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Promising immunotherapy drug now available for some lung cancer patients in England

Promising immunotherapy drug now available for some lung cancer patients in England

Some lung cancer patients in England can now be offered a potentially life-extending immunotherapy drug. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has said that nivolumab (Opdivo) should be made available to certain lung cancer patients in England through the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF). Rose Gray, Cancer Research UK’s senior policy adviser, welcomed the decision […]

Chemo-boosting drug discovered for leukaemia

Chemo-boosting drug discovered for leukaemia

Drugs developed to treat heart and blood vessel problems could be used in combination with chemotherapy to treat an aggressive form of adult leukaemia. Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute, King’s College London and Barts Cancer Institute discovered that acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) – causes bone marrow to ‘leak’ blood, preventing chemotherapy from being delivered properly. Drugs that reversed bone marrow […]

Boosting immune cell memory to improve vaccines and cancer immunotherapy

Boosting immune cell memory to improve vaccines and cancer immunotherapy

Vaccines and cancer immunotherapies do essentially the same thing: They boost a person’s immune system, better enabling it to fight an offender, be it microbe or malignancy. Both approaches focus on CD8+ T cells, a type of immune cell that can either kill immediately or commit the offender to “memory,” providing long-term protection. In mouse […]

Cancer patients could get living ‘avatars’ to help treat their tumours, says new study

Cancer patients could get living ‘avatars’ to help treat their tumours, says new study

Cancer patients could be given living ‘avatars’ to enable doctors to test different kinds of drugs to find an effective treatment. Researchers in Portugal said they had demonstrated for the first time that zebrafish larvae could be used as a host for samples of an individual’s tumour. This would allow doctors to try different drugs […]

How Science Is Unlocking The Cancer Medicines Of The Future

How Science Is Unlocking The Cancer Medicines Of The Future

Cancer might still be a word that strikes fear into our hearts, and that’s not surprising. According to the latest statistics from Cancer Research UK, there were 356,860 new cases of cancer diagnosed in 2014, and 163,444 deaths from cancer. But the outlook for patients has never looked better, largely thanks to the prospect of truly game-changing […]

Blocking the back-door that cancer cells use to escape death by radiotherapy

Blocking the back-door that cancer cells use to escape death by radiotherapy

(Edmonton) A natural healing mechanism of the body may be reducing the efficiency of radiotherapy in breast cancer patients, according to a new study. Research led by scientists at the University of Alberta found that irradiation of breast fat (also known as adipose tissue) produces an inflammatory response that in normal circumstances promotes healing, but […]

Shedding light on cause of resistance to tumor immunotherapy

Shedding light on cause of resistance to tumor immunotherapy

In tumor immunotherapy, the body’s own defense system is activated against the tumor cells. However, for the majority of patients, the tumor cells become resistant to the treatments used. Researchers at the University of Zurich and the University Hospital Zurich have now found in skin cutaneous melanoma that an epigenetic control protein is key to […]

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

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

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. The research, published in JAMA Oncology, reported an overall survival (OS) of 26.5 months. In […]

Cancer Clinical Trials: How New Search Tools Make It Easier For Patients To Find the Treatment That They Need

Cancer Clinical Trials: How New Search Tools Make It Easier For Patients To Find the Treatment That They Need

When Tom Marsilje’s cancer came back stronger in August 2013, he knew he would eventually have to turn to a clinical trial. These trials, which test the safety and efficacy of experimental new treatments compared with the standard of care, are not for every patient, because some types of cancer have good treatment options with […]

Alpha Tau Medical Secures Second Funding Round to Treat Solid Tumors With Alpha Radiation

Alpha Tau Medical Secures Second Funding Round to Treat Solid Tumors With Alpha Radiation

Showing the ability of Alpha DaRT to effectively and safely destroy solid tumors, Alpha Tau Medical raises more capital than planned.  Alpha Tau Medical Ltd. has raised 20% more capital than planned for its Alpha DaRTcancer treatment. The funding will be used to further develop the Alpha DaRT as a highlypotent and conformal treatment for 11 different types […]

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