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Texas Couple Looking to Move Up Wedding for Grandfather With Pancreatic Cancer Given Free Ceremony

Texas Couple Looking to Move Up Wedding for Grandfather With Pancreatic Cancer Given Free CeremonyThe venue was donated by would-be bride Kolbie Sanders, who called off her own wedding and offered it to one lucky couple.



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AstraZeneca's Lynparza shown to put brakes on ovarian cancer

AstraZeneca's Lynparza shown to put brakes on ovarian cancerAn AstraZeneca drug that blocks a cancer cell’s ability to repair its genetic code greatly reduced the risk of ovarian cancer worsening in a phase III trial, underpinning its lead against two U.S. rivals in the same class. Given as a maintenance therapy to reinforce initial chemotherapy, Lynparza halted or reversed tumor growth in 60 percent of patients three years into the trial. At year four, the progression-free survival (PFS) rate in the Lynparza group was still above 50 percent, against 11 percent for chemotherapy alone.



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New treatment offers up to ten months extra life for women with deadly breast cancer

New treatment offers up to ten months extra life for women with deadly breast cancerA new treatment could offer up to ten months extra life for women with one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, following a successful British trial. Using a combination of immunotherapy and chemotherapy, the body’s own immune system can be tuned to attack triple-negative breast cancer, scientists found. The research, carried out by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, also showed that the combined treatment reduced the risk of death or the cancer progressing by up to 40 per cent. Professor Peter Schmid, a professor of cancer medicine at QMUL and the author of the trial, described the results as a “massive step forward”. “Triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive form of breast cancer; we have been desperately looking for better treatment options,” he said. “It is particularly tragic that those affected are often young, with many themselves having young families.” Triple-negative breast cancer is one of the most deadly forms of the disease and nearly one quarter of patients diagnosed will not survive for more than five years. The standard treatment for it is chemotherapy, which most patients quickly develop resistance to. If the disease spreads to other parts of the body, survival is typically only 12 to 15 months. But with the new treatment, researchers say that survival could be extended by up to ten months. Prof Schmid, who is clinical director of the Breast Cancer Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, explained that he new treatment will “significantly extend lives compared to the standard treatment of chemotherapy alone.” “We are changing how triple-negative breast cancer is treated in proving for the first time that immune therapy has a substantial survival benefit,” he said. “In a combined treatment approach, we are using chemotherapy to tear away the tumour’s ‘immune-protective cloak’ to expose it as well as enabling people’s own immune system to get at it.” About | Breast cancer The new treatment combines the standard weekly chemotherapy with the immunotherapy medication atezolizumab which once every two weeks. The combination works by chemotherapy “roughening up” the surface of the cancer, which enables the immune system to better recognise and therefore fight the cancer as a foreign object. Following the results of this trial, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the new treatment is now under review by health authorities who will decide whether to offer it on the NHS. Patients at St Bartholomew’s Hospital with triple-negative breast cancer are offered immunotherapy as part of ongoing trials. Triple negative breast cancer is more common in women under 40 and black women, according to Macmillan Cancer Support. It is one of the rarer forms of breast cancer, with around 15 per cent of breast cancers classified as triple negative.  



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Judge mulls slashing $290 mn award in Roundup cancer case

Judge mulls slashing $  290 mn award in Roundup cancer caseA judge on Wednesday was mulling whether to gut a jury order that Monsanto pay $ 290 million in damages for not warning a groundskeeper that its weed killer product Roundup might cause cancer. In motions filed after the historic August verdict, Monsanto urged the judge to strip away the $ 250 million punitive portion of the damages, arguing that a new trial was justified. Rival attorneys argued before California state Judge Suzanne Bolanos, who did not say when she would rule on the motions.



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Scientists behind game-changing cancer immunotherapies win Nobel medicine prize

Scientists behind game-changing cancer immunotherapies win Nobel medicine prizeThe scientists’ work in the 1990s has since swiftly led to new and dramatically improved therapies for cancers such as melanoma and lung cancer, which had previously been extremely difficult to treat. “The seminal discoveries by the two Laureates constitute a landmark in our fight against cancer,” the Nobel Assembly at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute said as it awarded the prize of nine million Swedish crowns ($ 1 million). Allison and Honjo showed releasing the brakes on the immune system can unleash its power to attack cancer.



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Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for Immune System Cancer Research

Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for Immune System Cancer ResearchThe $ 1 million prize will be shared by James Allison and Tasuku Honjo



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US, Japanese pair win Nobel Medicine Prize for cancer therapy

US, Japanese pair win Nobel Medicine Prize for cancer therapyTwo immunologists, James Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan, won the 2018 Nobel Medicine Prize for research that has revolutionised the treatment of cancer, the jury said on Monday. The pair were honoured “for their discovery of cancer therapy by inhibition of negative immune regulation,” the Nobel Assembly said. The proteins can stop the body’s natural defences from killing cancer cells.



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Newer hormonal birth control linked to lower ovarian cancer risk: Study

Newer hormonal birth control linked to lower ovarian cancer risk: StudyHormonal contraception methods like a pill, patch, ring or injectable are very effective and popular as birth control, but they can have other health benefits, too.



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Monsanto asks judge to throw out $289M award in cancer suit

Monsanto asks judge to throw out $  289M award in cancer suitSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Agribusiness company Monsanto has asked a San Francisco judge to throw out a jury's $ 289 million award to a former school groundskeeper who said the company's Roundup weed killer left him dying of cancer.



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Exclusive: With more immigrant children in detention, HHS cuts funds for other programs — like cancer research

Exclusive: With more immigrant children in detention, HHS cuts funds for other programs — like cancer researchThe government is diverting millions of dollars from programs including the CDC and the National Institutes of Health.



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