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Study Analyzing Postmarketing Data on Breast Implant Safety Sparks FDA Response

Study Analyzing Postmarketing Data on Breast Implant Safety Sparks FDA Response

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Existing studies that summarize the risks of breast implants are not adequately powered to detect all harms, alleged authors of a study including nearly 100,000 patient outcomes.

Predicting Response to Immunotherapy in Late-Stage Melanoma

Predicting Response to Immunotherapy in Late-Stage Melanoma

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A new model has the potential to identify patients with melanoma who could benefit from treatment with checkpoint inhibitors.

Oncology Community Expresses Concern About Medicare Advantage Step-Therapy Policy

Oncology Community Expresses Concern About Medicare Advantage Step-Therapy Policy

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More than 90 medical societies have called on the US government to reverse a policy allowing step therapy under Medicare Advantage.

FDA Guidance: Expansion Cohort Trials Expected to Modernize Oncology Trials

FDA Guidance: Expansion Cohort Trials Expected to Modernize Oncology Trials

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There is a push to create innovative adaptive trial designs that include more patients and, subsequently, more generalizable data.

Exploring the Role of Immunotherapy in Melanoma Brain Metastases

Exploring the Role of Immunotherapy in Melanoma Brain Metastases

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Although checkpoint inhibitors are active against melanoma-linked brain metastases, researchers are interested in exploring combination approaches.

Predictors of Response to Checkpoint Inhibitors in Melanoma Revealed

Predictors of Response to Checkpoint Inhibitors in Melanoma Revealed

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A computational tool appears to accurately tease out the portion of patients who might respond to checkpoint inhibitors from those who are likely to be resistant.

Limited Local Lymph Node Excision Plus Radiotherapy May Be Effective in Melanoma

Limited Local Lymph Node Excision Plus Radiotherapy May Be Effective in Melanoma

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Previous studies have evaluated the effects of limited local node excision plus radiotherapy among patients with melanoma in this subgroup, but had conflicting results.

Bispecific Antibodies in Cancer

Bispecific Antibodies in Cancer

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Interest in these bioengineered antibodies has been rekindled by the striking success seen in the treatment of some cancers with immunotherapies.

Adjuvant Bevacizumab May Not Improve Overall Survival in Resected Melanoma

Adjuvant Bevacizumab May Not Improve Overall Survival in Resected Melanoma

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Previous studies have demonstrated that the vascular endothelial growth factor inhibitor bevacizumab is active in melanoma, and may be effective in the maintenance setting.

Tapping Social Media for Skin Cancer Prevention: What You Can Do

Tapping Social Media for Skin Cancer Prevention: What You Can Do

Any images and personal stories that remind people about skin cancer, what to look for, even scars after surgery, really help save lives.

Frequency of Tanning, Risk for Melanoma Higher in Gym Tanners

Frequency of Tanning, Risk for Melanoma Higher in Gym Tanners

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The use of tanning beds and/or booths and their availability in gyms may increase the frequency of indoor tanning for physically active adults, a combination that further exacerbates their risk for melanoma.

Cognitive Functioning Affects the Ability of Patients With Advanced Cancer to Give Informed Consent

Cognitive Functioning Affects the Ability of Patients With Advanced Cancer to Give Informed Consent

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Approximately half of patients with advanced cancer who are enrolled in phase 1 clinical trials do not know the ultimate goal of the study.

Do Sunless Tanners Have Fewer Skin Cancer Risk Behaviors?

Do Sunless Tanners Have Fewer Skin Cancer Risk Behaviors?

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People who elect to undergo sunless tanning tend to continue behaviors that could increase their risk of skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Education May Improve Sun Protection Practices Among Organ Transplant Recipients

Skin Cancer Education May Improve Sun Protection Practices Among Organ Transplant Recipients

The use of multiple sun protection measures was defined as the use of 2 or more of these measures more than 50% of the time when the individual was outdoors.

Triclosan and Cancer Risk: Is There a Link?

Triclosan and Cancer Risk: Is There a Link?

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Some studies suggest triclosan could have oncogenic properties, but more research is needed to confirm a causal link.

Next-Generation Sequencing Adds Value by Detecting More Mutations Than Polymerase Chain Reaction in Melanoma

Next-Generation Sequencing Adds Value by Detecting More Mutations Than Polymerase Chain Reaction in Melanoma

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Since next-generation sequencing reflex testing has been implemented at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, several cases of potentially actionable mutations have been identified that would not have been caught by PCR alone.

