cancer Research Wire for 27-Aug-2019

Cancer Research Wire

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

Cancer Research

Runaway Mitochondria Cause Telomere Damage in Cells

Targeted damage to mitochondria produces a "Chernobyl effect" inside cells, pelting the nucleus with harmful reactive oxygen species and causing chromosomal damage.

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

PNAS; R33ES025606 and R01GM017268; P30CA047904

Embargo expired on 26-Aug-2019 at 15:00 ET

New Drug Combination Shows Promising Activity in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients

Patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) now have more improved treatment options compared to standard of care with the addition of several new agents called immune-checkpoint inhibitors (ICI). Despite these changes, many patients still devel...

– Moffitt Cancer Center

Clinical Cancer Research, Aug-2019

Will Disposable Colonoscopy Devices Replace Reusables?

As a disposable version of the instrument used in one of the most common medical procedures in the United States inches closer to widespread availability, a team of Johns Hopkins data researchers is studying the economic and safety implications assoc...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

BMJ journal Gut

Genetically manipulating protein level in colon cancer cells can improve effectiveness of chemotherapy, Mayo Clinic study finds

Colorectal cancer outcomes may improve by genetically altering an immune-regulatory protein in cancer cells, making the cells more vulnerable to chemotherapy.

– Mayo Clinic


Text Instructions, Reminders Boost Rates of Colonoscopies

Having simple text conversations with patients one week before they are scheduled for a colonoscopy dramatically decreased the “no-show” rates.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Health Education & Behavior; National Center for Advancing Translational Science

Researchers Develop Early Detection Test for Ovarian Cancer

Researchers from Queen’s University Belfast have developed a test that may be able to detect ovarian cancer up to two years earlier than current approaches.

– Queen's University Belfast

British Journal of Cancer (

Depression, Anxiety Linked to Opioid Use in Women With Breast Cancer

The findings should encourage doctors to better manage mental health in patients with breast cancer and spur care providers to consider alternative pain management such as physical therapy, massage and acupuncture, the researchers say.

– University of Virginia Health System

Journal of Oncology Practice

Moffitt Researchers Develop Model to Personalize Radiation Treatment for Breast Cancer Patients

A personalized approach to cancer treatment has become more common over the last several decades, with numerous targeted drugs approved to treat particular tumor types with specific mutations or patterns. However, this same personalized strategy has ...

– Moffitt Cancer Center

EBioMedicine, Aug-2019

Yale Cancer Center finding offers hope for treatment of incurable Childhood Brain cancer

A team of investigators at Yale Cancer Center (YCC) have found a major chink in the armor of an incurable childhood brain cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG).

– Yale Cancer Center

Nature Communications

Ludwig Study Identifies an Achilles Heel of Many Types of Cancer

A Ludwig Cancer Research study has uncovered a novel vulnerability in tumors that are driven by a common cancer gene known as MYC. Such cancers, it found, are highly dependent on the cell’s machinery for making fats and other lipids.

– Ludwig Cancer Research

Cell Metabolism, Aug-2019

Researchers Discover How the Sun Damages Our Skin

Researchers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have discovered the mechanism through which ultraviolet radiation, given off by the sun, damages our skin.

– Binghamton University, State University of New York

Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Aug-2019

Antibiotics Exposure Linked to Increased Colon Cancer Risk


– Johns Hopkins Medicine


UC San Diego Researchers Convert Pro-Tumor Macrophages into Cancer Killers

University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers identified a new therapeutic approach in mouse models that halts drug resistance and cancer progression by using an antibody that induces the immune system via macrophages to seek and ...

– University of California San Diego Health

Cancer Research

Cancer Experts and Features

Nuclear Physics Detector Tech Used in Cancer Treatment Monitoring System

The OARtrac® system includes technologies that are based on a novel application of scintillating material in fiber form. Doctors can insert these scintillating fibers into the human body via a catheter to monitor the radiation that cancer patients ...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Super-powered immune cells – leading the next cancer breakthrough

Ground-breaking immune therapy promises to deliver vital evidence in the fight against cancer as researchers from the Centre for Cancer Biology open a new clinical trial using genetically engineered immune cells to treat solid cancers.

– University of South Australia

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Expert Sources Available for Prostate Health Month

With National Prostate Health Month quickly approaching in September, the Prostate Cancer Program at the Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has several expert sources that may be helpful for stories you are working on now or in the...

Expert Available

– Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Cancer Announcements

Mount Sinai Surgeon Performs Radiofrequency Ablation for Thyroid Nodules

Mount Sinai West is one of the first hospitals in New York offering this minimally invasive procedure and the only hospital performing it with neural monitoring

– Mount Sinai Health System

MD Anderson receives $55 million over five years in comprehensive cancer center status renewal

MD Anderson's status as one of 51 comprehensive cancer centers was renewed for $55 million over five years by the National Cancer Institute.

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

New Jersey’s First National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Awarded to Atlantic Health Cancer Consortium

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has designated Atlantic Health System as a National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) site of the Atlantic Health Cancer Consortium (AHCC). As New Jersey’s first and only NCORP, AHCC will help develop ...

– Atlantic Health System

The challenge: Make and purify a medical isotope that must be used the same day

A DOE grant will help solve a production roadblock for the medically useful radioactive isotopes scandium 43 and scandium 47. If available, they could visualize and destroy solid tumors. But with a half-life of 4 hours, scandium 43 must be made, puri...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Nature; DE-SC0020197





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