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May 4, 2010 • Volume 7 / Number 9


An illustration of antigen-presenting cells that process and present antigens from vaccines, which leads to T-cell activation.FDA Approves First Therapeutic Cancer Vaccine

The field of cancer immunotherapy received an important boost last week with the FDA’s approval of the first therapeutic cancer vaccine, sipuleucel-T (Provenge). The vaccine was approved for use in some men with metastatic prostate cancer based on the results of a phase III randomized trial called IMPACT that demonstrated a more than 4-month median improvement in overall survival compared with a placebo vaccine. However, because of the way in which the vaccine is produced, its availability will be very limited for at least the next 12 months. Read more > >


Dr. Maureen R. JohnsonGuest Director's Update: NCCCP—Building a Community-based Research Platform and Enhancing Cancer Care

In 2007, NCI funded 16 community cancer centers at hospitals around the country in a pilot program called the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP). This program is a unique public-private partnership designed to support cancer research and to study ways to enhance access and increase the quality of cancer care at community hospitals. The participating sites form a network to serve as a community-based platform to support basic, clinical, and population-based research spanning the cancer care continuum—from screening, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment to survivorship and end-of-life care—with a particular focus on addressing health care disparities across the continuum. Read more > >



Special Issue on Clinical Trial Recruitment

Don’t miss our May 18 special issue, which will highlight important factors that affect clinical trial recruitment, as well as resources and ongoing programs that address obstacles to recruitment for specific population groups.

NCI Cancer Bulletin special issues are some of the most popular among our readers. Past special issues have focused on cancer research training, personalized drug development, and cancer imaging.



  • FDA Update

    • FDA Reviewing Potential Risks of Commonly Used Prostate Cancer Drugs
  • Legislative Update

    • NIH Director Testifies Before House Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Update

    • Online Tool Provides NCI Funding Trends
  • Notes

    • NCI-Frederick Hosts Annual Spring Research Festival This Week
    • Tribute to Celebrate Dr. Ruth Kirschstein’s Contributions to Science and NIH
    • Second Telephone Workshop for Cancer Survivors on May 18

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