New compound takes positive step toward creating drug for melanoma
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  August 8, 2017  
  Skin Cancer  
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 New compound takes positive step toward creating drug for melanomaNew compound takes positive step toward creating drug for melanoma
 
While past attempts to treat melanoma failed to meet expectations, an international team of researchers are hopeful that a compound they tested on both mice and on human cells in a petri dish takes a positive step toward creating a drug that can kill melanoma cancer cells without harming nearby healthy cells.
 
 
 Researchers discover mechanism that plays key role in development of resistance to immunotherapyResearchers discover mechanism that plays key role in development of resistance to immunotherapy
 
In tumor immunotherapy, the body's own defense system is activated against the tumor cells. However, for the majority of patients, the tumor cells become resistant to the treatments used.
 
   Combination therapy shows efficacy, safety in treating metastatic renal cell cancerCombination therapy shows efficacy, safety in treating metastatic renal cell cancer
 
A new cooperative research study including Norris Cotton Cancer Center's Lionel Lewis, MB BCh, MD, finds that nivolumab plus ipilimumab therapy demonstrated manageable safety, notable antitumor activity, and durable responses with promising long term overall survival in patients with metastatic renal cell cancer (mRCC).
 
   New approach may improve translation of immunological research findingsNew approach may improve translation of immunological research findings
 
Mouse models have advanced our understanding of immune function and disease in many ways but they have failed to account for the natural diversity in human immune responses.
 
   History of periodontal disease linked to greater risk of developing any cancer, study showsHistory of periodontal disease linked to greater risk of developing any cancer, study shows
 
Periodontal disease was associated with increased risk of several types of cancer in postmenopausal women, even in women who had never smoked.
 
 Actinic Cheilitis Prevention
 
Actinic Cheilitis PreventionSailor’s lip, farmer’s lip or actinic cheilitis (AC) are the terms used to describe the condition of damaged lips, particularly the vermilion border of the lip, by a cumulative exposure to the sun. Lips of people with this condition look dry, cracked, or chapped. The lips also present with lesions or ulcers. The sharp vermilion border becomes blurred.
 
 
 Researchers develop online tool to predict survival of cancer patients
 
Researchers develop online tool to predict survival of cancer patientsResearchers from the University of Leicester have developed an online tool which presents a variety of measures that quantify the survival of patients with cancer from different perspectives.
 
 
 Kinase-inactive BRAF mutation triggers lung adenocarcinoma development
 
Kinase-inactive BRAF mutation triggers lung adenocarcinoma developmentThe initiating oncogenic event in almost half of human lung adenocarcinomas is still unknown, a fact that complicates the development of selective targeted therapies.
 
 
 New LF-OCT technology enables more accurate imaging of cellular processes in the eye
 
New LF-OCT technology enables more accurate imaging of cellular processes in the eyeOptical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a high-resolution live imaging technique that can be used for early detection of retinal diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetes-related conditions, glaucoma or vascular occlusions, for example.