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March 24, 2009 • Volume 6 / Number 6

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NEWS

Prostate-specific antigen is a substance produced by the prostate. It can be detected in the blood of adult men and may be found in higher levels in men who have prostate cancer and other prostate conditions.

No Definitive Answers from Initial Results of Prostate Screening Trials

Regular screening for prostate cancer with the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test did not reduce deaths from the disease after 7 years of follow up, according to the long-awaited results from two large randomized trials, one conducted in the United States and the other in Europe. Read more > >

COMMENTARY

Director's Update: Making Connections between Stem Cells and Cancer

The striking similarities between stem cells in normal tissue that are responsible for continuously replacing adult tissues and a very small subset of cells found in growing tumors have sparked considerable interest in the research community. As a result, there is perhaps no better time for cancer biologists to draw on the considerable knowledge of our colleagues in embryology and developmental biology to explore questions about the initiation and progression of cancer—and potentially to understand how it develops resistance to therapies and how it metastasizes. Read more > >

A Conversation With...Dr. Jorge Gomez

The director of NCI's Office of Latin American Cancer Program Development discusses the office's plans and goals Read more > >

IN DEPTH

UPDATES

  • Notes

    • In Memoriam: Former NCI Director Dr. Carl Baker
    • CTCAE 4.0 Posted for Public Review
    • Free Telephone Workshop Series for Cancer Survivors
    • Registration Open for Neuropathic Cancer Pain Symposium
    • NCI Hosts International Art Exchange Exhibit
    • Robotic Surgery Featured in BenchMarks

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