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    Study finds stronger nicotine dependency associated with higher risk of lung cancer
    NCI News Note

    (Posted: 06/19/2014) - NCI headed study finds people who are highly addicted to nicotine -- those who smoke their first cigarette within five minutes after awakening -- are at higher risk of developing lung cancer than those who wait for an hour or more to smoke.

  • NIH and NSF collaborate to accelerate biomedical research innovations into the marketplace
    NIH/NSF Press Release

    (Posted: 06/18/2014) - A collaboration between the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health will give NIH-funded researchers training to help them evaluate their scientific discoveries for commercial potential, with the aim of accelerating biomedical innovations into applied health technologies.

  • Lung-MAP Launches: First Precision Medicine Trial From National Clinical Trials Network
    NCI Press Release

    (Posted: 06/16/2014) - A unique public-private collaboration today announced the initiation of the Lung Cancer Master Protocol (Lung-MAP) trial, a multi-drug, multi-arm, biomarker-driven clinical trial for patients with advanced squamous cell lung cancer.
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  • NCI at ASCO: A brief overview on research in women's cancers
    NCI Perspective Article

    (Posted: 06/02/2014) - The 2014 annual American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago in June highlighted results from a number of NCI-supported and -sponsored clinical trial results in women’s cancers. Taken together, these results represent important advances in our understanding of how to treat these diseases and improve the lives of those living with them.
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  • New treatment option for young women with hormone-sensitive breast cancer
    NCI Press Release

    (Posted: 06/01/2014) - A drug used for treating breast cancer, known as exemestane, is more effective than a common breast cancer prevention drug, tamoxifen, in preventing breast cancer recurrence in young women who also receive post-surgical treatment to suppress ovarian function. The combined results of the Tamoxifen and Exemestane Trial and Suppression of Ovarian Function Trial were presented at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago.
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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.

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