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Death rates from cancer will fall in Australasian countries and Russia in 2018: researchers call for urgent measures on tobacco control, especially in Russia

Researchers predict that death rates from cancer will fall in 2018 in Australasian countries and in Russia. However, a greater proportion of the population will die in Russia from the disease than in any of the other countries, mainly because … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cancer

Patients with rare, incurable digestive tract cancers respond to new drug combination

Dublin, Ireland: Patients with rare, but incurable cancers of the digestive tract have responded well to a combination of two drugs that block the MEK and BRAF pathways, which drive the disease in some cases. They have survived for longer … Continue reading

Published Friday, November 16th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Difficult-to-treat bowel cancers respond in first study of new drug combination

Dublin, Ireland: Early results from a phase I trial in a small group of patients with advanced cancer using two drugs (nivolumab and pixatimod) that stimulate the immune system report that patients with bowel cancer may benefit from the combination. … Continue reading

Published Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Combination of two immunotherapies shows activity in non-small cell lung cancer patients

Dublin, Ireland: A combination of two drugs, which prompt the body’s immune system to identify and kill cancer cells, is a safe treatment for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer and has shown some signs of efficacy. Results from … Continue reading

Published Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Drug combination makes cancer disappear in mice with neuroblastoma: ‘significant’ findings suggest potential for effective, non-toxic treatment for this aggressive childhood cancer

Dublin, Ireland: Researchers investigating new treatments for neuroblastoma – one of the most common childhood cancers – have found that a combination of two drugs made tumours disappear in mice, making it more effective than any other drugs tested in … Continue reading

Published Thursday, November 15th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Two genomic tests identify groups of patients most likely to benefit from new drugs: latest results from I-SPY 2 trial

Dublin, Ireland: New results from a long-running trial to identify which new drugs or combinations of drugs are most effective in which types of breast cancer, show that two genomic tests are bringing the era of truly personalised medicine ever … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 2:30 pm
Posted in Cancer, Genetics

New oral drug designed to boost radiotherapy for hard-to-treat cancers can be taken safely by patients

Dublin, Ireland: A new drug designed to make radiotherapy more effective in treating cancer has been given to patients while they are receiving radiation and shown to be safe, according to research presented at the 30th EORTC-NCI-AACR [1] Symposium on … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Patients with cancers of the gullet, stomach and bowel respond well to new anti-HER2 drug

Dublin, Ireland: An antibody that binds simultaneously to two distinct regions of the HER2 receptor to block the growth of cancer cells has shown promising signs of anti-tumour activity in a number of cancers including those of the gullet (oesophagus), … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Drug matched to cancer patients according to tumour gene testing shows signs of being effective in early trial

Dublin, Ireland: Treatment with capivasertib, a drug designed to work against a particular gene mutation found in some tumours, shows signs of being effective in a trial of 35 patients presented at the 30th EORTC-NCI-AACR [1] Symposium on Molecular Targets … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer

Campaigners call for stronger rights to work for people living with breast cancer. Governments challenged over disconnect between cancer care costs and patient outcomes

Brussels, Belgium: Campaigners are calling on EU parliamentarians to make it easier for people with advanced breast cancer to return to work and to support them properly with flexible working arrangements. At an event at the European Union Parliament hosted … Continue reading

Published Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer
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