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New Ovarian Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise

By Catherine Offord | April 12, 2018

A preliminary clinical trial finds that the personalized therapy improves survival rates and has no severe side-effects.

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In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers find more than 850 rare, heritable genetic alterations that can predispose humans to cancer.

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With three recent FDA approvals, and a number of Phase 3 trials ongoing, the drugs are seeing a surge in interest.

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Researchers were able to slow tumor growth in a mouse model of human ovarian cancer. 

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The new diagnostic works by identifying cancer-associated proteins and DNA in patient blood.

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Henrietta Lacks’s Family Seeks Compensation

By Kerry Grens | February 16, 2017

Family members of Lacks, the donor behind the widely used HeLa cell line, are planning to sue Johns Hopkins University.

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Can Talc Cause Cancer?

By Kerry Grens | March 2, 2016

A jury recently awarded $72 million in a talcum-powder–ovarian cancer case, but the data linking the hygiene product to disease risk are inconclusive.

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BRCA Breakthroughs?

By Jenny Rood | April 21, 2015

Color Genomics announces a new, lower-cost BRCA mutation test, while Inserm and Quest Diagnostics reveal plans to pool patient data to investigate rare mutations.

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BRCA Mutations Mapped

By Tracy Vence | April 7, 2015

In a large study, researchers find evidence to suggest that the type and location of a woman’s BRCA1/2 mutations may affect her cancer risk.

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A Multi-Cancer Diagnostic?

By Kate Yandell | July 14, 2014

Researchers report an ability to detect several types of cancer in blood samples based on signatures of immune response, but some are skeptical about the utility of such a test.

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