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January 13, 2009 • Volume 6 / Number 1 About the Bulletin  |  Bulletin Archive/Search

Breaking News

ASCO Urges KRAS Gene Testing for Colorectal Cancer

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) recommended today that patients with metastatic colorectal cancer who are candidates for anti-EFGR therapy have their tumors tested for KRAS gene mutations. In a “provisional clinical opinion,” ASCO recommends that patients with mutated forms of the KRAS gene should not receive the drugs cetuximab (Erbitux) and panitumumab (Vectibix), based on recent studies indicating this treatment is only effective in patients with normal forms of the gene.


A studio photo of chemotherapy drugs in a dripping IV bottle

FU-Based Chemotherapy Cures Some Patients with Colon Cancer

Researchers from the Adjuvant Colon Cancer Endpoints (ACCENT) Group used individual patient data from 18 phase III trials of adjuvant fluorouracil-based chemotherapy for colon cancer to show that the regimens provide their survival benefit primarily by reducing the high risk of recurrence within the first 2 years after surgery.  Read more > >


Director's Update: Resource Digs Deep into NCI's Research Funding

NCI recently launched a newly enhanced Funded Research portal on its Web site. For a decade or more visitors to could search the cancer research portfolio, but the enhanced portal now provides consolidated information from varying NCI locations on one site, including funding and other data on NCI's intramural research program. The result is a significant increase in public access to this broader range of data. Read more > >

In Depth


  • FDA Update

    • New Prostate Cancer Drug Approved
    • Gardasil Indication for Men Reviewed
    • A Warning for Bone Density Drug
  • CMS Update

    • CMS Proposes Expanding Medicare Coverage of PET Scans in Cancer Patients
  • Notes

    • NCI Scientists Receive 2008 HHS Awards
    • NCI Holds Annual Intramural Scientific
    • New Issue of CCR Connections Released

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