World Cancer Day

Feb 3, 2017

The Center for Cancer Research is marking World Cancer Day on February 4 with the five ways our research changes the world.  Learn more...

William Dahut leads discussion of prostate cancer treatment options

Jan 18, 2017

William Dahut, M.D., CCR Scientific Director for Clinical Research, was joined by Heather Cheng, M.D., of the University of Washington for a discussion about current and future research areas and treatment options for prostate cancer.  The panel was moderated by Ana Fadich, Vice President of the Men's Health Network. Learn more...

Christian Hinrichs discusses cancer research with PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan

Jan 9, 2017

PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan interviewed Christian Hinrichs, M.D., on Facebook Live to discuss cancer research and immunotherapy in Hinrichs’ lab. Hinrichs is an investigator who works in the Experimental Transplantation and Immunology Branch and researches immunotherapy for HPV cancers.  He says: “We’re very much on a mission here. It’s not a casual exploration. We’re trying to get better treatments and get them to the patients as quickly as possible. I think this is true of everybody in our lab. We get up and that’s what we’re trying to do is find a better treatment and get it to the patients. We’re trying to get more patients treated, and then the patients we’ve treated we’re trying to understand what’s going on with those patients so we can make better therapies.”

Minimizing hazards associated with cancer vaccines

Dec 12, 2016

Sheri McMahon, Senior Research Nurse Specialist with the Genitourinary Malignancies Branch, published an article in the latest issue of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing on minimizing hazards associatied with live-virus immunotherapeutic cancer vaccine injection sites. She says oncology nurses need to be familiar with how to manage patients' vaccine injection sites to minimize risks for patients and the community at large. Learn more...


New York Times features patient in Rosenberg’s immunotherapy trial

Dec 9, 2016

Steven Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of the Surgery Branch, led a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that identified a method for targeting the cancer-causing protein produced by a mutant form of the KRAS gene. The study involved only one patient, Celine Ryan, whose advanced colon cancer was successfully treated. The New York Times featured her treatment and recovery. Read More…

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Edward Cowen discusses dermatology minerals on display at the NIH-Smithsonian exhibit

Dec 7, 2016

Edward Cowen, Senior Clinician in the Dermatology Branch, discussed the use of minerals in dermatology as part of the “Minerals in Medicine” exhibit in the NIH Clinical Research Center. The 18-month exhibit is put on by the Clinical Center and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Copper and sulfur are two of the minerals on display at the exhibit, and Cowen described how copper ions have been used for centuries as a disinfecting agent and sulfur is used in many different antibiotics and topical products. Read more...

Rosenberg featured as Cancer Research Pioneer

Dec 2, 2016

CCR's Steven Rosenberg is featured in the December "Changing Lives" issue of Bethesda Magazine as a cancer research pioneer, part of the cutting edge medicine happening at NIH.  Rosenberg's "relentless" focus on cell therapy approaches has been shown to shrink tumors in some cancers.  "We are on the verge of some really important advances", says Rosenberg.  Read more...

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Andrea Apolo discusses why patients are never forgotten

Nov 18, 2016

Andrea Apolo, Investigator in the Genitourinary Malignancies Branch and Head of the Bladder Cancer Section, reflects on her clinical trial patients in the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network's fall newsletter . She says: "Every time I use data derived from a patient in one of our clinical trials, I think about them; I think about their family, their loved ones. I remember the conversations we had while they were in clinic about politics, travel and the hobbies they enjoyed. I have memories of hundreds of study patients, and I am very grateful to each of them for their altruistic contribution to my research."

Clinical Research Center welcomes first-ever National Cancer Reporting Fellowship

Nov 18, 2016

The first-ever National Cancer Reporting Fellowship came to the NCI this fall for a 4-day workshop designed to improve how the media reports on cancer research and give fellows an opportunity to interact with the people they report on. During their tour of the Clinical Research Center, the fellows heard from CCR investigators James Gulley, M.D., Ph.D., Christian Hinrichs, M.D., and Peter Choyke, M.D., F.A.C.R.   Learn more...



Lori Wiener discusses psychosocial impacts of childhood cancers

Nov 14, 2016

Lori Wiener, co-director of the Behavioral Health Core and head of the Psychosocial Support and Research Program, was quoted in HemOnc Today on the evolution of psychosocial care for cancer patients. She says that providing psychosocial care to patients can help improve their overall care. “We have to communicate information to pediatric patients in a way that is truthful and developmentally appropriate, and we need to be able to include them in medical decision-making in an age-appropriate way,” she says. “Providing family centered care is essential. The diagnosis of cancer in a child is a life-changing event for everyone in the family and attention to ongoing parental and family needs is required for optimal psychosocial care to be provided.”