Cultivating a More Diverse Scientific Work Force

The U.S. Latino population surged 243 percent from 1980 to 2010. But in the same time span, the Latino physician work force dropped from 135 to 105 physicians per 100,000, according to a study by the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the University of California, Los Angeles.

This decline is alarming. It means that the growing Latino population does not get culturally competent care needed to improve patient health outcomes.

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AACR Cancer Progress Report 2017: Harnessing Research Discoveries to Save Lives

Today, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) released its seventh annual Cancer Progress Report. The report highlights how federally funded research that provides a deep understanding of the biology of cancer is spurring advances across the clinical cancer care continuum that are improving survival and quality of life for people around the world.

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The Fuzzy Factor: Striving to Protect Patient Privacy in Big Data Sets

A major objective of former Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative is breaking down silos and sharing cancer patients’ data across centers. This path is critical to bringing new dimensions to understanding the molecular biology of cancer, leading to the rapid identification of new therapeutic targets and accelerated development of molecularly informed cancer therapeutics.

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Broadening Clinical Trial Participation

Patient enrollment in clinical trials has long been on the minds of oncologists and researchers. In 1990, fewer than 3 percent of patients were enrolled in clinical trials—which spurred then president-elect of the American Cancer Society, Walter Lawrence Jr., MD, to write an editorial calling for more concerted efforts. More than 25 years later, clinical trial participation hovers around 5 percent.

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What Advances are Researchers Making in Treating Glioblastoma, McCain’s Cancer?

As we learned recently, Senator John McCain was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, an aggressive form of central nervous system tumor that starts in the brain or spinal cord. It accounts for about 45 percent of all primary brain tumors, with about 11,000 diagnoses in men, women, and children each year.

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FDA Approves New Lung Cancer Treatment and First Next-Gen Companion Diagnostic

Hot on the heels of the FDA’s landmark approval of an anticancer therapeutic for use based on whether a patient has a tumor with certain biomarkers, rather than a tumor originating at a certain anatomic site, the agency approved the first companion diagnostic that can detect mutations in multiple genes in a single test.

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A Targeted Therapy Next in Line for Biomarker-based Cancer Drug Approval?

recent data suggest that there is another potential contender for a biomarker-based FDA approval: a targeted therapeutic called larotrectinib (LOXO-101), which showed promising results in adults and children with a variety of cancer types, all of which had one thing in common – fusions involving the gene TRK.

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Catching Childhood Cancers Early: Insights Into the AACR Childhood Cancer Predisposition Workshop

There is perhaps nothing more painful for parents than receiving a cancer diagnosis for their child. Childhood cancers are generally rare, and in the United States, the death rates have …

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