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Study identifies predictors of immunotherapy response in head and neck cancer

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Source: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute From: Redington Newsdesk Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists say they have identified factors that predict improved response and survival in patients with head and neck cancers treated with checkpoint inhibitor immunotherapy. Two immunotherapy agents known as checkpoint inhibitors have been approved to treat patients whose disease is resistant to standard platinum-based chemotherapy. However, only a minority of …

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Drug Combination May Improve Impact of Immunotherapy in Head and Neck Cancer

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From: UCSD Health Communications Checkpoint inhibitor-based immunotherapy has been shown to be very effective in recurrent and metastatic head and neck cancer but only in a minority of patients. University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers may have found a way to double down on immunotherapy’s effectiveness. In a paper published in the journal JCI Insights on September …

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FORMER ONCOLOGY BIOTECH CEO BATTLING TERMINAL CANCER GIVES UNIQUE INSIGHT IN NEW GRIPPING MEMOIR

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A Walk With Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur By Michael D. Becker “Nothing is as sobering or life-changing as those dreaded words, ‘you have cancer.’ This is a story of a husband, father and bright entrepreneur whose very private struggle with a preventable cancer has been made public with amazing clarity, insight and can’t put-the- book-down humanity.”  -James L Gulley, …

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New Spanish-language videos and brochures provide cancer patients with overview of radiation therapy

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From: PR Newswire Cancer patients who speak Spanish have new tools to help them understand treatment options for their disease. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) today released a series of Spanish-language patient videos on radiation therapy for cancer, including breast, prostate, lung, brain and other common cancer types. The videos complement a set of Spanish-language brochures on radiation …

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Head and neck cancer drug ‘game changer’

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By: Michelle Roberts From: bbc.com A new type of cancer drug that wakes up the patient’s own immune system to fight tumours could be a game changer for tackling aggressive head and neck cancers, say experts. Trial results coming out of a US cancer conference suggest the treatment works better than standard chemotherapy. Nivolumab significantly improved the survival odds of …

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The Slow, Steady Battle To Fix Cancer Care

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By: Carmen Nobel From: forbes.com After a cancer patient’s first 30 days in the American medical system, the bills start stacking up—right next to the pile of paperwork explaining benefits. “It’s very hard for patients to match these things up,” says Dr. Thomas W. Feeley, who recently joined the Harvard Business School faculty as a senior fellow to study health-care …

Immunotherapy: The next frontier in cancer treatment?

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From MedCity News by Veciana-Suarez, Ana Though radiation sent Coris Shepard to the hospital with a burned esophagus for 21 days, it did little to the tumors in his left lung. The chemotherapy that followed didn’t work either. In fact, the stubborn cancer actually grew in size. At wit’s end and almost out of hope, he agreed to participate in …