Side Effects in Older Adults | Blocking Immune Cells | Medulloblastoma, Cancer Information Highlights, 12/22/2021

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Reducing Side Effects from Cancer Treatment for Older Adults
older person's hand holding pills   Results from a clinical trial show that a tool that measures many aspects of an older person’s health, ability to function, and social support can help guide cancer treatment and reduce side effects.
Test Detects Early Signs of Remaining Cancer in Kids Treated for Medulloblastoma
MRI of brain tumor   A new test could be used to tell which children treated for medulloblastoma have a high risk of their cancer returning. The test finds DNA shed into cerebrospinal fluid from remaining tumor cells.
Immunotherapy Combo Better as First Treatment for Certain Melanomas

Read about a clinical trial that shows that ipilimumab (Yervoy) and nivolumab (Opdivo) given together is better than a combo of the targeted therapies dabrafenib (Tafinlar) and trametinib (Mekinist) as the first treatment for metastatic BRAF-positive melanoma.
Nothing Will Stop Us from Ending Cancer as We Know It
NCA 50 Logo   As we mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the National Cancer Act of 1971 on December 23, we encourage you to revisit stories featured throughout the year from across the cancer community.
Video: Nothing Will Stop Us

In the 50 years since the signing of the National Cancer Act, our understanding of cancer has grown and we’ve made great strides in preventing, finding, and treating it. But there's more work to do. This video describes efforts to continue to make progress against cancer.
Tumors May Shed Protein to Create Barriers that Block Immune Cells

Cancer cells can shed a protein called DDR1 that helps create dense barriers around some breast tumors. A study in mice showed that these barriers can prevent immune cells from entering and killing tumors.

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