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Clinical trials are under fire, but as doctor with a rare cancer, I’m glad they exist

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By: Beth W. Rackow, MD From: qz.com Cancer is rarely far from the front page, and it recently added one more prominent member to the club. Already having returned to work, Arizona senator John McCain has not let his glioblastoma diagnosis slow him down. I respect McCain for his willingness to share his diagnosis so quickly, so publicly, and at …

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Blacks, Elderly Missing From U.S. Cancer Clinical Trials

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From: drugs.com Four out of five participants in cancer clinical trials are white, a discrepancy that calls into question whether other races and ethnicities are receiving good cancer treatment, researchers say. Women and the elderly also are underrepresented in clinical trials, according to the new findings. Prior studies have shown that the effectiveness of cancer treatment can vary based on …

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Breast cancer in a new light: Injection makes cancer cells glow, easier for doctors to see

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By: Caroline Balchunas From: abcnews4.com Lowcountry doctors are seeing breast cancer in a new light. New technology—an injection—is making cancer easier to spot and easier to treat. Before undergoing surgery to remove the tumor, patients receive an injection. The formula creates chemical reaction, which illuminates the bad cancer cells. Last week, Dr. Paul Baron, a surgical oncologist with Roper St. …

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How to Find a Clinical Trial: Questions and Tips for Cancer Patients

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By: Stav Ziv From: newsweek.com Clinical trials aren’t for every cancer patient. But for some, experimental new treatments can provide hope for a better outcome than standard methods provide. Newsweek spoke with Dr. Sheila Prindiville—a medical oncologist and director of the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials—about some of the basics, like when cancer patients might want …

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Cancer Patients and Caregivers Join Immunotherapy Experts in Five U.S. Cities to Discuss Latest Cancer Treatment Breakthroughs and Immunotherapy Clinical Trials

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Registration now open for free, half-day programs in San Francisco, Chicago, New York City, Houston, and Tampa The Cancer Research Institute (CRI), the world’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to advancing scientific efforts to develop new and effective immunotherapies for all forms of cancer, announced today that its 2017 Immunotherapy Patient Summit Series will travel to five U.S. cities to …

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Clinical Trials for Colon Cancer

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By: Kathleen Hall From: usnews.com Are you currently undergoing treatment for colon cancer? If so, you should know that any drug your doctor prescribed went through rigorous testing and evaluation before it became widely available to patients. After a drug shows significant potential in the lab, researchers study it in clinical trials. There are three phases of clinical trials: Early …

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Lehi biotech company developing cancer treatment drug

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By: Jason Lee From: deseretnews.com David Bearss doesn’t remember his grandfather. The family patriarch was in his 40s when he was diagnosed with colon cancer in 1969 — the year Bearss was born. He died before Bearss was old enough to know him. “I have pictures of him holding me as a baby,” Bearss said. “But with cancer in those …

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Ohio State ramping up research on cancer drugs

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By: JoAnne Viviano From: dispatch.com Researchers at an Ohio State University institute that seeks to move prospective cancer therapies from the lab to the patient have targeted six projects to focus on this year. The Drug Development Institute, buoyed by funds from the Pelotonia bicycling tour and the philanthropic Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Foundation, hopes to help scientists bring novel …

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Older women with breast cancer still left out of medical trials

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By: Andrew M. Seaman From: reuters.com Older women are still underrepresented in medical trials evaluating treatments for breast cancer, according to a new study. Of three different types of trials evaluated by researchers, only one had an increase in enrollment of older women with breast cancer between 1985 and 2012. The other two had decreases. Seeing how older people react …

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Metastatic Trial Search™ Expands to Add Seven Additional Breast Cancer Advocacy Groups and Five Sponsors

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Collaboration Between Trusted Advocacy Groups and Non-Profit Clinical Trial Matching Service Proves to be an Important Channel for Learning about Metastatic Clinical Trials Online Tool Gives Breast Cancer Patients and their Physicians Quick and Easy Access to Potentially Life-Saving Information Metastatic Trial Search (MTS), a web-based personalized clinical trial matching tool that was developed by BreastCancerTrials.org and collaboratively launched in …