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AJCC calls for contributors to Cancer Staging Manual, 8th Edition
American Joint Committee on Cancer
The American Joint Committee on Cancer is seeking cancer professionals to collaborate on the development of the AJCC Cancer Staging Manual, Eighth Edition.

A number of opportunities are available in two areas:
  • Disease Site Expert Panel: Members will research, write, review or otherwise contribute to chapter content.
  • Review Core: Members will provide expert review of all content in the areas of evidence-based medicine and statistics, precision medicine, cancer registry and surveillance and data harmonization.

    Access the application online. AJCC will not accept unsolicited curriculum vitaes. Only individuals who complete this application will be considered. The application period will close June 30. Contact ajcc@facs.org for more information.
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    Myriad BRCA patents ruled invalid by US Supreme Court
    Los Angeles Times
    In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court has effectively invalidated the patents held by Myriad Genetics for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. However, the ruling is not all bad news for Myriad. The Court unanimously ruled that although naturally isolated DNA is not patentable, synthetically created exon-only strands of nucleotides — complementary (c)DNA — is patentable.
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    2 gene variants may predict who will benefit from breast cancer prevention drugs
    National Institutes of Health
    In women at high risk for breast cancer, a long-term drug treatment can cut the risk of developing the disease in half. Researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health have now identified two gene variants that may predict which women are most likely to benefit from this therapy — and which should avoid it.
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    Cancer researchers find therapeutic potential in 'undruggable' target
    Harvard Gazette
    Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers have identified in the most aggressive forms of cancer a gene known to regulate embryonic stem cell self-renewal and are beginning a creative search for a drug that can block its activity.
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    Persistent heartburn sufferers could have oesophageal cancer
    The Telegraph
    Early symptoms are often dismissed as heartburn, leading to late diagnosis and low survival rates — on average patients live only three months and just 13 percent survive five years or more — according to figures released by Cancer Research UK.
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    Which women should receive preventive breast cancer drugs?
    Medical News Today
    A new study, published in the journal Cancer Discovery, revealed that genetic variations could be a key indicator of which women are likely and which are unlikely to benefit from tamoxifen or raloxifene for breast cancer prevention.
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    Biomarker could predict HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer early on
    Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
    A team led by investigators at the U.S. National Cancer Institute has found that antibodies against human papillomavirus could be useful biomarkers for detecting individuals who are at greatly heightened risk of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer.
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    Lists of cancer mutations awash with false positives
    Nature
    Some call them the "fishy genes." Errors in DNA that seem to be associated with tumors, but which researchers trawling through cancer genome data cannot explain. For instance, why would mutations in genes involved in the sense of smell be linked to lung cancer?
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    Developmental protein plays role in spread of cancer
    National Cancer Institute
    A protein used by embryo cells during early development, and recently found in many different types of cancer, apparently serves as a switch regulating the spread of cancer, known as metastasis, report researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center in a recent issue of the journal Cancer Research.
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    New lung cancer guidelines recommend offering screening to high-risk individuals
    Science Codex
    In Diagnosis and Management of Lung Cancer, 3rd ed: American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines, the American College of Chest Physicians, recommends offering low-dose computed tomography scanning for lung cancer screening to people with a significant risk of lung cancer due to age and smoking history.
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    Scientists uncover clues to cancer's spread
    The Telegraph
    Experiments carried out by a team at University College London have uncovered clues in what causes the disease to migrate from one part of the body to another. In many cases death is not caused by the primary tumor, but the secondary growth.
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    Source of tumor growth in aggressive prostate cancer found
    Science Codex
    Researchers have discovered a molecular switch that explains, at least in part, how some fast-growing prostate cancers become resistant to hormone treatment, a new study conducted in human cell cultures and mice finds. The results were presented at The Endocrine Society's 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
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