10 Things We Learned About Progress Against Cancer in 2015

A review of major developments in cancer research and breast cancer in 2015.Looking back over the past year, what were some of the big things we learned that contribute to the progress that’s being made against cancer?

Here are ten of the stories that stood out most for me. Some involved new treatments or evolving treatment approaches. Others were about important policy issues, including the high costs of cancer care, and the pressing need for solutions. And again this year we were reminded of the importance of accuracy when it comes to reporting about celebrity cancer stories. Continue reading

5 Cancer Research Stories Worth Following – Fall 2015

Cancer research stories to follow this Fall include continuing developments in immune system therapies.What’s exciting in cancer research right now? In this post, I’ll review several of the most interesting cancer research stories that have been in the news this Fall.

These are a few of the recent stories that seem to have the greatest potential impact, at least from my perspective, and that I know I’ll want to follow as they develop further.

Stories to follow this Fall include the continuing developments in immune system therapies, the use of a gene assay to avoid unnecessary treatment and news of worsening trends in breast cancer disparities.
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5 Cancer Research Stories Worth Following – Summer 2015

Cancer research news for Summer 2015 reflected a growing emphasis on matching patients with treatments based on the molecular characteristics of their cancer.What’s exciting in cancer research right now? In this post, I’ll review several of the most interesting cancer research stories that have been in the news this Summer.

These are a few of the recent stories that seem to have the greatest potential impact, at least from my perspective, and that I know I’ll want to follow as they develop further.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) held its annual meeting in June. A major theme reflected in numerous reports about the meeting was the need for more intensive efforts to match patients with treatments based on the molecular characteristics of their cancer, and incorporating this approach into clinical trials. Continue reading

5 Cancer Research Stories Worth Following – Spring 2015

Cancer research news in Spring 2015 included clinical trial results for immune system therapies presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.What’s exciting in cancer research right now? ¬†In this post, I’ll briefly review several notable cancer research stories that have come out this Spring.

These are a few of the recent stories that seem to have the greatest potential impact, at least from my perspective, and that I know I’ll want to follow as they develop further.

Therapies that boost the immune system’s ability to fight cancer continued to figure highly in cancer research news this Spring, including news from the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Continue reading

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2014: Where Is Research Headed?

The 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium highlighted potential new treatment strategies that are opening up as a result of advances in understanding of cancer biology.Innovative new approaches to breast cancer treatment that were featured at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium could eventually have a big impact on the way breast cancer is treated.

Potential new treatment strategies are opening up as a result of recent advances in knowledge of cancer biology as well as improved understanding of how our immune system functions.  Technological advances are playing a big role too. Continue reading

Top Cancer Research Stories: Fall 2014

Notable cancer research stories for Fall 2014 included what some describe as "unprecedented results" from a clinical trial of the drug pertuzumab (Perjeta).What’s interesting in cancer research right now? What do we most need to know about? This is the latest post in a series in which we review several of the most notable cancer research stories that have come out over the previous two to three months.

These are a few of the recent stories that seem to have the greatest potential impact, at least from my perspective, and that I know I’ll want to follow as they develop further.

Topics covered this time include HER2-positive breast cancer, immune system therapies and overcoming treatment resistance.

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Top Cancer Research Stories: Early Summer 2014

Daylily in early summer gardenThis is the latest post in a bi-monthly series where we take a look at several of the most interesting cancer research stories that have come out over the previous two months. These are a few of the recent stories that seem to have the greatest potential impact, at least from my perspective, and that I know I’ll want to follow as they develop further.

In early May, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) held its annual meeting in Chicago. In the area of breast cancer treatment, this meeting included reports on several interesting studies about ways that patients can benefit from new uses of existing drugs.

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