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Treatment Options Expand for Some People with Bladder Cancer
woman in headscarf sits with health care provider   For the first time in decades, people with advanced bladder cancer have more effective treatment options. New clinical trial results mark a key moment following years of little progress, bladder cancer experts believe.

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Immunotherapy Shows Promise for Some People with Small Cell Lung Cancer
Tarlatamab latches onto tumor cells and T cells, bringing them close together and helping the T cells recognize and destroy cancer cells.   Tarlatamab, a new type of targeted immunotherapy, shrank small cell lung cancer tumors in more than 30% of people taking part in an early-stage clinical trial. Those in the trial had small cell lung cancer that had gotten worse after treatments with other drugs.

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Cancer Cells Hijack Energy from Immune Cells
A subset of cancer cells, using nanotubes, removes mitochondria from nearby T cells to use for their own energy needs.   A new study shows that, in some tumors, a subset of cancer cells can remove mitochondria—the tiny structures within cells that produce energy—from T cells to use for their own energy needs.

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New Treatment Option for Colorectal Cancer

The Food and Drug Administration has approved fruquintinib (Fruzaqla) for colorectal cancer that has spread. It is used in adults who have already received treatment with certain cancer medicines.

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