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Cancer patients should get quicker access to unapproved drugs through FDA ‘concierge service’

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The Food and Drug Administration plans to provide “concierge service” to doctors seeking access to unapproved drugs for cancer patients ...
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A ‘wake-up call for women’: Low-fat diet rich in fruit and vegetables reduces breast cancer risk, study says

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Women who followed a lower-fat diet rich in fruits, vegetables and grains had a lower risk of dying of breast ...
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Costly CAR T-cell therapy gets boost with Medicare proposal to increase reimbursements

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Medicare officials on [April 23] proposed increasing reimbursements for a groundbreaking but costly cancer therapy used for patients whose blood ...
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Some mammograms harder to read than others. FDA wants breast density data included in reports

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The Food and Drug Administration on [March 27] proposed requiring mammogram providers to tell women with dense breast tissue that ...
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Stem cell therapy ‘sold as a miracle cure’ linked to 17 bacterial hospitalizations

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Over the past year, at least 17 people have been hospitalized after being injected with products made from umbilical cord ...
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Esketamine nasal spray, touted as biggest advance in years for treating depression, gets FDA approval

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The Food and Drug Administration approved a novel antidepressant late Tuesday [March 5] for people with depression that does not ...
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‘Young blood’ plasma treatments unproven, possibly dangerous, says FDA

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Federal health regulators on [February 19] warned consumers against controversial “young blood” treatments — plasma infusions from young donors marketed for conditions ...
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Do all breast cancer patients need genetic testing?

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The nation’s breast surgeons are advising that all patients diagnosed with breast cancer be offered genetic testing to check for ...
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Black-white cancer mortality gap has narrowed significantly, ‘but we still have a long way to go’

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Longtime cancer disparities between African Americans and whites — with blacks having a sharply higher mortality rate — have narrowed ...
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Immunotherapy could extend survival for patients with aggressive glioblastoma brain cancer

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Glioblastoma — the aggressive brain cancer that killed Sen. John McCain, Sen. Ted Kennedy and Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden ...
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Boost for precision medicine? FDA approves drug targeting different cancers with shared mutation

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The Food and Drug Administration on [November 26] approved a drug for a wide range of cancers based on a ...
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Pioneering cancer immunotherapy researchers awarded Nobel Prize in medicine

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The Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded Monday [Oct. 1, 2018] to cancer researchers James P. Allison and ...
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Could genetically modified polio virus treat brain tumors?

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A genetically modified polio virus improved the longer-term survival of patients with a lethal type of brain tumor, according to ...
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FDA moves against stem cell clinics selling unapproved procedures in Florida, California

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The Food and Drug Administration is asking federal courts on opposite sides of the country to permanently stop two stem ...
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Treating lung cancer with combination of chemotherapy, immunotherapy

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Patients with newly diagnosed advanced lung cancer who received an immunotherapy drug plus standard chemotherapy lived significantly longer than those ...
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‘Dangerous precedent’: Former FDA commissioners oppose ‘right to try’ legislation providing access to experimental treatments

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Four former commissioners of the Food and Drug Administration are expressing opposition to congressional “right to try” legislation, just as ...
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Gene therapy could be ‘ideal cure’ for hemophilia B

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[L]ast year, [Jay] Konduros enrolled in a clinical trial, receiving an experimental gene therapy at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [to ...
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Cancer patients find hope in immunotherapy drug that exploits genetic glitches

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In August 2014, [colon cancer patient Stefanie Joho] stumbled into Johns Hopkins University for her first infusion of the immunotherapy drug ...
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Why high-risk breast cancer patients are foregoing genetic testing and counseling

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Doctors often fail to recommend genetic testing for breast-cancer patients, even those who are at high risk for mutations linked ...
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Dogs emerging as new model to research cancer cures for humans

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The growing interest in dogs reflects researchers’ frustration with the standard approach to developing cancer treatments: testing them in lab ...
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Gene test may identify if breast cancer patients need chemotherapy or not

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Doctors have long known that many early-stage breast cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy don't actually need it to prevent recurrence ...