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CP-CTNet Newsletter - December 2021

Welcome to the CP-CTNet Newsletter where we share programmatic and research updates for the Cancer Prevention Clinical Trials Network (CP-CTNet). Read More

POSTED: 12/22/2021

Partial screen grab of the December 2021 issue of the CP-CTNet Newsletter.

Fifty years ago this week, the National Cancer Act was signed into law, kick-starting research that has changed how cancer is prevented, detected, diagnosed, treated, and survived, and moving us closer to a time when no one... Read More

POSTED: 12/20/2021
SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Science Blog

Thank You--50th Anniversary of the National Cancer Act

For Older Adults, Geriatric Assessment Reduces Cancer Treatment Side Effects

For older adults undergoing treatment for advanced cancer, results from a clinical trial show that a health measurement tool called a geriatric assessment can be an important part of treatment planning. In the trial, older... Read More

POSTED: 12/15/2021
SOURCE: NCI Cancer Currents Blog

An older woman with a handful of oral medications.

RESEARCH UPDATE: ON THE CLINICAL FRONT Diet Quality and Risk and Severity of COVID-19 Evidence for the influence of diet on COVID-19 risk and severity is limited, despite unhealthy lifestyle factors and poor metabolic... Read More

POSTED: 12/01/2021

Drawings of COVID-19 cells.

If your family member had cancer, would you want to know if you carried a gene mutation that increased your risk of the same cancer? This question is at the heart of three novel research projects underway to determine how... Read More

POSTED: 11/29/2021
SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Science Blog

An illustration displaying possible inherited risk carriers within a family.

The NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) annual meeting for grantees in August 2021 virtually brought together representatives from every NCORP Research Base and Community and Minority Underserved Site to discuss... Read More

POSTED: 11/10/2021
SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Science Blog

Drs. McCaskill-Stevens, Underwood, and Adams-Campbell

CP-CTNet Newsletter - September 2021

The first day of autumn was September 22nd. Fall reminds us that change can be a beautiful process. It’s the season that conjures up memories of heading back to school, visits to the pumpkin patch, jumping in piles of... Read More

POSTED: 10/12/2021

Screen capture of the Fall 2021 issue the CP-CTNet Newsletter.

In a clinical study underway, scientists hope to unravel the complexities of a group of poorly understood and relatively rare blood disorders that often lead to cancer. In myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), the problem arises... Read More

POSTED: 10/05/2021
SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Science Blog

Estimated cases of myelodysplastic syndrome cases in the US each year.

A year ago, I said that coming on board as the Division of Cancer Prevention Director in July 2020 was a “challenge,” adding that I had faith in science that the pandemic would be solved soon. Science has brought us a... Read More

POSTED: 09/20/2021

 NCI Division of Cancer Prevention: Precision Prevention, Biomarkers of Risk and Early Detection, Symptom Management

Welcome to ULACNet Update, where we will share programmatic and research updates for the US-Latin American-Caribbean HIV/HPV-Cancer Prevention Clinical Trials Network (ULACNet)! English On this page ULACNet-101... Read More

POSTED: 09/20/2021

Group photo of CAMPO team.

Researchers in gynecologic oncology have begun testing a promising surgery for premenopausal women at high genetic risk for ovarian cancer that avoids early menopause and may prevent these malignancies from developing.... Read More

POSTED: 09/07/2021
SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Science Blog

40% of women who inherit a mutatation in their BRCA1 gene will develop ovarian cancer in their lifetime.

50 Years of Cancer: Prevention Tactics in Avoidance, Screening & Vaccination

This Healthcast podcast commemorates the National Cancer Act's 50th anniversary by highlighting the progress the National Cancer Institute has made in cancer prevention. Leaders in NCI's Division of Cancer Prevention talk... Read More

POSTED: 08/31/2021
SOURCE: GovernmentCIO Media & Research

Leaders in NCI's Division of Cancer Prevention: Dr. Philip Castle, Director and Dr. Lori Minasian, Deputy Director.

RESEARCH UPDATE: ON THE CLINICAL FRONT Mendelian Randomization of Circulating PUFAs and Colorectal Cancer Risk Prostaglandin E2 (PGE-2), a nutrition-related inflammatory metabolite known to influence colorectal... Read More

POSTED: 08/19/2021

Healthy foods displayed on a table, including salmon, garlic, and walnuts.

Applying a pandemic-like response to cancer prevention

In 2020, a year of unimaginable tragedy, an estimated 375,000 people died from Covid-19 infections in the United States alone. Much of the suffering and death due to the disease was preventable in three ways: through... Read More

POSTED: 08/09/2021
SOURCE: STAT First Opinion

STAT First Opinion

New Task Force Focuses on Quality of Life for AYAs with Cancer

Being a teenager or young adult is hard enough. Add a cancer diagnosis, and the challenges—which can range from severe fatigue to financial stress—are likely to multiply. Read More

POSTED: 08/04/2021
SOURCE: NCI Cancer Currents Blog

A young adult using a smartphone.

