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.

Relugolix Approval Expected to Alter Treatment for Advanced Prostate Cancer

FDA’s recent approval of relugolix (Orgovyx) is expected to affect the treatment of men with advanced prostate cancer. A large clinical trial showed that relugolix was more effective at reducing testosterone levels than another common treatment.

Obesity May Help Tumors Survive and Grow, Mouse Study Suggests

Obesity changed the relationship between cancer cells and nearby immune cells in ways that helped tumors survive and grow, a study in mice showed. But altering tumor cell metabolism helped immune cells once again recognize and infiltrate tumors.

Study Suggests a Link between Stress and Cancer Coming Back

Cancer cells that are leftover after treatment can go into a “dormant” state for years. A new study in mice suggests that stress hormones may trigger a chain reaction that wakes up dormant cancer cells, causing tumors to form again.

The Cancer Moonshot: A Midpoint Progress Update

With the Cancer Moonshot having reached its midway point, NCI Director Dr. Ned Sharpless and Deputy Director Dr. Dinah Singer provide a report on the progress to date and future directions for this ambitious initiative to accelerate progress against cancer.

Trial Tests Abemaciclib As New Option for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

The drug abemaciclib (Verzenio) may be a new treatment option for people with the most common type of breast cancer, with new study findings suggesting that it can reduce the risk of the cancer returning.

New on NCI’s Websites for December 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 December 2020.

Steroids May Limit the Effectiveness of Immunotherapy for Brain Cancer

In people with glioblastoma and other brain cancers, steroids appear to limit the effectiveness of immunotherapy drugs, a new study shows. The findings should influence how steroids are used to manage brain tumor symptoms, researchers said.

Fertility Preservation Safe for Young Women with Breast Cancer

Fertility preservation for young women with breast cancer doesn’t increase their risk of dying in the ensuing decades, a new study affirmed. Experts said the findings support routinely offering fertility preservation to patients who want it.

SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies Can Protect from Reinfection, NCI Study Suggests

In a study using data from more than 3 million people, NCI researchers have found that people who have antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, appear to have some degree of protection against being reinfected with the virus.

Stopping TKI Treatment Is Safe, Improves Quality of Life for Some with CML

For adults with CML who are in a sustained deep molecular remission, stopping treatment with a tyrosine kinase inhibitor is safe and improves their quality of life, a study shows. But researchers cautioned that these patients must be closely monitored.