Is Genomic Medicine Failing Minority Patients?

Is Genomic Medicine Failing Minority Patients?

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Racial minorities are poorly represented in genomic research databases, raising important questions about whether or not all patients will benefit equally from advances in precision oncology.

Indoor Tanning and Cancer

Indoor Tanning and Cancer

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All meta-analyses conducted to date show a significant association between indoor tanning use and an increased risk of melanoma or non-melanoma skin cancers.

FDA Approves Encorafenib Plus Binimetinib for <i>BRAF V600E, V600K</i> Mutation-Positive Melanoma

FDA Approves Encorafenib Plus Binimetinib for BRAF V600E, V600K Mutation-Positive Melanoma

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The FDA based their approval on findings from the phase 3 COLUMBUS study, in which researchers randomly assigned patients with BRAF V600-mutant melanoma to receive encorafenib plus binimetinib, encorafenib, or vemurafenib.

Novel Targets, Treatments Needed for Melanomas Not Responding to Targeted Immunotherapies

Novel Targets, Treatments Needed for Melanomas Not Responding to Targeted Immunotherapies

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Novel targets in the treatment of melanoma was a hot topic of discussion during the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

Radiation and Immunotherapy Show Possible Survival Advantage in Melanoma-Related Brain Metastases

Radiation and Immunotherapy Show Possible Survival Advantage in Melanoma-Related Brain Metastases

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Results from a small study show that PD-1 inhibitors could work synergistically with radiosurgery to promote slightly longer survival times.

FDA Accepts sBLA for Pembrolizumab as Adjuvant Therapy for Melanoma

FDA Accepts sBLA for Pembrolizumab as Adjuvant Therapy for Melanoma

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If approved, the new indication could mean pembrolizumab could be used for patients with melanoma.

<i>ARID1A</i> Mutations Might Predict Tumor Response to Immunotherapy

ARID1A Mutations Might Predict Tumor Response to Immunotherapy

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New findings bolster the case for the predictive utility of ARID1A mutations.

Liquid Biopsies and Cancer Detection: New Test Assesses Levels of Circulating Proteins for Early-Stage Diagnosis

Liquid Biopsies and Cancer Detection: New Test Assesses Levels of Circulating Proteins for Early-Stage Diagnosis

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A new test has been shown to be capable of identifying eight different cancers by assessing levels of circulating proteins along with mutations in cell-free DNA.

Understanding Telomerase: Higher Quality Images Give Insight Into Developing New Agents for Inhibition

Understanding Telomerase: Higher Quality Images Give Insight Into Developing New Agents for Inhibition

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Telomerase plays a crucial role in tumor proliferation, and a better understanding of its structure will pave the way for new drug development.

In Melanoma, Older Adults Could Benefit More From Treatment With PD-1 Inhibitors

In Melanoma, Older Adults Could Benefit More From Treatment With PD-1 Inhibitors

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Patient age should play a role in drug development strategies for melanoma, researchers of a new study say.

Efficacy and Hyperemesis Syndrome Associated With Cannabinoid Use in Cancers ― In the Clinic

Efficacy and Hyperemesis Syndrome Associated With Cannabinoid Use in Cancers ― In the Clinic

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Many clinical trials and systematic reviews note that the use of cannabinoids also comes with adverse events, including a clinical entity that has been gaining evidence in the literature over the last decade called cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome.

Two-Year Data from BAVENCIO (avelumab) in Metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Two-Year Data from BAVENCIO (avelumab) in Metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma

Paul Nghiem, MD, PhD, discusses his findings at the ASCO 2018 meeting.

Long-Term Data Show Nivolumab May Provide Sustained Benefit Compared With Ipilimumab

Long-Term Data Show Nivolumab May Provide Sustained Benefit Compared With Ipilimumab

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Preliminary findings from CheckMate 238 show treatment with nivolumab significantly prolonged recurrence-free survival compared with ipilimumab in patients with resected stage III/IV melanoma after a minimum 18-month follow-up.

Complete Lymph Node Dissection May Not Improve Outcomes in Melanoma

Complete Lymph Node Dissection May Not Improve Outcomes in Melanoma

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When compared with watchful waiting, CLND did not improve survival outcomes among patients with malignant melanoma who have positive SLNB.

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