Wednesday, June 3, 2009

NCI Cancer Bulletin June 2, 2009

Lung Cancer Screening Leads to High Rates of False Positives Study finds that use of computed tomography led to high rates of follow-up testing
Combo Treatment Boosts Survival in Biliary Tract Cancers Gemcitabine plus cisplatin may be new standard of care for advanced disease
Breast Cancer Drug Helps Patients with Gastric Cancer Adding trastuzumab to chemotherapy modestly improved overall survival
HPV Status Can Predict Outcome in Oropharyngeal Cancer Determining HPV status helps predict treatment response and may become routine
Bevacizumab Does Not Prevent Recurrence of Colorectal Cancer The angiogenesis inhibitor delayed but did not prevent recurrence in a phase III trial
Drugs that Inhibit DNA Repair May Treat Advanced Breast Cancer Results from two phase II trials of PARP inhibitors show promise
Radiofrequency Ablation Effective Against Barrett Esophagus Using radio waves to heat and destroy abnormal cells may be an alternative to surgery
Exposure to PCBs In the Home May Increase Risk of Childhood Leukemia Researchers measured chemical levels in the home and examined risk of ALL