The passing of singing great Aretha Franklin has focused attention on pancreatic cancer. Franklin, 76, succumbed to a neuroendocrine tumor of the pancreas. According to the National Cancer Institute, pancreatic cancer is relatively rare with about 55,440 cases diagnosed annually, representing about 3.2 percent of new cancer cases.

Merck & Co. is driving forward in its quest to develop a premier immuno-oncology pipeline with the acquisition of Australia-based Viralytics Ltd. and its oncolytic immunotherapy treatments.

Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp has decided to end a late-stage trial of its lung cancer treatment after an independent review said it proved ineffective, nearly halving its stock in extended trading on Tuesday. Lexington, Massachusetts-based Synta’s shares were down 46.6 percent at $1.09 after the bell. The late stage study aimed to see if a combination […]