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Lung cancer is the world's most common cancer and kills more people than any other cancer. In 2008, approximately 1.52 million new cases of lung cancer were diagnosed worldwide, with 1.31 million people dying from the disease.(14) In the United States, an estimated 161,840 deaths, accounting for 29 percent of all cancer deaths, occurred in 2008, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The Lancet Oncology publishes results of CYRAMZA (ramucirumab) Phase III trial for HCC treatment

The Lancet Oncology publishes results of CYRAMZA (ramucirumab) Phase III trial for HCC treatment

Eli Lilly and Company announced that The Lancet Oncology has published results of the Phase III REACH trial that evaluated CYRAMZA (ramucirumab) as a second-line treatment for people with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), also known as liver cancer. While the REACH trial's primary endpoint of overall survival favored the CYRAMZA arm, it was not statistically significant. [More]
Simple test could help identify genetically inherited risk for prostate cancer

Simple test could help identify genetically inherited risk for prostate cancer

Men with an elevated, genetically inherited risk for prostate cancer could be routinely identified with a simple blood or urine test, scientists at UC San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente Northern California have concluded, potentially paving the way to better or earlier diagnosis. [More]
Loyola tests new combination treatment for people living with cancer that has spread to spine

Loyola tests new combination treatment for people living with cancer that has spread to spine

Loyola University Medical Center is the first center in the country to enroll patients in a clinical trial of a minimally invasive treatment for patients living with cancer that has spread to the spine. [More]
Nanoplatform technology that detects early stages of cancer receives U.S. patent

Nanoplatform technology that detects early stages of cancer receives U.S. patent

A U.S. patent has been awarded to a Kansas State University technology that quickly detects the early stages of cancer before physical symptoms ever appear. [More]
Improving air quality could prevent pollution-related deaths worldwide

Improving air quality could prevent pollution-related deaths worldwide

Improving air quality -- in clean and dirty places -- could reduce pollution-related deaths worldwide by millions of people each year. That finding comes from a team of environmental engineering and public health researchers who developed a global model of how changes in outdoor air pollution could lead to changes in the rates of health problems such as heart attack, stroke and lung cancer. [More]
VENTANA ALK (D5F3) CDx Assay receives FDA approval

VENTANA ALK (D5F3) CDx Assay receives FDA approval

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group, today announced approval of the VENTANA ALK (D5F3) CDx Assay by the US Food and Drug Administration as a companion diagnostic to aid in the identification of patients for Pfizer's FDA approved targeted therapy, XALKORI (crizotinib). [More]
Taiho, Servier sign exclusive license agreement to develop and commercialize TAS-102 drug

Taiho, Servier sign exclusive license agreement to develop and commercialize TAS-102 drug

Taiho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.(Japan) and Servier (France) announced on June 15 that they have entered into an exclusive license agreement on June 12, 2015 for the development and commercialization of TAS-102 (nonproprietary names: trifluridine and tipiracil hydrochloride) in Europe and other countries. [More]
NCCN ORP receives $2-million grant from Boehringer Ingelheim to facilitate studies of afatinib in NSCLC

NCCN ORP receives $2-million grant from Boehringer Ingelheim to facilitate studies of afatinib in NSCLC

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network Oncology Research Program (ORP) has been awarded a $2-million grant from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to develop a program to evaluate scientifically targeted combination approaches with afatinib in the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). [More]
Lung cancer patients with comorbid conditions face higher risk of death

Lung cancer patients with comorbid conditions face higher risk of death

Lung cancer patients with comorbid conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, or congestive heart failure had a higher risk of death than lung cancer patients without comorbid conditions, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. [More]
PGDx launches LungSelect product to identify genetic alterations in the plasma of NSCLC patients

PGDx launches LungSelect product to identify genetic alterations in the plasma of NSCLC patients

Personal Genome Diagnostics, Inc., a provider of advanced cancer genome analysis and testing services, today announced the launch of its LungSelect product that identifies the most common, clinically actionable genetic alterations in the plasma of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. [More]
SQUIRE phase III study shows necitumumab improves median overall survival in squamous NSCLC patients

SQUIRE phase III study shows necitumumab improves median overall survival in squamous NSCLC patients

