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ASCO Publishes New “Value Framework” for Cancer Treatment Options


On Monday, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) published “A Framework to Assess the Value of Cancer Treatment Options” in the Journal of Clinical Oncology intended to ‘assess the value of new cancer therapies based on treatment benefits, toxicities, and costs.’ The framework, developed by the ASCO Value in Cancer Care Task Force, is intended to ‘ultimately serve as the basis for user-friendly, standardized tools that physicians can use with their patients to discuss the relative value Read More >

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The Power of Innovation

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Today’s “Fox and Friends” included an informative segment about the staggering advances being made in cancer care thanks to new and forthcoming innovative treatments. The segment featured five doctors from the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, a Nashville-based research organization that partners with biopharmaceutical companies to offer more than 500 clinical trials annually. “Over 40 years since President Nixon declared the War on Cancer, and after decades of giving more drugs and more radiation, we’re now Read More >

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What to Watch: Emperor of All Maladies; Killing Cancer

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Cancer is a disease which affects almost 1.7 million people each year in America, and is the fastest growing disease on Earth. Two television shows this week explore the history of the complex illness, as well as recent treatment advances that are providing new hope for many patients. The first is a television adaptation of Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction. The TV Read More >

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T-Cell Therapies: Best Bets in Pushing Down the Cost Curve and Prioritizing Cancer Targets

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New approaches in cancer immunology are achieving promising early-stage results through novel techniques for arming the body’s own t-cells to have greater impact on reducing tumors and preventing the spread of disease. CAR-T methods that extract, reengineer, and reintroduce a given patient’s t-cells provide highly personalized therapy but may be difficult to scale up. The interleukin enhancement approach motivates existing t-cells to be more effective and may be easier to deliver but have less pervasive Read More >

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New PhRMA report: Nearly 800 Cancer Medicines in Development


A new report from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) shows that biopharma companies are currently developing nearly 800 new medicines and vaccines for cancer. “In recent decades, we have seen great progress in developing effective cancer treatments that help extend lives, improve quality of life and increase productivity,” said PhRMA President and CEO John J. Castellani. “Continued research has expanded our knowledge of how cancer develops and how to target medicines for Read More >

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