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Melanoma is a form of cancer that begins in melanocytes (cells that make the pigment melanin). It may begin in a mole (skin melanoma), but can also begin in other pigmented tissues, such as in the eye or in the intestines.
One sunburn increases risk of skin cancer by 50%

One sunburn increases risk of skin cancer by 50%

Everybody's got a story about that "one bad burn" - the time you fell asleep next to the pool and tattooed a white handprint on your lobster-red chest, or forgot to pack the sunscreen while hiking a Colorado 14er. [More]
World Health Organization recognizes unique pharmacological nature of Can-Fite's CF101, grants new generic name

World Health Organization recognizes unique pharmacological nature of Can-Fite's CF101, grants new generic name

Can-Fite BioPharma Ltd., a biotechnology company with a pipeline of proprietary small molecule drugs that address inflammatory and cancer diseases, today announced that the World Health Organization's International Nonproprietary Name group has accepted the proposed generic name "piclidenoson" for its lead drug candidate, CF101. [More]
Research brief describes enrollment of first patient with TRK fusion cancer in LOXO-101 Phase 1 trial

Research brief describes enrollment of first patient with TRK fusion cancer in LOXO-101 Phase 1 trial

The University of Colorado Cancer Center and Loxo Oncology, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of targeted cancer therapies, today announced the publication of a research brief in the online edition of the journal Cancer Discovery, describing the first patient with a tropomyosin receptor kinase (TRK) fusion cancer enrolled in the Phase 1 dose escalation trial of LOXO-101, the only selective TRK inhibitor in clinical development. [More]
Yale researchers confirm NF1 gene as major player in development of skin cancer

Yale researchers confirm NF1 gene as major player in development of skin cancer

A multidisciplinary team at Yale, led by Yale Cancer Center members, has defined a subgroup of genetic mutations that are present in a significant number of melanoma skin cancer cases. Their findings shed light on an important mutation in this deadly disease, and may lead to more targeted anti-cancer therapies. [More]
Novartis announces FDA approval of Odomzo (sonidegib) 200 mg capsules for treatment of laBCC patients

Novartis announces FDA approval of Odomzo (sonidegib) 200 mg capsules for treatment of laBCC patients

Novartis today announced the US Food and Drug Administration has approved Odomzo (sonidegib, formerly LDE225) 200 mg capsules for the treatment of adult patients with locally advanced basal cell carcinoma (laBCC) that has recurred following surgery or radiation therapy, or those who are not candidates for surgery or radiation therapy. [More]
Genetic variation influences survival in patients with multiple myeloma

Genetic variation influences survival in patients with multiple myeloma

As part of a multi-institutional effort, researchers with Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah have found that multiple myeloma patients with a genetic variation in the gene FOPNL die on average 1-3 years sooner than patients without it. [More]
Phase 3 SUMIT study: Selumetinib fails to meet primary endpoint in patients with metastatic uveal melanoma

Phase 3 SUMIT study: Selumetinib fails to meet primary endpoint in patients with metastatic uveal melanoma

AstraZeneca today announced that the Phase 3 SUMIT study of selumetinib in combination with dacarbazine for the treatment of patients with metastatic uveal melanoma did not meet its primary endpoint of progression free survival. This combination therapy showed an adverse event profile generally consistent with current knowledge of the safety profiles of dacarbazine and selumetinib. [More]
UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center named among top 10 cancer centers in nation

UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center named among top 10 cancer centers in nation

UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center is ranked among the top 10 cancer centers in the nation, according to a U.S. News & World Report survey of board-certified physicians from across the country. The survey reviewed patient outcomes, the cancer center's reputation among physicians, mortality rates and other care-related factors. [More]
Study examines link between use of diabetes drug pioglitazone and increased risk of bladder cancer

Study examines link between use of diabetes drug pioglitazone and increased risk of bladder cancer

Although some previous studies have suggested an increased risk of bladder cancer with use of the diabetes drug pioglitazone, analyses that included nearly 200,000 patients found no statistically significant increased risk, however a small increased risk could not be excluded, according to a study in the July 21 issue of JAMA. [More]
GUMC physician leads new national clinical trial for melanoma treatment

