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Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Opdivo (nivolumab) Now the First and Only FDA-Approved PD-1 Inhibitor to Offer Every Four-Week Dosing

Posted 8 days ago by

PRINCETON, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE) March 6, 2018 --Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) updating the Opdivo (nivolumab) dosing schedule to include 480 mg infused every four weeks (Q4W) for a majority of approved indications.1 This approval will provide health care ...

Presidential Panel Says High-Priced Cancer Drugs Harm Patient Care

Posted 9 days ago by

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 – "Financial toxicity" caused by high cancer drug prices is harming people's ability to fight the dreaded disease, a new report from the President's Cancer Panel warns. The report, released Tuesday, argues that urgent action is needed to stem the growing price tags associated with new cancer drugs, particularly if the price doesn't match the amount of benefit the drug ...

Young Cancer Survivors Finding Support From Social Networks

Posted 13 days ago by

FRIDAY, March 9, 2018 – Social networks and support appear to be stronger among teen and young adult cancer survivors than among their peers who haven't had cancer, a new study has found. Overall, the cancer survivors were found to have more emotional and other types of support and to get more advice on health topics such as physical activity and weight. The 204 participants in the study ...

Health Tip: Understanding Palliative Care

Posted 21 Feb 2018 by

-- Palliative care is designed to improve the quality of life and help manage the symptoms of a serious iilness, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. The focus is on keeping a person comfortable and happy, and can be provided alongside treatment. Palliative care can be provided in nursing homes, outpatient clinics, residences and hospitals, and often is covered by private insurance, ...

Tobacco Kills, No Matter How It's Smoked: Study

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – Smokers who think cigars or pipes are somehow safer than cigarettes may want to think again, new research indicates. The study tracked the health and habits of more than 357,000 Americans from 1985 to 2011. It found that, compared to people who had never smoked, people who regularly smoked only cigarettes had double the risk of death in that time frame, from whatever the ...

FDA Approves Imfinzi (durvalumab) for Unresectable Stage III Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Posted 18 Feb 2018 by

February 16, 2018 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Imfinzi (durvalumab) for the treatment of patients with stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors are not able to be surgically removed (unresectable) and whose cancer has not progressed after treatment with chemotherapy and radiation (chemoradiation). “This is the first treatment approved for stage III u ...

Lung Cancer One of Many Reasons Not to Smoke

Posted 18 Feb 2018 by

SUNDAY, Feb. 18, 2018 – You already know that smoking causes lung cancer. But tobacco use can lead to other major health problems, too, experts warn. "Cigarette smoking is probably the single most harmful thing you can do to your health," said Jonathan Foulds, a professor of public health sciences and psychiatry at Penn State College of Medicine. "It's hard to find a part of the body not ...

Exercise May Help Lung Cancer Surgery Go More Smoothly

Posted 2 Feb 2018 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 2, 2018 – Lung cancer patients can halve their risk of postop complications by taking up an exercise program before their surgery, a new report suggests. For the study, researchers analyzed reports on 13 clinical trials that included a total of over 800 people who had surgery for cancer. The patients had been treated for cancer of the bowel, liver, esophagus, lung, mouth or ...

Health Tip: Select the Right Cancer Team

Posted 31 Jan 2018 by

-- If you've been diagnosed with cancer, choosing the medical team that will treat you is a hugely important decision. The American Cancer Society offers these suggestions: Ask the doctor who diagnoses you where he or she would recommend going for treatment. Consult with family and friends who have had cancer to see what they'd suggest. Identify a cancer center that has a history of treating ...

New Treatments Tackling Tough Lung Cancer

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – Medical advances have led to "enormous" progress in treatments for the leading type of lung cancer, a new report shows. Lung cancer kills about 1.6 million people worldwide each year. The type known as non-small cell lung cancer accounts for about 85 percent of lung cancer cases. "Progress has been enormous in the past 20 years," said Dr. Roy Herbst, chief of medical ...

FDA Approves New Indication for Gilotrif (afatinib) in EGFR Mutation-Positive NSCLC

Posted 17 Jan 2018 by

Ridgefield, Conn., January 16, 2018 – Boehringer Ingelheim today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Gilotrif (afatinib) for the first-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have non-resistant epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations as detected by an F ...

Many Lung Cancer Patients Aren't Getting Best Treatment: Study

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Chemotherapy and radiation are the standard of care for small-cell lung cancer that hasn't spread to other parts of the body. But many patients don't receive these treatments, a new study indicates. This less-than-optimal care is reducing survival rates, according to researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. "In order to improve access to care ...

Best Ways to Quit Smoking, Cut Your Lung Cancer Risk

Posted 6 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 – While there is no sure way to avoid lung cancer, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Smoking contributes to 80 to 90 percent of lung cancer deaths, according to the American Lung Association. Men who smoke have a 23 times increased risk of lung cancer. And exposure to secondhand smoke causes approximately 7,330 lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the ...

High Costs Keep Many Cancer Patients From Needed Drugs

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 21, 2017 – Cancer drugs have become so pricey that U.S. patients often can't afford them, a new study finds. The findings suggest that high out-of-pocket costs may be a barrier to potentially life-saving or life-prolonging treatments, the researchers said, and raise questions about whether patients will be able to take advantage of new cancer treatments. "Imagine leaving your ...

Local Smoke-Free Laws Tied to Fewer Lung Cancer Cases

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – Communities with strong smoke-free workplace laws have lower lung cancer rates than those with no smoke-free laws, researchers report. The new study was conducted in Kentucky, which has one of the highest lung cancer rates in the United States. University of Kentucky researchers examined 20 years of data on new lung cancer cases among state residents aged 50 and older. ...

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