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  • NCI study finds that sunitinib benefits patients with renal cell carcinoma
    NCI News Note

    (Posted: 02/07/2013) - Findings from clinical trial patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma, a common kidney cancer, show they did not have accelerated tumor growth after treatment with sunitinib, in contrast to some study results in animals.

  •  Translucent plastic bag containing bevacizumab and other chemo drugs dripping through I.V. port
    Bevacizumab significantly improves survival for patients with recurrent and metastatic cervical cancer
    NCI Press Release

    (Posted: 02/07/2013, Updated: 06/02/2013) - Patients with advanced, recurrent, or persistent cervical cancer that was not curable with standard treatment who received the drug bevacizumab (Avastin) lived 3.7 months longer than patients who did not receive the drug, according to an analysis of a large, randomized clinical trial.

  • NIH scientists identify molecular link between metabolism and breast cancer
    NCI Press Release

    (Posted: 02/05/2013) - A protein associated with conditions of metabolic imbalance, such as diabetes and obesity, may play a role in the development of aggressive forms of breast cancer, according to new findings by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, and their colleagues.

  • DNA breaks early in replication process associated with B cell cancers
    NCI News Note

    (Posted: 01/24/2013) - Research by scientists at the NCI has identified a new class of DNA sites in cells that break early in the replication process. They found that these break sites correlate with damage often seen in B cell cancers, such as diffuse large B cell lymphoma.

  • Map of U.S. showing percentages of girls who have received HPV vaccine, with states in yellow showing low rates and states in purple having high rates.
    Report to the Nation shows U.S. cancer death rates continue to drop; Special feature highlights trends in HPV-associated cancers and HPV vaccination coverage levels
    NCI Press Release

    (Posted: 01/07/2013) - The Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975–2009, shows that overall cancer death rates continued to decline in the United States among both men and women, among all major racial and ethnic groups, and for all of the most common cancer sites, including lung, colon and rectum, female breast, and prostate.
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  • Investigators discover new gene that affects clearance of hepatitis C virus
    NCI Press Release

    (Posted: 01/07/2013) - Scientists have discovered a new human interferon gene, Interferon Lambda 4 (IFNL4), that affects clearance of the hepatitis C virus. They also identified an inherited genetic variant within IFNL4 that predicts how people respond to treatment for hepatitis C infection.

  • NIH study suggests gene variation may shape bladder cancer treatment
    NCI Press Release

    (Posted: 12/26/2012) - Patients who have inherited a specific common genetic variant develop bladder cancer tumors that strongly express a protein known as prostate stem cell antigen (PSCA), which is also expressed in many pancreatic and prostate tumors, according to research at the National Institutes of Health.

  • NCI Central Institutional Review Board Receives Accreditation
    NCI News Note

    (Posted: 12/12/2012) - The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs has awarded the NCI Central Institutional Review Board full accreditation. AAHRPP awards accreditation to organizations demonstrating the highest ethical standards in clinical research. Achieving accreditation establishes that the NCI CIRB has robust review processes in place to ensure the safety and protection of people who participate in NCI-funded clinical studies.

  • Provocative Questions in Cancer Research: National Cancer Institute Science Writers’ Seminar

    (Posted: 11/27/2012, Updated: 12/12/2012) - science writers' seminar to discuss various aspects of one of NCI’s signature efforts -- the Provocative Questions project. Discussion will focus on the scientific research that surrounds some of these questions.

  • This is an image of a genetic plot showing results from a GWAS study of never-smoking Asian women; the image is overlaid on a lung X-ray.
    Gene variations linked to lung cancer susceptibility in Asian women
    NCI Press Release

    (Posted: 11/13/2012) - An international group of scientists has identified three genes that predispose Asian women who have never smoked to lung cancer. The discovery of specific genetic variations, which have not previously been associated with lung cancer risk in other populations, provides further evidence that risk of lung cancer among never-smokers, especially Asian women, may be associated with certain unique genetic characteristics that distinguishes it from lung cancer in smokers.

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  • Posted: August 13, 2012
  • Updated: August 13, 2012