Joint Workshop to Address Lack of Drug-Radiotherapy Combinations

The field of medical oncology is undergoing a remarkable transformation. Cancers that were once considered death sentences, such as multiple myeloma and metastatic melanoma, are turning into chronic diseases due to the use of novel, targeted systemic therapies. Immunotherapy is altering the natural history of certain malignancies.

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The Vital Role of Caregivers

Before her husband, Tony, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2012, Christy Leonard knew little about caregiving. Leonard, who works in information technology, soon found herself giving injections and operating a feeding tube, all while working from home and caring for the couple’s children. Meanwhile, “I did absolutely nothing for myself,” she said.

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AACR Team Science Awardees Devise a Method to Detect Common Cancers Early

Early detection of cancer is arguably a holy grail in the field of cancer research. Catching the disease at an early stage could ultimately prevent thousands of deaths from late-diagnosed disease, which is more challenging to treat. Early detection tests exist for a handful of individual cancers, but no approved method can simultaneously screen for multiple types of cancer.

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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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Women in Science: AACR Leaders Share Their Stories

In honor of International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a United Nations initiative aimed at narrowing a global gender gap in the scientific work force, several AACR leaders shared how they initially became interested in science, how they built rewarding careers in cancer research, and how they might advise a girl or young woman considering a career in science.

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World Cancer Day: Get the Facts

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is proud to support World Cancer Day, a yearly initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Each February 4, World Cancer Day serves as a rallying cry to raise awareness of the global battle against cancer and of the need for government leaders to make cancer research, prevention, and treatment a national priority.

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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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How is Obesity Linked to Cancer?

Medical risks of obesity include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Additionally, obesity has been associated with increased cancer incidence and mortality. To address the link between obesity and cancer, the American Association of Cancer Research is hosting a Special Conference, Obesity and Cancer: Mechanisms Underlying Etiology and Outcomes, this week in Austin, Texas.

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Can Molecular Analysis be Tapped to Tackle Brain Cancer?

Compared to treatment advances for other types of cancer, progress in treating brain cancer has been frustratingly slow. Still, understanding the molecular changes that drive brain cancer remains “potentially transformative,” says Paul Mischel, a cancer biologist and neuropathologist at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in San Diego.

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