June 4, 2018 -- The American Society of Clinical Oncology--one of the biggest cancer conferences of the year--is underway in Chicago. Here's what's making news:
- Innovative ways of using chemotherapy can significantly extend the lives of patients with pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly cancers known, two new clinical trials report.
- A new and highly targeted drug slowed the growth of advanced breast cancers by about an average of two months, researchers report.
- A cancer drug that boosts the immune system outperforms chemotherapy in fighting advanced lung cancer, a new trial shows.
- Many people with advanced kidney cancer might not need to have their kidneys removed during treatment, something that until now has been standard practice.
- Genetic blood testing is showing potential as a means of catching some early stage cancers, researchers are reporting.