Cancer Care and Treatment in the Spotlight This Week
Cancer deaths have dropped to their lowest rate since 1991, mostly in part to fewer Americans smoking. This week’s BioBlog is filled with more good news from the world of oncology and cancer treatment, including advances in the treatment of breast cancer, renal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and brain tumors.
The FDA recently cleared a new stereotactic radiotherapy system used to treat breast cancer. The GammaPod System is intended for use in noninvasive stereotactic delivery of radiation during breast-conserving treatment.The FDA cleared it on December 22, 2017, paving the way for the Xcision Medical Systems LLC product’s use.
Tear down, prop up, or otherwise change Obamacare? That’s the quandary facing Republicans as they wrestle with potential changes to the Affordable Care Act. A look at the battle that continues among representatives struggling with changes to the ACA.
The addition of pazopanib to paclitaxel did not improve progression-free survival among women with persistent or recurrent ovarian cancer. The results of a double-blind study of 106 women, published in JAMA, found that the combination of pazopanib plus paclitaxel was “not superior” to paclitaxel along in the treatment of women with recurrent ovarian cancer.
FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Combination of Avelumab and Axitinib in Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma
The FDA granted (FDA) granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to avelumab (Bavencio) in combination with axitinib (Inlyta) for treatment-naive patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma. Study details are included in this article.
A new brain cancer treatment uses a virus injected directly into the bloodstream to reach tumors deep inside the brain. Nine patients completed the trial, but if the results can be duplicated, a larger study can be done with the “reovirus” treatment.
Some good news in the war against cancer – deaths from cancer fell to their lowest rate since
1991. The reason for the drop? Americans are smoking less. More details in the original article.
New results from a study indicate that generic skin cream fluorouacil 5 percent for two to four weeks may reduce the risk of a squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) needing surgery by 75 percent within a year. The clinical trial included 900 military veterans at high risk for keratinocyte carcinoma skin cancer.
Cutting-edge gene therapy is changing the lives of lung cancer patients. A look at how the landscape for treating – and living with – cancer is changing for both patients and oncologists.