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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

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Newswise Cancer Research Wire for 14-Apr-2020

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

Cancer Research

Immunotherapy Treatment Immediately After Chemotherapy Significantly Slows Metastatic Bladder Cancer Progression

Using immunotherapy immediately after chemotherapy treatment in patients with metastatic bladder cancer significantly slowed the progression of the cancer, according to results of a clinical trial led by Mount Sinai researchers published in the Journ...

– Mount Sinai Health System

Journal of Clinical Oncology

Embargo expired on 09-Apr-2020 at 16:00 ET

First Test Using Immunotherapy Drug to Treat Advanced Lung Cancer Shows Benefit — And Future Promise

Researchers at Yale Cancer Center (YCC) have found that use of the checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab can extend life with very few side effects in this patient population.

– Yale Cancer Center

The Lancet Oncology

Tumors hijack the cell death pathway to live

Cancer cells avoid an immune system attack after radiation by commandeering a cell signaling pathway that helps dying cells avoid triggering an immune response, a new study led by UTSW scientists suggests.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Nature Immunology

Vulnerable cells armor themselves against infection by depleting surface cholesterol

Cells in some of the body’s most vulnerable entry routes to bacterial infection buffer themselves when the immune system detects danger by reorganizing the cholesterol on their surfaces, a new study led by UTSW scientists suggests.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Nature Microbiology

Where cancers go could guide their treatment

Kidney cancers that metastasize to the pancreas have a fundamentally different biology from those that metastasize elsewhere

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

JCI Insight

UTSW researchers use snake venom to solve structure of muscle protein

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical center have uncovered the detailed shape of a key protein involved in muscle contraction.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our “COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas ...

– Johns Hopkins Medicine

Drug and Alcohol Dependence; Preventive Medicine; Science Advances; Nature Communications; Journal of Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

Moffitt Researchers Develop Mathematical Model to Predict Patient Outcomes to Adaptive Prostate Cancer Therapy

In an article published in Nature Communications, Moffitt Cancer Center researchers provide a closer look at a mathematical model and data showing that individual patient alterations in the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) biomarker early in cancer tr...

– Moffitt Cancer Center

Nature Communications, April-2020

Identical Mice, Different Gut Bacteria, Different Levels of Cancer

Some types of gut bacteria are better than others at stimulating certain immune cells, specifically CD8+ T cells. And while these CD8+ T cells normally help protect the body against cancer, overstimulating them may promote inflammation and exhaust th...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Cell Reports

Wallflowers Could Lead to New Drugs

Plant-derived chemicals called cardenolides – like digitoxin – have long been used to treat heart disease, and have shown potential as cancer therapies. But the compounds are very toxic, making it difficult for doctors to prescribe a dose that wo...

– Boyce Thompson Institute


Cancer Research Alerts

Finding from a Johns Hopkins study challenges the belief that robotic surgery provides a favorable alternative to open surgery in frail patients

– Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

Diseases of the Colon & Rectum: May 2020 - Volume 63 - Issue 5 - p 588-597

Cancer Experts and Features

JNCCN: Improving COVID-19 Safety for Cancer Patients and Healthcare Providers

NCCN Best Practices Committee publishes peer-reviewed feature in JNCCN presenting latest insights on how to keep oncology patients and healthcare workers safe during COVID-19 pandemic. Visit for continually-updated resources for pat...

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

California Smokers’ Helpline offers free nicotine patches

Callers to the California Smokers’ Helpline can now get an additional tool to help them quit using tobacco: nicotine patches.

– UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

Expert Q&A: Cancer, COVID-19 and Mental Health

– Cedars-Sinai

Cancer Announcements

UC San Diego to Advance Stem Cell Therapies in New Space Station Lab

UC San Diego and Space Tango received a NASA award to develop the first dedicated stem cell research laboratory within the International Space Station.

– University of California San Diego Health





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