Holding Tobacco Companies Accountable for Deceptive Ads

The relationship between cigarette smoking and lung cancer was first brought to the public’s attention more than 50 years ago, when the U.S. Surgeon General’s report on “Smoking and Health” was published. However, tobacco companies are only now telling the truth about their deadly products, and only thanks to a 2006 court order that they spent more than a decade trying to overturn.

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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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Advances in Tobacco Control

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of death from lung cancer in the United States. That’s why November, Lung Cancer Awareness Month, is a good time to highlight new advances in tobacco control, such as the legislation that came into effect Nov. 1, 2017, in New Jersey that raises the minimum age of legal access to tobacco products to 21.

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FDA Approves New Treatment Option for Breast Cancer

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provided some good news for the breast cancer community just days before the start of breast cancer awareness month when it added a new molecularly targeted therapeutic to the armamentarium for oncologists treating patients with breast cancer: abemaciclib (Verzenio).

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FDA Approvals for Liver and Stomach Cancer Extend the Reach of Immunotherapy

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) increased the number of types of cancer for which immunotherapeutics known as checkpoint inhibitors are a treatment option when it expanded the approved uses of nivolumab (Opdivo) and pembrolizumab (Keytruda) to include certain patients with liver cancer and stomach cancer, respectively.

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FDA Approves New Molecularly Targeted Therapeutic for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

The flurry of treatments approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating hematological malignancies continued last week with the approval of the molecularly targeted therapeutic copanlisib (Aliqopa) for the treatment of certain adults with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

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