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Commonly known as the "silent killer," ovarian cancer leads to approximately 15,000 deaths each year in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Approximately 20,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, with the majority in patients diagnosed with late stage disease where the cancer has spread beyond the ovary. The prognosis is poor in these patients, leading to the high mortality from this disease. A diagnostic test is needed that can provide adequate predictive value to stratify patients with a pelvic mass into high risk of invasive ovarian cancer versus those with low risk, as well as a screening test for the diagnosis of early-stage ovarian cancer, which is essential for improving overall survival in patients. Ovarian cancer has up to a 90% cure rate following surgery and/or chemotherapy if detected in stage 1.
Paclitaxel-fostamatinib combination therapy may reduce size of ovarian cancer cells

Paclitaxel-fostamatinib combination therapy may reduce size of ovarian cancer cells

Working in cell cultures and mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that an experimental drug called fostamatinib combined with the chemotherapy drug paclitaxel may overcome ovarian cancer cells' resistance to paclitaxel. [More]
PharmaMar begins PM1183 phase III study in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer

PharmaMar begins PM1183 phase III study in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer

PharmaMar announced today the start of a phase III study for the anticancer agent PM1183 in patients with platinum-resistant ovarian cancer (PROC). Once study objectives are met, the CORAIL trial (NCT02421588) will be used to support the regulatory filing of PM1183 as treatment for this indication. [More]
The Mary Kay Foundation awards $1.3 million grant to advance cancer research and discovery

The Mary Kay Foundation awards $1.3 million grant to advance cancer research and discovery

With more than 800,000 new cases of cancer among women in the United States expected this year, according to the American Cancer Society, almost everyone is touched by the disease. [More]
No overall survival benefit for bevacizumab in ovarian cancer

No overall survival benefit for bevacizumab in ovarian cancer

Addition of bevacizumab to first-line platinum-based chemotherapy does not improve overall survival in women with ovarian cancer, according to the mature data of the ICON7 trial. [More]
Larrea Biosciences merged into Gordian Holdings

Larrea Biosciences merged into Gordian Holdings

Larrea Biosciences has been merged into Gordian Holdings, Inc. "Marshalling the Body's best Offense and Defense against Disease, Its own Immune System, through Immunotherapy." Gordian Holdings obtained the rights from OnkologixRx, Inc., for the Markets in China and North America. [More]
VolitionRx teams up with market access consulting agencies to support access of NuQ cancer tests across Europe

VolitionRx teams up with market access consulting agencies to support access of NuQ cancer tests across Europe

VolitionRx Limited, a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for a broad range of cancer types and other conditions, today announced that it has established partnerships with two prominent market access consulting agencies, DecideumCogentia and MedPass International, to support market access of its NuQ® cancer tests across Europe. [More]
Dr. Maurizio D'Incalci to receive Pezcoller-Prodi Award in Scientific Career

Dr. Maurizio D'Incalci to receive Pezcoller-Prodi Award in Scientific Career

Dr. Maurizio D'Incalci, MD, Ph.D., will receive an award in recognition of his scientific career at the new Special Conference on Anticancer Drug Action and Drug Resistance: from Cancer Biology to the Clinic organized by the European Association of Cancer Research, the American Association of Cancer Research and the Italian Cancer Society and that will be held in Florence, Italy, June 20-23. [More]
ImmunoCellular, Pure MHC partner to develop new assay for ICT-107 phase 3 registrational clinical program

ImmunoCellular, Pure MHC partner to develop new assay for ICT-107 phase 3 registrational clinical program

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd. announced an agreement with Pure MHC, an Emergent Technologies portfolio company, for development of a novel assay for quality control that will be an important component of ImmunoCellular's ICT-107 phase 3 registrational clinical program in newly diagnosed glioblastoma, anticipated to begin in the second half of 2015. [More]
Genes could help physicians make informed treatment decisions for metastatic colorectal cancer patients

Genes could help physicians make informed treatment decisions for metastatic colorectal cancer patients

Metastatic colorectal cancer patients tend to live longer when they respond to the first line of chemotherapy their doctors recommend. To better predict how patients will respond to chemotherapy drugs before they begin treatment, researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine conducted a proof-of-principle study with a small group of metastatic colorectal cancer patients. [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]
Experts review strategies that may help improve adoptive cell immunotherapy for treating cancer

