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The HPV Vaccine: Increasing the Use of an Important Cancer Prevention Tool

Last month, I released a report to the White House and the public, HPV Vaccination for Cancer Prevention: Progress, Opportunities, and a Renewed Call to Action. This report describes the progress that’s been made toward... Read More

POSTED: 12/20/2018

Vitamin D Supplements Don’t Reduce Cancer Incidence, Trial Shows

In the largest-ever randomized clinical trial testing vitamin D for cancer prevention, the supplement did not reduce the risk of developing cancer. A large body of epidemiology research had suggested that people with higher... Read More

POSTED: 12/13/2018

Can Topical Drugs Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

The drug tamoxifen can help prevent breast cancer in women at an increased risk of the disease. But many women who stand to benefit from tamoxifen do not take the drug—a pill—because of concerns about side effects, such as... Read More

POSTED: 12/04/2018

Self-described “big fan” of the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), NCI Director Norman (Ned) Sharpless, MD, welcomed investigators and administrators from the program to their annual meeting in late September... Read More

POSTED: 11/08/2018

NCI Director Norman (Ned) Sharpless welcoming investigators and administrators from the program to their annual meeting in late September in Bethesda, Maryland.

Volume 9, Issue 4 Dear Colleague, The fall issue of Nutrition Frontiers celebrates October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and showcases breast cancer research, including modifiable diet quality, prevention of breast... Read More

POSTED: 10/30/2018

Image of a woman eating healthy foods.

NCI Summer Curriculum: Strengthening Global Cancer Research Capacity

Every year, the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) hosts the NCI Summer Curriculum featuring two courses: The Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control (PPCPC) and the Molecular Prevention Course. The... Read More

POSTED: 10/30/2018

Group photo of the 2018 CPFP Summer Curriculum participants.

Through research, interventions and actions have been shown to reduce risk for a wide variety of cancers. This infographic highlights six categories of actions that may help prevent cancer. Infographic Highlight... Read More

POSTED: 10/15/2018

Cancer prevention interventions available today include: medications, lifestyle choices, treatments for infections, screening tests, vaccines, and surgery.

The National Cancer Institute issued two funding opportunityannouncements to create a grant-funded network for early phase cancer prevention trials. Requests for Applications for the Cancer Prevention Clinical Trials Network... Read More

POSTED: 09/25/2018

Image of a daughter accompanying her father during a consultation with a physician.

Heart Problems: Investigating the Cardiac Side Effects of Cancer Treatments

In June, approximately 100 researchers attended a workshop on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, about an important but underappreciated side effect of some treatments for cancer: heart... Read More

POSTED: 09/21/2018

Daily Low-dose Aspirin Found to Have No Effect on Healthy Life Span in Older People

In a large clinical trial to determine the risks and benefits of daily low-dose aspirin in healthy older adults without previous cardiovascular events, aspirin did not prolong healthy, independent living (life free of... Read More

POSTED: 09/16/2018

Pile of pills aspirin

Integrating Geriatric Assessment into Cancer Care: A Conversation with Dr. Supriya Mohile

More than 60% of patients with cancer are age 65 and over. Despite the relatively high prevalence of cancer in older adults, there is a gap in knowledge about the safest and most effective cancer treatments for patients in... Read More

POSTED: 09/11/2018

Access to Care May Reduce Cancer Disparities

When enrolled in a cancer clinical trial, the differences in survival rates between rural and urban patients are significantly reduced, SWOG study results show. The study results are published in JAMA Network Open by a team... Read More

POSTED: 08/17/2018

Portrait of Joesph Unger, PhD

Volume 9, Issue 3 Dear Colleague, The summer issue of Nutrition Frontiers showcases vitamin D-related genetic variation and cancer risk, the therapeutic potential of zerumbone, a ginger extract, against hepatocellular... Read More

POSTED: 08/02/2018

A collection of foods high in Vitamin D.

The Opioid Epidemic and Cancer Pain Management: A Conversation with Dr. Judith Paice

Pain is a common symptom in cancer patients. It can be caused by cancer, its treatments, or a combination of factors. Although some pain lasts a relatively short time and will resolve on its own, cancer or its treatments can... Read More

POSTED: 07/16/2018

Judith Paice, Ph.D., R.N., director of the Cancer Pain Program, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

NCI and VA collaborate to boost veterans’ access to cancer clinical trials

Veterans with cancer who receive treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will now have easier access to clinical trials of novel cancer treatments, thanks to an agreement between VA and the National Cancer... Read More

POSTED: 07/10/2018

Map of the United States displaying the NAVIGATE sites.

