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August 29, 2016

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August 29, 2016

Study Identifies Novel Treatment Resistance Mechanism in BRAF-Mutant Melanoma

Aug. 8, 2016 — A research team has identified an additional mechanism for resistance to targeted treatment for BRAF-mutant melanoma. They report that inactivating mutations in two genes responsible for regulating ... read more

New Target for Treatment of Melanoma Identified

Aug. 4, 2016 — A Brazilian study shows that inhibition of an RNA named RMEL3, which is encoded by a previously uncharacterized gene (also named RMEL3), can reduce the viability of cultured melanoma cells by up to ... read more

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

Many Skin Cancer Patients Still Too Likely to Sunburn

July 19, 2016 — A recent study concludes that a substantial number of people with a history of the most frequent kind of nonmelanoma skin cancers still get sunburned at the same rate as those without previous ... read more

Immunotherapy Benefits Relapsed Stem Cell Transplant Recipients

July 13, 2016 — Using repeated doses of an immunotherapy drug can restore a complete remission for some relapsed stem cell transplant recipients, new research ... read more

July 13, 2016 — For the first time, researchers have identified mechanisms that determine how advanced melanoma can become resistant to immune checkpoint inhibitors, a discovery that could lead to the development of ... read more

A 'Key' to Metastasis Formation

July 13, 2016 — Researchers have demonstrated that a molecule, called biglycan, plays an intrinsic role in attracting tumor cells toward the inner wall of tumor blood vessels. Cells lining the walls of tumor blood ... read more

Researchers Identify Potential Immunotherapy Drug Combination

July 12, 2016 — A drug combination designed to enhance the immune system's ability to zero in and attack cancer cells has shown a pronounced therapeutic effect against advanced and metastatic cancers in mice, ... 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

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