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Sherrie Hewson diagnosed with an “incurable” brain tumour now enlisted the help of a special medical company called Oncologica

Sherrie Hewson was due on stage when her phone rang with shattering news. The Coronation Street ­favourite’s beloved elder brother Brett had been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour. He was given 18 months to live. Sherrie, 68, burst into floods of tears in her dressing room. The actress, who played stroppy hotel manager Joyce […]

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Thousands of Pounds Raised for Mother of Five’s Cancer Treatment

THOUSANDS of pounds have been donated within just two days to help a young Co Donegal mother-of-five access life saving cancer treatment. Sonya Hamilton McCloskey (35) – who is originally from St Johnston close to the Derry border but lives with husband Michael in Ballybofey – has been fighting cancer for the past two years. […]

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What does personalised medicine mean for you?

Source: bbc.com Medicine has always been personal to some extent – a doctor looks for the best way to help the patient sitting in front of them. But with advances in technology, it is becoming possible to use the most unique of characteristics – our genomes – to tailor treatments for individuals. Genomes are made […]

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The Testimony of an Oncofocus Patient

Note: In order to respect the privacy of the patient, his/her identity will not be revealed. I was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in March 2018. I started radiotherapy, which worked well. The tumour then started to cause a build up of fluid in my abdomen, which chemotherapy helped to reduce. However, when the first […]

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Using Tumor Genomic Profiling to Guide Treatment Selection Extends Survival in Advanced Sarcoma

The results of a new study, underscoring the value of precision medicine in advanced sarcoma, showed that patients with heavily pretreated sarcoma who received treatment in accord with their mutational profile attained better outcomes than patients who did not (Abstract 11018). Most notably, median overall survival reached 22.1 months for patients treated with agents targeting […]

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Immunotherapy: new hope in the battle against cancer

Immunotherapy is a burgeoning sector that heralds a breakthrough against the world’s second-most deadly disease. Dr Mike Tubbs explains how investors can benefit too. Cancer is the world’s second-biggest killer. The disease is responsible for around one in six deaths globally; 9.6 million people succumbed to it in 2018, while 18.1 million new cases were […]

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Comprehensive Tumor Profiling Promises New Therapeutic Options for Patients with Advanced Cancer

The WINTHER trial***, NCT01856296, led by investigators from Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology – VHIO (Spain), Chaim Sheba Medical Center (Israel) (Raanan Berger), Gustave Roussy (France) (Jean-Charles Soria), Centre Léon Bérard (France) (Pierre Saintigny), Segal Cancer Centre, McGill University (Canada) (Wilson H. Miller), UT MD Anderson Cancer Center (USA) (Jordi Rodon and Apostolia-Maria Tsimberidou) and […]

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Genomic Profiling in Sarcoma Shows Potential in Guiding Clinical Management

A new single-center report has found that the results of next-generation sequencing (NGS)–based molecular profiling for non–GI stromal tumor (non-GIST) sarcomas provided information used to effectively guide clinical management. A team of authors led by Spandana Boddu, a research assistant at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, analyzed data from 114 patients with a diagnosis […]

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Mutations Matter: Cholangiocarcinoma Tumor Profiling Awareness

At least half of patients with cholangiocarcinoma have mutations in their tumors that may be treatable with targeted drugs or immunotherapies that are either experimental or approved for other cancer types. These are available through clinical trials. Yet when surveyed, half of patients with this diagnosis said their tumor tissue hadn’t undergone molecular profiling to […]

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Cancer Conferences Participation. June 2019

Between the 24th and 28th of June, Oncologica will participate in two relevant Cancer Conferences to be held in Cyprus. The 36th International Conference on the Advances in the Applications of Monoclonal Antibodies in Clinical Oncology and Symposium on Cancer Stem Cells. Date: June 24-26, 2019. Venue: Grecian Park Hotel, Konnos Bay, Cyprus One of […]

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FDA Approves First Immunotherapy for Breast Cancer

Atezolizumab for Triple-Negative Disease Nick Mulcahy March 08, 2019 The US Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to atezolizumab (Tecentriq, Genentech/Roche) plus the chemotherapy nab-paclitaxel (Abraxane, Celgene) for the first-line treatment of unresectable locally advanced or metastatic, PD-L1-positive triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Atezolizumab is the first immunotherapy to be approved for breast cancer. […]

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Genomics and cancer treatment: new events will showcase developments

The government hopes genome sequencing technology will improve the treatment of cancer A series of NHS and healthcare events are taking place over the coming weeks to spark a conversation among healthcare professionals about genomics. They will help educate healthcare professionals about the benefits of genomics – the practice of using people’s DNA and genetic […]

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