Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center say they've devised a new strategy for attacking breast cancer tumors before they metastasize.
Flush with success in negotiating discounts for hepatitis C drugs, payers are promising to strong-arm drugmakers in other treatment classes, too--cholesterol and cancer, for instance. They'll have more than one oncologist on their sides: A top doctor at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, fed up with cancer drug prices, plans a social media protest.
Fast on the heels of the FDA's approval of Blincyto (blinatumomab), Amgen's new leukemia fighter that uses a bispecific T cell engager system to flag cancer cells for the immune system to destroy, the Big Biotech has partnered up with MD Anderson in Texas on a new program aimed at identifying targets for this technology in myelodysplastic syndrome.
Investigators say that a biomarker in the blood--carbohydrate antigen 125, or CA125--offers a shot at a relatively low-cost approach to identifying ovarian cancer at an early stage, while the chances of survival are much higher.
Sanofi is not very popular among its peers today. Its decision last year to halve the cost of its colon cancer drug Zaltrap in the face of high-profile criticism has inspired more than a 100 top docs from around the world to protest the astronomical costs of cancer drugs, calling the prices immoral and tagging drugmakers as profiteers.
Call it biomarker repurposing. Researchers have identified a compound produced by the body that can flag smokers at increased risk for lung cancer--a substance long used to gauge liver function.
Researchers in Texas have come up with a device that's essentially an adaptable diagnostic tool. How so? It can measure 50 different things at once from a single blood drop.
Preclinical research into cancer immunotherapy at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has caught the attention GlaxoSmithKline. This has resulted in the signing of a research collaboration and licensing agreement that could be worth $335 million in upfront, milestone and royalty payments.
Researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center have found a protein, PKM2, that could act as a biomarker in patients with glioblastoma multiforme and have found a new role for a type of kinase inhibitor not tested in this condition so far.
In a study from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, researchers have found a role for CTCs as a marker to predict the outcome of early stage breast cancer.