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Research offers promise for personalized RNA combination therapies to treat lung cancer

Research offers promise for personalized RNA combination therapies to treat lung cancer

Small RNA molecules, including microRNAs (miRNAs) and small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), offer tremendous potential for new therapeutic agents to inhibit cancer cell growth. However, delivering these small RNAs to solid tumors remains a significant challenge, as the RNAs must target the correct cells and avoid being broken down by enzymes in the body. [More]
Clinical trial tests COXEN model in bladder cancer to find promising treatment

Clinical trial tests COXEN model in bladder cancer to find promising treatment

Imagine being able to match a cancer's genes to the best treatment. That's the promise of COXEN (CO eXpression ExtrapolatioN) - a computer program that looks at a panel of cancer genes in a patient's tumor to predict whether it will respond to chemotherapy. [More]
Phase 3 trial: NEXAVAR tablets fail to meet primary endpoint in HER2-negative breast cancer patients

Phase 3 trial: NEXAVAR tablets fail to meet primary endpoint in HER2-negative breast cancer patients

Bayer HealthCare and Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc., an Amgen subsidiary, today announced that an investigational Phase 3 trial of NEXAVAR (sorafenib) tablets in patients with advanced breast cancer did not meet its primary endpoint of improving progression-free survival (PFS). [More]
CRIPTO1 role in TKI resistance elucidated

CRIPTO1 role in TKI resistance elucidated

Overexpression of CRIPTO1 may explain intrinsic tyrosine kinase inhibitor resistance in around 10% of patients with non-small-cell lung cancer and endothelial growth factor receptor mutations, research indicates. [More]
Marker identified for population of renal cancer cells with stem-cell-like features

Marker identified for population of renal cancer cells with stem-cell-like features

Researchers have identified a population of clear cell renal cell carcinoma cells positive for the CTR2 marker that possess some stem-cell-like features and are able to induce an angiogenic response in vivo. [More]
Marker identified for population of renal cancer cells with stem-cell-like features

Marker identified for population of renal cancer cells with stem-cell-like features

Researchers have identified a population of clear cell renal cell carcinoma cells positive for the CTR2 marker that possess some stem-cell-like features and are able to induce an angiogenic response in vivo. Targeting CTR2 was shown to decrease drug resistance to cisplatin. [More]
Merck reports results from global EMEND Phase 3 study for CINV prevention in pediatric cancer patients

Merck reports results from global EMEND Phase 3 study for CINV prevention in pediatric cancer patients

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced results from a global, investigational Phase 3 study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of EMEND (aprepitant) in the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in pediatric cancer patients, aged 6 months to 17 years. [More]
SCLC tumours replicated in mice from patients' CTCs

SCLC tumours replicated in mice from patients' CTCs

Scientists have used circulating tumour cells taken from patients with small-cell lung cancer to grow explant tumours in mice that retain the original’s morphological and genetic characteristics. [More]
Adjuvant chemotherapy and adjuvant radiation recommended for R1 resected cancer patients

Adjuvant chemotherapy and adjuvant radiation recommended for R1 resected cancer patients

A landmark survey of more than 700 specialists provides crucial real-world insight into the treatments most oncologists choose for lung cancer patients whose tumour has been incompletely resected, an expert from the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) says. [More]
Synthetic peptide carrier delivers drugs through blood-brain barrier for cancer treatment

Synthetic peptide carrier delivers drugs through blood-brain barrier for cancer treatment

Researchers at Mayo Clinic have demonstrated in a mouse model that their recently developed synthetic peptide carrier is a potential delivery vehicle for brain cancer chemotherapy drugs and other neurological medications. The findings appear in PLOS ONE. [More]
CRS-207 and chemotherapy combination Phase 1b trial data for unresectable MPM presented at ASCO 2014

CRS-207 and chemotherapy combination Phase 1b trial data for unresectable MPM presented at ASCO 2014

Aduro BioTech, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company, today announced the presentation of safety and efficacy data from a Phase 1b clinical trial of its novel immunotherapy CRS-207 in combination with standard chemotherapy in patients with unresectable malignant pleural mesothelioma. [More]
Investigational drug for advanced bladder cancer shows promise for treatment of certain tumor types

Investigational drug for advanced bladder cancer shows promise for treatment of certain tumor types

A multi-center phase I study using an investigational drug for advanced bladder cancer patients who did not respond to other treatments has shown promising results in patients with certain tumor types, researchers report. [More]
Genetic changes can predict which patient will benefit from chemotherapy before bladder cancer surgery

Genetic changes can predict which patient will benefit from chemotherapy before bladder cancer surgery

Three genetic changes can predict whether a patient will benefit from chemotherapy before surgery to remove bladder cancer, according to new findings presented by Fox Chase Cancer Center researchers during the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. [More]
FDA approves Cyramza to treat patients with advanced stomach cancer

FDA approves Cyramza to treat patients with advanced stomach cancer

Based on results of a clinical trial led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a molecularly targeted drug as second-line treatment in advanced stomach cancer that has progressed after standard chemotherapy has failed. [More]
FDA approves molecularly targeted drug as second-line treatment for advanced stomach cancer

FDA approves molecularly targeted drug as second-line treatment for advanced stomach cancer

Based on results of a clinical trial led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a molecularly targeted drug as second-line treatment in advanced stomach cancer that has progressed after standard chemotherapy has failed. [More]
Study shows R9-caPep compound blocks PCNA actions in neuroblastoma cells

Study shows R9-caPep compound blocks PCNA actions in neuroblastoma cells

Neuroblastoma is one of the deadliest childhood cancers, accounting for 15 percent of pediatric cancer deaths. For patients with high-risk neuroblastomas, the five-year survival rate is 40 to 50 percent even with the most rigorous treatments available today. [More]

Amrubicin regimen inferior to irinotecan for extensive SCLC

Irinotecan plus cisplatin remains the gold standard for Japanese patients with extensive small-cell lung cancer, say researchers, after amrubicin plus cisplatin failed to improve survival in their randomised phase III trial. [More]
Researchers find new molecular targets for aggressive brain tumor

Researchers find new molecular targets for aggressive brain tumor

Researchers from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth will present a scientific poster on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at the American Association of Cancer Researchers conference in San Diego, CA. The research identifies a potential characteristic for predicting outcome in a deadly form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma multiforme. [More]
DelMar presents pre-clinical study data that evaluates activity of VAL-083 in drug-resistant NSCLC

DelMar presents pre-clinical study data that evaluates activity of VAL-083 in drug-resistant NSCLC

DelMar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: DMPI) ("DelMar") today announced the presentation of new data in a poster entitled, "In vivo efficacy of VAL-083 in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer." DelMar's data was presented on Sunday, April 6, 2014 during the Novel Cytotoxic Strategies Session at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in San Diego. [More]
Accele Venture Partners co-led $4.1M Series A private equity financing of Otologic Pharmaceutics

Accele Venture Partners co-led $4.1M Series A private equity financing of Otologic Pharmaceutics

Accele Venture Partners, the investing arm of life sciences accelerator Accele Biopharma, Inc., announced today that it has co-led a $4.1 million Series A private equity financing of Otologic Pharmaceutics, Inc. (OPI), a development-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing novel pharmacological solutions and approaches to treat hearing disorders. [More]