This week, Lancet Oncology reports results of a 1,093-person phase III clinical trial of the drug necitumumab (IMC-11F8) combined with chemotherapies gemcitabine and cisplatin against stage IV squamous non-small cell lung cancer. With addition of necitumumab, median overall survival was 11.5 months compared with median survival of 9.9 months with the two chemotherapies alone. [More]
Stage IIIB NSCLC patients may benefit from surgical resection in combination with chemo or radiation therapy

Stage IIIB NSCLC patients may benefit from surgical resection in combination with chemo or radiation therapy

Patients diagnosed with an advanced form of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) may benefit from surgical resection (removal of all or part of the lung) in combination with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, according to an article in the June 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Surgical resection, chemo and radiation therapy combination may help treat metastatic lung cancer

Surgical resection, chemo and radiation therapy combination may help treat metastatic lung cancer

Patients diagnosed with an advanced form of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) may benefit from surgical resection (removal of all or part of the lung) in combination with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, according to an article in the June 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
FDA agrees to Oncogenex' proposed amendment to Phase 3 AFFINITY protocol

FDA agrees to Oncogenex' proposed amendment to Phase 3 AFFINITY protocol

OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has agreed to the Company's proposed amendment to the Phase 3 AFFINITY protocol and statistical analysis plan. [More]
BerGenBio begins BGB324 Phase 1b trial in combination with erlotinib in NSCLC patients

BerGenBio begins BGB324 Phase 1b trial in combination with erlotinib in NSCLC patients

BerGenBio AS, an oncology biopharmaceutical company, today announces that its multi-centre open label Phase 1b trial (BGBC004) of BGB324, a selective inhibitor of Axl, in patients with Stage IIIb and Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in erlotinib-sensitive and refractory patients who have an activating EGFR mutation, is now underway at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Oncology Partners, Houston, and at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA. [More]
Cell fusion triggers multiple genetic changes that convert normal cells to cancer cells

Cell fusion triggers multiple genetic changes that convert normal cells to cancer cells

Although there is no one established universal cause of cancer, genetic changes are central to its development. The accumulation of spontaneous genetic changes, or mutations, that occur when cells divide can be hastened by exposure to carcinogens such as cigarette smoke (lung cancer) and infectious agents such as the papillomavirus (cervical cancer). [More]
Clinical data of Trovagene's Precision Cancer Monitoring platform to be presented at two medical conferences

Clinical data of Trovagene's Precision Cancer Monitoring platform to be presented at two medical conferences

Trovagene, Inc., a developer of cell-free molecular diagnostics, announced today that clinical data featuring its Precision Cancer MonitoringSM platform will be presented at the 2015 Cancer Markers and Liquid Biopsies conference in San Diego, CA on June 11-12, and at the AACR Precision Medicine Series: Integrating Clinical Genomics and Cancer Therapy in Salt Lake City, UT on June 13-16. [More]
Janssen begins rolling submission of daratumumab BLA to FDA for treatment of patients with multiple myeloma

Janssen begins rolling submission of daratumumab BLA to FDA for treatment of patients with multiple myeloma

Janssen Research & Development, LLC has initiated the rolling submission of its Biologic License Application (BLA) for daratumumab to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least three prior lines of therapy, including a proteasome inhibitor (PI) and an immunomodulatory agent (IMiD), or who are double refractory to a PI and an IMiD. [More]
University at Albany researcher receives $1.76 million NIH grant to explore role of vitamin D in breast cancer

University at Albany researcher receives $1.76 million NIH grant to explore role of vitamin D in breast cancer

Each year, about 230,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women in the U.S. It remains the third leading cause of death, behind only heart disease and lung cancer. Of the new cases, about 20 percent of women will be diagnosed with "triple negative" breast cancer (TNBC), a deadly form of breast cancer that does not respond to standard treatments such as tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors. [More]
New strategy involving three-pronged approach may keep lung cancer aside

New strategy involving three-pronged approach may keep lung cancer aside

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death worldwide, responsible for some 1.59 million deaths a year. That figure is due, in part, to the fact that lung cancer often returns after what seems at first to be successful treatment. However, the recurring cancer is often resistant to the chemotherapy and other drugs that originally drove it into remission. [More]
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