Experts review strategies that may help improve adoptive cell immunotherapy for treating cancer

In a special issue of Immunotherapy, leading experts provide in-depth review of innovative strategies that may further the success of adoptive cell immunotherapy as a cancer treatment. Adoptive cell immunotherapy (ACT) has proven successful in clinical trials against certain types of melanoma and leukemia. The journal reviews new strategies to address the challenges of extending these effects to a wider range of tumor types. [More]
Study highlights discovery of genetic variants linked to mucinous ovarian carcinomas

Study highlights discovery of genetic variants linked to mucinous ovarian carcinomas

New research by an international team including Keck Medicine of USC scientists is bringing the origins of ovarian cancer into sharper focus. [More]
Ludwig Cancer Research announces opening of new branch in Lausanne, Switzerland

Ludwig Cancer Research announces opening of new branch in Lausanne, Switzerland

Ludwig Cancer Research announced today that it is opening a new Branch in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Branch will be focused primarily on applied cancer immunology and the design of novel molecular and cell-based immunotherapies. It will also develop technologies enabling the efficient, safe application of those therapies to as many patients as possible. [More]
Weill Cornell scientists reveal how XBP1 gene can trigger immune responses against ovarian tumors

Weill Cornell scientists reveal how XBP1 gene can trigger immune responses against ovarian tumors

Ovarian cancer shuts down immune system cells that would otherwise act as a first line of defense against the deadly tumor, Weill Cornell Medical College scientists report today. But a therapy that restores the cells' disease-fighting abilities could provide a powerful new strategy to attack the cancer, which kills more than 14,000 women each year. [More]
Nearly 15 million U.S. women have limited access to specialized gynecologic cancer care

Nearly 15 million U.S. women have limited access to specialized gynecologic cancer care

More than one-third of counties in the Unites States are located more than 50 miles from the nearest gynecologic oncologist, making access to specialty care for ovarian and other gynecologic cancers difficult for nearly 15 million women. While most of these "low access" counties are located in the Mountain-West and Midwest regions, the findings of a recent study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania also reveal that 47 states have at least one county located more than 50 miles from the nearest gynecologic oncologist. [More]
Certain ARID1a mutations sensitize some tumors to PARP inhibitor drugs

Certain ARID1a mutations sensitize some tumors to PARP inhibitor drugs

Mutations in ARID1a, which are common in many cancer types, disrupt DNA damage repair in cancer cells, allowing the cancer to progress. This gene may also be an Achilles' heel when treating certain tumors, according to a team of researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]
New gene mutations in ADAMTS family may contribute to outcomes in ovarian cancer

New gene mutations in ADAMTS family may contribute to outcomes in ovarian cancer

There is the Addams Family. And then there is the ADAMTS family. While one is mindless entertainment, the latter may prove to be a new genetic avenue for designing ovarian cancer treatment. [More]
QUT cancer and eye researchers named in Queen's Birthday honours

QUT cancer and eye researchers named in Queen's Birthday honours

Professor Clements is honoured for her outstanding contribution to biomedical research, particularly prostate cancer research, and for her success in generating ongoing funding to support the establishment of critically-needed national medical research facilities. [More]
CASI files application with CFDA to conduct ENMD-2076 Phase 2 trial in fibrolamellar carcinoma patients

CASI files application with CFDA to conduct ENMD-2076 Phase 2 trial in fibrolamellar carcinoma patients

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 commercial focus on China, announced today that it has filed an application with China's Food and Drug Administration to conduct a Phase 2 clinical trial in fibrolamellar carcinoma (FLC) patients in China for its proprietary drug candidate, ENMD-2076. [More]
NW Bio releases promising new data on DCVax-Direct Phase I trial for inoperable solid tumors

NW Bio releases promising new data on DCVax-Direct Phase I trial for inoperable solid tumors

Northwest Biotherapeutics, a U.S. biotechnology company developing DCVax® personalized immune therapies for solid tumor cancers, over the weekend in Chicago released promising new data on their Phase I trial of DCVax-Direct for direct injection into all types of inoperable solid tumors. [More]
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