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June 14, 2011 • Volume 8 / Number 12


New Therapies Offer Much-Needed Options for Patients with Melanoma

Before and after images of two patients treated for 2 weeks with vemurafenibThe much-anticipated findings from two phase III clinical trials of new therapies for patients with metastatic melanoma did not disappoint those in attendance at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago last week. 

The trials confirmed that the molecularly targeted agent vemurafenib and the immunotherapy agent ipilimumab (Yervoy) offer valuable new options for a disease in which effective treatments have been lacking. Read more > >


New Substances Added to HHS Report on Carcinogens

12th Report on Carcinogens tile

Last Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services added eight substances to its Report on Carcinogens, a science-based document that identifies chemicals and biological agents that may put people at increased risk for cancer. Formaldehyde and aristolochic acids are listed as known human carcinogens, and six other substances were added as reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens. 

For more information, read the NIEHS press release.




  • FDA Update

    • FDA Announces Changes to Sunscreen Labels
    • No Link Found between Hypertension Drugs and Cancer
    • Thermography Is No Substitute for Mammography, FDA Warns
  • Notes

    • NCI Director Announces New Staff Appointments
    • Abstracts Sought for Annual Molecular Markers in Cancer Meeting
    • Research to Reality Cyber-Seminar Will Feature Community Impact Program
    • NCI Cancer Classroom Webinar Series Continues June 28

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