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Amgen drug shows high response rate in small lung and colon cancer trial

An experimental Amgen Inc. drug that targets a specific genetic mutation significantly reduced tumor size in half of evaluated patients with advanced lung cancer in a small, early-stage trial, sending the U.S. biotechnology company’s share up nearly 6 percent.

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Tapeworm drug could be an effective treatment for certain cancers

Researchers in Singapore believe that a drug used to treat tapeworms can be effective at treating a type of cancer.

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Diet soft drinks tied to lower odds of colon cancer recurrence

Colon cancer patients who drink one or more servings of artificially sweetened beverages a day have roughly half the risk of their cancer recurring compared to those who drink few or none of these beverages, a U.S. study suggests.

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U.S. cancer doctors drop pricey drugs with little or no effect

U.S. oncologists, aware that patients are paying more of the costs of expensive cancer drugs, are increasingly declining to prescribe medicines that have scant or no effect, even as a last resort. At least half a dozen drugs, including colon cancer treatments Cyramza, from Eli Lilly & Co, and Stivarga, sold by Bayer AG, aren’t […]

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U.S. task force narrows recommendation for aspirin use

People between the ages of 50 and 59 years at an increased risk of heart disease and stroke should take daily low-dose aspirin, according to proposed, narrower recommendations from a U.S.-backed panel of independent medical experts.   In addition to preventing heart attacks and strokes, those people may reduce their risk of colon cancer if […]

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Pathway launches liquid biopsy to find cancer in healthy people

Pathway Genomics, a company known for pushing the boundaries of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, on Thursday will launch a cancer screening test designed to detect bits of cancer DNA in the blood of otherwise healthy people. The test represents a first in the rapidly developing field of “liquid biopsies,” which use gene sequencing technology to screen […]

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For some colon cancer patients, travel distance limits access to chemo

People who have been treated for colon cancer are less likely to get chemotherapy after surgery to reduce the risk of future cancer if they have to travel far for the appointments, according to a new study. Preventive chemotherapy given after cancer surgery to reduce the risk of recurrence is called “adjuvant” chemotherapy, and guidelines […]

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An aspirin a day – for years – may keep colon cancer away

Taking one or two baby aspirins a day for at least five years was tied to a lower risk of colorectal cancer in a study from Denmark. Earlier studies had suggested that aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen may help protect against colorectal cancer, but it wasn’t clear how much had to […]

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