Eli Lilly Acquires New Cancer Treatment Drugs

May 14, 2018

Within in one week, Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly hopes two oncology purchases will boost its cancer drug portfolio.

Eli Lilly has purchased two smaller companies in the past week that have oncology drugs in development. The Indianapolis-based company hopes the investments boost its cancer drug portfolio.

Last week Eli Lilly announced a $1.6 billion buyout of California-based ARMO BioScience for an immunotherapy drug. Immunotherapy treatments – which train the body to fight disease – have gained momentum recently.

Genomics Advances Identifies Unexpected Cancer 'Cure'

Feb 22, 2018

Genomic sequencing maps your DNA and doctors and scientists can use this information to find the best treatment for a specific person. Some potential treatments are not as invasive as traditional chemotherapy – in fact, one may already be in your medicine cabinet.

Indiana scientists are reporting encouraging success with this precision medicine. Dr. Milan Radovich is genomics scientist and co-director of the Indiana University Precision Genomics Group in Indianapolis.

Grant To Help Create Holistic Cancer Care

Feb 7, 2018

A new Indiana University School of Medicine program to holistically address a cancer patient’s needs has received a $14 million gift.

Supportive oncology provides extra layers of care for patients with cancer. Some studies show it can help prolong life. The grant from the Walther Cancer Foundation will enable the creation of a program to addresses not just the management of pain and symptoms but also psychological issues like anxiety or depression.

IU School of Medicine Dean Dr. Jay Hess says it’s a growing trend in cancer care.

GARY - A Gary resident was featured on a Jumbotron in Times Square throughout the month of October as part of his participation in the "This is Living with Cancer" campaign, sponsored by Pfizer.  It's a national campaign that tells the story of real people who are living with cancer and provides LivingWith, a free app for people with cancer and their caregivers.  

The app is designed to help patients and caregivers manage life with cancer and organize important pieces of information in one place.  

Cancer continues to be a leading cause of death for middle-aged Americans but the number of people seeking care for the disease is increasing.

A newly published paper in JAMA Oncology was co-authored by Indiana University professor Kosali Simon, who says the Affordable Care Act is to thank for an overall 33 percent decline in uninsured new cancer patients.

She says the study begs questions about when a diagnosis is made.

The latest assessment from the American Cancer Society details where Indiana lags and what progress it’s made in cancer fighting policies. The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network annual progress report evaluates state legislative efforts.

American Cancer Society’s Bryan Hannon says failure to pass a cigarette tax increase last session set Indiana back in reducing smoking rates. But he says a modest funding increase for tobacco control programs was a step in the right direction.

courtesy National Cancer Institute

As he prepares to exit the job he’s held for the last two years, interim National Cancer Institute Director Doug Lowy visited Purdue Thursday as part of a survey of Indiana college research initiatives.

Lawmakers Aim To Reduce Cervical Cancer Deaths

Jan 11, 2017


About 250 Hoosier women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and about 85 die from the disease.

Those numbers have remained stagnant in Indiana, despite advances in prevention and screening. Republican Reps. Sharon Negele and Holli Sullivan filed a bill to address this.

Negele says the proposal would require the Indiana State Department of Health to develop a plan identifying barriers and crafting recommendations to reduce the number of deaths.

Originally Broadcast on Friday, January 6, 2017