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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''.
Researchers use cutting-edge software to predict aggressive breast cancer tumours

Researchers use cutting-edge software to predict aggressive breast cancer tumours

Researchers at Western University are using cutting-edge genetic mutation-analysis software developed in their lab to interpret mutations in tumour genome that may provide insight into determining which breast cancer tumours are more likely spread to other parts of the body and which ones won't. [More]
Prostate cancer patients with hereditary BRCA mutations respond less well to conventional treatment

Prostate cancer patients with hereditary BRCA mutations respond less well to conventional treatment

Prostate cancer patients carrying inherited mutations in the BRCA genes respond less well to conventional treatment, including surgery and/or radiotherapy - and they also have a lower survival rate than those who are non-carriers of these genetic mutations. Data from the study, which has been published in the journal European Urology, points to the need for new clinical trials aimed at targeting these mutations in order to tailor treatment for these patients. [More]
No survival benefit with dacomitinib in pretreated patients with advanced NSCLC

No survival benefit with dacomitinib in pretreated patients with advanced NSCLC

The irreversible, pan-epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor dacomitinib does not offer a survival benefit in pretreated patients with advanced or metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer, phase III trial results show. [More]
Postoperative radiation benefits N2 resected NSCLC patients

Postoperative radiation benefits N2 resected NSCLC patients

Patients with resected, margin-negative non-small-cell lung cancer with mediastinal node metastases derive significant benefit from postoperative radiotherapy, US researchers report. [More]
New technology improves lung cancer detection during radiation therapy

New technology improves lung cancer detection during radiation therapy

Researchers from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine have developed a technology that improves the detection of tumors during radiation therapy for early-stage lung cancer. [More]
CASI Pharmaceuticals announces net loss of $21.5M in third quarter 2014

CASI Pharmaceuticals announces net loss of $21.5M in third quarter 2014

CASI Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative therapeutics addressing cancer and other unmet medical needs for the global market with a primary focus on China, today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014. [More]
New anti-cancer drug may protect normal cells against radiation

New anti-cancer drug may protect normal cells against radiation

Although radiation treatments have become much more refined in recent years, it remains a challenge to both sufficiently dose the tumor while sparing the surrounding tissue. [More]
Study shows how exosomes secreted by tumor cells promote tumor growth

Study shows how exosomes secreted by tumor cells promote tumor growth

Researchers at the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute of Bellvitge, the Catalan Institute of Oncology and the University Hospital of Bellvitge have participated in an international study published in the journal Cancer Cell that describes how exosomes secreted by tumor cells contain protein and microRNA molecules capable of transform neighboring cells into tumoral cells promoting tumor growth. [More]
Study: Hedgehog cell signaling pathway may play role in breast cancer metastasis

Study: Hedgehog cell signaling pathway may play role in breast cancer metastasis

Molecules called long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been implicated in breast cancer but exactly why they cause metastasis and tumor growth has been little understood…until now. [More]
Isis Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca partner to develop new delivery methods for antisense oligonucleotides

Isis Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca partner to develop new delivery methods for antisense oligonucleotides

AstraZeneca and Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced a strategic alliance to discover and develop novel delivery methods for antisense oligonucleotides. [More]
Toxicity profiles for everolimus, temsirolimus differ in advanced RCC

Toxicity profiles for everolimus, temsirolimus differ in advanced RCC

Non-infectious pneumonitis and stomatitis occur more frequently in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma treated with everolimus than temsirolimus, whereas temsirolimus is associated with a higher incidence of fatigue, rash and asthenia, a retrospective study reports. [More]
Cytoreductive nephrectomy benefits limited by preoperative risk factors

Cytoreductive nephrectomy benefits limited by preoperative risk factors

The survival benefit of cytoreductive nephrectomy when used in conjunction with targeted therapy for metastatic renal cell carcinoma depends on the number of preoperative risk factors a patient carries, study findings indicate. [More]
Scientists use Rapid Heme Panel test to identify right treatment for leukemia, other blood cancers

Scientists use Rapid Heme Panel test to identify right treatment for leukemia, other blood cancers

For patients with aggressive types of leukemia and other blood cancers, quickly identifying and starting the right treatment can make all the difference. [More]
Unique immunochemotherapy approach to treating pancreatic cancer

Unique immunochemotherapy approach to treating pancreatic cancer

VCU Massey Cancer Center and VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine researchers discovered a unique approach to treating pancreatic cancer that may be potentially safe and effective. The treatment method involves immunochemotherapy - a combination of chemotherapy and immunotherapy, which uses the patient's own immune system to help fight against disease. [More]
McGill study helps identify people at risk for oral human papillomavirus

McGill study helps identify people at risk for oral human papillomavirus

Oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infections were more common among men who had female partners with oral and/or genital HPV infection, suggesting that the transmission of HPV occurs via oral-oral and oral-genital routes, according to a McGill University study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. [More]
Researchers develop genetic test to predict prostate cancer recurrence

Researchers develop genetic test to predict prostate cancer recurrence

Prostate cancer researchers have developed a genetic test to identify which men are at highest risk for their prostate cancer to come back after localized treatment with surgery or radiotherapy. [More]
Study identifies genetic alterations that contribute to growth and recurrence of Ewing sarcoma

Study identifies genetic alterations that contribute to growth and recurrence of Ewing sarcoma

An international collaboration has identified frequent mutations in two genes that often occur together in Ewing sarcoma (EWS) and that define a subtype of the cancer associated with reduced survival. [More]
New DNA-based test could better predict treatment outcomes for prostate cancer patients

New DNA-based test could better predict treatment outcomes for prostate cancer patients

Researchers at The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and University Health Network, have identified a new DNA-based test that could be used to better predict how prostate cancer patients will respond to treatment and to prevent relapse. [More]
Pretreatment ILD is a risk factor for developing radiation pneumonitis in stage I NSCLC patients

Pretreatment ILD is a risk factor for developing radiation pneumonitis in stage I NSCLC patients

Pretreatment interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a significant risk factor for developing symptomatic and severe radiation pneumonitis in stage I non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) alone. [More]
Prescription opioids involved in 67.8% of nationwide ED visits in 2010, find researchers

Prescription opioids involved in 67.8% of nationwide ED visits in 2010, find researchers

Researchers from Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals and the Stanford University School of Medicine have found that prescription opioids, including methadone, were involved in 67.8 percent of (or over 135,971 visits to) nationwide emergency department (ED) visits in 2010, with the highest proportion of opioid overdoses occurring in the South. [More]