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Kidney cancer is usually defined is a cancer that originates in the kidney. The two most common types of kidney cancer, reflecting their location within the kidney, are renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and urothelial cell carcinoma (UCC) of the renal pelvis.
Duke researchers identify promising target for renal cell carcinomas

Duke researchers identify promising target for renal cell carcinomas

All cells need nutrients, but cancer cells are notoriously power hungry. As a result, cancer cells must alter their metabolism to provide the additional fuel needed for them to survive, grow and spread. [More]
Upstate Medical University physicians use minimally invasive robotic surgery in complex IVC thrombus case

Upstate Medical University physicians use minimally invasive robotic surgery in complex IVC thrombus case

Physicians at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse describe in the December issue of Urology the first case ever in which doctors used minimally invasive robotic surgery to perform a radical nephrectomy (removal of entire kidney) with a level III inferior vena cava thrombectomy (removal of a tumor from the largest vein that carries blood to the heart). [More]
New study finds familial risk and heritability of cancer among twins

New study finds familial risk and heritability of cancer among twins

A large new study of twins has found that having a twin sibling diagnosed with cancer poses an excess risk for the other twin to develop any form of cancer. Among the 23 different types of cancer studied, an excess familial risk was seen for almost all of the cancers, including common cancers such as breast and prostate cancer, but also more rare cancers such as testicular cancer, head and neck cancer, melanoma, ovarian and stomach cancer. [More]
HealthWell Foundation opens new fund to provide financial assistance to Medicare patients suffering from RCC

HealthWell Foundation opens new fund to provide financial assistance to Medicare patients suffering from RCC

The HealthWell Foundation, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, today announced it has opened a new fund to provide financial assistance to Medicare patients suffering from renal cell carcinoma (RCC). [More]
Opdivo (nivolumab) approved to treat patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma

Opdivo (nivolumab) approved to treat patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Opdivo (nivolumab) to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) renal cell carcinoma, a form of kidney cancer, who have received a certain type of prior therapy. [More]
Rutgers research reveals mechanism to prevent benign kidney tumor from becoming cancerous

Rutgers research reveals mechanism to prevent benign kidney tumor from becoming cancerous

Research from investigators at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey examining the inner workings of a rare non-cancerous (benign) kidney tumor has revealed a mechanism to prevent this type of tumor from becoming cancerous (malignant). [More]
New injectable 'biogel' may become new weapon against cancer

New injectable 'biogel' may become new weapon against cancer

A new injectable "biogel" is effective in delivering anti-cancer agents directly into cancerous tumours and killing them. This technology, developed by researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre, has already been successfully tested in the laboratory. If it works in patients, the therapy could one day revolutionize treatment for many forms of cancer. [More]
Patients with kidney failure at increased risk of developing different types of cancer

Patients with kidney failure at increased risk of developing different types of cancer

For patients with kidney failure, poor kidney function and immunosuppressant medications may increase their risk of developing different types of cancer. The findings, which are published in a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, suggest the need for persistent cancer screening and prevention in these patients. [More]
Meat-rich diet may increase kidney cancer risk

Meat-rich diet may increase kidney cancer risk

A new study indicates that a meat-rich diet may increase the risk of developing kidney cancer through mechanisms related to particular cooking compounds. Also, these associations may be modified by genetic susceptibility to kidney cancer. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study illustrates how diet and genetics may interact to impact cancer risk. [More]
Findings provide a step towards personalized cancer therapy

Findings provide a step towards personalized cancer therapy

Oxford University researchers have found the Achilles heel of certain cancer cells - mutations in a gene called SETD2. Their findings will be presented to the National Cancer Research Institute conference in Liverpool this Monday (2 Nov 15). [More]
Poorly-designed animal study threatens validity of preclinical research

Poorly-designed animal study threatens validity of preclinical research

Badly designed studies may lead to the efficacy of drugs being overestimated and money being wasted on trials that prove fruitless, according to new a study from McGill University in Canada. [More]
Rabbit virus can be paired with existing drug to deliver more potent punch to brain tumor cells

Rabbit virus can be paired with existing drug to deliver more potent punch to brain tumor cells

A rabbit virus currently being developed for cancer therapy can be paired with one of several existing drugs to deliver a more potent punch to a deadly type of brain tumor cell, researchers have found. [More]

New drug works better than current treatments for advanced kidney cancer

A new drug has been found superior to current treatments in slowing the growth of advanced kidney cancer in patients who became resistant to the first-line therapies that had kept it in check, according to results from a clinical trial led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. [More]
Nivolumab drug significantly prolongs survival in advanced kidney cancer patients

Nivolumab drug significantly prolongs survival in advanced kidney cancer patients

The targeted drug nivolumab significantly prolongs survival in patients with advanced kidney cancer, whose disease has progressed after their first treatment, according to results to be presented at the 2015 European Cancer Congress today (Saturday) and published simultaneously in the New England Journal of Medicine. [More]
Patients with advanced kidney cancer benefit from cabozantinib treatment

Patients with advanced kidney cancer benefit from cabozantinib treatment

Patients with advanced kidney cancer live for nearly twice as long without their disease progressing if they are treated with cabozantinib, a drug that inhibits the action of tyrosine kinases - enzymes that function as an "on" or "off" switch in many cellular processes, including cancer. [More]
Immune checkpoint inhibitor increases survival in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma

Immune checkpoint inhibitor increases survival in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma

For the first time, an immune checkpoint inhibitor has been proven to increase survival among patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), a patient population for whom treatment options are currently limited. [More]
Study raises questions about direct applicability of clinical trial data for cancer drugs

Study raises questions about direct applicability of clinical trial data for cancer drugs

When prescribing newly approved drugs, physicians rely on data from clinical trials to understand the benefits and risks of those drugs for patients. But a study published in the Journal of Oncology Practice showed that for certain cancer drugs, participants in clinical trials are often not representative of the patients that ultimately take the drugs, raising questions about the direct applicability of trial data. [More]
Researchers develop promising metal-based compound to fight kidney cancer

Researchers develop promising metal-based compound to fight kidney cancer

Researchers developed a promising metal-based compound that destroys kidney cancer cells, while leaving normal cells unharmed. The findings may provide a new way of treating kidney cancer, opening the potential for more potent and less toxic therapies that would give cancer patients a better quality of life. [More]
Combining epigenetic drugs with immunotherapies may provide additional clinical benefit to cancer patients

Combining epigenetic drugs with immunotherapies may provide additional clinical benefit to cancer patients

Recent data suggest that epigenetic therapies are likely to provide additional clinical benefit to cancer patients when rationally combined with immunotherapeutic drugs, according to a review published in Clinical Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. [More]
New technique could improve selectivity of cancer drugs, decrease unwanted side effects in future

New technique could improve selectivity of cancer drugs, decrease unwanted side effects in future

A class of therapeutic drugs known as protein kinase inhibitors has in the past decade become a powerful weapon in the fight against various life-threatening diseases, including certain types of leukemia, lung cancer, kidney cancer and squamous cell cancer of the head and neck. [More]
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