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Newswise Cancer Research Wire for 09-Jun-2020

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

Predicting Cancer Behavior Requires Better Understanding of Tumor Cells

Our ability to predict who will get cancer, how patients will respond to treatment, or if patients will relapse is still quite limited, despite advances in the detection of genetic mutations and the establishment of risk factors; recently researchers...

– American Institute of Physics (AIP)


Embargo expired on 09-Jun-2020 at 11:00 ET

Yale Scientists Develop a New Experimental Method to Study Infection and Disease, Including COVID-19

Yale Cancer Center scientists have developed a new cell screening method for agents that alter biologic functions. This approach uses thousands of artificial proteins called “traptamers” and may help to answer research questions that are difficul...

– Yale Cancer Center

Cell Reports

Embargo expired on 09-Jun-2020 at 11:00 ET

Preventing pancreatic cancer metastasis by keeping cells “sheltered in place”

Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute have shown that pancreatic cancer metastasis—when tumor cells gain the deadly ability to migrate to new parts of the body—can be suppressed by inhibiting a protein called Slug that ...

– Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Journal of Experimental Medicine; R01CA207189; P30CA030199

Embargo expired on 08-Jun-2020 at 09:00 ET

JNCCN: Many Hospitalized People with Advanced Cancer Struggle with Important Daily Tasks

New research from Mass General Cancer Center, published in the June 2020 issue of JNCCN—Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, found 40.2% of hospitalized patients with advanced, incurable cancer were functionally impaired at the tim...

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

JNCCN—Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Embargo expired on 08-Jun-2020 at 08:30 ET

Scientists Discover that Nicotine Promotes Spread of Lung Cancer to the Brain

Among people who have the most common type of lung cancer, up to 40% develop metastatic brain tumors, with an average survival time of less than six months.

– Wake Forest Baptist Health

Journal of Experimental Medicine, June-2020

Embargo expired on 04-Jun-2020 at 09:00 ET

Study Shows Opioid, Sedative and Antidepressant Use Pre-Surgery Leads to Worse Outcomes

A study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers showed that patients who already used opioids, sedatives or antidepressants prior to colorectal surgery experience significantly more complications post-surgery.

– University of Kentucky

Diseases of the Colon and Rectum

Global oncology pharmacists face restricted access to essential PPE items, UCI study finds

Oncology pharmacy practitioners around the globe are fighting to provide cancer patients high quality cancer care with increasingly limited and sometimes restricted personal protective equipment supply as well as impaired access to essential anticanc...

– University of California, Irvine

Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice

Targeting Receptor EphA2 Reduces Bladder Cancer Tumor Growth and Increases Chemotherapy Effectiveness

An international team of investigators has recently discovered that the receptor tyrosine-kinase EphA2 activated by the growth factor progranulin is a tumorigenic driver of bladder cancer progression.

– Sbarro Health Research Organization (SHRO)

Matrix Biology

Chemotherapy and Cancer Gang up to Cause a Neurological Side Effect, Study Says

Chemotherapy has been the lone suspect in a neurological ailment, but cancer also appears to be to blame. The havoc they wreak together is much more than additive.

– Georgia Institute of Technology

Cancer Research; R01CA221363; R01HD090642

Scientists Identify Targets for COVID-19 Vaccine Using Cancer Immunotherapy Tools

Cancer researchers at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have harnessed tools used for the development of cancer immunotherapies and adapted them to identify regions of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to target with a vaccine, employing the same appro...

– Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Cell Reports Medicine

Study identifies potential approach to treat patients with severe COVID-19

Early data from a clinical study suggest that blocking the Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) protein provided clinical benefit to a small group of patients with severe COVID-19.

– National Cancer Institute (NCI) at NIH

Science Immunology

Identifying survivors at high risk of secondary cancers

St. Jude researchers look at the combined effect of cancer treatments and inherited mutations in DNA-repair genes.

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Journal of Clinical Oncology, June-2020

Some types of prostate cancer may not be as aggressive as originally thought

Researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center analyzed gene-expression patterns in the most aggressive prostate cancer grade group — known as Gleason grade group 5 — and found that this grade of cancer can actually be subdivided int...

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

European Urology

New technique retains nipple color in men after breast reduction

Surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center have pioneered a new technique that prevents nipple discoloration and preserves shape in men who undergo breast reduction surgery following significant weight loss.

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Aesthetic Surgery Journal Open Forum

FIRE-SCLC analysis: Largest ever study of first-line radiosurgery for brain metastases from small cell lung cancer

The international First-line Radiosurgery for Small-Cell Lung Cancer (FIRE-SCLC) analysis led by University of Colorado Cancer Center researchers and published today in JAMA Oncology shows no overall survival benefit from whole-brain radiation compar...

– University of Colorado Cancer Center

JAMA Oncology

Stomach issues, history of substance abuse found in teen vaping study

A study of teens diagnosed with the vaping-linked respiratory disease EVALI revealed that most also had gastrointestinal symptoms and a history of psychosocial factors, including substance abuse, UT Southwestern researchers found in one of the first ...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center


UK Study Finds Many Colon Cancer Patients Not Receiving Standard of Care Therapy

A new University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center study finds that many Kentucky patients with colon cancer are not receiving the recommended standard of care therapy for their disease.

