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Newswise Cancer Research Wire for 15-Oct-2019

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Expert second opinion improves reliability of melanoma diagnoses

A new study led by UCLA researchers, have found that obtaining a second opinion from pathologists who are board certified or have fellowship training in dermatopathology can help improve the accuracy and reliability of diagnosing melanoma, one of th...

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

JAMA Network Open

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

Following NCCN Guidelines for Metastatic Breast Cancer Results in Lower Costs for Patients, According to New Study

Patients pay less out-of-pocket for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) treatment that aligns with recommendations from NCCN Guidelines, according to a new study from the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), p...

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

Embargo expired on 10-Oct-2019 at 09:00 ET

For Low-Risk Thyroid Cancer Patients, Less May be More for Post-surgery Surveillance

Patient self-advocacy is important, and although a maximizing preference may be advantageous in many situations, new research led by the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center shows that, in the case of long-term surveillance of treated, low-risk...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Journal of Clinical Oncology

When studying immune cells, environment matters

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Oct. 10, 2019) — For years, scientists have used cells grown in petri dishes to study the metabolic processes that fuel the immune system. But a new report in Immunity suggests looking outside the dish and into living organisms...

– Van Andel Institute


“Back in Time”: Penn Researchers Unravel the Early Makings of an Exhausted T Cell

Penn Medicine researchers explore a T cell's path to exhaustion and what triggers it.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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Ludwig Researchers Develop Machine Learning Tool to Refine Personalized Immunotherapy

Ludwig Cancer Research scientists have developed a new and more accurate method to identify the molecular signs of cancer likely to be presented to helper T cells, which stimulate and orchestrate the immune response to tumors and infectious agents.

– Ludwig Cancer Research

Nature Biotechnology

Drug-light combo could offer control over CAR T-cell therapy

UC San Diego bioengineers are a step closer to making CAR T-cell therapy safer, more precise and easy to control. They developed a system that allows them to select where and when CAR T cells get turned on so that they destroy cancer cells without ha...

– University of California San Diego

ACS Synthetic Biology, Oct-2019

New Treatment Combination Could Work Against Broader Array of Cancer Cells, Study Finds

In continuing efforts to find novel ways to kill cancer cells, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) have identified a new pathway that leads to the destruction of cancer cells. The new finding, published this week in t...

– University of Maryland Medical Center


Cancer Patients Want to Pull Back the Curtain on Pathology

And as interest in patient-pathologist consulting programs has gained momentum nationally, researchers at Michigan Medicine have conducted the first known survey to quantify patient interest in pathology services and to better understand how patients...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Vaccine to Block Digestive Hormone May Slow Growth of Pancreatic Cancer

New research suggests a vaccine that blocks a digestive hormone may slow the spread of pancreatic cancer, potentially increasing survival rates. The study, published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology—Gastrointestinal and Liver Ph...

– American Physiological Society (APS)

American Journal of Physiology—Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology

NUS Researchers Show Potential Liver Cancer Treatment by Targeting Cancer Stem-Like Cells

NUS researchers from the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore and the N.1 Institute for Health have shown the potential use of small molecule inhibitors to treat advanced liver cancer.

– National University of Singapore

Journal of Hepatology

New Mechanism Fueling Brain Metastasis Discovered at Wistar

Wistar scientists described a novel mechanism through which astrocytes, the most abundant supporting cells in the brain, also promote cancer cell growth and metastasis in the brain.

– Wistar Institute

Cancer Discovery

Cancer Experts and Features

UVA Doctor Uses Virtual Reality to Accelerate Availability of New Treatment

A UVA Health interventional radiologist has harnessed the power of virtual reality to increase the availability of a less-invasive treatment option for thyroid patients.

– University of Virginia Health System

Better 3-D Imaging of Tumors in the Breast with Less Radiation

In breast cancer screening, an imaging technique based on nuclear medicine is currently being used as a successful secondary screening tool alongside mammography to improve the accuracy of the diagnosis. Now, a team is hoping to improve this imaging ...

– Department of Energy, Office of Science

Nearly $40,000 Raised for Skin Cancer Prevention and Detection Through “Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™”

This fall, a group of skin cancer advocates and their families and friends in both Chicago and Phoenix hiked three miles to say “Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!” Together, they raised nearly $40,000 for SPOT Skin Cancer™ benefiting the American Acade...

– American Academy of Dermatology

The E-cigarette Backlash

CFR In Brief by Claire Felter. An outbreak of a lung illness linked to vaping is raising the pressure on countries to rein in the booming e-cigarette industry.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Claire Felter, In Breif,, October 2, 2019.

Rush experts can comment on Neuroendocrine cancer, the rare and often aggressive cancer that took the life of Bernie Sanders' daughter-in-law Rainè Riggs, 48

– Rush University Medical Center

Debunking Breast Cancer Myths

M. Michele Blackwood, MD, FACS, chief of breast surgery at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and medical director/Northern regional director of breast services at RWJBarnabas Health, clears up some misconceptions about breast cancer.

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Cancer Announcements

Goldstein to Use $2.7M NCI Grant to Develop, Test Warnings for Little Cigars, Cigarillos

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher a five-year, $2.7 million grant to develop more effective health warnings for little cigars and cigarillos.

– University of North Carolina Health Care System


Seattle Children’s Building Cure Opens in Downtown Seattle to Accelerate Pediatric Research

Seattle Children’s today announced the opening of Building Cure™, a new 540,000 square-foot pediatric research facility located at Stewart Street and Terry Avenue in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor. Building Cure is the latest step in Seatt...

– Seattle Children's Hospital

Claus Torp Jensen Has Been Appointed First Chief Digital Officer and Head of Technology for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) today announced that Claus Torp Jensen, PhD, has joined the institution as its first Chief Digital Officer and Head of Technology. His recruitment follows an expansive national search to identify a leader ...

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

The University of Chicago Medicine to Honor Breast Cancer Specialist Laura Esserman

Breast cancer specialist Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, is being honored for excellence in the field of cancer research with an award from the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center.

– University of Chicago

NCI grant to help patients navigate costs of cancer care

The National Cancer Institute has awarded a four-year, more than $1.87 million grant to University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers to study the impact of implementing financial navigation services at five rural ca...

– University of North Carolina Health Care System


New UW center receives NIH grant to improve the fight against cancer

To bridge the gap between cancer interventions and their implementation within communities across the country, the National Institute of Health’s National Cancer Institute is funding the creation of six implementation science centers focused on can...

– University of Washington

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Research to Prevent Blindness Grantee Dr. Gregg Semenza Wins Nobel Prize in Medicine

Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) is pleased to announce that RPB Stein Innovation Awardee Gregg Semenza, MD, PhD, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been named a winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

– Research to Prevent Blindness

84 UChicago Medicine physicians make 2019 ‘Top Cancer Docs’ list

Eighty-four University of Chicago Medicine physicians were acknowledged for being at the forefront of cancer care by being named to Chicago magazine’s 2019 list of top cancer doctors – the most of any Chicago-area health system.

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Cancer Research

Expert Panel to Publish New Guidance on Exercise to Lower Cancer Risks, Improve Survival Rates

– American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise





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