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The Weekly: The Weekly: A cancer trial’s unexpected result, higher death rates from cancer in racial minorities and more

June 10, 2022

Feature Story

A Cancer Trial’s Unexpected Result: Remission in Every Patient

SUNDAY, June 5 (The New York Times) — It was a small trial, just 18 rectal cancer patients, every one of whom took the same drug.

But the results were astonishing. The cancer vanished in every single patient, undetectable by physical exam, endoscopy, PET scans or M.R.I. scans.

Dr. Luis A. Diaz Jr. of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, an author of a paper published Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine describing the results, which were sponsored by the drug company GlaxoSmithKline, said he knew of no other study in which a treatment completely obliterated a cancer in every patient.

In other news. . .

How structural medical racism perpetuates Asian American cancer disparities
June 7, NBC News

 

 

 

 

Some cancer patients can skip radiation or chemo, 2 studies show
June 7, CBS News

 

 

 

 

Breast Cancer Drug Trial Results in ‘Unheard-Of’ Survival
June 7, The New York Times

 

 

 

 

Racial minorities have higher death rates from cancer than white patients, study shows
June 8, ABC News

 

 

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