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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Advancing Translational Cancer Medicine in Latin America

In recent years, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has expanded its efforts to catalyze advances in cancer research globally and support its members residing in 107 countries in addition to the United States. One important initiative this year was the landmark conference held May 4-6, in São Paulo, Brazil—the AACR International Conference on Translational Cancer Medicine.

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AACR Annual Meeting 2017: Challenging the Dogma of Treating IDH-mutant Cancers With IDH Inhibitors

Two studies presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2017 showed that tumors that have mutations in the proteins isocitrate dehydrogenase-1 or -2 (IDH1/2) exhibited features similar to that of BRCA-mutant tumors and are, therefore, more likely to respond better to PARP inhibitors than to IDH inhibitors.

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AACR Annual Meeting 2017: Most Merkel Cell Carcinoma Responses to the Newly FDA-Approved Avelumab Expected to Last More than a Year

T cells and antibodies

On March 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the first-ever approval of a treatment for patients with a rare, aggressive form of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma. The treatment, the immunotherapeutic avelumab (Bavencio), was approved based on data from the JAVELIN Merkel 200 phase II clinical trial.

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AACR Annual Meeting 2017: If You Can’t Drug It, Degrade It – A Protein Degradation Technology to Tackle Undruggable Oncoproteins

Finding a way to therapeutically target the so-called “undruggable” cancer proteins has long been a holy grail of researchers in the field of oncology drug development.

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AACR Annual Meeting 2017: Immunotherapy Provides Long-lasting Responses to Certain Cancer Types

Now that a plethora of clinical trials have established positive responses from immunotherapies—immune checkpoint inhibitors, in particular—in patients with a variety of cancer types, one of the logical next questions is, are the responses durable?

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FDA Approves New PARP Inhibitor for Ovarian Cancer

Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the molecularly targeted therapeutic niraparib (Zejula) for the maintenance treatment of adult patients with recurrent epithelial ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancers that are responding to platinum-based chemotherapy.

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