Advancing Cancer Prevention: A Conversation with NCI’s Dr. Philip Castle

Philip Castle, Ph.D., M.P.H., joined NCI in July 2020 as director of the Division of Cancer Prevention (DCP). Dr. Castle previously worked at NCI in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (2002–2010), where he led... Read More

POSTED: 07/20/2021
SOURCE: NCI Cancer Currents Blog

Cancer Prevention word cloud with the science's keywords.

One of the first-ever vaccines for the prevention of colorectal and other cancers in patients at high genetic risk for these malignancies is expected to start its early phase safety and immunogenicity trial in the first... Read More

POSTED: 07/13/2021
SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Science Blog

An image of a person getting vaccinated.

Could A Diabetes Diagnosis Help Detect Pancreatic Cancer Early?

Bob Aronson was only 54 years old and, in the words of his son Tom, “extremely healthy.” “So it was really surprising to everyone when he went in for an annual routine eye exam and his eye doctor suspected diabetes,” Tom... Read More

POSTED: 07/07/2021
SOURCE: NCI Cancer Currents Blog

Pancreatic Cancer New Onset Diabetes

Preventing cancer today and in the future lies at the heart of the National Cancer Institute’s competitive postdoctoral fellowship program, which is accepting candidate applications for the 2022 class until August 16, 2021... Read More

POSTED: 05/25/2021
SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Science Blog

Partial group photo of the 2019 CPFP fellows with the CPFP Director.

RESEARCH UPDATE: ON THE CLINICAL FRONT Oxidative Stress and Antioxidant Status in High-Risk Prostate Cancer Subjects Chronic inflammation as a result of oxidative stress, reactive oxygen species production, and changes in... Read More

POSTED: 05/13/2021

A group of high-risk prostate cancer subjects and age-matched healthy subjects (52-84 years old).

Why I Joined a Clinical Trial

Clinical trial participants share why they joined clinical trials of new ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer and the side effects of cancer treatment. Read More

POSTED: 05/04/2021
SOURCE: Why I Joined a Clinical Trial

Scientists have identified more than 1,000 potential new biomarkers for cancer that they hope will aid in the early detection of many of these complex diseases, including one of the most challenging, pancreatic cancer.... Read More

POSTED: 04/27/2021
SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Science Blog

A 3D illustration of a human pancreatic cancer cell.

On Demand Session Type: Major Symposium  Session Title: Colorectal Cancer Interception: Immunologic and Pharmacologic Advances Companion session to Live Panel discussion Thursday, April 15 at 1:30 PM Multiantigen vaccines... Read More

POSTED: 04/23/2021

AACR Annual Meeting 2021

In a new NCI-sponsored study now recruiting participants, investigators will evaluate two different screening strategies for non-cancerous pancreatic cysts to determine which works best at detecting early malignancy. Even... Read More

POSTED: 04/08/2021
SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Science Blog

An MRI of a pancreas with cysts presenting.

After decades of opposition to decriminalizing cannabis products (especially marijuana), a more permissive attitude toward cannabis and its derivative products has taken hold today at the state level. At the same time,... Read More

POSTED: 03/08/2021
SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Science Blog

A display of Cannabis seed, flower, and a vial containing its oil.

RESEARCH UPDATE: ON THE CLINICAL FRONT Vitamin D & Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation on Kidney Function in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Low circulating concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and plasma omega-3 fatty... Read More

POSTED: 03/03/2021

A 3D illustration of human kidneys.

For centuries, visionary physicians have stressed preventing disease as the best option. I frequently say that the “best” cancer is the cancer that never happens. Today, we turn our attentions to the scientists who made... Read More

POSTED: 03/01/2021
SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Science Blog

50th Anniversary of the National Cancer Act - Nothing Will Stop Us

During chemotherapy for an advanced blood cancer, Stacey Blansky vaped marijuana daily for her nausea and used cannabis oil for anxiety and stress. The decision to add these complex, plant-derived substances to ease her... Read More

POSTED: 02/24/2021
SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Science Blog

A display of Cannabis seed, flower, and a vial containing its oil.

Millions of older Americans take aspirin daily to reduce their risk for heart disease and colorectal cancer. But, new data suggests this protective edge for colorectal cancer comes only if they begin taking aspirin before... Read More

POSTED: 02/11/2021
SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Science Blog

Pile of pills aspirin

Dr. Jill Biden, Ed.D., First Lady of the United States, joined NCI leaders and staff for a special virtual event marking World Cancer Day, February 4. Among the progress highlighted was the work of the NCI Community Oncology... Read More

POSTED: 02/04/2021

Screen grab of the virtual meeting with the First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden.

NCORP PARTNRS Workshop Executive Summary is Available

The executive summary is available of an inaugural workshop to encourage and forge partnerships between oncologists, primary care providers and medical specialists to promote accrual to clinical cancer control and prevention... Read More

POSTED: 02/04/2021

A meeting of 4 medical professional around a table.

An over-the-counter drug, readily available to consumers for years, may open a new option for preventing colorectal cancer in high-risk individuals. It's not the mouse that roared but the quiet mouse behind the scenes that... Read More

POSTED: 02/03/2021
SOURCE: Cancer Prevention Science Blog

A bottle of Naproxen placed atop a table with some tablets displayed.