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Study: Wearable fitness monitors useful in cancer treatment

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From: utsouthwestern.edu Wearable fitness trackers, such as Fitbits, that measure steps taken per day may be a useful tool to evaluate and help treat cancer patients, researchers at UT Southwestern’s Simmons Cancer Center have shown. A pilot study of older cancer patients found that they were willing to wear physical activity monitors (PAMs) for 10 weeks or more and used them correctly. …

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Keytruda Performs Well in Latest Lung Cancer Clinical Trials

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From: healthline.com The immunotherapy drug has been successful in treating other cancers and the latest trials provide hope for people battling lung cancer. When Edith Pelka was diagnosed with advanced non-small cell lung cancer last summer, the retired New York nurse, yoga instructor, and self-described “straight shooter” thought her life was over. “After the surgeon told me that my tumor …

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Is it time to say goodbye to ClinicalTrials.Gov?

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By: Zikria Syed From: medcitynews.com It is an exciting time in the pharmaceutical industry. According to industry organization PHRMA, there are currently more than 7,000 new medicines under development with many being first in class treatments. Digital technology combined with medicine, gene therapy and personalized medicine are driving a lot of this. However, to bring these treatments to market, clinical trials …

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Cancer clinical trials exclude many desperate patients – should that change?

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By: Aimee Swartz, Special To The Washington Post From: chicagotribune.com When 29-year-old Carly Bastiansen was diagnosed in January 2016 with advanced pancreatic cancer, doctors told her a clinical trial was her best shot at slowing the notoriously quick-killing and hard-to-treat disease. She found one that appeared promising and went through the screening process. But the trial would not accept her. …

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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 …