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Malignant Cancer Diagnosed in a Dinosaur for the First Time

A collaboration led by the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and McMaster University has led to the discovery and diagnosis of an aggressive malignant bone cancer — an osteosarcoma — for the first time ever in a dinosaur. No malignant cancers (tumours t...

– McMaster University

The Lancet Oncology

Embargo expired on 03-Aug-2020 at 18:30 ET

A blood test could predict who benefits from immunotherapy

A test which detects changing levels of tumour fragments in the blood may be an easy, non-invasive and quick way to predict who will benefit from immunotherapy, a treatment option for advanced cancers.

– University Health Network (UHN)

Nature Cancer, August-2020

A simpler, high-accuracy method to detect rare circulating tumor cells in blood samples

Metastasis - the development of tumor growth at a secondary site - is responsible for the majority of cancer-related deaths.

– Lehigh University

Scientific Reports

Inhibiting Enzyme Helps Cancer Immunotherapy Work Better

UC San Diego researchers discovered that people with an inactive RNA-editing enzyme respond better to cancer immunotherapy, and inhibitors of the enzyme help mice with difficult-to-treat cancers live longer.

– University of California San Diego Health

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Hearing loss linked to neurocognitive deficits in childhood cancer survivors

Scientists at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are studying how hearing loss can affect the neurocognitive abilities of childhood cancer survivors. Findings show that survivors with severe hearing loss are at a significant increased risk for n...

– St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

JAMA Oncology

Embargo expired on 30-Jul-2020 at 11:00 ET

The "M" Word

Danny Welch, PhD, researcher at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, studies metastasis, which is responsible for more than 90% of cancer-related deaths.

– University of Kansas Cancer Center

Cancer Research

Study Suggests New Approach to Improve Radiation Therapy Resistance in Glioblastoma

Laboratory research paves the way for a clinical trial to see if an FDA-approved drug used to prevent organ transplant rejection can work against glioblastoma, a type of aggressive brain tumor.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nature Communications

Precision Medicine Identifies Key Recurring Mutation in Head and Neck Cancers

Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center report that an investigational drug candidate called tipifarnib showed promise in treating key recurring mutation in head and neck cancers.

– University of California San Diego Health

Molecular Cancer Therapeutics

UAH collaboration with HudsonAlphaexpands knowledge of how our cells work

In an effort to better understand how our cells work, scientists have studied the function of 208 proteins responsible for orchestrating the regulation genes in the human genome. A paper appearing in the journal "Nature" describes the collaborative e...

– University of Alabama Huntsville


Embargo expired on 29-Jul-2020 at 11:00 ET

Study Provides New Insight on Colorectal Cancer Growth

A new study by researchers at the University of Kentucky identifies a novel function of the enzyme spermine synthase to facilitate colorectal cancer growth.

– University of Kentucky

Nature Communications 11, Article Number: 3243

Researchers Optimistic After Dose-Determining Trial of Compound Against Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

A multi-institution phase 1b/2a clinical trial found good tolerability and encouraging efficacy data for a pan-BET bromodomain inhibitor in combination with enzalutamide.

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Clinical Cancer Research; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

New insights into wound healing

Research from a multidisciplinary team led by Washington University may provide new insights into wound healing, scarring and how cancer spreads.

– Washington University in St. Louis

ACS Nano, July 28, 2020; 5-T32-HL07081-38; CMMI-154857; U01CA202177; U54CA193417; R01CA232256; R01EB017753

Researchers Outline Need for Further Evaluation of Gene Expression Profiling in Melanoma Patients

A consensus statement published today in JAMA Dermatology by a group of melanoma researchers evaluates the use of prognostic genetic expression profiling within clinical treatment of patients with melanoma. The group cautioned against routine use of ...

– Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

JAMA Dermatology July 2020

FSU biologist uses genome database to investigate cancer cells

Florida State University Professor of Biological Science David Gilbert is using the latest information about the human genome as a guide to better understand cancer. Gilbert and his FSU colleagues were part of a team that compared different cancer ce...

– Florida State University

Nature Communications; Nature

Cancer Care in the Time of COVID

The medical community is urgently trying to tell the public that seeking health care is still essential, particularly in cancer care, where early detection is key

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Cancer Research Institute and The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research Launch Collaboration to Evaluate Liquid Biopsy for More Accurate and Rapid Assessment of Lung Cancer Patient Response to Immunotherapy

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) and The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research have launched a clinical trial that aims to demonstrate the utility of a novel, ultra-sensitive biomarker-directed blood test, or liquid biopsy, in assessing cancer patie...

