The targeted cancer drug ibrutinib (Imbruvica®) can effectively treat a common and serious complication of a type of stem cell transplant, according to the results of a small clinical trial: [ Link ]
The use of tobacco burdens economies with more than US$1 trillion in annual health care costs and lost productivity. In this interview, NCI's Dr. Mark Parascandola discusses a new economic report on global tobacco use: [ Link ]
A growing number of researchers and some biotech companies are exploring ways to use tiny vesicles called exosomes, which are released into the blood by cells, to gain insights into cancer and to develop clinical tools for patients: [ Link ]
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently granted accelerated approval for the drug rucaparib (Rubraca™) to treat some women with advanced ovarian cancer: [ Link ]
Hematologic cancers begin in blood-forming tissue, such as the bone marrow, or in the cells of the immune system. Here's a list of blood cancers, with links to expert-reviewed information about each one: [ Link ]
Developing new ways to detect cancer could offer several important benefits, as this infographic from NCI's Division of Cancer Prevention explains. The infographic is available here: [ Link ]
President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Biden yesterday. NCI Acting Director Dr. Doug Lowy said the honor was "well deserved for his leadership on #CancerMoonshot and much more." Here is the Vice President with Dr. Robert Grossman of the University of Chicago last June at the launch of the Genomic Data Commons.
It's Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Three vaccines--Gardasil, Gardasil 9, and Cervarix--prevent infections with high-risk HPVs that cause 70 percent of cervical cancers and an even higher percentage of some of the other HPV-associated cancers: [ Link ] Image: cervical cancer cells
Today at 2:30 pm ET! Please join us for a YouTube Live event about the Future of Prostate Cancer Research and Treatment: [ Link ] You can submit questions in advance through Twitter using the hashtag #AskNCI.
The ALCHEMIST precision medicine clinical trials for patients with non-small cell lung cancer now includes an immunotherapy trial. The new trial is for patients whose tumors do not contain alterations in the ALK or EGFR genes. More information is here: [ Link ]
Today, NCI announced a new program to help researchers more quickly access drugs for testing in cancer clinical trials. The NCI Formulary, a public-private partnership, could ultimately lead to better care for patients: [ Link ] #NCIformulary #CancerMoonshot
What is cancer staging? Stage refers to the extent of your cancer, such as how large the tumor is, and if it has spread. Knowing the stage of your cancer helps your doctor understand how serious your cancer is and informs the selection of treatment: [ Link ]
The global health and economic burden of tobacco use is enormous and is increasingly borne by low- and middle-income countries, where about 80% of smokers live. While the prevalence of smoking is falling at the global level, the total number of smokers worldwide is not decreasing, largely due to population growth, according to a new publication by NCI and the World Health Organization (WHO): [...
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Researchers have created a long-sought-after mouse model for an aggressive form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) that affects infants. The mice have a version of a genetic change found in humans with the disease: [ Link ]
Please join us for a YouTube Live event about prostate cancer on January 12 at 2:30pm ET. NCI’s Dr. William Dahut and Dr. Heather Cheng from the University of Washington will talk about prostate cancer research and treatment. The event will be moderated by Ana Fadich of the Men’s Health Network. [ Link ]
Vaccination against a virus known as HPV is the best way to prevent several types of cancer. The CDC now recommends only two HPV shots for younger adolescents. “These recommendations are a great step toward raising vaccination rates in the United States,” said NCI's Dr. Aimée Kreimer: [ Link ]
Cancer can start almost anywhere in the human body, which is made up of trillions of cells. In all forms of the disease, some of these cells begin to divide without stopping and spread into surrounding tissues: [ Link ]
African American women have a higher death rate from breast cancer than women of other racial and ethnic groups. To begin to develop strategies to reduce this death rate, researchers are studying the biology of cancer health disparities: [ Link ]
Many patients with cancer have more treatment options today than were available in the past. But nearly all current treatments ultimately stop working. Here's what some researchers are doing to address this problem, known as drug resistance: [ Link ]
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and a good time to share our popular health guide for women called Understanding Cervical Changes: [ Link ] (Infographic by the CDC)