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May 1, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 9


Illustration of a woman's abdomen showing the bladder

Chemoradiation May Help Some Patients with Bladder Cancer Avoid Radical Surgery

Researchers in the United Kingdom have found that adding chemotherapy to radiation therapy as a treatment for bladder cancer may reduce the risk of a recurrence more than radiation alone, without causing a substantial increase in side effects.

The combined treatment approach—known as chemoradiation—was tested in 360 patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer, a potentially deadly form of the disease. Results from the randomized phase III study appeared in the April 19 New England Journal of Medicine. Read more > >


How Does NCI Fund Grant Applications?

In the 2011 fiscal year, NCI received 4,477 applications for R01 research grants, of which 652 (or approximately 15 percent) received funding. R01 grants are the most common type of NIH research grant. View charts and a table summarizing the overall funding patterns for R01 and R21 grants in various categories of investigators online.



  • FDA Update

    • FDA Approves New Drug for Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Update

    • NCI Report Features Cancer Statistics through 2009 Article contains video
  • Notes

    • Cyber-Seminar Will Explore How to Sustain Community Public Health Programs
    • NCI Experts Contribute to HBO's "The Weight of the Nation" Documentary
    • Free Workshop for Cancer Survivors: Recapturing Joy and Finding Meaning

Selected articles from past issues of the NCI Cancer Bulletin are available in Spanish.

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