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What you need to know about prostate cancer screening guidelines


Prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening for prostate cancer has received mixed reviews from different organizations, says William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Today, the United States Preventive Services Task Force has posted draft recommendations for prostate screening that encourage men ages 55 - 69 to make individual decisions about(...)

Johns Hopkins Student Wins Top Prize For Research on Lethal Brain Tumors in Children

Johns Hopkins Student Wins Top Prize For Research on Lethal Brain Tumors in Children

Johns Hopkins undergraduate student Sabrina Wang won first place in a competition among 125 students for her research on a lethal type of pediatric brain tumor called atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors (AT/RT), the most common brain tumor type in infants. The award was presented at the AACR 2017 annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on April 2.(...)

Training the next generation of cancer immunotherapy experts

Training the next generation of cancer immunotherapy experts

Jiajia Zhang was a trained oncologist in China when she read news about former Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Johns Hopkins and the launch of the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute. "I want to make more of an impact in patients' lives, and I believe immunotherapy is the future of cancer treatment," says Zhang. She decided to(...)

How do experts assess ‘chemo brain’?

How do experts assess ‘chemo brain’?

*The information in this blog post is based on the webinar, “Understanding Cancer-related Cognitive Impairment,” hosted by the Kimmel Cancer Center's Breast Cancer Program. Q: What type of cognitive assessments can be done for cancer patients undergoing treatment or who have completed treatment who complain about ‘chemo brain’? A: Tracy Vannorsdall, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist at Johns Hopkins(...)

Top Questions Ahead for Cancer Immunotherapy

Top Questions Ahead for Cancer Immunotherapy

A decade ago, Suzanne Topalian, M.D., led a team of researchers who made an astonishing contribution to how cancer is fought. Many cancers can “put the brakes” on the body’s immune cells — cells that would normally storm into a tumor and destroy it. Topalian, director of the Melanoma Program at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel(...)

8 Tips for Improving Cognition During and After Cancer Treatment


*The information in this blog post is based on the webinar, “Understanding Cancer-related Cognitive Impairment,” hosted by the Kimmel Cancer Center's Breast Cancer Program. Q: What can I do to improve my cognition during and after cancer treatment? A: Use areas of cognitive strength to compensate for any weaknesses, advises Tracy Vannorsdall, PhD, a neuropsychologist at(...)

Research from Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute Among Best of #ASCO2017


More than 20 years ago, when Johns Hopkins scientists Bert Vogelstein, Ken Kinzler and their colleagues linked certain cancers to mutations in genes that repair DNA, they may not have imagined that their findings would spark an idea that has become a crystal ball for predicting whether immunotherapy is more likely to work in a person(...)

Kimmel Cancer Center Director Moderates AACR Webinar on Cancer Screening Guidelines

Kimmel Cancer Center Director Moderates AACR Webinar on Cancer Screening Guidelines

What cancer screenings do I need and when? If this answer isn't clear to you, listen to Kimmel Cancer Center director William Nelson moderate a webinar on "Making Sense of Cancer Screening Guidelines," hosted by the American Association for Cancer Research and Cancer Today magazine. Nelson and his co-panelists will summarize the guidelines and provide their(...)

What’s next for bladder cancer research?


The Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute recently announced a joint effort with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) to fund up to two awards totaling $100,000 for young scientists. As part of the announcement, the Institute's director, David McConkey, Ph.D., gave us his thoughts on recent bladder cancer advances and ongoing research. Recent advances, says McConkey, include(...)