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July 30, 2016

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July 30, 2016

Task Force Maybe Too Stringent in Not Yet Recommending Melanoma Screening

July 26, 2016 — Two clinical experts question a USPSTF determination that there isn't enough evidence to recommend that clinicians visual screen for skin cancer, such as ... read more

Study Finds No Substantial Harm from Primary Care Melanoma Screening

July 8, 2016 — Experts concerned that primary care screening for melanomas could lead to widespread misdiagnoses or overtreatment can take comfort in the results of a new study that found no such ... read more

July 8, 2016 — Scientists have identified for the first time the 'cell of origin' -- in other words, the first cell from which the cancer grows -- in basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin ... read more

New Immunotherapy Combo Effectively Treats Advanced Brain Cancer in Pre-Clinical Models

July 7, 2016 — A new breakthrough combination treatment has been developed that utilizes a vaccine to activate an immune response against advanced brain ... read more

New Anti-Cancer Strategy Mobilizes Both Innate and Adaptive Immune Response

July 1, 2016 — Scientists have developed a new vaccine that involves injecting cells that have been modified so that they can stimulate both an innate immune response and the more specific adaptive response, which ... read more

June 29, 2016 — Zap a tumor with radiation to trigger expression of a molecule, then attack that molecule with a drug-loaded nanoparticle, say cancer ... read more

Partners of Patients With Melanoma Find New Cancers With Skin Exam Training

June 29, 2016 — Skin-check partners of patients with melanoma effectively performed skin self-examinations and identified new melanomas as part of an effort to increase early detection of the skin cancer that can be ... read more

Engineering the Immune System to Kill Cancer Cells

June 15, 2016 — A new immunotherapy, a treatment that enhances immune system function in order to treat or prevent disease, is under developed as a means to more effectively target and kill cancer ... read more

Taking PDE5 Inhibitors for Erectile Dysfunction Unlikely to Increase Risk of Skin Cancer

June 14, 2016 — Three drugs widely prescribed for erectile dysfunction are unlikely to increase risk of malignant melanoma, according to a new ... read more

June 7, 2016 — Researchers have decoded a new mechanism of how the immune system can specifically attack pigmented cells of the skin. It was previously believed that so-called natural killer cells did not have an ... read more

Early Detection, Smaller Cancer Among Benefits of Skin Cancer Screening at PCP Visits

June 7, 2016 — Skin cancer screenings performed by primary care physicians (PCPs) during routine office visits improve the detection of potentially deadly melanomas and find them in earlier stages, according to new ... read more

Combo Immunotherapy for Advanced Melanoma: Two Therapies May Be Better Than One

June 6, 2016 — A new metastatic melanoma study suggests that a combination of two immunotherapies may be better than one. One treatment uses a patient's own T cells modified in the lab to more powerfully ... read more

Why Immune-Boosting Therapy Doesn't Work for Everyone With Widespread Melanoma

June 4, 2016 — Patients who don't respond to treatments that use their own immune cells to destroy tumors, called tumor infiltrating lymphocytes, share changes in mechanisms that switch genes on or off in ... read more

Rare Eye Disease That Struck Oliver Sacks Gives Rise to New Cancer Treatment Strategy

June 2, 2016 — Eye cancer took the life of author and neurologist Oliver Sacks last year, bringing attention to the rare, hard-to-treat disease. Now, a team led by scientists report that a mutation that causes the ... read more

June 2, 2016 — Researchers have demonstrated the existence of an olfactory receptor in pigment-producing cells in human skin, the so-called melanocytes. They have shown that the violet-like scent Beta-Ionone can ... read more

Two-Drug Immunotherapy Deemed Safe for Lung Cancer Patients, Study Shows

June 2, 2016 — Utilizing the immunotherapeutic agents nivolumab and ipilimumab could lead to more effective treatment options for non-small cell lung cancer patients who fail initial therapy, report ... read more

A Combined Approach to Treating Metastatic Melanoma

May 30, 2016 — Oncologists have successfully treated a patient with metastatic melanoma by combining two different types of ... read more

Identifying How Merkel Cell Polyomavirus Infection Can Cause a Lethal Carcinoma

May 30, 2016 — A benign virus normally found in the skin can lead to a type of rare, lethal skin cancer. Specifically, infection by the Merkel cell polyomavirus can lead to Merkel cell carcinoma in ... read more

Skin Cancer: Team Synthesizes New Drugs With Surprising Powers

May 27, 2016 — Finding new, more effective and personalized treatments for cancer is the challenge of many researchers. The challenge has been successfully met by a team that has just synthesized and developed new ... read more

Scientists Discover Mechanism That Turns Mutant Cells Into Aggressive Cancers

May 26, 2016 — Scientists have caught a cancer-causing mutation in the act. A new study shows how a gene mutation found in several human cancers, including leukemia, gliomas and melanoma, promotes the growth of ... read more

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