– University of Kentucky

Journal of the American College of Surgeons

‘Terminator’ protein halts cancer-causing cellular processes

New research from the lab of Hening Lin, professor of chemistry and chemical biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, finds that a protein called TiPARP acts as a terminator for several cancer-causing transcription factors, including HIF-1, which...

– Cornell University


Impact of COVID-19 infection in blood cancer patients

One of the first studies to investigate the outcome of COVID-19 infection in patients with blood cancer has been conducted by clinical researchers from Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust.

– Queen Mary University of London

British Journal of Haematology

Tulane scientists find a switch to flip and turn off breast cancer growth and metastasis

Researchers at Tulane University School of Medicine identified a gene that causes an aggressive form of breast cancer to rapidly grow. More importantly, they have also discovered a way to “turn it off” and inhibit cancer from occurring. The ani...

– Tulane University

Scientific Reports

Swelling of Tissues Drives Immune System Activity, UCLA Researchers Find

A UCLA research team has identified a new paradigm for understanding the regulation of the immune system, potentially paving the way for new approaches to treating infections and immune-related diseases such as type 1 diabetes and certain cancers.

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

Journal of Experimental Medicine

Bacteria in Cancer Cells May Help or Hinder Treatment

Weizmann Institute scientists show that bacteria live inside all cancer cells, from brain to breast to bone, and that each type of cancer has its own type of bacteria. Understanding this relationship could help predict treatment effectiveness or lead...

– Weizmann Institute of Science

Science, June-2020

New technique takes 3D imaging an octave higher

A collaboration between Colorado State University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign resulted in a new, 3D imaging technique to visualize tissues and other biological samples on a microscopic scale, with potential to assist with cancer or...

– Colorado State University

Nature Photonics

A satisfying romantic relationship may improve breast cancer survivors’ health

Breast cancer survivors in romantic relationships who feel happy and satisfied with their partners may be at lower risk for a host of health problems, new research suggests.

– Ohio State University


Cancer Research Alerts

Study shows how to achieve optimal treatment and improve outcomes for rare cancer patients

– Mercy Medical Center

Annals of Surgical Oncology volume 27, pages179–187(2020)

Cancer Experts and Features

COVID-19 Clinical Research Study Underway at Atlantic Health System, Including Immune Response Study

The COVID Research Program is rapidly enrolling patients from New Jersey, which has one of the world’s highest concentrations of COVID-19 patients. Atlantic Health System offers a study sponsored by TScan Therapeutics, Inc., a leading T cell therap...

– Atlantic Health System

UK, ArtemiLife Partner to Test for Anti-Cancer Activity of Artemisia Annua Extracts

The University of Kentucky and ArtemiLife Inc. will collaborate on a clinical study using the extract of a medicinal plant grown in Kentucky to test for anti-cancer activity of Artemisia annua and to determine the recommended dose of Artemisia annua...

– University of Kentucky

The July 2020 issue of the journal Disease of the Colon and Rectum is out! Take a look at the editor's top picks

Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal July 2020 Video Abstracts and Editor Picks

– Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

Disease of the Colon and Rectum, July 2020

Tip Sheet: HIV and COVID-19, antibody interactions, immune responses to colorectal cancer and how Fred Hutch is getting back to work

A monthly media tip sheet of recent Fred Hutch research findings and other news.

– Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Cancer Care Can’t Wait

Cancer patients might still have heightened concerns over rescheduling a postponed surgery or scheduling a new surgery right now due to COVID-19. Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey expert explains how surgical care precautions have been institute...

Expert Available

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Men’s Health Month: Top 5 Tips for Dad this Father’s Day

June is Men’s Health Month, a national recognition that raises awareness about health care for men. It is also the month during which we celebrate Father’s Day. In celebration of these observances, an expert from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New J...

Expert Available

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

AACI Issues Statement on Role of Cancer Centers in Confronting Racism

In a formal statement, the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) condemned racism and other forms of discrimination, urging that these issues be confronted as public health crises.

– Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI)

Cancer Announcements

Rakuten Medical and MD Anderson Announce Strategic Alliance to Advance Illuminox Platform for Cancer Treatments

Rakuten Medical, Inc. (Rakuten Medical) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) today announced a strategic alliance collaboration agreement to advance the development of new cancer therapies based on Rakuten Medical's pro...

– Rakuten Medical, Inc.

MD Anderson and Rakuten Medical announce strategic alliance to advance Illuminox platform for cancer treatments

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Rakuten Medical, Inc. today announced a strategic alliance collaboration agreement to advance the development of new cancer therapies based on Rakuten Medical’s proprietary IlluminoxTM technolog...

– University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering – Hackensack Meridian Health Partnership Announces Funding for Inaugural Immunology Research Collaboration Projects

As part of the Memorial Sloan Kettering – Hackensack Meridian Health Partnership, the two organizations have formed an Immunology Research Collaboration. Through this joint initiative, researchers can apply for funding to support innovative investi...

– Hackensack Meridian Health





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