Karen Honey, PhD

As senior managing editor, science communications, Karen Honey, PhD, helps the AACR communicate scientific information to the public and educate the public about the importance of lifesaving cancer research. Before joining the AACR, Honey spent eight years working as an editor for two peer-reviewed scientific journals, first Nature Reviews Immunology and then The Journal of Clinical Investigation. During this time, she focused on communicating scientific discoveries to readers with all levels of knowledge, from the lay reader to the scientific expert. Before entering the world of science communication, Honey was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of world-renowned immunologist Alexander Rudensky. She was born in the United Kingdom and received her doctorate in transplantation immunology from the University of Oxford. Honey currently lives in the Philadelphia suburbs.

FDA Approves Targeted Radiotherapy for Neuroendocrine Tumors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently added a new therapeutic to the armamentarium for oncologists treating patients with neuroendocrine tumors. The new therapeutic—lutetium (Lu) 177 dotatate (Lutathera)—is a targeted form of systemic radiotherapy.

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Disrupting a Link Between Obesity and Cancer

The obesity epidemic shows no signs of abating. The World Health Organization estimates that the proportion of the world’s population who are obese nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016, with the proportion of adults age 18 or older who are obese reaching 13 percent in 2016. The prevalence of obesity is even higher in the United States.

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FDA Approves First Targeted Therapeutic for BRCA-mutant Breast Cancer

On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the molecularly targeted therapeutic olaparib (Lynparza) for treating certain patients with metastatic, HER2-negative breast cancer. The FDA also granted marketing authorization for a test to identify those patients eligible to receive olaparib: patients with an inherited, cancer-associated BRCA1 or BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) mutation.

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Fostering New Advances in Lung Cancer Research

A diverse group of about 220 physicians, patient advocates, and scientists in basic, translational, and clinical lung cancer research will convene in San Diego for an international conference organized by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC). The focus of the conference is “Lung Cancer Translational Science from the Bench to the Clinic.”

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Could Genomics Influence Prostate Cancer Treatment?

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the United States. About one-third of men diagnosed with prostate cancer have a tumor that grows very slowly, making it very unlikely that the disease will progress to become a clinical problem. Characterizing new ways to identify these cancers is an area of active research investigation.

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Biosimilars: Breaking Through to Cancer Treatment

A little-talked-about provision of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act designed to improve access to innovative medical therapies has recently borne fruit for the cancer community in the form of two new therapeutic options for a wide range of cancers—bevacizumab-awwb (Mvasi) and trastuzumab-dkst (Ogivri).

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Vemurafenib Becomes First FDA-approved Treatment for a Rare Type of Blood Cancer

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the molecularly targeted therapeutic vemurafenib (Zelboraf) for treating certain adults who have a rare type of blood cancer called Erdheim-Chester disease. Vemurafenib targets mutant forms of the protein BRAF, and it has been approved for treating those patients whose Erdheim-Chester disease harbors the BRAF V600 mutation.

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How Does Lung Cancer Evade the Immune System?

Much has been written, including on this blog, about the rapidly expanding use of immunotherapy to treat an increasing array of cancer types, including lung cancer. The development of these new treatments, which harness a patient’s immune system to fight cancer, is built upon many years of basic research in the fields of immunology and cancer biology.

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