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Placebo: A veritable treatment option

February 11, 2018 – Long after cancer treatment ends, many patients continue to deal with one particular symptom that refuses to go away: fatigue. In a new study, researchers have found that the power of placebos, even when fully disclosed to patients, might be harnessed to reduce fatigue in cancer survivors.

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Lutetium 177 dotatate (Lutathera): A treatment for gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs)

January 29, 2018 – Gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NET)s are a rare group of cancers with limited treatment options that affects primarily the pancreas or gastrointestinal tract of patients.  

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Vemurafenib (Zelboraf) for BRAF V600E positive Erdheim-Chester Disease (ECD)

Dezember 21, 2017 – Erdheim–Chester disease ((ECD), also known as Erdheim–Chester syndrome or polyostotic sclerosing histiocytosis) is a form of a bone marrow borne blood cancer. It is a rare disease characterized by the abnormal multiplication of a specific type of white blood cells called histiocytes,

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Netupitant/Palonosetron [Akynzeo] for nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy approved in the US

October 12, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, on October 10,  approved Akynzeo (netupitant and palonosetron) to treat nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy. Akynzeo is a fixed combination capsule comprised of two drugs. Oral palonosetron approved in 2008 as Aloxi,

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Boxed Warning Updated: TNF Blockers and Cancer Risks in Children

November 3, 2009 – As we learn from it’s todays announcement, FDA is requiring stronger warnings about an increased risk of lymphoma and other cancers in children and adolescents who are treated with drugs that block tumor necrosis factor. TNF blockers include Infliximab [Remicade], Etanercept [Enbrel], Adalizumab [Humira], Certolizumab [Cimzia],

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