GUMC physician leads new national clinical trial for melanoma treatment

A Georgetown University Medical Center physician renowned for his research in melanoma will lead a new national clinical trial involving novel treatments for the disease. The study compares the sequencing of two groups of drugs -- both effective in treating melanoma. [More]
New phase III cancer treatment trial opens for patient with advanced melanoma

New phase III cancer treatment trial opens for patient with advanced melanoma

A new phase III cancer treatment trial has opened for patient enrollment that examines two treatments that work in completely different ways yet have both been shown in previous clinical trials to be effective in treating patients with advanced melanoma, the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group announced today. [More]
Melphalan granted FDA Orphan Drug Designation for treatment of cholangiocarcinoma

Melphalan granted FDA Orphan Drug Designation for treatment of cholangiocarcinoma

Delcath Systems, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical and medical device company focused on oncology with an emphasis on the treatment of primary and metastatic liver cancers, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Orphan Products Development has granted Orphan Drug Designation for melphalan for the treatment of cholangiocarcinoma. [More]
NeoGenomics announces launch of new germline cancer predisposition testing services

NeoGenomics announces launch of new germline cancer predisposition testing services

NeoGenomics, Inc., a leading provider of cancer-focused genetic testing services, announced today the launch of a new line of germline cancer predisposition testing services. The new tests include comprehensive testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 encompassing an analysis of all exons and adjacent intronic regions. [More]
BUSM investigators receive MRA's Jackie King Young Investigator Awards

BUSM investigators receive MRA's Jackie King Young Investigator Awards

Boston University School of Medicine researchers Neil Joseph Ganem, PhD and Anurag Singh, PhD, each have received the Jackie King Young Investigator Awards from the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest private funder of melanoma research. Both serve as assistant professors of pharmacology & experimental therapeutics and medicine. [More]
Novogen's Anisina granted FDA Orphan Drug Designation for neuroblastoma

Novogen's Anisina granted FDA Orphan Drug Designation for neuroblastoma

US-Australian drug discovery company, Novogen Limited, today announced that it has received notification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that its chemotherapy candidate drug, Anisina, has been granted Orphan Drug Designation for neuroblastoma. [More]
Immunocore completes $320 million (£205 million) private financing round

Immunocore completes $320 million (£205 million) private financing round

Immunocore Limited, a world-leading biotechnology company developing novel T cell receptor (TCR) based biological drugs to treat cancer, viral infections and autoimmune disease, today announced the completion of a US $320 million (GBP £205 million) private financing round. [More]
Noninvasive prenatal screening could detect maternal cancer

Noninvasive prenatal screening could detect maternal cancer

A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that genetic test results, as revealed by non-invasive prenatal testing for fetal chromosome abnormalities, may detect underlying conditions in the mother, including cancer. [More]
Study shows that Anisina has potential to improve effectiveness of chemotherapy in children with cancer

Study shows that Anisina has potential to improve effectiveness of chemotherapy in children with cancer

US-Australian drug discovery company, Novogen Limited, today announced details of an in vivo proof of concept study that demonstrates their lead anti-tropomyosin drug candidate, Anisina, has the potential to improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy in children and reduce life-long side-effects. [More]
IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) approved in Europe for treatment of Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia

IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) approved in Europe for treatment of Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia

Today AbbVie announced the European Commission granted marketing authorization for IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) as the first treatment option available in all 28 member states of the European Union for the treatment of Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia (WM), a rare, slow growing blood cancer, in adult patients who have received at least one prior therapy, or in first line treatment for patients unsuitable for chemo-immunotherapy. [More]
Elsevier, NCI implement two-way linking between research articles on ScienceDirect and datasets in caNanoLab

Elsevier, NCI implement two-way linking between research articles on ScienceDirect and datasets in caNanoLab

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the US National Cancer Institute, a world-leading institute for cancer research, today announced that they have implemented two-way linking between research articles on ScienceDirect and datasets stored in NCI's cancer Nanotechnology Laboratory (caNanoLab) data portal. [More]
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