REUTERS: The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its decision to cover CAR-T cell therapies, the agency said on Wednesday.CMS, which runs the federal government's healthcare plan for seniors, will cover the therapies when provided in certain healthcare facilities, the regulator said https://www.cms.gov/medicare-coverage-database/details/nca-decision-memo.aspx?NCAId=291.Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, known as CAR-T, involves drawing white blood cells from a patient, processing them in the lab to target cancer, and infusing the cells back into the patient.(Reporting by Ankur Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli) … [Read more...] about Medicare to cover cancer CAR-Ts therapies
Nanobots to fight cancer
Jakarta. Indonesia's recently re-elected president, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, outlined his visions for his new term last week. One of them emphasized plans to improve the country's human resource. "Human resource development is Indonesia's key in the future, and its starting point is to ensure the health of pregnant women, infants, toddlers and school children. This is a golden age to create superior Indonesians for the future," Jokowi said in Bogor, West Java, last week. Up until this year, Indonesia is still among the five countries with the highest number of stunting cases in the world. The president said in his speech that he did not want to hear any more cases of stunting, malnutrition or high maternal and child mortality in the next five years. The government is now left with a huge task. Indonesia is expected to receive a demographic bonus in 2030 when Indonesia's young population comes of age. By … [Read more...] about What Else Can Jokowi Do to Fight Stunting?
'God is good': Gary V shares journey to being cancer-free MANILA, Philippines — Kapamilya singer Gary Valenciano has revealed that after undergoing a heart bypass surgery, he also had another health issue: kidney cancer. In his Twitter account, "Mr. Pure Energy" posted a video where he admitted that he also battled kidney cancer. "It was May of last year that I was given a life-changing diagnosis of cancer in my right kidney," Gary bared. "This was revealed to me as I was healing from a bypass procedure done last May 6, 2018. A few weeks later, on June 13, 2018, I underwent surgery to remove the cancer from my kidney," he added. The veteran performer said he just shared the news for people to see how good God is. "Just needed to share this with you all. God bless you in ways that will simply make you see just how good He really is," he said. He thanked his family, friends and fans for all the love and support he received during the … [Read more...] about ‘God is good’: Gary V shares journey to being cancer-free
Business Pfizer Inc said on Monday it had agreed to acquire Array Biopharma Inc for US$10.64 billion, which will grant it access to its cancer drugs. 17 Jun 2019 07:00PM (Updated: 17 Jun 2019 07:21PM) Bookmark REUTERS: Pfizer Inc said on Monday it would acquire Array Biopharma Inc for US$10.64 billion in cash, giving it access to the target's approved drugs for skin cancer and the targeted cancer medicines in its pipeline.The offer of US$48 per Array share represents a premium of about 62per cent to the stock's close on Friday. Array's shares surged 56per cent in light premarket trade.Pfizer has been investing in cancer drugs and gene therapies in the face of competition for its blockbuster pain drug Lyrica.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year approved Array's oral combination treatment for use in patients with the deadliest form of skin cancer.The company is also testing its triple combo therapy in colorectal cancer patients."(The acquisition) sets the stage to … [Read more...] about Pfizer to buy cancer drug developer Array for US$10.64 billion
LONDON: Cancer scientists in Britain are launching what they call the world's first "Darwinian" drug development program in a bid to get ahead of cancer's ability to become resistant to even the newest treatments and recur in many patients.While not abandoning the search for an ultimate cure, the "anti-evolution" project will re-focus on turning cancer into a disease controllable with drugs for many years.This would be a little like HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the scientists told reporters at a briefing."Cancer's ability to adapt, evolve and become drug-resistant is the cause of the vast majority of deaths from the disease and the biggest challenge we face in overcoming it," said Paul Workman, chief executive of Britain's Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) - a charity and research institute which will lead the new Centre for Cancer Drug Discovery.The centre, funded with 75 million pounds (US$96.5 million) from the ICR, will "seek to meet the challenge of cancer evolution head … [Read more...] about Scientists in new push to control cancer before curing it