December 2020: Oncology

Industry News Round-up

What’s new in oncology this December? We’ve rounded up information on driving factors that lead to cancer spread in the brain, magnetic bacteria in oncology research, and immune boosting therapy.

December 7, 2020 / Cedars Sinai

A new approach to cancer therapy shows potential to transform the commonly used chemotherapy drug gemcitabine into a drug that kills cancer cells in a specialized way, activating immune cells to fight the cancer.

December 8, 2020 / VCU

Approximately 200,000 cancer patients are diagnosed with brain metastases each year, yet few treatment options exist because the mechanisms that allow cancer to spread to the brain remain unclear. However, a study offers hope for the development of future therapies by showing how a poorly understood gene known as YTHDF3 plays a significant role in the process.

December 8, 2020 / ETH Zurich

Scientists use magnetic bacteria to control liquids at the micro level. They are already thinking about using them in the human bloodstream for precision delivery of cancer drugs to a tumor.


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