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This includes lower dose of radiation for certain cancers and less use of anthracycline chemotherapy. These advances helped make it possible for more than , childhood cancer survivors to be alive today in the United States. Palbociclib Ibrance becomes the first in a new class of medicines called cyclin-dependent kinase CDK inhibitors, which block key proteins that control cell division.
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In clinical trials, addition of palbociclib to standard hormone therapy extended the time until the cancer worsened by a median of 11 months when given as initial therapy and by about 5 months for women with previously treated cancer. In , the FDA grants accelerated approval to palbociclib in combination with letrozole Femara as initial hormone-based therapy in post-menopausal women with hormone receptor-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 HER2 -negative advanced breast cancer.
In , the FDA grants accelerated approval to palbociclib with fulvestrant Faslodex to treat advanced breast cancer that worsens following initial hormone therapy. Three new immunotherapies are approved by the FDA for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer NSCLC that worsened during or following chemotherapy. In clinical trials, the three drugs, nivolumab Opdivo , atezolizumab Tecentriq , and pembrolizumab Keytruda , were each shown to extend survival and cause fewer severe side effects than chemotherapy. These treatments target the so-called immune checkpoint proteins PD-1 and PD-L1, respectively, helping the immune system fight cancer.
In a span of eight months, the FDA approves four new treatments for chronic lymphocytic leukemia CLL , a blood cancer that most commonly develops in older adults. Obinutuzumab Gazyva and ofatumumab Arzerra , approved as initial treatments for CLL, delay cancer worsening by about a year when given with chemotherapy.
Targeted drugs idelalisib Zydelig and ibrutinib Imbruvica were approved for use in patients with CLL that became resistant to or relapsed after standard treatment. In clinical trials, both slowed cancer worsening and ibrutinib also helped patients live longer. All four new therapies are easier for patients to tolerate than prior therapies, making treatment possible for more patients than ever. FDA grants accelerated approval to pembrolizumab Keytruda and nivolumab Opdivo for patients with advanced melanoma that cannot be removed with surgery who no longer respond to other treatments.
In one clinical trial, nivolumab extended survival compared to targeted therapy for patients with BRAF mutations.
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An early clinical trial shows that a new approach called chimeric antigen receptor-modified T cell CAR-T therapy led to complete remission of acute lymphoblastic leukemia ALL that had not responded to previous aggressive treatment in two children. A large Phase III trial shows for the first time that exemestane Aromasin — part of a group of drugs called aromatase inhibitors — greatly lowers the chance of developing invasive breast cancer in postmenopausal women who are at a high risk for breast cancer.
This includes women with BRCA gene mutations, as well as other risk factors. Two other drugs, tamoxifen Nolvadex and raloxifene Evista , are also FDA-approved for breast cancer prevention in women at high risk for the disease Aromatase inhibitors work differently, however, and tend to carry milder side effects. This represents a more than four-fold increase since when just 3 million survivors were alive. By , the number of survivors is expected to reach 18 million. The report highlights major progress in treatment that has led to improved survival rates, as well as the need to address the long-term health effects of cancer, and cancer treatment, among survivors.
A head-to-head trial shows that patients who received standard chemotherapy along with palliative care specialized treatment to address the symptoms of cancer, but not treat the disease immediately after their diagnosis with advanced lung cancer lived three months longer and had a higher quality of life than patients who had chemotherapy alone.
Patients who received the combination approach were also less likely to undergo aggressive therapy at the end of life, such as resuscitation. The results demonstrate the potential for palliative care to no only improve quality of life, but to extend patients' lives as well. Between and , several new pieces of legislation are enacted to restrict the use of indoor tanning, starting with a new California law prohibiting indoor tanning to people under the age of Fourteen other states and the District of Columbia subsequently follow suit.
In , the U. Policy changes continue in Australia, where nearly all states enact bans on indoor tanning in In a Phase III study, the targeted drug ipilimumab Yervoy — which boosts a specific component of the immune system — is found to improve survival and delay disease progression in patients whose advanced melanoma progresses despite other therapies. The drug is approved for this use in early Soon after, a second trial finds that treatment using a combination of ipilimumab and dacarbazine a chemotherapy drug commonly used in melanoma extends survival compared to dacarbazine treatment alone.
Results from a large clinical trial show that annual screening with low-dose spiral CT LDCT scans reduces the risk of lung cancer death by 20 percent, compared to annual chest X-rays, in current and former heavy smokers. This finding marks the first-ever lung cancer screening approach that has been shown to reduce lung cancer mortality. The debate about the appropriate use of LDCT screening for lung cancer among the general population, however, continues.
The proper role of PSA testing remains uncertain after large, randomized trials provide conflicting results on whether routine testing reduces deaths from prostate cancer. Initial results from two studies indicate that PSA testing has minimal, if any, effect on overall survival and leads to the over-diagnosis and treatment of slow-growing cancers that are unlikely to be life-threatening. A third study finds that PSA testing reduces the risk of prostate cancer death in some men by 40 percent.
Given the conflicting evidence, leading medical societies urge men to discuss the risks and benefits of screening with their doctors. The FDA approves the first vaccine to prevent infection with two high-risk strains of the human papillomavirus HPV16 and HPV18 that are known to cause about 70 percent of all cervical cancers. The vaccine, called Gardasil, is approved for girls and young women aged 9 to 26, based on a clinical trial showing that the vaccine was safe and was percent effective against these types of HPV, and those that cause genital warts, for at least four and a half years after vaccination.