Cancer Prevention Message Is Key for HPV Vaccination Discussions with Parents

Health care providers should emphasize cancer prevention when discussing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination with the parents of preteens who are due to receive the vaccine. That’s the conclusion of a new study that asked... Read More

POSTED: 07/10/2018

The NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) issued three funding opportunity announcements; one each for Community Sites, Minority/Underserved Community Sites, and Research Bases. In addition, the program announced... Read More

POSTED: 06/25/2018

NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP)

Finasteride Safe, Long-Term Results Show

Twenty five years after it opened for enrollment, the landmark Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial has delivered a final verdict. Finasteride, a common hormone-blocking drug, reduces men's risk of getting prostate cancer... Read More

POSTED: 05/21/2018

Volume 9, Issue 2 Dear Colleague, The spring issue of Nutrition Frontiers showcases the association of gut microbial communities in premenopausal women, how high-fat, high-calorie-diet-induced obesity may increase... Read More

POSTED: 05/14/2018

A illustration displaying gut microbial.

The NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP), which supports postdoctoral research and leadership training, is accepting applications for the fellows’ class that starts in 2019. The application period is open until... Read More

POSTED: 05/10/2018

A photo of CPFP fellows at the NCI Shady Grove campus.

Study Shows Experimental Screening Test Can Detect Endometrial and Ovarian Cancers

Researchers have shown that an experimental screening test can detect some endometrial and ovarian cancers at their early, more treatable stages. The test, called PapSEEK, is a type of liquid biopsy that identifies cancer-... Read More

POSTED: 05/02/2018

PapSEEK detects genetic alterations in DNA that ovarian and endometrial tumors have shed into the uterus, cervix, and blood (plasma).

Division of Cancer Prevention Director Barry Kramer, MD, MPH, answers questions about cancer overdiagnosis. Q: What is cancer overdiagnosis? A: Cancer overdiagnosis is the detection of asymptomatic cancers, often through... Read More

POSTED: 04/23/2018

Partial thumbnail of the 'What is Cancer Overdiagnosis?' infographic.

The Finding Cancer Trials Collaborative

Imagine a day when a cancer patient can find relevant cancer clinical trials with ease. We invite the entire cancer community – including patients, advocates, clinical trialists, industry, and NCI – to achieve this vision... Read More

POSTED: 04/16/2018

Finding Cancer Trials Collaborative

The Finding Cancer Trials Collaborative

Imagine a day when a cancer patient can find relevant cancer clinical trials with ease. We invite the entire cancer community – including patients, advocates, clinical trialists, industry, and NCI – to achieve this vision... Read More

POSTED: 04/16/2018

Finding Cancer Trials Collaborative

The PREVENT Cancer Preclinical Drug Development Program (PREVENT) is a peer-reviewed program designed to support development of the best ideas in cancer prevention using National Cancer Institute contract resources. The... Read More

POSTED: 04/13/2018

Interactive App Improves Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

Although screening for colorectal cancer has been shown to decrease deaths from the disease, only about two-thirds of Americans are up to date with screening. Now a new study suggests that giving people an easy way to order... Read More

POSTED: 04/09/2018

An image of man researching colorectal cancer screening rates on a tablet.

NCI Launches New Resource for Specimens and Data from Cancer Clinical Trials

NCI announced the launch today of a new resource for cancer researchers interested in conducting studies using specimens and clinical data collected from cancer treatment trials in NCI’s National Clinical Trials Network (... Read More

POSTED: 04/02/2018

A tray of biological specimen vials.

Higher Risk of Heart Failure Seen in Some Cancers

Some people who have been treated for breast cancer or lymphoma have a higher risk of developing congestive heart failure than people who haven't had cancer, results from a new study show. Read More

POSTED: 03/26/2018

Within 5 year of diagnosis, people treated for lymphoma or breast cancer were 3 times as likely to develop heart failure as people who never had cancer.

Recognizing HPV Awareness Day

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide, with over 500,000 new cases estimated each year. Although the global burden is great, it is not equally distributed between nations – more than 85% of... Read More

POSTED: 02/27/2018

Almost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV.

Volume 9, Issue 1 Dear Colleague, The winter issue of Nutrition Frontiers showcases the chemopreventive activity of sulforaphane, how a high fat, high cholesterol diet may impact hepatocellular carcinoma, and p53... Read More

POSTED: 02/14/2018

An image of cruciferous vegetables

Study Identifies Potential Cause of Hearing Loss from Cisplatin

Results from a new study may explain why many patients treated with the chemotherapy drug cisplatin develop lasting hearing loss. Researchers found that, in both mice and humans, cisplatin can be found in the cochlea—the... Read More

POSTED: 01/26/2018

An image display the chemotherapy drug cisplatin (in green) in a mouse inner ear.

The Challenging Landscape of Cancer and Aging: Charting a Way Forward

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of giving two scientific talks: one at a Grand Rounds lecture hosted by NCI’s Center for Cancer Research, and a second held at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns... Read More

POSTED: 01/24/2018

Image of a couple walking outdoors.

Acupuncture May Reduce Treatment-Related Joint Pain for Breast Cancer Patients

Acupuncture can reduce joint pain caused by drugs called aromatase inhibitors, according to results from a large, rigorous study of this approach in postmenopausal women with early-stage breast cancer.Read the article Read More

POSTED: 01/08/2018

An image of acupuncturist inserting a needle into a patient.