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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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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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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A Young Researcher Advocates for Strong Federal Funding

Scientific advancements are made through scientific research. From understanding the basic biology behind a disease to testing how well a drug targets a disease, the majority of this research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). So, on September 14, 2017, hundreds of people from 37 states and Washington, D.C., from over 300 institutes and organizations, gathered for the 5th Annual Rally for Medical Research with a common message

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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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