Issue 10 - Mar 10, 2017
  • DePinho resigns as MD Anderson president, acknowledges shortcomings as administrator

    Ronald DePinho announced on March 8 that he will be stepping down as president of MD Anderson Cancer Center.

    DePinho’s five-and-a-half years at the helm of the world’s largest cancer center were marked by unprecedented turbulence, questions of conflicts of interest, and unhappiness on the part of the faculty.

  • House Republicans publish legislation for replacing Obamacare with Trumpcare

    The House Republicans on March 6 published the Obamacare repeal bill, touching off predictable tidal waves of recriminations, with Democrats stating that the bill would “rip healthcare away from millions of Americans, ration care for working families and seniors, and put insurance companies back in charge of healthcare decisions”

  • Note to international travelers: U.S. customs can take your laptop and ask for passwords

    As spring meetings get going, many cancer organizations are offering what amounts to packing tips, suggesting that some electronic devices are best left at home.

  • In Brief

    • Lynch steps in as CSO at Bristol-Myers Squibb
    • Pharma companies collaborate in NCCN’s multi-industry project
    • NCCN “Just Bag It!” campaign shoots for 100 new adopters by end of conference
    • Targeted Anticancer Therapies Congress becomes an annual ESMO Event
    • ASCO and ONS launch collaboration to advance engagement in CancerLinQ
    • Siteman Cancer Center launches network with affiliation of Boone hospital
  • Drugs and Targets

    • NICE recommends Vectibix for previously untreated metastatic colorectal cancer
    • EnGeneIC receives Orphan designation for its technology in glioblastoma multiforme
    • German Community of Gynecological Oncology acknowledges MammaPrint as having Level 1A clinical evidence 
Issue 9 - Mar 3, 2017
  • Conversation with The Cancer Letter

    Steve Hahn and his plan for rescuing MD Anderson

    Steve Hahn didn’t apply for the job of Chief Operating Officer at MD Anderson Cancer Center. In fact, there was no COO job to apply to, and conversations that preceded the announcement of his new role took less than a week.

  • Medicare payment in January helps MD Anderson reduce its operating losses

    MD Anderson Cancer Center reduced its year-to-date operating loss to $77.3 million in January, the fifth month of the fiscal year.

  • Cancer groups to Trump: FDA’s oncology division is NOT “slow and cumbersome”

    FDA’s approval process for drugs is “slow and cumbersome,” President Donald Trump said in his first address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28.

  • In Brief

    • Karmanos, Wayne State receive grant to conduct nation’s largest study of factors affecting African Americans with cancer
    • Feldman named chief of breast surgery & surgical oncology, director of breast cancer services at Montefiore and Einstein
    • Michael Rosen named chief communications officer at Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
    • Open Science Prize goes to software tool for tracking viral outbreaks
    • Fred Hutchinson announces Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award winners
    • Boehringer Ingelheim, Vanderbilt expand collaboration to tackle hard-to-treat cancers
    • iKnowMed recognized as No. 1 oncology EHR by Black Book Research
    • CTCA, Allscripts, NantHealth to launch clinical pathways, custom oncology treatment platform
    • Blackfynn and CHOP expand partnership for data integration and analysis in pediatric brain tumors
  • Drugs and Targets

    • FDA approves Xermelo as first and only treatment for carcinoid syndrome diarrhea
    • FDA Accepts avelumab BLA for Priority Review for urothelial carcinoma
    • BMS expands International Immuno-Oncology Network with addition of Columbia and MacCallum Cancer Centre
    • Exelixis, BMS collaborate on late-stage combination trial in first-line RCC
    • Exelixis, Roche to evaluate cabozantinib and atezolizumab in solid tumors
    • Advaxis, SELLAS announce licensing agreement to develop antigen-targeting immunotherapy
Issue 8 - Feb 24, 2017