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Month: October 2016

Study Confirms Benefits of Early Palliative Care for Advanced Cancer

Patients who received palliative care along with standard treatment for advanced cancer reported having a better quality of life and mood than patients who did not receive early palliative care, according to the results of a randomized clinical trial.

Patients who received early palliative care also scored better on an assessment of their ability to cope with their disease and were more likely to discuss end-of-life care preferences with their health care team.

Avelumab Induces Sustained Tumor Responses in Some Patients with Rare Skin Cancer

In a clinical trial, a new immunotherapy drug called avelumab has shown promise in patients with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare, aggressive skin cancer with few effective treatments.

In the phase II trial, 32% of patients with metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma that had returned after earlier treatment experienced partial or complete shrinkage of their tumors when treated with the new drug. Among patients whose tumors shrank, more than 90% sustained this response for at least 6 months.

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