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In North America, bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men and in the top ten for women. In the United States, approximately 70,000 patients are newly diagnosed with bladder cancer each year. In addition, the cancers of many previously-diagnosed patients remain unresolved, sometimes leading to cystectomy (bladder removal) or death. Approximately 70% bladder cancer patients have the non-muscle-invasive form of bladder cancer at diagnosis.
Dan Theodorescu awarded Barringer Medal for distinguished contributions to urology

Dan Theodorescu awarded Barringer Medal for distinguished contributions to urology

Dan Theodorescu, MD, PhD, director of the NCI-designated University of Colorado Cancer Center and professor of Urology and Pharmacology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine was awarded the Barringer Medal this past Saturday from the American Association of Genitourinary Surgeons for his distinguished contributions to urology. [More]
Honokiol extract holds promise as adjunct treatment for bladder and kidney cancers

Honokiol extract holds promise as adjunct treatment for bladder and kidney cancers

The botanical extract honokiol, a biologically active molecule isolated from the bark of Magnolia spp., holds promise as an adjunct treatment for aggressive bladder and kidney cancers, as reported in two new studies. New research on honokiol in bladder cancer was presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2015. [More]
TERT gene alterations co-occur with frequently altered bladder cancer genes

TERT gene alterations co-occur with frequently altered bladder cancer genes

In results presented today at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2015, a collaborative study by the University of Colorado Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute reports that the TERT gene promoter was altered in 69 percent of 54 cases of bladder cancer due to variants that occur after birth (called "somatic") and in 56 percent of bladder cancers due to inherited variants (called "germline"). [More]
Cardio3 BioSciences announces first patient enrollment in NKG2D CAR T-Cell Phase I clinical trial

Cardio3 BioSciences announces first patient enrollment in NKG2D CAR T-Cell Phase I clinical trial

Cardio3 BioSciences (C3BS), a leader in engineered cell-therapy treatments with clinical programs initially targeting indications in cardiovascular disease and oncology, today announced the enrollment of the first patient in a Phase I clinical trial evaluating the Company’s lead CAR T-Cell therapy, NKG2D CAR T-Cell, in blood cancer patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or multiple myeloma (MM). [More]
Personalized cancer vaccines can be used to marshal powerful immune response

Personalized cancer vaccines can be used to marshal powerful immune response

Personalized melanoma vaccines can be used to marshal a powerful immune response against unique mutations in patients' tumors, according to early data in a first-in-people clinical trial at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. [More]
Detecting bladder cancer from urine: an interview with Suzana Nahum-Zilberberg, CEO, BioLight

Detecting bladder cancer from urine: an interview with Suzana Nahum-Zilberberg, CEO, BioLight

Bladder cancer is the seventh leading cancer affecting men worldwide and in the United States, it is the fourth leading cancer. Each year, about 350,000 cases are being detected worldwide, and the disease claims 165,000 lives every year. [More]
Arno Therapeutics' AR-42 with cisplatin demonstrates anti-tumor effect in bladder cancer models

Arno Therapeutics' AR-42 with cisplatin demonstrates anti-tumor effect in bladder cancer models

Arno Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company primarily focused on the development of oncology therapeutics, today announced that data from a preclinical study demonstrate its histone-deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor AR-42 in combination with cisplatin has a synergistic anti-tumor effect in bladder cancer models. [More]
Personalized gene therapy to fight against cancer

Personalized gene therapy to fight against cancer

The fight to treat cancer and eradicate tumors will likely benefit from a new set of treatments if early development phases continue to show promise, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher stated that gene therapies that are able to deliver genetic material to a specific cell population or tumor that will result in the destruction of the tumor. [More]
Discovery opens door to possible new ways to break transmission cycle of schistosomiasis

Discovery opens door to possible new ways to break transmission cycle of schistosomiasis

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a group of genes in one species of snail that provide a natural resistance to the flatworm parasite that causes schistosomiasis, and opens the door to possible new drugs or ways to break the transmission cycle of this debilitating disease. [More]
Naproxen and omeprazole combination effective in preventing bladder cancer

