Cervical cancer cells

FDA grants breakthrough therapy designation of new TIL therapy for advanced cervical cancer

In May 2019, the FDA granted breakthrough therapy designation to a tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte (TIL) therapy technology known as LN-145 to treat advanced cervical cancer based on data presented by CCR collaborator Iovance Biotherapeutics. Read more...

hepatocellular carcinoma

Clinical trial to determine whether antibiotics can boost immune response in treating liver cancer

May 14, 2019

A new clinical trial at the NCI’s Center for Cancer Research is set to explore if eliminating certain bacteria in the gut will boost the immune system response in patients who have hepatocellular carcinoma and liver metastases. 


Julius Strauss

Julius Strauss discusses promising immunotherapy drug for patients with HPV-related cancers

May 13, 2019

Julius Strauss, M.D., Assistant Research Physician in the Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology, discussed a promising immunotherapy drug for patients with HPV-related cancers in a recent NCI Cancer Currents blog post. According to results from a phase 1 clinical trial, 33 percent of the 36 patients on the trial with HPV-positive tumors responded to the drug, and four of the responses lasted longer than 18 months. “This drug is a promising agent for patients with HPV-related cancers and may potentially benefit these patients more than traditional checkpoint therapies,” said Dr. Strauss. Read more...

Julius Strauss discusses promising immunotherapy drug for patients with HPV-related cancers
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Brid Ryan cohosts NCI Minority Health Month Facebook Live

May 13, 2019

The National Cancer Institute hosted a Facebook Live entitled, A Dialogue on Cancer Disparities, Prevention, and Research.”The event featured Brid M. Ryan, Ph.D., M.P.H., Investigator in the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis, as well as Worta McCaskill-Stevens, M.D., M.S., from the Division of Cancer Prevention, and Christina Dieli-Conwright, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the University of Southern California. They discussed cancer disparities and the work being done to help reduce them. Read more...

Brid Ryan cohosts NCI Minority Health Month Facebook Live
Randy pictured with Julie Feurtado, RN

A patient’s 10-year journey to moxetumomab for hairy cell leukemia

May 8, 2019

Randy, a father, husband, engineering quality consultant and lifelong “Motor City” resident, was diagnosed with hairy cell leukemia in 1998 at the age of 41. After participation in a clinical trial at the NIH Clinical Center, his body has shown a complete response to the drug moxetumomab pasudotox, which was developed at the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research. Read more...

Photomicrograph showing graft-versus-host disease in the skin

Cyclophosphamide works in an unexpected way to curb graft-vs-host disease in mice

May 7, 2019

For years it has been assumed that cyclophosphamide helps reduce the severity of graft-versus-host disease by eliminating alloreactive T cells, but new evidence reveals a different reason.  Read more...

Marston Linehan

Marston Linehan receives 2019 Urology Care Foundation Distinguished Mentor award

May 7, 2019

Marston Linehan, M.D., Chief of the Urologic Oncology Branch, has received the 2019 Urology Care Foundation Distinguished Mentor award. The award recognizes Dr. Linehan’s outstanding track record of fostering the next generation of urologic researchers by providing excellent training and guidance to early-career investigators.  Read more...

Marston Linehan receives 2019 Urology Care Foundation Distinguished Mentor award
Anaisa Quintanilla-Arteaga in the lab

iCURE helps a first-generation American reach her goal

May 6, 2019

Anaisa Quintanilla-Arteaga’s ultimate goal is to be the Latina scientist she wishes she had seen when she was younger, and “hopefully help younger generations of Latinas realize that they belong and can thrive in STEM, too.” An iCURE fellowship is helping her achieve that dream. Read more...

Multiple myeloma

Majority of patients with advanced multiple myeloma respond to CAR T-cell therapy targeting an anti-B-cell maturation antigen in a phase I trial

May 2, 2019

A phase I clinical trial of 33 patients infused with a CAR T-cell therapy using T cells genetically engineered to express an anti-B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA) CAR showed that 85 percent of patients had the burden of their advanced multiple myeloma cut by half or more.  Read more...

CT scan of a patient with mesothelioma

Heritable mutations may indicate responsiveness to platinum chemotherapy in malignant mesothelioma

May 1, 2019

In a genetic analysis of 434 patients with malignant mesothelioma who had undergone platinum chemotherapy, those who carried heritable mutations in BAP1and other DNA repair genes had significantly longer overall survival than those without these mutations. The findings hint at personalized approaches to the disease.   Read more...

Megan Andres

Undergraduate Research Scholar Program fellow continues her pursuit of science

Apr 25, 2019

Megan Andres is an NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) fellow with Beverly Mock, Ph.D., Deputy Chief of the Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics. The UGSP program offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral and social science health-related research. She is hoping to make a difference in possible treatment options for children with Burkitt lymphoma. Read more...