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.

Newly Discovered ‘Don’t Eat Me’ Signal May be a Target for Cancer Immunotherapy


Researchers have identified a protein called CD24 that may be a new target for cancer immunotherapy. The protein is a ‘don’t eat me’ signal that prevents immune cells called macrophages from engulfing and eating cells.

The Childhood Cancer Data Initiative: Transforming the Pediatric Cancer Landscape through Sharing Data


To prepare for the proposed Childhood Cancer Data Initiative, NCI sponsored a 3-day symposium that brought together pediatric cancer researchers, advocates, and other stakeholders.

MGUS to Myeloma: Study Suggests Risk of Progression Can Change


A person’s risk of progressing from a benign condition called monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) to the blood cancer multiple myeloma can change over time, according to a new study.

Targeted Drug Erdafitinib Benefits Some Patients with Advanced Bladder Cancer


New clinical trial findings confirm that the targeted therapy erdafitinib (Balversa) can benefit patients with advanced bladder cancer whose tumors have a genetic alteration in one of the four FGFR genes.

Study Suggests Reviewing Lung Cancer Screening Criteria for African Americans


Clinical recommendations on who should be screened for lung cancer may need to be reviewed when it comes to African Americans who smoke, findings from a new study suggest.

Could A Form of Cell Death Enhance Cancer Immunotherapy?


Injecting cells undergoing necroptosis, a form of cell death, into tumors in mice kickstarted an immune response against the tumors, researchers have found. When combined with immunotherapy, the treatment was effective at eliminating tumors in mice.

Laser-Based Device Detects and Kills Melanoma Cells in the Blood, Study Finds


Researchers have developed a device that uses lasers and sound waves to scan circulating blood for melanoma cells. In a small study, the device accurately detected and reduced the amount of cancer cells in participants’ blood.

Metastatic Colorectal Cancer May Spread Early in the Disease, Study Finds


Many colorectal cancers likely have spread long before the original tumor is detected, researchers have found. The findings suggest the need for very early detection and could help identify patients who need more aggressive systemic treatments.

Improving Cancer Immunotherapy: Overcoming the Problem of ‘Exhausted’ T Cells


Researchers have identified proteins that may play a central role in transforming T cells from powerful destroyers to depleted bystanders that can no longer harm cancer cells. The findings could lead to strategies for boosting cancer immunotherapies.

Can Some Women Treated for Endometrial Cancer Forgo Radiation after Surgery?


Some women with endometrial cancer may be able to receive less intensive treatment, chemotherapy and no radiation, without increasing their risk of the disease recurring within 5 years, according to the results of a randomized clinical trial.