National Cancer Institute NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
October 2, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 19


Targeted Drug Benefits Some Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer

European Society for Medical Oncology 2012 Congress banner The drug crizotinib (Xalkori) substantially lengthens the amount of time some patients with advanced lung cancer live without their disease progressing, according to findings from the first large clinical trial to test the targeted therapy.

Initial results from the trial were presented Sunday at the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress (ESMO) in Vienna, Austria. Read more > >


HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius is the 21st secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes NCI. In a statement marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Secretary Sebelius highlights some of the successes and challenges in the fight against the disease while stressing the importance of prevention and early detection.





  • Legislative Update

    • President Signs 6-Month Spending Bill
    • Congressional Caucus Holds Childhood Cancer Summit
  • FDA Update

    • FDA Approves Ultrasound Imaging System for Dense Breast Tissue
    • New Treatment for Advanced Colorectal Cancer Approved
  • Notes

    • NCI Director Discusses "What Impedes Cancer Research?"
    • What You Need to Know About Cancer Booklets Updated
    • The Boletín, NCI's Spanish-Language Newsletter, Turns Three

Selected articles from past issues of the NCI Cancer Bulletin are available in Spanish.

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