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November 3, 2009 • Volume 6 / Number 21

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To make progress in treating pancreatic cancer, scientists need a better understanding of the complex signaling pathways in pancreatic tumors and new animal models. Pancreatic Cancer Report Urges Changes in Clinical Trials

The slow but steady march toward more individualized care in cancer medicine has left pancreatic cancer behind. Patients diagnosed with this disease live no longer today than patients diagnosed 2 decades ago, despite more than a dozen large clinical trials. Even as many patients with other cancers have benefited from targeted drugs like imatinib (Gleevec) and trastuzumab (Herceptin), pancreatic cancer remains as deadly as ever. Read more > >


Dr. Cathy Backinger

Guest Director's Update: Entering a New Era in Tobacco Control Research

by Dr. Cathy Backinger

With the enactment of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act on June 22, the United States entered a new era in tobacco control and prevention. While the importance of the new law cannot be overstated, it is only one component of a much larger, comprehensive tobacco control and prevention agenda, for which NCI-supported science is critically important. This issue of the NCI Cancer Bulletin highlights several important tobacco control research studies supported by NCI.

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  • Update

    • Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Portal Launched
    • A New Face for


    • NCI Launches Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers
    • Spanish Clinical Trials Promotional Tools Available from NCI
    • Meet NCI Experts at APHA

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