New AACR-Novocure Funding Initiatives Support Tumor Treating Fields Research

Earlier this year, the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) partnered with Novocure, a global oncology company, to launch several new funding initiatives to support innovative research focused on Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields). TTFields is a novel noninvasive cancer therapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of adults with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). Patients wear a portable electric field generator that delivers TTFields to tumors via electrodes attached to the skin over the tumor site.

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Targets Conference Showcases Exciting Data from Clinical Trials of Innovative Cancer Therapeutics

There has been an explosion in the number of cancer therapeutics and clinical trials in the recent past, owing to our ability to better define the molecular targets of different cancers using cutting-edge technologies. Unlike in the past, data from early-stage clinical trials are getting more attention lately because the efficacy of a therapeutic, traditionally evaluated in later-phase trials, is often becoming evident earlier in the course of clinical testing.

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Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics Conference Moves Targeting KRAS to the Fore

After three decades of failed efforts to target the elusive KRAS and its family members NRAS and HRAS, proto-oncogenes altered in about a third of cancers, encouraging data emerging from clinical trials and preclinical studies suggest KRAS could finally be dethroned from the “undruggable” category.

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Conference in China Examines Genomics, Drug Development

Shenzhen is a remarkable place. It serves as a gateway to Hong Kong, and in its short 40-year history has grown to become China’s seventh largest city, with a population of 20 million and some of Mainland China’s tallest buildings. The Fifth AACR New Horizons in Cancer Research (NHiCR) International Conference sessions have attracted more than 350 basic, clinical, and translational researchers and practitioners from throughout China, the Asia-Pacific region, and worldwide.

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FDA Approves New Lung Cancer Treatment and First Next-Gen Companion Diagnostic

Hot on the heels of the FDA’s landmark approval of an anticancer therapeutic for use based on whether a patient has a tumor with certain biomarkers, rather than a tumor originating at a certain anatomic site, the agency approved the first companion diagnostic that can detect mutations in multiple genes in a single test.

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AACR Annual Meeting 2017: If You Can’t Drug It, Degrade It – A Protein Degradation Technology to Tackle Undruggable Oncoproteins

Finding a way to therapeutically target the so-called “undruggable” cancer proteins has long been a holy grail of researchers in the field of oncology drug development.

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Overcoming Drug Resistance: The EGFR Enigma

Currently, anti-EGFR therapies are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer, squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck, pancreatic cancer, and colorectal cancer. Most patients receiving anti-EGFR therapies benefit from the treatment, but the challenge they face, as do patients receiving most other targeted therapies, is that their tumors ultimately develop drug resistance. So efforts are underway to develop newer anti-EGFR therapies that can circumvent resistance to existing EGFR inhibitors.

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Q&A With Lee Helman, MD, on New Cancer Targets and Therapeutics

The National Cancer Institute’s Lee Helman, MD, co-chair of the EORTC-NCI-AACR Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics, discusses what to expect this year, and peers into the future of targeted cancer therapies and immunotherapy.

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