Latest Cancer News

Read the latest cancer news from the National Cancer Institute. The UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of only 49 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers bringing leading, national cancer care to New Mexico.

Training Cancer Researchers: A Conversation with Dr. Oliver Bogler

NCI’s Center for Cancer Training (CCT) develops training and career development programs for the next generation of cancer researchers. Here, the new CCT director discusses his goals for CCT and the challenges of training cancer researchers.

Health of Gut Microbes May Affect Survival after Stem Cell Transplant

In people with blood cancers, the health of their gut microbiome appears to affect the risk of dying after receiving an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant, according to an NCI-funded study conducted at four hospitals across the globe.

Analyzing Tumor RNA May Help Match Patients with Most Effective Cancer Treatments

A novel approach to analyzing tumors may bring precision cancer medicine to more patients. A study showed the approach, which analyzes gene expression using tumor RNA, could accurately predict whether patients had responded to treatment with targeted therapy or immunotherapy.

New on NCI’s Websites, March 2020

NCI periodically provides updates on new websites and other online content of interest to the cancer community. See selected content that has been added as of March 2020.

For Children with Retinoblastoma, Disparities Seen across the Globe

Children with retinoblastoma in low- and middle-income countries were, on average, diagnosed at an older age and with more advanced disease than those in high-income countries, an analysis shows. The data provide clues about global disparities in outcomes.

Trial Should Change Care for AIDS-Related Kaposi Sarcoma in Sub-Saharan Africa

For people with advanced AIDS-related Kaposi sarcoma in sub-Saharan Africa, results from a large clinical trial are expected to change treatment. In the trial, paclitaxel greatly improved outcomes compared with treatments typically used in the region.

Mapping Cancer Genomic Evolution Offers Insights into Tumor Development

Scientists have mapped the evolution of 38 cancer types, noting common gene and protein alterations that occur early, in the middle of, and late in their development. The hope is that these maps create opportunities to identify cancers much earlier.

Cancer Moonshot℠ Workshop Highlights Recent Research Advances

Hundreds of investigators participating in the Cancer Moonshot℠ to accelerate cancer research met recently to provide updates on their progress since the initiative was announced in 2016.

New Approach Uses Much Less Tissue to Analyze Tumor Proteins and Genes

Researchers have developed a “microscaled” approach to analyze the proteins and genetic changes (proteogenomics) of a tumor that uses tissue from a core needle biopsy. The analyses can provide important information that may help guide treatment.

Mouse Study Points to Strategy for Preserving Bone During Chemotherapy

Bone loss associated with chemotherapy appears to be induced by cells that stop dividing but do not die, a recent study in mice suggests. The researchers tested drugs that could block signals from these senescent cells and reverse bone loss in mice.