CANCER

Chi-Med, AstraZeneca lung cancer drug shrinks resistant tumors

Chi-Med, AstraZeneca lung cancer drug shrinks resistant tumors

Published 17/10/2017

An experimental cancer drug discovered by Hutchison China MediTech has demonstrated promising activity in shrinking tumors in lung cancer patients whose disease had worsened following treatment with approved medicines. [more…]

Exelixis drug improves overall survival in liver cancer patients

Exelixis drug improves overall survival in liver cancer patients

Published 16/10/2017

Exelixis Inc's drug to treat a type of liver cancer improved overall survival in patients in a late-stage study that prompted an independent expert group to recommend no further trial, sending the company's shares soaring 31 percent. [more…]

U.S. NIH, 11 drugmakers partner to accelerate cancer therapy research

U.S. NIH, 11 drugmakers partner to accelerate cancer therapy research

Published 12/10/2017

The Trump Administration threw its support behind a public-private partnership with 11 drug companies to advance a new class of drugs that uses the body's immune system to fight cancer. [more…]

Switching to e-cigarettes could save 6.6 million American smokers: researchers

Switching to e-cigarettes could save 6.6 million American smokers: researchers

Published 02/10/2017

Up to 6.6 million early deaths in America might be averted over 10 years if smokers switched to e-cigarettes, and the nicotine delivery devices should be adopted as part of an "endgame for cigarette smoking", researchers said on Monday. [more…]

`Veep` actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus battling breast cancer

`Veep` actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus battling breast cancer

Published 28/09/2017

Emmy-winning comedic actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus said on Thursday that she was battling breast cancer and highlighted the case for universal healthcare. [more…]

WHO tells governments to reject Philip Morris-funded smoking foundation

WHO tells governments to reject Philip Morris-funded smoking foundation

Published 28/09/2017

The World Health Organization told governments on Thursday not to get involved in a foundation funded by tobacco firm Philip Morris International to look at ways of reducing the harm from smoking. [more…]

Eli Lilly wins U.S. approval for breast cancer drug

Eli Lilly wins U.S. approval for breast cancer drug

Published 28/09/2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it approved an Eli Lilly and Co drug to treat advanced breast cancer that has progressed following prior treatment. [more…]

Novartis posts a win, Roche a flop in skin cancer trials

Novartis posts a win, Roche a flop in skin cancer trials

Published 10/09/2017

Swiss drugmaker Novartis notched a trial win for its drug cocktail against skin cancer on Monday, while a rival treatment from Roche with slipping sales failed in a separate study with a similar patient group. [more…]

After melanoma surgery, Bristol`s Opdivo offers new care standard

After melanoma surgery, Bristol`s Opdivo offers new care standard

Published 10/09/2017

Bristol-Myers Squibb's immunotherapy drug Opdivo is a better and safer option than its older medicine Yervoy for treating melanoma patients who have had surgery to remove disease, researchers reported on Monday. [more…]

Bristol`s drug cocktail cuts kidney cancer death risk 37 percent

Bristol`s drug cocktail cuts kidney cancer death risk 37 percent

Published 10/09/2017

A combination of two Bristol-Myers Squibb immunotherapy drugs cut the risk of death by 37 percent in a key group of kidney cancer patients, data from a closely watched clinical trial showed on Sunday. [more…]