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John McCain Dies at 81

Posted 24 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 – Senator John McCain's long battle with brain cancer may be nearing an end, with his family announcing Friday that he will no longer receive treatment for the condition. The 81-year-old Republican Arizona senator and hero of the Vietnam War had been undergoing treatment for an aggressive glioblastoma since July of 2017, The New York Times noted. "Last summer, Senator John ...

FDA Grants Genentech’s Avastin Full Approval for Most Aggressive Form of Brain Cancer

Posted 9 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

South San Francisco, CA – December 5, 2017 – Genentech, a member of the Roche Group (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY), announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted full approval for Avastin (bevacizumab) for the treatment of adults with glioblastoma that progressed following prior therapy (referred to as recurrent disease). Avastin was previously granted provisional ...

Many With Deadly Brain Cancer Don't Opt for Hospice Care

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 28, 2017 – Many patients with a deadly type of brain tumor don't receive adequate hospice care, a new study finds. Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center researchers analyzed data from more than 12,000 patients in the United States with malignant gliomas who were treated and died between 2002 and 2012. "We know from prior research that patients with terminal illnesses, ...

Pet Dogs May Speed Human Brain Cancer Trials

Posted 26 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 26, 2017 – Man's best friend may help scientists learn more about a deadly brain cancer in people. Both dogs and humans can develop glioblastoma. Half of people diagnosed with this type of brain cancer live fewer than 14 months, even after treatment with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Sen. John McCain is being treated for glioblastoma and Sen. Ted Kennedy died from the ...

Gene Therapy May Fight Brain Cancer's Return

Posted 27 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 27, 2017 – A new form of gene therapy shows promise in battling recurrent brain cancer. The phase 1 clinical trial included 56 patients with recurrent high-grade glioma brain cancer. Three years after the gene therapy treatment, more than a quarter of the patients were still alive. Median survival for patients was 14.4 months, compared with eight months typically seen in patients. ...

FDA Approves Mvasi (bevacizumab-awwb), a Biosimilar to Avastin

Posted 17 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

September 14, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Mvasi (bevacizumab-awwb) as a biosimilar to Avastin (bevacizumab) for the treatment of multiple types of cancer. Mvasi is the first biosimilar approved in the U.S. for the treatment of cancer. “Bringing new biosimilars to patients, especially for diseases where the cost of existing treatments can be high, is an important w ...

Could the Zika Virus Help Battle a Deadly Brain Cancer?

Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – The Zika virus is well known for causing devastating brain defects in fetuses. But what if scientists could use that ability to do something good? Researchers report that they think they might be able to harness the virus' attraction to developing brain cells – instead of adult brain cells – as a potential treatment for a deadly type of brain cancer. In lab and animal ...

Researchers ID Genes in Mice That Cause Aggressive Brain Cancer

Posted 14 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 14, 2017 – Researchers say they've identified specific gene combinations that can cause the aggressive brain cancer glioblastoma in mice. Using new technology that can also identify genetic triggers of other cancers, a Yale University-led team assessed the impact of mutations in more than 1,500 genetic combinations. They reported finding multiple combinations in living mice that ...

Senate Prepares for Health Care Vote

Posted 25 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 – With Republican Sen. John McCain making a dramatic return to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, the Senate is preparing to vote on a proposal that could begin – or end – the GOP's seven-year quest to dismantle Obamacare. The 80-year-old McCain has been home in Arizona since last week when he started treatment for a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma. In a statement, ...

Sen. John McCain Has Brain Cancer

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – Sen. John McCain, a respected longtime lawmaker, former prisoner of war and the Republican presidential nominee in 2008, has been diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer. A statement released by McCain's office Wednesday night said the cancer, known as a glioblastoma, was discovered after a procedure to remove a blood clot above his left eye last week at Mayo Clinic ...

Senator McCain Faces a Tough Cancer Foe

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – Sen. John McCain faces an uphill battle fighting the aggressive cancer discovered in his brain last week, experts say. The cancer, glioblastoma, is the most common malignant tumor that originates in brain cells, as opposed to cancers that spread to the brain from elsewhere in the body, said Dr. Manmeet Ahluwalia, dean of the Cleveland Clinic's Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain ...

Vaccine Targeting Brain Tumors Seems Safe in Study

Posted 15 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 14, 2017 – An experimental vaccine therapy shows promise in treating people with deadly glioblastoma brain cancer, researchers behind a small, preliminary study report. With current standard care, half of glioblastoma patients die within 15 months of diagnosis. Four of the 11 patients in this study survived for more than five years after vaccine/chemotherapy treatment, the Duke ...

'Electric Cap' Might Help Fight a Deadly Brain Tumor

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – A cap that zaps tumors with electrical currents may boost survival in patients with a deadly brain cancer, new research suggests. The device is worn on the head and exposes glioblastoma cells to a rapidly alternating sequence of low-intensity electrical frequencies. This interrupts cancer cells' ability to function, the researchers said. According to study author Dr. ...

Survival Continues to Improve for Most Cancers

Posted 31 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 – Overall cancer death rates in the United States continue to fall, but racial gaps persist, a new report says. Death rates fell between 2010 and 2014 for 11 of the 16 most common cancers in men and for 13 of the most common types in women, including lung, colon, prostate and breast cancers. However, death rates rose for cancers of the liver, pancreas and brain in men and ...

Seniors With Brain Cancer May Have Better Treatment Option

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Combined chemotherapy and radiation treatment appears to extend the lives of older patients with brain cancer, new research finds. The study involved more than 560 older patients with glioblastoma, the most common malignant brain cancer in adults. The average age of disease onset is 65 and there is no cure, according to the study. On average, patients who received the ...

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