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UNM Cancer Center Receives Designation as Center of Excellence for Blood Disorders

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center has received designation as a Myelodysplastic Syndromes Foundation Center of Excellence. The designation puts UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center on the MDS Foundation's list of international sites to which people with blood disorders may go to receive treatment. Show More Summary

Odell Beckham Jr. Flies To Texas To Hang With Young Giants Fan Battling Cancer

Say what you will about Odell Beckham Jr., but you never question his heart. The New York Giants wide receiver got a request from Danny Richburg, father of Giants center Weston Richburg, via social media asking the NFL star to come meet a young fan and “fulfill one of his dreams.” Beckham took to Twitter and asked how he could […]

New Genomic Partnership Speeds Personalized Cancer Treatment

Personalized cancer therapies are on the horizon thanks to a new genomic cancer research partnership between the Gene Editing Institute of Christiana Care Health System's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute and the biotechnology company NovellusDx.

Shooting the achilles heel of nervous system cancers

(Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) A cooperative research team led by researchers at Dartmouth's Norris Cotton Cancer Center devised a strategy to target cancer cells while sparing normal cells by capitalizing on vulnerabilities that are exposed only in tumor cells. Show More Summary

Duke Endowment grant to help UNC Lineberger roll out lay patient navigation program in N.C.

(UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center) The Duke Endowment of Charlotte, N.C., has awarded a three-year, $600,000 grant to UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to establish a multi-institutional lay patient navigation program aimed at improving cancer outcomes in North Carolina.

Molecular changes with age in normal breast tissue are linked to cancer-related changes

(Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center) New research provides insight into how changes that occur with age may predispose breast tissue cells to becoming cancerous. Specifically, the study demonstrates that regions in the genome where DNA methylation changes occur with age are particularly sensitive to disruption in cancer. Show More Summary

Concurrent chemotherapy, proton therapy improves survival in patients with advanced lung cancer

(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) For patients with advanced, inoperable stage 3 lung cancer, concurrent chemotherapy and the specialized radiation treatment, proton therapy, offers improved survival compared to historical data for standard of care, according to a new study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Novel CRISPR-Cas9 screening enables discovery of new targets to aid cancer immunotherapy

(Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) A novel screening method developed by a team at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center -- using CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology to test the function of thousands of tumorShow More Summary

Surprising genetic variety in childhood brain cancer

(German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ)) An international research team led by scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) and the Hopp Children's Tumor Center at the NCT Heidelberg (KiTZ) has identified new genetic alterations and mechanisms that lead to very aggressive types of childhood brain cancer. Show More Summary

GW Cancer Center receives $100,000 from Avon Foundation for Patient Navigator

(George Washington University) Mandi Pratt-Chapman, MA, associate center director for patient-centered initiatives and health equity, accepted a check from the Avon Foundation at the annual walk in Washington, DC. The money will fund a patient navigator who will provide resources to help breast cancer patients in the DC area.

Family sues UCSF following death of cancer patient

In one of the first legal actions involving California’s “right to die” law, the family of a deceased cancer patient is suing UCSF Medical Center, alleging the system did not appropriately aid the woman in ending her life. The San Francisco...Show More Summary

Why do BRCA1 mutations cause predominantly breast and ovarian cancer?

(University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio) Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center, now called UT Health San Antonio, report a new, previously unrecognized function of the BRCA1 gene that explains why BRCA1 gene mutation carriers are at increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

How blood vessels slow down and accelerate tumor growth

(German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ)) Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center and Heidelberg University have discovered a new mechanism that causes faster sprouting of blood vessels. Cells...Show More Summary

CAR T-cell therapy for leukemia leads to remissions in clinical trial

(Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) Researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center showed about 70 percent of patients with the most common adult leukemia had their tumors shrink or disappear following an experimental chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy. Show More Summary

Radiation prior to surgery reduces risk of secondary tumors in early-stage breast cancer

(H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute) Moffitt researchers found that patients who have neoadjuvant radiation therapy have a significantly lower risk of developing a second primary tumor at any site.

New study finds that lymph node removal isn't necessary for all melanoma patients

(Intermountain Medical Center) Many patients with melanoma need a sentinel-lymph-node biopsy to determine if cancer cells have spread there, but a positive finding doesn't mean all the lymph nodes in the area must be removed, according to new international study.

T-cells lacking HDAC11 enzyme perform more effectively in destroying cancer cells

(George Washington University) A team of researchers at the GW Cancer Center has identified a role for the HDAC11 enzyme in the regulation of T-cell function. The team found that HDAC11 should be treated as an immunotherapeutic targ...

Seattle Glass Artists Rally Around Joe BenVenuto with Fundraising Efforts for His Cancer Treatment

by Emily Pothast Donate to the GoFundMe for BenVenuto (center) right here. Or go to the pop-up silent auction at Traver Gallery on July 28, featuring works by artists including Preston Singletary (left) and Sean Albert (right). Preston...Show More Summary

How protein interactions drive cellular death

Researchers at the Universities of Tübingen and Konstanz, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the Max Planck Institute of Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, and the German Cancer Research Centers have worked together to gain new insights into a protein network which regulates the programmed break down of cells, also known as apoptosis. Show More Summary

First Michigan Proton Center Begins Treating Cancer Patients

Proton therapy is a high-tech alternative to X-ray radiation. It offers greater precision to destroy cancerous cells, sparing adjacent healthy tissue with fewer side effects. Proton therapy uses atomic particles, traveling up to two-thirds the speed of light, to fight cancer. Beaumont's center is one of just 25 operational proton therapy centers in the U.S.

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