No Chemo Needed | Liquid Biopsy | CAM, Cancer Information Highlights, 12/16/2020

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Cancer Information Highlights
From the National Cancer Institute
Updating you about cancer causes, prevention, screening, treatment, coping, and more
New from NCI
Some Women with Breast Cancer Do Not Need Chemotherapy
2 middle-aged women in a park pose for the camera   Some postmenopausal women with hormone receptor–positive, HER2-negative breast cancer may not benefit from chemotherapy and can safely skip the treatment.
Expanded Approval for “Liquid Biopsy”
gloved hands draw blood from an outstretched arm   The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the approved uses for a blood test, known as a liquid biopsy, that can help doctors pick the best treatments for some people with cancer.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This updated page describes types of complementary and alternative healing approaches and therapies used in cancer care, the different ways that people with cancer use them, and how to talk with your doctor.
Cancer Moonshot Biobank

The Cancer Moonshot Biobank is a 5-year project to learn more about cancer with the help of people who donate blood and tissue samples as they receive treatment. Learn more about how it works and how you can take part.
Nanoparticle Trains Immune Cells to Attack Cancer
Graphic depicts the tumor microenvironment which is composed of cancer cells and many others, including different types of immune cells.   Researchers have developed a nanoparticle that trains immune cells to attack cancer. Learn more about this research, which showed that the nanoparticle slowed the growth of melanoma in mice and was more effective when combined with an immune checkpoint inhibitor.

PDQ Updates
Plasma Cell Neoplasms (Including Multiple Myeloma) Treatment

We’ve revised this summary with updated information about treatment options for relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma.
Childhood Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL) Treatment

We’ve added text to this summary about CAR T-cell therapy, which is being studied in the treatment of certain types of childhood NHL that came back after treatment.
Also of Interest
Video—Colorectal Cancer Screening: What to Expect

Everyone over the age of 50 should be screened for colorectal cancer. Watch this video and learn about the three screening methods that reduce the chance of death from colorectal cancer.

Coronavirus and Cancer

Many people with cancer have questions about coronavirus. This new web page presents information about coronavirus and COVID-19, including:

  • what people with cancer should know about the virus
  • how the disease may affect their cancer care
  • research studies for people with cancer and COVID-19
  • news about NCI’s response to COVID-19
Contact Us for Help

Information specialists at NCI’s Cancer Information Service (CIS), NCI's contact center, are available to help answer your cancer-related questions in English and Spanish. Reach us by phone, chat, or email.