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Oncology, meaning bulk, mass, or tumor, and the suffix ''-logy'', meaning "study of") is a branch of medicine that deals with tumors (cancer). A medical professional who practices oncology is an ''oncologist''.
Scientists link malfunctioning molecular pathways to specific heart abnormalities in SCA

Scientists link malfunctioning molecular pathways to specific heart abnormalities in SCA

Patients with sickle cell anemia (SCA) develop heart complications and nearly a quarter die a sudden death. Now, researchers have linked malfunctioning molecular pathways to specific heart anomalies in SCA that result from progressive fibrosis and result in sudden death. [More]
Study reveals needle biopsy hormone receptor testing for DCIS wastes millions

Study reveals needle biopsy hormone receptor testing for DCIS wastes millions

For patients with the most common type of noninvasive breast cancer, routine testing for estrogen and progesterone receptors in tissue taken at the first "needle" biopsy is both unnecessary and wasteful, according to results of a study led by Johns Hopkins pathologists. [More]
Immunotherapy innovations in oncology: an interview with Robert LaCaze

Immunotherapy innovations in oncology: an interview with Robert LaCaze

The body’s immune system is an excellent weapon against many diseases. For more than 100 years, immunology and immunotherapy have played an ever-increasing role in the understanding and treatment of cancer. [More]
African-American men treated with ADT for prostate cancer suffer from high mortality rates

African-American men treated with ADT for prostate cancer suffer from high mortality rates

In a retrospective study analyzing patients' medical records, researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital found that patients' race significantly affected their longevity by increasing the likelihood of death after receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT). [More]
Watch-and-wait approach may prove successful in subset of adults with advanced kidney cancer

Watch-and-wait approach may prove successful in subset of adults with advanced kidney cancer

Watch-and-wait approach means some patients could delay taking highly toxic non-curative anticancer drugs that come with substantial side effects [More]
Research could help develop better therapies for new subtype of adenocarcinoma  patients

Research could help develop better therapies for new subtype of adenocarcinoma patients

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths, accounting for about a third of all tumor-related deaths. Adenocarcinomas, a non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), account for about 40 percent of cancer diagnoses, but few treatments are available for the disease. [More]
Advances in head and neck cancer treatments: an interview with Prof. Argiris

Advances in head and neck cancer treatments: an interview with Prof. Argiris

Patients with head and neck cancer usually present with locally advanced disease and often require more than one type of treatment, which may include surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. [More]
Scientists develop model using transformed stem cells to accelerate screening of drugs for rare cancers

Scientists develop model using transformed stem cells to accelerate screening of drugs for rare cancers

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center say they have developed a system that uses transformed human stem cells to speed up screening of existing drugs that might work against rare brain and other cancers. [More]
TSRI study unveils new twist in immune biology

TSRI study unveils new twist in immune biology

A new study, led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute, reveals a surprising twist in immune biology. [More]
LifeLine Software and Radyalis to exhibit Monte Carlo dose calculation technology at 2016 AAPM

LifeLine Software and Radyalis to exhibit Monte Carlo dose calculation technology at 2016 AAPM

LifeLine Software, Inc., a worldwide leader in dosimetric quality assurance tools, and Radyalis LLC, a pioneer in advanced radiotherapy software, will be demonstrating the next generation of Monte Carlo quality assurance solutions at the 2016 AAPM Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. [More]
Roche announces FDA approval of  new VENTANA PD-L1 assay

Roche announces FDA approval of new VENTANA PD-L1 assay

Roche today announced approval of the VENTANA PD-L1 (SP142) Assay by the US Food and Drug Administration as a complementary diagnostic to provide PD-L1 status on patients who are considering treatment with the FDA approved Roche immunotherapy TECENTRIQ™ (atezolizumab) for metastatic urothelial cancer (mUC). [More]
Study clarifies role of KLF12 in CRC tumor growth

Study clarifies role of KLF12 in CRC tumor growth

Results of preclinical studies by MUSC investigators reported in the July 2016 issue of PLOS One, demonstrate for the first time that the transcription factor KLF12 promotes CRC cell growth, in part, by activating EGR1. Furthermore, data demonstrate that KLF12 and EGR1 levels synergistically correlate with poor CRC prognoses. [More]
Breast cancer patients who use social media express more satisfaction about treatment decisions

Breast cancer patients who use social media express more satisfaction about treatment decisions

Women who engaged on social media after a breast cancer diagnosis expressed more deliberation about their treatment decision and more satisfaction with the path they chose, a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center finds. [More]
Sophia Genetics reveals world’s most advanced collective artificial intelligence platform

Sophia Genetics reveals world’s most advanced collective artificial intelligence platform

Sophia Genetics, the global leader in Data-Driven Medicine, today unveiled SOPHiA, the world’s most advanced collective artificial intelligence (AI) for Data-Driven Medicine. [More]
Scientists identify novel way to target lung cancer through KRAS gene

Scientists identify novel way to target lung cancer through KRAS gene

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a new way to target lung cancer through the KRAS gene, one of the most commonly mutated genes in human cancer and one researchers have so far had difficulty targeting successfully. [More]
ZMYND8 protein can suppress metastasis-linked genes in prostate cancer

ZMYND8 protein can suppress metastasis-linked genes in prostate cancer

Although it reads like European license plate number, a protein known as ZMYND8 has demonstrated its ability to block metastasis-linked genes in prostate cancer, according to a study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]
Updated guidelines for breast cancer increase number of patients who test HER2-positive

Updated guidelines for breast cancer increase number of patients who test HER2-positive

Changes to HER2 testing guidelines for breast cancer in 2013 significantly increased the number of patients who test HER2-positive, according to a new study by Mayo Clinic researchers published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. [More]
Researchers find promising new therapy for both pediatric and adult cancers

Researchers find promising new therapy for both pediatric and adult cancers

A study conducted at Nationwide Children's Hospital has found that a new chemotherapy is effective against both pediatric and adult cancers, and that it allows other chemotherapies to more readily reach their targets. [More]
New combination treatment improves overall survival in patients with malignant melanoma

New combination treatment improves overall survival in patients with malignant melanoma

Among patients with melanoma, those who received both ipilimumab (Yervoy) and local peripheral treatments such as radiotherapy or electrochemotherapy had significantly prolonged overall survival compared with those who received only ipilimumab, according to a retrospective clinical study. [More]
Genetic profiling offers new avenues for treatment of cancer, study finds

Genetic profiling offers new avenues for treatment of cancer, study finds

Genetic profiling of cancer tumors provides new avenues for treatment of the disease, according to a study conducted by Sanford Health and recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. [More]
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