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New Test Uncovers Metabolic Vulnerabilities in Kidney Cancer

 In order to halt the growth of cancer cells, you have to know what feeds them. Researchers at the nationally recognized Kidney Cancer Program at UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center have developed a novel approach using glucose that may open up new opportunities for therapeutic intervention. Kidney cancer is one of the 10 most prevalent malignancies in the world and its frequency is increasing. According to UT
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Placental Cells Significantly Inhibit Cancer Cell Growth in Newly Published Study

According to the peer-reviewed article in the journal Scientific Reports, placenta-derived cells called PLX cells, exhibit a strong inhibitory effect on various lines of breast, colorectal, kidney, liver, lung, muscle and skin cancers. The research was conducted over more than two years by Pluristem Therapeutics, Inc., a Haifa-based biotechnology company. The article titled “Human Placental-Derived Adherent Stromal Cells Co-Induced with TNF‑a and IFN‑g Inhibit Triple-Negative Breast Cancer in Nude Mouse Xenograft
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Combo immunotherapy may herald new standard of care for kidney cancer

Combination therapy with two immunotherapy drugs produces an unprecedented doubling of response rates from 20 percent to 40 percent, a new study shows. The multicenter trial involving 100 patients showed that the addition of ipilimumab to nivolumab, which is currently FDA-approved for treatment of kidney cancer, leads to responses that can last beyond two years. Half of the patients in the study, which appears in the Journal of Clinical Oncology,
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New HIF-2 Kidney Cancer Therapy More Effective Than Current Treatment, Study Shows

A new class of drugs called HIF-2 inhibitors is more effective and better tolerated than the standard of care drug sunitinib in treating kidney cancer, researchers with the Kidney Cancer Program at Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center have found. HIF-2 inhibitors, which grew out of research begun more than 20 years ago at UT Southwestern Medical Center, work by interfering with processes that fuel the growth of cells. Investigators
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Study Suggests Link Between Obesity and Kidney Cancer

Receptors for leptin, a protein hormone, may be associated with tumor recurrence in patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC), providing further understanding about molecular links between obesity and RCC tumor formation and prognosis, according to a study at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The findings are being presented April 18 at the annual meeting of the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) in New Orleans. The leptin