World Cancer Research Day: New Global Statistics Highlight the Need for Research

Today, September 24, 2018, is World Cancer Research Day. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is proud to join cancer organizations, associations, and researchers from around the world in supporting this global initiative that aims to raise awareness about the importance of cancer research for saving lives.

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AACR Applauds FDA’s New Steps to Address Epidemic of Youth E-cigarette Use

In 2017, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) were the most commonly used tobacco product among high and middle school students. Many public health experts believe that youth use of e-cigarettes has reached an epidemic proportion.

On September 12, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a series of critical and historic enforcement actions related to the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes to kids. This effort included issuing more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to retailers who illegally sold e-cigarette products to minors.

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Recent FDA Approvals Signal More Progress Against Cancer

The past month has seen the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expand the use of four anticancer therapeutics, providing new treatment options for patients with four types of cancer. On Aug. 16, 2018, the agency approved the immunotherapeutic nivolumab (Opdivo) for treating certain patients with small cell lung cancer and approved the molecularly targeted therapeutic lenvatinib (Lenvima) for treating certain patients with the most common type of liver cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma.

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AACR Cancer Progress Report 2018: Harnessing Research Discoveries for Patient Benefit

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

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AACR Project GENIE: More Data, More Participants, and More Progress

AACR Project Genomics Evidence Neoplasia Information Exchange (GENIE) recently hit another milestone: the public release of a fourth dataset, which comes on the heels of three prior public data releases, an expansion of the number of participating institutions, and a recent publication, which was among the most read articles in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics in July, according to the publisher.

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Liquid Biopsy: Promises and Problems

Biopsies have been an integral part of cancer care for decades. In undiagnosed patients, oncologists can examine suspicious tissues and determine if the cells are benign or malignant. Following diagnosis, biopsies can reveal additional information about a patient’s tumor – What mutations are driving this cancer? Is this patient likely to respond to a particular therapy? In cases of cancer recurrence, biopsies can provide further information – Has this patient become resistant to treatment? Is the tumor driven by different mutations?

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