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Latest National Cancer Institute Items
  • APNewsBreak: Texas cancer probe draws NCI scrutiny

    The National Cancer Institute confirmed Friday that federal officials are taking a closer look at a troubled $3 billion cancer-fighting effort in Texas that is under a criminal investigation over a lucrative taxpayer-funded grant awarded by the state agency.


  • FDA panel backs Glaxo drug for rare cancer

    A panel of cancer experts rejected an experimental Merck drug for a rare form of cancer on Tuesday while recommending approval of a GlaxoSmithKline treatment for the same disease. Neither drug appears to help patients live longer, but panelists said Glaxo's Votrient helped delay tumor growth in the most vulnerable patients.


  • FDA panel backs Glaxo drug for rare sarcoma cancer

    A panel of cancer experts rejected an experimental Merck drug for a rare form of cancer on Tuesday while recommending approval of a GlaxoSmithKline treatment for the same disease. Neither drug appears to help patients live longer, but panelists said Glaxo's Votrient helped delay tumor growth in the most vulnerable patients.


  • Study links heavy diesel exhaust to lung cancer

    There's new evidence that exposure to exhaust from diesel engines increases the risk of lung cancer.


  • Program urges smokers switch to smokeless tobacco

    In the smoker-heavy state of Kentucky, a cancer center is suggesting something that most health experts won't and the tobacco industry can't: If you really want to quit, switch to smoke-free tobacco.


  • Lung cancer screening with X-rays isn't beneficial

    Routine chest X-rays do not prevent lung cancer deaths, not even in smokers or former smokers, according to a big government study challenging a once common type of screening.


  • Lung cancer scans: False alarms amid lives saved

    Full results of a big study that showed some smokers' lives could be saved by screening with lung scans now reveal more clearly what the risks are: There's a good chance of a false alarm.


  • **FILE** A marijuana plant flourishes under grow lights at a warehouse. (Associated Press)

    Feds' praise for medical pot goes up in smoke

    For a brief time earlier this month the National Cancer Institute, a branch of the federal government's National Institutes of Health, had posted a webpage touting the possible benefits of marijuana in fighting cancer tumors. But less than two weeks after it went up, the webpage was altered and the approving words stricken.


  • Scan detects lung cancer earlier

    A special type of CT scan can detect lung cancer early enough to save some lives, the National Cancer Institute announced Thursday - the first evidence that a screening test may help fight the nation's top cancer killer.


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