20140131 - Jan 31, 2014
ISSUE 5 – JAN. 31, 2014PDF

Congress Mandates NIH Cut PR Costs, Coordinate Spending on Communications

Congressional appropriators instructed NIH to cut spending on communications activities and coordinate the broad range of activities that fall under the category of public relations.

The mandate is a part of the report that accompanied the recently passed appropriations bill.

photoIPRI’s Peter Boyle on Closing the Gap In Global Cancer Treatment and Outcomes

The International Prevention Research Institute has published “The State of Oncology 2013,” a report that highlights disparate cancer outcomes between higher- and lower-resource countries and proposes long-term recommendations. 

photoPresident Calls For Reversing Cuts to Basic Research Budget

In his state of the union address to Congress Jan. 28, President Barack Obama called for reversing the cuts made to basic research in the federal budget.

photoDrasga, Einhorn Make Appeal For Single-Payer Healthcare

In a feature article published in the Journal of Oncology Practice, oncologists Ray Drasga and Lawrence Einhorn called for their colleagues to endorse single-payer healthcare.

The journal is published by the American Society for Clinical Oncology.

photoACS, SU2C Commit $20 Million For Lung Cancer Dream Team

The American Cancer Society and Stand Up To Cancer announced a collaboration to fund translational research and advocacy programs.

photoIn Brief

  • Indiana University cancer center receives $15 million pledge from Vera Bradley Foundation

  • Hope Funds for Cancer Research announce James D. Watson Award 

  • Dept. of Defense offers $580 million in medical research funding

  • Justin Klamerus named chief quality officer at Karmanos Cancer Institute

  • Angela Davies named chief medical officer of Champions Oncology

  • UCSF and Quest Diagnostics form collaboration

  • John Porter to receive Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences

photoFDA News

  • FDA lifts clinical hold on tosedostat

  • U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence issues final opinion on Pixuvri

20140124 - Jan 24, 2014
ISSUE 4 – JAN. 24, 2014PDF

Conversation with The Cancer Letter:
Seffrin To Retire After Restructuring ACS

The American Cancer Society has started a search to replace its chief executive officer, John Seffrin.

Seffrin, who became the CEO in 1992, recently completed streamlining of the society’s organizational structure, eliminating the autonomy of divisions, decreasing the number of board members, and making the century-old organization into a single corporate entity.

photoASCO, COA Present Plans For Cancer Care
Beyond the Fee-for-Service Pay Structure

The Community Oncology Alliance and the American Society of Clinical Oncology issued a joint statement on payment reform in cancer care and proposed alternative approaches to paying for cancer care. 

photoKomen Officials Say Charity is Stabilizing Despite 22 Percent Drop in Contributions

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation reported a 22 percent decline in contributions in fiscal 2013—totalling over $77 million—in recent financial statements.

Overall, the charity’s revenues fell by 18 percent from the 2012 fiscal year.

photoFDA News

  • Reagent system approved for the prevention of Graft-Versus-Host Disease

  • FDA launches advisory committee membership nomination web portal 

  • Orphan designation granted to BL-8040 for stem cell mobilization

  • EU CHMP issues positive opinion for Roche’s subcutaneous MabThera

20140117 - Jan 17, 2014
ISSUE 3 – JAN. 17, 2014PDF

Officials: “Separations” in Normal Range
As Critics Claim Brain Drain in the Clinic

When surveyed by the Faculty Senate in October 2012, nearly a third of faculty members at MD Anderson Cancer Center who responded said they were likely to leave the institution within three years.

Of that number, 9.3 percent said they were likely to leave within one year.

photoAs Leadership Changes Continue, Fontaine, Leach Get New Posts
In another round of changes in the executive suite at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dan Fontaine was appointed head the institutional advancement division, President Ronald DePinho announced in an email to the faculty and staff. 
photoNIH, NCI Get Higher Funding in 2014 Budget
Congress has passed a $1.012 trillion omnibus spending bill, easing the sequestration cuts set for fiscal 2014 and keeping the government open through September. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill by Saturday.
photoCDC: Lung Cancer Rates Drop Following Anti-Smoking Efforts
The rate of new lung cancer cases decreased among men and women from 2005 to 2009, largely due to tobacco control efforts, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
photoHoward Hughes Medical Institute Seeks up to 25 New Researchers
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is seeking to appoint up to 25 new biomedical researchers through a national open competition. The initiative represents an investment of approximately $150 million in basic biomedical research over the next five years.
photoIn Brief

  • Baylor campus plans to build joint cancer center 
  • Beck named deputy director at Fox Chase Cancer Center 
  • Burtness named co-director of Yale Cancer Center Developmental Therapeutics Research Program
  • Dmitri Alden elected to French National Academy of Surgery
  • MD Anderson and Pfizer to launch immunotherapy collaboration
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Geisenger Health System to collaborate on genomics