Taking Better Aim at Tumors

(DGIwire) – When it comes to treating cancer, chemotherapy and immunotherapy have proven to be powerful within certain limits. Take immunotherapy: Despite its great promise, it doesn’t help every patient to which it is given—and its track record of success is uneven among different cancers. So notes Douglas J. Swirsky, President and CEO of Rexahn […]

Will the ‘Immunotherapy Explosion’ Continue?

(DGIwire) – The field of immunotherapy—in which a patient’s immune system is made to fight against cancer cells—is exploding. This opinion was recently expressed by Dr. James Allison, the co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine, in Cancer Research Analyst, the official blog of the American Association for Cancer Research. For the first time, […]

3 Important Things to Know About Stem Cells

(DGIwire) – Imagine a tiny object with the power to transform itself into a vast array of different materials utilized by the human body. It may sound like science fiction, but this is precisely what objects called stem cells are capable of doing. What exactly are stem cells and how can they assist in various […]

What’s Next in the Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer?

(DGIwire) – Sobering news from the world of medicine: More than 56,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2019, according to a recent estimate by the American Cancer Society. This represents a two percent increase over the previous year’s diagnoses. While the ACS also states that the disease’s five-year survival rate continues to […]

3 Tips to Make Rheumatoid Arthritis Injections Easier

(DGIwire) – Anyone who uses injectable medication to treat their rheumatoid arthritis (RA) knows that injecting can be challenging at first. But there are strategies that can be used to help take the sting out of these injections. Here are a few tips: Ask a healthcare provider for a trainer. “Needle anxiety is a common […]

A Look at Shocking Advances in Cancer Treatment

(DGIwire) – This is an amazing era for cancer research. In one corner of the arena, a promising new class of cancer treatments recruits the cells in blood to fight tumors, using powerful gene-editing tools to transform a type of white blood cell—called a T cell—from an immune cell that normally targets bacterial or fungal […]

3 Things to Know About Biological Therapy for Cancer

(DGIwire) – For patients with cancer, biological therapies may be used to treat the cancer itself or the side effects of other cancer treatments, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Many forms of biological therapies have been approved and others are still being studied in clinical trials. Here are three things to know about […]

For Cancer Immunotherapy Patients, a ‘One-Two Punch’ Could Hold Promise

(DGIwire) – Immunotherapy, in which the human immune system is harnessed to treat cancer, has shown great promise but relatively few patients have responded significantly. Among strategies to enhance its power, one of the most intriguing involves so-called “combination” therapies—a “one-two punch” in which immunotherapy is administered along with another type of therapeutic. In recent […]

Why the Future of Cancer Immunotherapy Looks Bright

(DGIwire) – Cancer immunotherapy is a field of medicine that aims to identify treatments for cancer by enhancing the human body’s immune response. According to a recent review article in Frontiers of Immunology, this form of treatment has witnessed a surge in interest in recent years and is likely to transform the treatment of many […]

Getting Patients to Self-Administer Medication Correctly Is a Focus of Innovation

(DGIwire) – In the world of medicine, the level and variety of innovation today is truly unprecedented. As a recent article on PharmaVOICE.com noted, this is an era not only of gene and cancer immunotherapies but also therapeutics that are “digital” and “smart.” As the magazine explains, these aim to merge various smart devices with […]

Breathe Easy: Innovation Comes to Respiratory Research

(DGIwire) – When it comes to treating respiratory diseases, there is an increasing focus on inhalation as a method of delivering drugs to the body. As recently noted in an article on PharmOutsourcing.com, this is because inhaling a drug might require a lower dose to be as effective as a swallowed dose, reducing the chances […]

Looking Beyond Mammals to Microbes for Tomorrow’s Drugs

(DGIwire) – In order to create the current generation of biologic drugs, manufacturers have largely depended on cell lines derived from mammals—specifically, the Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell. But as Mark Emalfarb, President and CEO of Dyadic International, wrote recently on TheMedicineMaker.com, it may be time to move from mammals to microbes for the next […]

Giving Immunotherapy and Chemotherapy a Molecular Boost

(DGIwire) – Immunotherapy has shown great promise in cancer care. However, not all patients respond to it—spurring a search for ways to make it more effective. One of the most intriguing strategies involves so-called “combination treatments” in which immunotherapy and chemotherapy are given in tandem with additional agents. In recent years, researchers have identified several […]

3 Questions to Ask About Rheumatoid Arthritis

(DGIwire) – Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness and loss of function in the joints. It occurs when the immune system, which normally helps protect the body from infection and disease, attacks the membrane lining the joints. For those who have been personally affected by this condition or know […]

Bladder Cancer: 3 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – More than 81,000 U.S. adults were diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2017, according to the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). For those who have been diagnosed with this disease—or are curious to learn more about it—the first step is getting up to speed on the basics. While there is no substitute for […]

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