A new study published in scientific journal Nature Communications distinguishes the reason for extended pancreatic cancer survival: an inverse correlation between a known oncogene, a gene that promotes the development of cancer, and the expression of an oncosuppressor microRNA.
AstraZeneca AZN and partner Merck MRK announced that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has granted approval to its PARP inhibitor, Lynparza, as a maintenance therapy for relapsed ovarian cancer, irrespective of BRCA mutation status in patients who have responded to their last platinum-based chemotherapy.
After an R&D drought that lasted more than a decade, Merck KGaA may be coming out of the desert. Following two recent drug approvals, including the landmark FDA OK for checkpoint inhibitor Bavencio, the German Merck is now entering an R&D collaboration that might help fill its pipeline with new cancer drug contenders.
Findings In this population-based cohort study of more than 100, 000 predominantly postmenopausal women, risk reductions for ovarian cancer associated with increasing duration of oral contraceptive use were generally consistent across health behaviors. For endometrial cancer, the reductions were strongest among current smokers, obese women, and those who exercised rarely; lack of associations with breast and colorectal cancer were consistent across health behaviors.
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