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  • Color drawing of internal organs in a man’s midsection, with prostate, bladder and rectum noted. Prostate is at mid-center of the bottom of the image.
    NIH-funded study shows increased survival in men with metastatic prostate cancer who receive chemotherapy when starting hormone therapy
    NCI Press Release

    (Posted: 12/05/2013, Updated: 06/01/2014) - Men with hormone-sensitive metastatic prostate cancer who received the chemotherapy drug docetaxel given at the start of standard hormone therapy lived longer than patients who received hormone therapy alone, according to early results from a NIH-supported randomized controlled clinical trial.
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  • Study of targeted therapies for breast cancer established model for global clinical trials

    (Posted: 02/29/2008, Updated: 06/01/2014) - Two targeted medications designed to treat an aggressive form of breast cancer were tested in a study that involved 8,000 participants in 44 countries. While the purpose of this trial was to enable researchers to determine whether dual targeted treatment of early stage HER2-positive breast cancer was better than using a single agent against HER2-positive disease, results of this trial did not show a benefit for women taking the drug combination of trastuzumab or lapatinib. The trial however, did provide a new model for global cancer research and collaboration.
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  • Image of pills spilling out of a bottle, next to a glass of water and a blood pressure monitor and cuff
    Clinical trial analysis suggests drug combination may be highly effective in recurrent ovarian cancer
    NCI Press Release

    (Posted: 05/31/2014) - Significant improvement with the use of a combination drug therapy for recurrent ovarian cancer was reported at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago. The trial compared the activity of a combination of the drug olaparib and the blood vessel inhibitor drug cediranib vs. olaparib alone. Trial results showed a near doubling of progression-free survival benefit for the combination therapy over use of the single drug alone.
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  • Treatment helps young women preserve their fertility during breast cancer chemotherapy
    NCI Press Release

    (Posted: 05/30/2014) - Researchers have found that young women with breast cancer were able to better preserve their fertility during cancer treatments by using hormone-blocking drug injections that put them into temporary menopause. The results announced today at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago are from the Prevention of Early Menopause Study (POEMS), a clinical trial sponsored by NCI.
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  • Black and white scan of patients lung, before (left) and after (right) treatment. Right image shows arrows pointing to metastatic tumors that have shrunk.
    NIH study demonstrates that a new cancer immunotherapy method could be effective against a wide range of cancers
    NCI Press Release

    (Posted: 05/08/2014) - A new method for using immunotherapy to specifically attack tumor cells that have mutations unique to a patient’s cancer has been developed by NCI scientists.

  • A xenograph model of green fluorescent protein of breast cancer cells implanted in the mammary fat pad of female nude mouse. The slide that shows NOS2 being targeted with drug; the slide background is black and  NOS2 appears in orange and purple blotches.
    Study in mice shows that an aggressive type of breast cancer is linked to an inflammatory protein
    NCI News Note

    (Posted: 04/14/2014) - Aberrant expression of an inflammatory protein, nitric oxide synthase 2 (NOS2), may enhance the progression and metastasis of an aggressive and less common form of breast cancer, known as the estrogen receptor-negative type of disease.

  • An Open Letter to the Cancer Community Regarding Community Clinical Trials

    (Posted: 04/11/2014) - The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is in the process of combining its two community-based research networks to create a single network that builds on the strengths of the Community Clinical Oncology Program/Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOPs) and the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP).

  • NCI intramural research highlighted at 2014 AACR meeting
    NCI Perspective Article

    (Posted: 04/07/2014) - This year’s American Association for Cancer Research meeting featured plenary talks by two NCI scientists, Steven Rosenberg, M.D., and Louis Staudt, M.D., Ph.D., that highlighted the challenges in developing varied and potentially synergistic treatments for aggressive forms of cancer. Each researcher has been focusing primarily on a particularly difficult to treat cancer (melanoma and lymphoma, respectively) for many decades, and their presentations highlight the diligence and tenacity needed to come to a better understanding of the cancer process and to find effective agents to target the diseases they study.

  • Statement on Forthcoming Changes in NCI's Clinical Trials Programs

    (Posted: 04/04/2014) - Clinical trials are pivotal elements in the conversion of scientific discoveries into practical means to prevent and treat cancers.
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    Breast Cancer Startup Challenge announces ten winning teams of entrepreneurs; Promising technologies identified to speed cancer research
    NCI Press Release

    (Posted: 03/05/2014) - Ten winners of a world-wide competition to bring emerging breast cancer research technologies to market faster were announced today by the Avon Foundation for Women, in partnership with NCI and the Center for Advancing Innovation (CAI). Avon is providing $250,000 in funding for this Challenge.

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