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Researchers make significant step toward blood test for Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a technique to detect minute amounts of a protein fragment linked to Alzheimer’s disease in the blood. The study, which will be published July 28 in the Journal of ...

– The Rockefeller University Press

Journal of Experimental Medicine, November 2020; AARF-16-443265; R01NS095773

embargoed until 28-Jul-2020, 12:30 ET

Inhibiting Key Molecular Chaperone Sensitives Tumors to Radiation Therapy in Animal Models

While heat shock protein 90 inhibitors have shown limited benefit in directly treating cancer, low doses may improve the efficacy of radiotherapy, a new study finds.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Clinical Cancer Research

Artificial Intelligence Identifies Prostate Cancer with Near-Perfect Accuracy

Study reports 98% sensitivity and 97% specificity in recognizing and characterizing prostate cancer using an artificial intelligence (AI) program.

– Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

The Lancet Digital Health

Embargo expired on 27-Jul-2020 at 18:30 ET

Novel label-free imaging technique brings out the inner light within T cells

A new imaging method developed by the Skala lab uses the natural autofluorescence within cells to assess T cell activity. The technique could help assess T cell involvement in immunotherapies.

– Morgridge Institute for Research

Nature Biomedical Engineering

Embargo expired on 27-Jul-2020 at 11:00 ET

A New Way to Target Cancers Using 'Synthetic Lethality'

Researchers at Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that inhibiting a key enzyme caused human cancer cells associated with two major types of breast and ovarian cancer to die and in mou...

– University of California San Diego Health

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Embargo expired on 27-Jul-2020 at 15:00 ET

Ludwig San Diego Study Identifies Deadly Genetic Synergy in Cancer Cells and Shows it Might Be Exploited for Therapy

A Ludwig Cancer Research study has identified a new instance in which the simultaneous mutation of two nonessential genes—neither of which is on its own vital to cell survival—can cause cancer cell death.

– Ludwig Cancer Research

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, July-2020

Nationwide Trends Show Fewer Cancer Patients Seeking Care Since Start of Pandemic

Researchers observe significant decreases nationwide in the number of patients being seen for cancer-related care as the COVID-19 pandemic progressed during the few first months of 2020.

– Thomas Jefferson University

JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics

Deep learning algorithm identifies tumor subtypes based on routine histological images

Researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, working with colleagues in Europe, created a deep learning algorithm that can infer molecular alterations directly from routine histology images across multiple common tum...

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Nature Cancer

10 Things to Know About HPV and Throat Cancer

As we observe World Head and Neck Cancer Day 2020 (July 27), nationally known expert Tom Thomas, MD, MPH, has set out to clear up misunderstandings about how one type of head and neck cancer is related to human papillomavirus (HPV), which has histori...

– Atlantic Health System

Cancer Care Can’t Wait

Further delaying your preventative cancer care may cause more harm than good. Expert from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey explains how most colorectal cancers can be prevented through regular screenings, and it is safe to get your screenings, ...

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– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

A quest for excellence

Ivan Piñón, MD, once thought his future would lead to the lab bench. But a long career practicing as an endocrinologist has led him to the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center to serve as a crucial part of the effort to build a thyroid and parathyroid ...

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– University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

2 immunotherapies merged into single, more effective treatment

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have combined two immunotherapy strategies into a single therapy and found, in studies in human cells and in mice, that the two together are more effective than either alone in trea...

– Washington University in St. Louis


Excellent Research Results for CAR-T Cell Therapy Against Hodgkin Lymphoma

CAR-T cell therapy, which attacks cancer cells using a person’s reprogrammed immune cells, has been used to treat Hodgkin lymphoma with remarkable success for the first time, according to the results of an early phase clinical trial.

– University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Journal of Clinical Oncology

Cancer Clinical Trials Tested, Continue During COVID-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health continues to offer potentially lifesaving treatment through cancer clinical trials.

– University of California San Diego Health

Triple Negative Breast Cancer Meets Its Match

DALLAS – July 22, 2020 – One member of a larger family of oxygen sensing enzymes could offer a viable target for triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), UTSW researchers report in a new study. The findings, published online this week in Cancer Dis...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Cancer Discovery; RR190058, P50 CA58223, R01 CA148761

Fine-tuning adoptive cell therapy for advanced cancers

In a new study looking at adoptive cell transfer products bearing a transgenic T-cell receptor (TCR), researchers at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a discordant phenomenon in which a subset of patients displayed profound...