A second vaccine, Cervarix, is approved in to prevent infection against the cancer-causing HPV strains in young women aged 10 to Gardasil is later approved to prevent additional HPV-related diseases in children and young adults aged 9 to 26, including vaginal, vulvar and anal cancers in females, and anal cancer and genital warts in males.
Studies have also linked HPV infection to head and neck cancers, suggesting that the vaccine may help prevent these cancers as well. The drugs cetuximab Erbitux and panitumumab Vectibix are approved to treat colon cancer that has spread to other parts of the body metastatic disease. These drugs attack tumors that express the epidermal growth factor receptor EGFR protein, which is involved in cancer cell growth.
Later, a coordinated analysis of multiple studies shows that cetuximab and panitumumab are effective only in patients with the normal form of a gene known as KRAS. This discovery helps physicians ensure that the drugs are used only for patients who stand to benefit, while eliminating unnecessary treatment and costs for patients who will not. In the s, researchers begin a major study of the long-term effects of cancer and its treatment, focusing on survivors of childhood cancer.
In , the Childhood Cancer Survivors Study reports that survivors' risk of long-term health problems — including heart problems, second cancers and scarring of the lungs — was five times greater than that of their healthy siblings. Similar results have been found for survivors of other cancers with high cure rates, such as testicular cancer.
The results are helping oncologists and primary care providers monitor and better manage the long-term health of the millions of cancer survivors alive today. In its initial phase, the project aims to develop a comprehensive atlas of the genomes of three common cancers — lung, ovarian, and glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer. By gaining a deeper understanding of the genetic pathways involved in the development and growth of these cancers, researchers hope to identify molecular targets that can guide development of effective new treatment.
In findings that quickly change the standard of care, clinical trials show that giving chemotherapy after surgery dramatically improves survival for patients with early-stage non-small cell lung cancer, the most common form of the disease.
Previously, chemotherapy was considered to be largely ineffective for lung cancer. These study results demonstrate that adjuvant chemotherapy could have an equal or greater impact on survival in lung cancer as it does in breast or colon cancer. Bevacizumab Avastin is the first of a new generation of targeted drugs, called anti-angiogenics, that attack cancer by blocking the growth of blood vessels that tumors needs to grow. First approved to treat colorectal cancer, in , the drug has since become an important treatment for patients with advanced lung, ovarian and kidney cancers, and for certain brain tumors, who have few other effective options.
The FDA approves two new targeted treatments for advanced, non-small cell lung cancer, gefitinib Iressa and erlotinib Tarceva. Both drugs target the epidermal growth factor receptor EGFR , a protein on cell surfaces that is involved in driving lung cancer growth and spread. Approval is based on data showing that erlotinib extends survival in patients with advanced lung cancer — a rare finding for any treatment — and that gefitinib delays the time before a patient's cancer progresses.
Around the same time, studies show that the drugs only work for patients with specific mutations in the EGFR protein. These mutations are found most often in lung cancer patients who never smoked. To date, the two drugs are approved only for certain patients whose cancer no longer responds to other therapies. But recent studies indicate that for people with the relevant EGFR mutations, the drugs could also be valuable first-line treatment options.
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An important prospective analysis involving nearly 1 million Americans reports that obesity could account for up to 20 percent of U. Obesity is linked to a higher risk of death from liver cancer, along with several other cancer types.
The researchers also estimate that 90, cancer-related deaths could be prevented annually if Americans maintained a healthy weight. As obesity becomes more prevalent, researchers project that deaths from liver cancer and other forms of the disease will rise as well. Scientists announce that they have successfully mapped the 3 billion DNA letters in the human genome.
This marks the completion of the Human Genome Project, an unprecedented international collaboration between researchers in the U. Results of the year effort are made freely available to scientists around the world, paving the way for research to identify the genetic defects that fuel cancer, and for new ways of screening for and treating the disease. Beginning in , President Bill Clinton and Congressional leaders enact a series of large, annual budget increases for the National Institutes of Health, doubling the agency's biomedical research efforts over the next five years.
The new investments accelerate the pace of cancer research in the lab and in the clinic, leading to important advances over the next decade. More recently, however, federal support for cancer research has declined in real terms, potentially slowing the pace of progress against the disease. Just weeks after being approved to treat chronic myelogenous leukemia, the targeted drug imatinib is shown to be effective against a rare abdominal tumor called GIST gastrointestinal stromal tumor.
Prior to imatinib, available drug treatments had little effect on GIST tumors. Imatinib works like a "circuit breaker" to block enzymes that can send faulty signals to trigger tumor cell growth. The FDA approves imatinib Gleevec after just three months of review — the fastest approval in FDA history — based on data showing the drug halted the growth of chronic myelogenous leukemia CML in the majority of patients. Imatinib is the first drug proven to counteract a molecular defect on the so-called "Philadelphia chromosome," first discovered in It has since become the standard of care for this disease, and its effectiveness and easily-administered pill form enables most patients to live with CML as a manageable, chronic disease.
The Iowa Radon Lung Cancer Study demonstrates that ongoing exposure to residential radon — a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can emerge through basements and crawl spaces — is associated with increased risk of lung cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency now estimates that more than 20, lung cancer cases in the U. Since the study, radon inspections have become a routine part of homeownership, promising to reduce the future burden of the disease.