Oncology

Nivolumab May Induce Successful Depletion of HIV Reservoir

Case report describes smoker with HIV infection receiving nivolumab for non-small-cell lung cancer

Differences in Cancer Survival by Type of Insurance

Survival up in patients with private insurance, Medicare; no change or drop with other, no insurance

Promising New Treatment for Rare Pregnancy Cancer Leads to Remission in Patients | News Brief

Three out of four patients with the cancerous forms of gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) went into remission after receiving the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab in a clinical trial

History of Prior Cancer Common in Newly Diagnosed Patients | News Brief

More than 18 percent of new cancer cases had a prior cancer, usually at a different site

Under New Guidelines, Half of Americans Have Unhealthy, High Blood Pressure | News Brief

Nearly half of U.S. adults now have high blood pressure, thanks to a new definition of what constitutes high: 130/80 is the new 140/90. That means that

Statin Continuation Following an Adverse Event | Feature

Study results indicate that the benefits of statin therapy appear to outweigh the risks among high-risk patients. These agents should be continued even in the face of an adverse reaction in this patient population.

New Blood Test Developed to Diagnose Ovarian Cancer | News Brief

Investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are leveraging the power of artificial intelligence to develop a new technique to detect ovarian cancer early

Some Cancer Therapies May Provide a New Way to Treat High Blood Pressure | News Brief

Drugs designed to halt cancer growth may offer a new way to control high blood pressure (hypertension), say Georgetown University Medical Center investigators. The finding could offer

Key Changes to Biosimilar Reimbursement Policy | Feature

Smart changes to Medicare Reimbursement will mean a more competitive market and more options for patients.

#PWChat – Why Doctors Are Losing the Public’s Trust | Feature

Join us Wednesday, December 13 at 3:00pm ET for PART II of our live, interactive tweetchat with Linda Girgis, MD, based on her blog post on why

CME/CE: Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy in Older Cancer Patients | Feature

New research indicates that stereotactic body radiation therapy appears to be safe and effective in older patients with cancer.

Engineering Non-Immune Cells to Kill Cancer Cells | News Brief

Researchers have reprogrammed normal human cells to create designer immune cells capable of detecting and destroying cancer cells. researchers have recently used T-cells engineered in the laboratory

Common Genetic Fusion Event May Be Associated with Low-Risk Prostate Cancer | News Brief

Establishing the way in which a genetic alteration called a TMPRSS2-ERG gene fusion forms in a prostate cancer, rather than the presence of the gene fusion itself,

Deadly Lung Cancers Are Driven By Multiple Genetic Changes | News Brief

A new UC San Francisco-led study challenges the dogma in oncology that most cancers are caused by one dominant “driver” mutation that can be treated in isolation

Bringing 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hands to Third-World Countries | News Brief

3D printing is commonly used in first-world countries. However, 3D printing can be of added value in third-world countries as well. Prosthesis for children are normally handmade

New System for Treating Colorectal Cancer Can Lead to Complete Cure | News Brief

Until now, radioimmunotherapy (targeted therapy) of solid tumors using antibody-targeted radionuclides has had limited therapeutic success. “This research is novel because of the benchmarks reached by the

CME/CE: Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Recommendations | News Brief

Experts have released recommendations on the use of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy. The document emphasizes ensuring that candidates understand the data about contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, including a lack of survival benefit, as well as possible benefits, complications, and alternatives to this procedure.

Three New Lung Cancer Genetic Biomarkers Identified | News Brief

Both environmental and genetic risk factors contribute to development of lung cancer. Tobacco smoking is the most well-known environmental risk factor associated with lung cancer. A Dartmouth

Newly Discovered microRNA Regulates Mobility of Tumor Cells | News Brief

Cancer cells can reactivate a cellular process that is an essential part of embryonic development. This allows them to leave the primary tumor, penetrate the surrounding tissue

Up to One-Quarter of Cancer Patients Use Marijuana | News Brief

A new study conducted in a cancer center in a state with legalized medicinal and recreational marijuana found that approximately one-quarter of surveyed patients used marijuana in

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