AACR Announces the Global Scholar-in-Training Awards

Building upon the success of the African Cancer Researchers Travel Awards, the American Association for Cancer Research is pleased to announce the expansion of this award program and to invite eligible applicants from all low-, lower-middle, and middle-income economy countries (LMIC).

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The Soil for the Seeds: Investigating the Microenvironment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia

As a predoctoral student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at The Ohio State University in 2005, Bethany Mundy-Bosse, PhD, had plans to focus her graduate work on basic stem cell biology to enhance and expand her previous research experience in this field. “When I first started working in a research lab, I was working with stem cells,” recalls Mundy-Bosse, “with every intention of continuing on with basic stem cell biology.” However, after attending a course in immunology with renowned physician-scientist Michael Caligiuri, MD, she found herself completely fascinated by this field. It was this course that would ultimately motivate her to shift her career focus toward tumor immunology.

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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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Understanding Immunotherapy Side Effects

Treatment with checkpoint inhibitors is often billed as gentler than chemotherapy—and it is true that immunotherapy doesn’t come with the same acute side effects, such as hair loss, characteristic of many chemotherapy drugs. But checkpoint inhibitors are not without side effects.

In a story published in the summer 2018 issue of Cancer Today, digital editor Kate Yandell discusses what is known about checkpoint inhibitor side effects and how to spot and treat them.

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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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AACR Blog Turns 4: How Far Has Immunotherapy Advanced in That Time?

This week marks the fourth anniversary of Cancer Research Catalyst, the official blog of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). As outlined in the welcome post from AACR Chief Executive Officer Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), the blog was launched to increase the spread of new knowledge about cancer.

Over these four years, our blog posts have disseminated information about advances across the breadth of cancer research and the clinical cancer care continuum. One area in which advances have occurred at a particularly rapid pace is immunotherapy.

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Disparities in End-of-Life Care

For cancer patients at the ends of their lives, hospice care can provide access to comfort measures and extra help. Medicare offers hospice benefits to eligible patients. But not all patients have equal access to this care, research indicates.

In the spring issue of Cancer Today, medical and business journalist Charlotte Huff writes about disparities in end-of-life care affecting U.S. cancer patients.

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