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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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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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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New Treatment for Adults with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Approved by the FDA

This week’s excitement surrounding the groundbreaking U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the CAR T–cell therapy tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah) for treating certain pediatric and young adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) was not the only good news for ALL community in August. Earlier in the month, the FDA approved a new molecularly targeted therapeutic called inotuzumab ozogamicin (Besponsa) for treating adults who have B-cell precursor ALL that did not respond to initial treatment or that returned after treatment.

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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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FDA Approves a New HER2-targeted Therapeutic for Breast Cancer

Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new molecularly targeted therapeutic called neratinib (Nerlynx) for treating certain patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. Specifically, the FDA approved neratinib for reducing disease recurrence in patients with early-stage HER2-positive breast cancer who have completed postsurgery (adjuvant) treatment with trastuzumab (Herceptin) and whose disease has not progressed.

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