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September 6, 2011 • Volume 8 / Number 17


FDA Approves New Drugs to Treat Skin, Blood, and Lung Cancers

A clinician pointing to a lung tumor on a chest imageIn the last 2 weeks of August, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved three new cancer drugs: vemurafenib (Zelboraf), for patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma whose tumors harbor a specific genetic mutation in the BRAF gene; brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris), for some patients with Hodgkin lymphoma and anaplastic large cell lymphoma; and crizotinib (Xalkori), for patients with locally advanced or metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have a gene fusion caused by a chromosomal translocation involving the ALK gene. Read more > >


Inside NCI: A Conversation with Dr. Norm Coleman about Radiation Research Article contains video

The associate director of NCI's Radiation Research Program discusses his research and specialized initiatives of the program.



  • NIH Update

    • NIH Seeks Ideas for Common Fund
  • Notes

    • Research Funds for Provocative Questions Now Available
    • National Cancer Advisory Board Meets Next Week
    • President Proclaims September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
    • Research to Reality Cyber-Seminar: Guide to Community Preventive Services
    • NCI Conference Focuses on Technologies for Detecting and Diagnosing Cancer in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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