– The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) and The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research

Cancer Research

Sunscreen Tips for Parents

With so many sunscreens out there, how do you know which one is effective—and safe—for your child? Dr. Minnelly Lu, pediatric dermatologist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, shares the latest advice.

Expert Available

– Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Quitline plus surgery are big motivators for giving up smoking

Smokers who have thoracic surgery are much more likely to stop using tobacco if they also complete a quitline intervention, a new UC Davis Health study shows.

– UC Davis Health

JAMA Surgery

Phosphoprotein biomarkers to guide cancer therapy are identified

Post-translational modification analysis may broadly identify new biomarkers of cancer drivers for a much more precise prediction of patient responses to treatments. A recent study demonstrates this diagnostic alternative for neuroendocrine neoplasms...

– University of Alabama at Birmingham

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Novel Method Can Diagnose Cancer and Determine Metastatic Risk in Two Hours

A novel mechanobiology-based technology can predict the metastatic potential of a tumor. The technology has already been successfully tested on pancreatic tumor cell samples and on established breast and pancreatic cell lines.

– American Technion Society

Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Jun-2020

BioMed Valley Discoveries’ ulixertinib (BVD-523), a first-in-class ERK inhibitor cancer therapy, receives Fast Track designation and launches Phase II trial in collaboration with Cmed and Strata Oncology

BioMed Valley Discoveries (BVD), a clinical stage biotechnology company, announces the receipt of Fast Track designation from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for investigation of the ERK inhibitor ulixertinib (BVD-523) as a treatment for pa...

– BioMed Valley Discoveries


Steven Grossman, MD, PhD, named cancer physician in chief of USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Steven Grossman, MD, PhD, named cancer physician in chief of USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

– Keck Medicine of USC

Penn Medicine Receives $4.9 Million Grant to Improve Uptake of Cancer Care Best Practices

A new grant awarded to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania will help identify methods to improve uptake of state-of-the-science care that can have a significant impact for patients.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

National Cancer Institute Designates Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center as “Exceptional”

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has once again rated the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania (ACC) as “exceptional,” the highest possible rating for an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center.

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Seven Hackensack Meridian Health Cancer Treatment Centers Now Offering Innovative Scalp Cooling Treatment to Prevent Hair Loss from Chemotherapy

Hair loss during chemotherapy — also called chemotherapy-induced alopecia — is a common side effect that can have a negative emotional and psychological impact, resulting in depression, stress, loss of self-esteem and loss of privacy. Fear of hai...

– Hackensack Meridian Health

UCLA researchers receive $2.97 million grant to develop test for early detection of liver cancer

UCAL researchers are developing a nanotechnology-enabled cancer diagnostic solution that will help detect early stage liver cancer for people who are at risk of developing the disease.

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

Maryam Fouladi, MD, Named Co-Executive Director of Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program

Dr. Fouladi will continue her extensive work on brain stem gliomas (DIPG) at Nationwide Children’s alongside Jeffrey Leonard, MD, co-executive director of the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Program and chief of Neurosurgery at Nationwide Children’s.

– Nationwide Children's Hospital

Association of American Cancer Institutes to Honor Nobel Laureate, William G. Kaelin, Jr.

William G. Kaelin, Jr., MD, will receive the Association of American Cancer Institutes’ (AACI) Distinguished Scientist Award on October 12, during the 2020 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting.

– Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI)

Nearly 70 Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Providers Named to “Top Doctors” List

Seattle Met, a monthly magazine that reports on Seattle politics, arts and community, released its annual Top Doctors list today, featuring 68 Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

– Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

VIDEO and TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Lung Cancer Patients and COVID: Panel for July 30, 2020, 3PM EDT

To understand the specific needs of lung cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, panelists will discuss a recent survey created by GO2 Foundation and other patient advocacy groups.

– Newswise

Stacey Crane of Cizik School of Nursing at UTHealth receives grant to improve symptom reporting for kids with cancer

Stacey Crane, PhD, RN, will use a new grant from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to pilot test a web-based interface designed to make it easier for kids with cancer and their parents to report symptoms in real time with the ultimate goal of improving...

– University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Britta Will, Ph.D., Wins Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Cancer Research

Britta Will, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and of cell biology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, has won a 2020 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research. Dr. Will is one of seven New York City area-based sc...

– Albert Einstein College of Medicine

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Among the Top Ten Cancer Hospitals in the Nation for Over 10 years

UWMC/ Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), part of Washington state’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center, has been recognized as the 9th Best Cancer Hospital for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report, and the ...

– Seattle Cancer Care Alliance





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