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Two Kinds of Acupuncture Can Relieve Pain in Cancer Survivors

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From: mskcc.org After a three-year clinical trial that included 360 cancer survivors — the largest of its kind to date — Memorial Sloan Kettering researchers found that two types of acupuncture significantly reduced survivors’ chronic pain. Jun Mao, Chief of the Integrative Medicine Service at MSK, explains how the results published in JAMA Oncology on March, 18, 2021, could improve …

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Discovery about how cancer cells evade immune defenses inspires new treatment approach

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Source: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center From: eurekalert.org Cancer cells are known for spreading genetic chaos. As cancer cells divide, DNA segments and even whole chromosomes can be duplicated, mutated, or lost altogether. This is called chromosomal instability, and scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering have learned that it is associated with cancer’s aggressiveness. The more unstable chromosomes are, the more …

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Combination Therapy Improves Progression-Free Survival in Metastatic Breast Cancer

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By: Jessica Skarzynski From: curetoday.com The combination of Perjeta (pertuzumab) and Herceptin (trastuzumab) with Gemzar (gemcitabine) may give some patients with metastatic breast cancer a new life-extending treatment option, even if they’ve seen disease progression after previous therapy, according to research findings from Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Center in New York City. Previous research showed that combining Perjeta and …

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New York’s First Proton Therapy Center Begins Treating Patients

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From: PR Newswire The New York Proton Center, the first proton therapy facility to open in New York State, has begun treating patients. The center’s unique consortium of partners, comprised of three leading New York City health systems—Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), Montefiore Health System and Mount Sinai Health System—began sending patients to the state-of-the-art East Harlem facility in …

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Liquid Biopsy Assay From MSKCC Approved by New York State

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By: Staff Reporter From: genomeweb.com Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center said today that New York state has approved the center’s liquid biopsy test for noninvasive cancer genomic profiling and disease monitoring. The test, called Analysis of Circulating cfDNA to Evaluate Somatic Access (MSK-ACCESS), has been clinically validated and implemented by MSK’s molecular diagnostics service. It sequences 129 cancer-associated genes selected …

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Keto Claims: Can Diet Be a Form of Cancer Therapy?

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By: Matthew Tontonoz From: mskcc.org An MSK doctor weighs in on a recent study that links a ketogenic diet to improved responses to certain cancer drugs. In July 2018, researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University published the results of a laboratory study that combined a very low-carbohydrate diet with targeted drugs called PI3K inhibitors as a treatment for cancer. …

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Billionaire announces $250 million in cancer immunotherapy funding

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By: Jayne O’Donnell From: usatoday.com Cancer immunotherapy will get a hefty dose of its own moonshot Wednesday when a tech billionaire announces he’s giving $250 million to six cancer centers nationwide, including Manhattan’s Memorial Sloan Kettering and Stanford. Sean Parker, founder of the music file-sharing service Napster and the founding president of Facebook, says he is putting his money behind cancer immune therapy because it is …

Health Law Concerns for Cancer Centers

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By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press Cancer patients relieved that they can get insurance coverage because of the new health care law may be disappointed to learn that some the nation’s best cancer hospitals are off-limits. An Associated Press survey found examples coast to coast. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance is excluded by five out of eight insurers in Washington state’s insurance …

New Breast Cancer Surgical Guideline Offers Cost- and Life-Improving Recommendations

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The Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) is proud to announce the release of a comprehensive consensus guideline for physicians treating breast cancer that will reduce healthcare costs and improve the course of treatment. Developed in conjunction with the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), it outlines an evidence-based surgical treatment path that will save patients from unnecessary surgery. “A significant …

Discovery May Help Pinpoint Risk of Lung Cancer Returning After Surgery

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From Drugs.com Certain characteristics of tumors in lung cancer patients are associated with a strong risk of cancer recurrence after surgery, according to a new study. The researchers said these findings could help identify patients who will benefit from more extensive lung surgery, potentially reducing the risk of lung cancer recurrence by 75 percent. It could also help identify patients …