Research Continues To Drive Advances Against Cancer
North American Precis Syndicate
Doctors have more—and better—ways than ever to combat cancer. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—It may seem surprising but there’s actually good news
in the fight against cancer.
According to the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual
Cancer Progress Report, this year alone saw 27 new cancer
treatments—the highest number ever reported in the Cancer Progress
Report; a record high number of U.S. cancer survivors—more than 16.9
million; and the benefit of increasing federal investment in the National
Institutes of Health (NIH).
Among the new treatments are:
1. The first molecularly targeted therapeutic approved for treating
cancers with a specific genetic biomarker regardless of the type of cancer;
2. The first immunotherapeutic for use in the treatment of breast cancer.
For example, 63-year-old Keith Taggart had salivary gland cancer and was
told surgery could no longer help. He was offered a clinical trial testing a
new targeted treatment. After he took a single larotrectinib (Vitrakvi) pill
twice a day for four weeks, CT scans showed that all but one tumor had gone
and the one left had shrunk by 65 percent. Over time, it continued to shrink,
and has been undetectable for about 2 years.
Then there’s 72-year-old Eva Joseph. She was in a clinical trial
testing an immunotherapy and chemotherapy combination as a treatment for
patients with stage 4 triple-negative breast cancer. She says “this new
immunotherapy is providing hope for people who thought they had no chance to
live, and it only came about because of cancer research and the hard work and
money that supported it.”
“Over the past few decades, a surge in scientific discovery and
technological innovation has allowed us to make unparalleled progress against
cancer,” explains Dr. Elaine Mardis, President of AACR. “Robust
annual increases in federal funding for medical research will pave the way
for the next major breakthroughs that will transform patient care.”
The report also emphasizes, however, that despite this extraordinary
progress against cancer, the disease continues to pose enormous public health
• The number of new cancer cases in the United States is predicted
to rise to more than 2.3 million in 2040.
• The number of high-school and middle-school students using
e-cigarettes, has jumped 78 percent and 49 percent from 2017 to 2018,
• Obesity is responsible for about 8 percent of cancer cases among
U.S. adults age 30 and older, and its prevalence is rising.
For further facts about fighting cancer, visit www.CancerProgressReport.org.
“According to the @AACR, the
number of cancer survivors in the United States reached a record high of more
than 16.9 million thanks to research. Learn more in the AACR
#CancerProgress19 Report http://bit.ly/2la6hhq”
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