Naproxen and omeprazole combination effective in preventing bladder cancer

The anti-inflammatory class of drugs NSAIDs have shown great promise in preventing cancers including colon, esophagus and skin. However, they can increase the risks of heart attacks, ulcers and rare but potentially life-threatening bleeds. [More]
Loyola's Genomics Facility uses next generation sequencing to study genetic make-up of organisms

Loyola's Genomics Facility uses next generation sequencing to study genetic make-up of organisms

Loyola University Chicago's Genomics Facility is using an advanced technology called next generation sequencing to assist a broad range of researchers studying the genetic make-up of organisms ranging from viruses to humans. [More]
New study assesses suicide risks in older, white males with advanced bladder cancer

New study assesses suicide risks in older, white males with advanced bladder cancer

Older, single white males with advanced bladder cancer have the highest suicide risk among those with other cancers of the male genitals and urinary system, researchers report. [More]
Patients who receive chemotherapy after bladder cancer surgery demonstrate 30% lower risk of death

Patients who receive chemotherapy after bladder cancer surgery demonstrate 30% lower risk of death

Patients that received chemotherapy after bladder cancer surgery demonstrated an approximately 30% lower risk of death than those that underwent surgery alone, according to an analysis to be presented by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai at the 2015 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. [More]
Simple urine test could guide clinicians to better treat bladder cancer patients

Simple urine test could guide clinicians to better treat bladder cancer patients

Researchers at the University of Birmingham believe that a simple urine test could help to guide clinicians in the treatment of bladder cancer patients. [More]
Findings may help doctors recommend appropriate treatments, improve patient outcomes

Findings may help doctors recommend appropriate treatments, improve patient outcomes

Like a car's front and back bumpers, your cell's chromosomes are capped by "telomeres" that protect this genetic material against deterioration. Still, after enough replications, a chromosome's telomeres break down and once they reach a certain point of degradation, the cell dies. This is one reason that cells are mortal: telomeres only last so long. That is, unless the enzyme telomerase builds new material onto the worn telomeres to reinforce these chromosomal "bumpers". Telomere repair can be a good thing, but in some cases it's not: overactive telomerase can lengthen telomeres until a cell becomes immortal…leading to cancer. [More]
Tissue and cell diagnostics market reaches $7.7 billion in 2014

Tissue and cell diagnostics market reaches $7.7 billion in 2014

With fast and effective testing techniques, the tissue and cell diagnostics market was estimated to have reached $7.7 billion in 2014 for in vitro diagnostic (IVD) and other reagents used by clinical laboratories, according to Kalorama Information. [More]
CellDetect urine test for detecting bladder cancer meets primary endpoint in multi-center clinical study

CellDetect urine test for detecting bladder cancer meets primary endpoint in multi-center clinical study

BioLight Life Sciences Investments Ltd., a firm that invests in, manages and commercializes biomedical innovations in ophthalmology and cancer diagnostics, announced today that a blinded, multi-center clinical study of the CellDetect non-invasive test for detecting bladder cancer in urine, successfully achieved the study's primary endpoint for effectively detecting the recurrence of bladder cancer in subjects with a history of the disease. [More]
Breast and lung cancer patients with low levels of TTP protein have poorer prognosis

Breast and lung cancer patients with low levels of TTP protein have poorer prognosis

Moffitt Cancer Center researchers have found that breast and lung cancer patients who have low levels of a protein called tristetraprolin (TTP) have more aggressive tumors and a poorer prognosis than those with high levels of the protein. [More]
Signostics gets FDA 510k clearance for handheld bladder scanner

Signostics gets FDA 510k clearance for handheld bladder scanner

Medical device company, Signostics, announced today it has clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to launch the SignosRT Bladder, the company’s new hand-held bladder scanner. [More]
Laparoscopic radical cystectomy can lead to reliable, long-term cancer control

Laparoscopic radical cystectomy can lead to reliable, long-term cancer control

Long-term survival rates following laparoscopic surgery for bladder cancer are comparable to those of open surgery, according to a study published in BJU International. The findings, which come from the largest study to date with long-term follow-up after this type of minimally invasive surgery, indicate that prospective randomized trials comparing these two bladder cancer surgeries are warranted. [More]
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