Displaying archives for 2014 August:

Lung Cancer Alliance praises NCI’s new ALCHEMIST trial

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 19th, 2014 |

Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) President & CEO, Laurie Fenton Ambrose praised the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) new trial, launched today, that will focus on the prevention of recurrence in two specific types of lung cancers when they are caught at early stage and surgically removed. “This trial demonstrates the power of CT screening to open… Read More

Phoenix company set to launch early-detection lung cancer blood test

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 19th, 2014 |

Will Gartner — who developed the early-detection breast cancer and Alzheimer’s blood tests and later sold those businesses — is close to launching a new blood test for the early detection of lung cancer. His company, Global Cancer Diagnostics Inc., is finishing up its final validation study. That’s the last step before marketing the product…. Read More

NCI Launches Molecular Medicine Clinical Trials; Response Genetics Nabs Profiling Contract

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 18th, 2014 |

The National Cancer Institute said today it has launched new clinical trials that will use tumor sequencing and genetic markers to help determine whether therapies targeting genetic alterations can prevent lung cancer recurrence. Separately, Response Genetics said it has been awarded a “multi-million dollar” subcontract from Leidos Biomedical Research, a contractor for the NCI-sponsored Frederick… Read More

Some Respiratory Diseases Tied to Lung Cancer Risk

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 15th, 2014 |

Three common respiratory diseases seem to be associated with an increased risk of lung cancer, researchers report. The investigators analyzed data from seven studies that included more than 25,000 people and found that chronic bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia were linked with a greater risk of developing lung cancer. Having asthma or tuberculosis was not associated… Read More

MD Anderson, Foundation Medicine, team up to improve targeted therapies in metastatic disease

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 14th, 2014 |

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center announced today an alliance with Cambridge, MA-based Foundation Medicine. The teams are opening a randomized-controlled trial to determine whether targeted therapies selected based on tumor molecular profiling compared with treatment not selected on this basis results in longer progression-free survival in patients with advanced disease. This study… Read More

Lung cancer diagnosis tool safe and effective for older patients

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 14th, 2014 |

A recent study has found that a procedure to take tissue samples from lung cancer patients can be used safely in the elderly. This allows doctors to make a more accurate diagnosis and to choose appropriate treatment. Half of all lung cancer patients are older than 70 years at diagnosis, but studies have shown that… Read More

Blocking the signal: Brain-derived growth factor may lure lung cancer cells to migrate

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 13th, 2014 |

Ninety percent of lung cancer deaths are caused by the tumor’s spread—or metastasis—to other organs. Researchers have now discovered an approach to blocking metastasis in the most common type of lung cancer, adenocarcinoma, that could be added to chemotherapy treatments aimed at shrinking the primary tumor. Kerstin Sinkevicius, a research fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital,… Read More

Can Your Breath Tell That You Have Cancer?

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 13th, 2014 |

Walking past one of the crowded outdoor eateries in New York City on a recent summer evening, I was struck by how many young women and men were smoking as they chatted away over dinner. People were packed onto the sidewalks, blowing smoke in each others’ faces (and, unfortunately, those of the passersby). I could… Read More

Cancer-Stricken Girls Celebrate Remission With Photo Re-Do

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 12th, 2014 |

The photo of three young girls who were battling cancer – bald and hugging each other – has gotten an update with the trio now in remission and posing for a brighter picture that is full of life. Rheann Franklin, 6, Ainsley Peters, 5, and Rylie Hughey, 3, were photographed Saturday at the Bethany, Okla.,… Read More

Foundation Medicine Announces 2014 Second Quarter Results and Recent Highlights

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 12th, 2014 |

Foundation Medicine, Inc. (NASDAQ:FMI) today reported financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. — 5,908 clinical tests reported, 263% year-over-year growth — Total revenue of $14.5 million, 145% year-over-year growth — Revenue from clinical testing of $9.4 million, 233% year-over-year growth — Continued commercial expansion, with 60% of tests reported to… Read More