Combination therapy tested in clinical trial for metastatic genitourinary cancers

Genitourinary cancers are common but difficult to treat with chemotherapy or immunotherapy alone. A new clinical trial studies two drugs that intensify the immune system’s attack on cancer cells. Read more...

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Immunotherapy clinical trial tests therapy for metastatic solid tumors

Jul 17, 2020

Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) are white blood cells (T cells) that have moved from the blood into a tumor. While tumor cells frequently change their molecular structure to avoid attack by the immune system’s T cells, recent studies by the Center for Cancer Research’s Surgery Branch have found that most TILs don’t recognize newly mutated tumor cells. A clinical trial led by Steve Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D., engineers T cells to recognize newly altered cancer cells that are then given back to the patient to help the immune system kill cancer cells in solid tumors. Read more...

Amy Toner and Audra Addison

Two patient’s stomachs kept “alive” after removal in novel study to understand stomach cancer

Jul 15, 2020

Two women with genetic predisposition to stomach cancer participated in a clinical trial at the Center for Cancer Research where their stomachs were removed and kept “alive” for several days, allowing the researchers to study the development of cancer and the effects of different therapies in unprecedented detail. The goal is to better study stomach cancer under realistic conditions and find novel, effective treatments. Read more...

Joe Chinquee

Joe Chinquee volunteers with Navajo Nation during COVID-19 pandemic

Jul 15, 2020

Joe Chinquee, D.H.Sc., M.B.A., M.T. (A.S.C.P.) D.L.M., Clinical and Scientific Manager of the Laboratory of Pathology, served on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to give back, he was deployed on a month-long mission to assist the U.S. Public Health Service at the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Chinquee said: “At the NIH, I’ve been given so many opportunities and rewards. I will never stop giving back, but I would not be able to volunteer for these missions without the full support of my NCI leadership.” Read more...

Flossie Wong-Staal, Ph.D.

In Memoriam: Flossie Wong-Staal, Ph.D.

Jul 13, 2020

The Center for Cancer Research mourns the recent death of past colleague Flossie Wong-Staal. She was a major figure in the discovery of HIV and the first to clone the virus.  Read more...

Matthew Lindsley

Lieutenant and Research Nurse Matt Lindsley shares his experiences and public service role

Jul 8, 2020

Matthew Lindsley, MPH, MSN, RN PHNA-BC, is a Lieutenant in the United States Public Health Service. As a Research Nurse Specialist for the NCI’s Center for Cancer Research, Neuro-Oncology Branch, Matt helps patients with brain and spine tumors who come to NIH for treatment. He was recently deployed to aid in the COVID-19 response mission in Washington state for a number of weeks.  Read more...

Mary Kearney

Mary Kearney discusses coronavirus with National Geographic

Jul 8, 2020

Mary Kearney, Ph.D., Senior Scientist in the Host-Virus Interaction Branch, was recently quoted in a National Geographic article discussing how long coronavirus lasts inside the body. “Where there’s long-term persistence, there can be long-term consequences,” she says.  Read more...

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Clinical trial tests combination therapy for glioblastoma multiforme

Jul 7, 2020

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a type of brain cancer where treatments include radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery, but survival rates are poor. Investigators are testing an anticancer drug selinexor, which may make GBM cells less resistant to radiation therapy and allow radiation therapy to kill more cancer cells. Read more...

Gilbert Howlett Smith, Ph.D.

In Memoriam: Gilbert Howlett Smith, Ph.D.

Jul 7, 2020

The Center for Cancer Research mourns the recent death of colleague and friend Gilbert Howlett Smith, Ph.D. He was a valued and much liked member of the NCI community since 1965. Read more...


Sarcoma Awareness Month

Jul 2, 2020

To recognize Sarcoma Awareness Month this July, we are highlighting our researchers who are advancing research discovery in this field. Learn more...

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Trial shows aggressive cancer treatment is appropriate for people with HIV-associated primary central nervous system lymphoma

Jul 2, 2020

New research from CCR scientists shows that chemoimmunotherapy with antiretroviral therapy can lead to long-lasting remissions of HIV-associated primary central nervous system lymphoma without compromising neurocognitive function. Read more...