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Thomas Jefferson U researchers find that circulating tumor cells provide genomic snapshot of breast cancer
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 10/09/2014) - The genetic fingerprint of a metastatic cancer is constantly changing, which means that the therapy that may have stopped a patient's cancer growth today, won't necessarily work tomorrow.

UCSD researchers identify new at-risk group for gastrointestinal stromal tumors
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 10/08/2014) - Researchers at the UCSD School of Medicine have, for the first time, clearly defined the epidemiology of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), which occur primarily in the lining of the stomach and small intestine.

NCI scientists awarded National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama
NCI News Note
(Posted: 10/07/2014) - President Obama announced that two NCI scientists would be recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation -- the nation's highest honor for technological achievement. The honorees, John Schiller, Ph.D., Laboratory of Cellular Oncology (LCO), Center for Cancer Research, NCI, and Douglas Lowy, M.D., also from LCO and NCI deputy director, will receive their medals at a White House ceremony later in 2014.

U of Minnesota researchers find that microRNA is tied to colon cancer tumor growth
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 10/07/2014) - Researchers have identified microRNAs that may cause colon polyps from turning cancerous. The finding could help physicians provide more specialized, and earlier, treatment before colon cancer develops.

MD Anderson researchers discover gene that might predict aggressive prostate cancer at diagnosis
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 10/03/2014) - Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have identified a biomarker living next door to the KLK3 gene that could predict which GS7 prostate cancer patients will have a more aggressive form of cancer.

MD Anderson study indicates possible new way to treat endometrial, colon cancers
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 10/03/2014) - A study led by researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center points to cellular mutations in the gene PIK3R1 which activate ERK and JNK, thus allowing tumor growth.

NCI scientists find protective mechanism against cancer in the cells of progeria patients
NCI News Note
(Posted: 10/02/2014) - NCI scientists have studied cells of patients with an extremely rare genetic disease that is characterized by drastic premature aging and discovered a new protective cellular mechanism against cancer. They found that cells from patients with Hutchinson Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS), who typically do not develop cancer, contain a tumor protection mechanism that is mediated by BRD4.

Georgetown researchers find that landmark Medicare law had little impact on reducing chemotherapy cost
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 09/30/2014) - Legislation passed in 2003 to slow the spiraling costs of drugs paid for by the federal government to treat Medicare patients has had no meaningful impact on cancer chemotherapy drug costs, say a team of researchers in the Journal of Clinical Oncology published online today.

Dana-Farber researchers identify early sign of pancreatic cancer
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 09/29/2014) - Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and other institutions have discovered a sign of the early development of pancreatic cancer – an upsurge in certain amino acids that occurs before the disease is diagnosed and symptoms appear.

Massachusetts General researchers find treatment is effective against ROS1-positive lung cancer in a small trial
NCI Cancer Center News
(Posted: 09/29/2014) - Treatment with the targeted therapy drug crizotinib effectively halted the growth of lung tumors driven by rearrangements of the ROS1 gene in a small clinical trial.

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