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Annual Report to the Nation: Overall cancer mortality continues to decline; Special section on adults ages 20 to 49 shows higher cancer incidence and mortality for women than men

May 30th, 2019

The 2019 Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer finds overall cancer death rates continue to decline and cancer incidence dropped in men and remained stable in women. A special section reports on recent cancer trends in younger adults.

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Study shows incidence rates of aggressive subtypes of uterine cancer rising

May 22nd, 2019

An NCI-led study shows rates for aggressive subtypes of uterine cancer rose rapidly among women ages 30 to 79 from 2000–2015. The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, also reveal racial disparities in incidence and survival rates.

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Harnessing T-cell “stemness” could enhance cancer immunotherapy

March 28th, 2019

A new study provides insight into how cancer immunotherapy works and suggests ways to enhance the treatment’s effectiveness. The NCI-led study, published in Science, examined the effect of high potassium levels on T cells.

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Szent-Györgyi Prize to honor NCI’s Steven A. Rosenberg

February 12th, 2019

The 2019 Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research will be awarded to NCI’s Steven A. Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D., for his pioneering role in the development of immunotherapy.

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AI approach outperformed human experts in identifying cervical precancer

January 10th, 2019

A research team from NIH and Global Good has developed a computer algorithm that can analyze digital images of the cervix and identify precancerous changes that require medical attention. The AI approach could be valuable in low-resource settings.

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BRCA Exchange aggregates data on thousands of BRCA variants to inform understanding of cancer risk

January 9th, 2019

The BRCA Exchange, a global resource that includes data on thousands of inherited variants in the BRCA1/BRCA2 genes, is available to the public through a website and new smartphone app.

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Study finds elevated risk of certain rare blood cancers after chemotherapy for most solid tumors

December 20th, 2018

In a new study, NIH investigators found that patients treated with chemotherapy for most solid tumors had an increased risk of tMDS/AML, a rare but often fatal blood cancer. The study, which used population-based data, was published in JAMA Oncology.

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Ibrutinib plus rituximab superior to standard treatment for some patients with chronic leukemia

December 4th, 2018

A clinical trial showed that ibrutinib plus rituximab is superior to standard treatment for patients age 70 and younger with untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Findings were announced at the American Society of Hematology annual meeting.

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Statement from NCI Director Dr. Norman E. Sharpless on the Death of Senator John McCain

August 27th, 2018

Senator John McCain, a long-time supporter of cancer research, passed away on August 25.

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NCI-led research team develops predictor for immunotherapy response in melanoma

August 20th, 2018

In a new study, NCI-led researchers developed a gene expression predictor that can indicate whether melanoma in a specific patient is likely to respond to treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors, a type of immunotherapy.

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