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This Week in Lancet Oncology : May 18, 2011


In Lancet Oncology this week, researchers in France present results from a Phase II trial of an attenuated immunochemotherapy treatment for patients older than 80 with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. The researchers aimed to investigate the efficacy and safety of a decreased dose of CHOP chemotherapy, a combination of doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, vincristine, and prednisone, with a conventional dose of rituximab. After 20 months of follow-up, the median overall survival was 29 months, and two-year overall survival was 59 percent. "R-miniCHOP offers a good compromise between efficacy and safety in patients aged over 80 years old. R-miniCHOP should be considered as the new standard treatment in this subgroup of patients," the authors write.

Also in Lancet Oncology this week, researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine present a comprehensive research synopsis and meta-analysis of genetic variants associated with breast cancer risk. More than 1,000 studies have been published in the last 20 years on associations between variants in candidate genes and breast cancer risk, the authors write. Doing a systematic literature search for such studies, and then a meta-analysis of the results, the researchers say they found that 51 variants in 40 genes showed "significant associations with breast cancer risk." Cumulative epidemiological evidence of association was strong for 10 of the variants, moderate for four variants, and weak for 37 variants. Further evaluation is needed, the team adds.

The Scan

WHO Seeks Booster Pause

According to CNN, the World Health Organization is calling for a moratorium on administering SARS-CoV-2 vaccine boosters until more of the world has received initial doses.

For Those Long Legs

With its genome sequence and subsequent RNAi analyses, researchers have examined the genes that give long legs to daddy longlegs, New Scientist says.

September Plans

The New York Times reports that the US Food and Drug Administration is aiming for early September for full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

Nucleic Acids Research Papers on Targeting DNA Damage Response, TSMiner, VarSAn

In Nucleic Acids Research this week: genetic changes affecting DNA damage response inhibitor response, "time-series miner" approach, and more.