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Medicare Part B: Barriers to Cancer Treatment

Davenport-Ennis

The National Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) has seen a notable rise in calls for assistance from both Medicare beneficiaries and cancer doctors regarding difficulty accessing certain cancer drugs in the physician office setting, where most patients receive their care. As a result, patients are being forced to seek cancer treatment in the hospital setting to access their life-saving cancer medicines; this displacement disrupts their continuum of care, is inconvenient, and is more costly to the Read More >

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Cancer Stem Cell Therapy: Real Or Just Hype?

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Also known as tumor-initiating cells, cancer stem cells (CSC) have unique capability endemic to stem cells of self-renewal and differentiation, thereby causing tumor relapse and/or metastatis. While traditional cancer treatments focus on tumor shrinkage, it’s a distinct possibility that these agents do not effectively destroy all of the CSCs, causing the tumor to reappear. The CSC theory is relatively new, so the treatment pipeline is still in its early stages. Nathan Sadeghi-Nejad, a contributor to Read More >

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Childhood Cancer Groups Join Forces to Train Childhood Cancer Leaders

Kathleen Ruddy and Maureen Lilly

Cancer remains the leading cause of death by disease for children in the United States today. Each year, about 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer—more than a schoolroom of children every day. September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S., and our organizations are drawing attention to these devastating diseases by training advocates to take action to change the future for children with cancer. While the five-year survival rates of some childhood cancers have improved, Read More >

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Meet 2011′s Buzz of BIO Winner, Amrita Therapeutics

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2011 Buzz of BIO Health Winner Amrita Therapeutics is a bio-pharma discovery company based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, pursuing the development of novel, multiple disease targeting therapies for cancer. Last year, they won the Buzz of BIO Contest for the 2011 BIO International Convention, where industry executives and leaders voted on their favorite biotech companies. BIO recently spoke with Susan Finston, the CEO of Amrita Therapeutics, to get their thoughts on the contest, last year’s BIO Read More >

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Oncology Clinical Trials – Secrets of Success

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At last year’s BIO CEO & Investor Conference, BIO and BioMedTracker presented data showing that drugs in development for oncology indications had the lowest overall clinical trial success rate of all therapeutic areas in development since 2004. We have updated these numbers to include clinical trials through December 2011. Although overall success rates did improve slightly, oncology remained in last place. The chart below illustrates why oncology’s overall success rate is so low relative to Read More >

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