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

Cancer Discovery

Patients who lived longer with cancer at greater risk of severe COVID-19 infection

Cancer patients diagnosed more than 24 months ago are more likely to have a severe COVID-19 infection, research has found.

– King's College London

Frontiers in Oncology

Loyola Researchers Identify Common Characteristics, Outcomes of Rare Pediatric Brain Tumors

In a new study, “Pediatric vestibular schwannomas: case series and a systematic review with meta-analysis,” appearing in the Journal of Neurosurgery, researchers at Loyola University Medical Center and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of ...

– Loyola Medicine

Journal of Neurosurgery

Technion-developed Method Accelerates Blood Test Analysis by About 98%

A new method for rapid and inexpensive analysis of the chemical composition of blood samples may hasten the early diagnosis of diseases. The first application to be tested will be the early detection of various cancerous tumors based on blood tests. ...

– American Technion Society

Nature Communications, June 24, 2020

Parents of 1 in 2 unvaccinated U.S. adolescents have no intention to initiate HPV vaccine

Study results documenting parental hesitancy to begin and complete their child's HPV vaccine series were published in The Lancet Public Health by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The Lancet Public Health

100th Patient Receives Final Cancer Treatment With MRI-guided Radiation at Loyola Medicine

Loyola Medicine recently celebrated its 100th patient to complete cancer treatment with the MRIdian by Viewray radiation therapy system, a novel treatment that utilizes MRI-guided radiation to precisely treat cancerous tumors, typically with fewer tr...

– Loyola Medicine


Memorial Sloan Kettering Named One of the Best Hospitals for Cancer Care by U.S. News & World Report for the 31st Year in a Row

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) has been recognized as the number two hospital for cancer care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Hospitals listing. Since <i>U.S. News & World Report</i> established the presti...

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dana-Farber to offer first CAR T-cell therapy for mantle cell lymphoma following FDA approval

Today’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the first CAR T-cell therapy for mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) represents a key advance for patients with relapsed or treatment-resistant forms of the disease, say Dana-Farber Cancer Institute inv...

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Rutgers, DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences Announce Research Collaboration

The Rutgers Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences have announced a new collaboration in the field of microbiome science they hope will improve cancer treatment.

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Leaders in radiation oncology awarded ASTRO Fellow designation

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has selected 19 distinguished members to receive the ASTRO Fellow (FASTRO) designation. The 2020 class of Fellows will be recognized at a virtual awards ceremony on October 27 during ASTRO’s 62nd ...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

NCCN Oncology Research Program Announces Projects Selected for Funding to Study Futibatinib in Tumors with Aberrant FGFR Expression, in Collaboration with Taiho Oncology

The NCCN Oncology Research Program (ORP) today announced four projects selected to receive funding for clinical and pre-clinical evaluation of futibatinib (TAS-120) in collaboration with Taiho Oncology.

– National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®)

Ronald Chen named a Fellow of the American Society for Radiation Oncology

Dr. Chen joins a group of just 19 physicians and medical physicists who are recognized this year for their contributions to the field of radiation oncology.

– University of Kansas Cancer Center

Heather Brandt, Ph.D., to lead cancer prevention community outreach projects for St. Jude

Behavioral scientist will lead St. Jude community outreach and research programs focused on the prevention of HPV-associated cancers through vaccination

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

UA Little Rock receives nearly $450,000 to develop deep learning methods to identify cells that advance complex diseases

A University of Arkansas at Little Rock professor has received a $443,854 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop unique deep learning methods to identify key cell networks in complex diseases. Dr. Mary Yang, professor of information...

– University of Arkansas at Little Rock


Dr. Geraldine Jacobson elected as future Chair of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) have elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of Directors. Geraldine Jacobson, MD, MPH, MBA, FASTRO, will begin her term as President-elect in October during ASTRO’s 62nd Annua...

– American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Edward Chu, M.D., M.M.S., To Lead Cancer Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System

Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System today announced that Edward Chu, M.D., M.M.S., has been named director of the National Cancer Institute-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center; vice president for cancer medicine at M...

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System

ACS launches new Cancer Surgery Standards Program to improve the quality of surgical care provided to cancer patients

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Cancer Programs today launched the Cancer Surgery Standards Program (CSSP), a new program that aims to improve the quality of surgical care provided to cancer patients by implementing standards for cancer surger...

– American College of Surgeons (ACS)

UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge goes virtual for 2020

UCI Anti-Cancer Challenge, a movement to raise awareness and funds for cancer research, is going virtual for 2020 in order to maintain social distancing and safeguard participant health. The reimagined Anti-Cancer Challenge now includes an eight-week...

– University of California, Irvine





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