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The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center , is one of the world’s leading cancer research institutes. Its interdisciplinary scientists research the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer and other diseases in the laboratory and at patient bedside in the United States and other countries.Fred Hutch's mission statement is "the elimination of cancer and related diseases as causes of human suffering and death". Wikipedia.

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Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center | Date: 2016-03-28

The present invention provides methods of stimulating angiogenesis and the growth or migration of cells associated with angiogenesis, by contacting animals, tissues, or cells with sulfide, alone or in combination with nitric oxide. These methods may be used for a variety or purposes, including promoting wound healings, increasing blood flow, and for the treatment and prevention of diseases and disorders associated with decreased blood flow, including ischemic or hypoxic injury.

Lee S.J.,Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Blood | Year: 2017

Chronic graft versus host disease (GVHD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Clinically, chronic GVHD is a pleiotropic, multiorgan syndrome involving tissue inflammation and fibrosis that often results in permanent organ dysfunction. Chronic GVHD is fundamentally caused by replacement of the host's immune system with donor cells, although the heterogeneity of clinical manifestations suggests that patient, donor, and transplant factors modulate the phenotype. The diagnosis of chronic GVHD and determination of treatment response largely rely on clinical examination and patient interview. The 2005 and 2014 National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Projects on Criteria for Clinical Trials in Chronic GVHD standardized the terminology around chronic GVHD classification systems to ensure that a common language and procedures are being used in clinical research. This review provides a summary of these recommendations and illustrates how they are being used in clinical research and the potential for their use in clinical care. © 2017 by The American Society of Hematology.

Petersdorf E.W.,Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Blood | Year: 2013

Acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) afflicts as much as 80% of all patients who receive an unrelated donor hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) for the treatment of blood disorders, even with optimal donor HLA matching and use of prophylactic immunosuppressive agents. Of patients who develop acute GVHD, many are at risk for chronic GVHD and bear the burden of considerable morbidity and lowered quality of life years after transplantation. The immunogenetic basis of GVHD has been the subject of intensive investigation, with the classic HLA genetic loci being the best-characterized determinants. Recent information on the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) region of chromosome 6 as an important source of untyped genetic variation has shed light on novel GVHD determinants. These data open new paradigms for understanding the genetic basis of GVHD.

Robins H.,Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Current Opinion in Immunology | Year: 2013

Advances in high-throughput sequencing have enabled the development of a powerful new technology for probing the adaptive immune system. Millions of B or T cell receptor sequences can be read in parallel from a single sample. The dynamics of an adaptive immune response, which is based on clonal expansion and contraction, can be monitored in real time at high sensitivity and the global properties of the adaptive immune repertoires can be studied. A large set of clinical applications for this technology are presently under study, with a few diagnostic applications for hematological malignancies already available. A review of this new field termed immunosequencing is presented. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Houghton A.M.,Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Nature Reviews Cancer | Year: 2013

Numerous epidemiological studies have consistently linked the presence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to the development of lung cancer, independently of cigarette smoking dosage. The mechanistic explanation for this remains poorly understood. Progress towards uncovering this link has been hampered by the heterogeneous nature of the two disorders: each is characterized by multiple sub-phenotypes of disease. In this Review, I discuss the nature of the link between the two diseases and consider specific mechanisms that operate in both COPD and lung cancer, some of which might represent either chemopreventive or chemotherapeutic targets. © 2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

Ghajar C.M.,Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Nature Reviews Cancer | Year: 2015

Despite considerable advancements that shattered previously held dogmas about the metastatic cascade, the evolution of therapies to treat metastatic disease has not kept up. In this Opinion article, I argue that, rather than waiting for metastases to emerge before initiating treatment, it would be more effective to target metastatic seeds before they sprout. Specifically, I advocate directing therapies towards the niches that harbour dormant disseminated tumour cells to sensitize them to cytotoxic agents. Treatment sensitization, achieved by disrupting reservoirs of leukaemic stem cells and latent HIV, argues that this approach, although unconventional, could succeed in improving patient survival by delaying or even preventing metastasis. © 2015 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.

The association between cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation and relapse was evaluated in a large cohort of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) (n = 761), acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) (n = 322), chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) (n = 646), lymphoma (n = 254), and myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) (n = 371) who underwent allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) between 1995 and 2005. In multivariable models, CMV pp65 antigenemia was associated with a decreased risk of relapse by day 100 among patients with AML (hazard ratio [HR] = 0.56; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.3-0.9) but not in patients with ALL, lymphoma, CML, or MDS. The effect appeared to be independent of CMV viral load, acute graft-versus-host disease, or ganciclovir-associated neutropenia. At 1 year after HCT, early CMV reactivation was associated with reduced risk of relapse in all patients, but this did not reach significance for any disease subgroup. Furthermore, CMV reactivation was associated with increased nonrelapse mortality (HR = 1.31; 95% CI, 1.1-1.6) and no difference in overall mortality (HR = 1.05; 95% CI, 0.9-1.3). This report demonstrates a modest reduction in early relapse risk after HCT associated with CMV reactivation in a large cohort of patients without a benefit in overall survival.

Maloney D.G.,Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
New England Journal of Medicine | Year: 2012

A 62-year-old man is evaluated for abdominal pain. Computed tomography (CT) shows a 7-cm mesenteric mass. An incisional biopsy reveals a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and immunohistochemical staining is positive for the B-cell antigen CD20. The patient is referred to an oncologist. A positron-emission tomographic-CT (PET-CT) scan reveals involvement of additional nodes in the lower chest and abdomen. The serum level of lactate dehydrogenase is twice the upper limit of the normal range. The results of bone marrow biopsy and aspiration are normal on pathological analysis and flow cytometry. The patient reports an unintentional weight loss of 111/2 kg (25 lb) during the previous 6 months but no unexplained fevers or night sweats. He has no history of cardiac disease, and an echocardiogram shows a normal left ventricular ejection fraction. The oncologist recommends treatment with the anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab in combination with a chemotherapy regimen of cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (CHOP). Copyright © 2012 Massachusetts Medical Society.

This randomized phase 3 clinical trial evaluated the potential benefit of the addition of gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO) to standard induction and postconsolidation therapy in patients with acute myeloid leukemia. Patients were randomly assigned to receive daunorubicin (45 mg/m(2) per day on days 1, 2, and 3), cytarabine (100 mg/m(2) per day by continuous infusion on days 1-7), and GO (6 mg/m(2) on day 4; DA+GO) vs standard induction therapy with daunorubicin (60 mg/m(2) per day on days 1, 2, and 3) and cytarabine alone (DA). Patients who achieved complete remission (CR) received 3 courses of high-dose cytarabine. Those remaining in CR after consolidation were randomly assigned to receive either no additional therapy or 3 doses of GO (5 mg/m(2) every 28 days). From August 2004 until August 2009, 637 patients were registered for induction. The CR rate was 69% for DA+GO and 70% for DA (P = .59). Among those who achieved a CR, the 5-year relapse-free survival rate was 43% in the DA+GO group and 42% in the DA group (P = .40). The 5-year overall survival rate was 46% in the DA+GO group and 50% in the DA group (P = .85). One hundred seventy-four patients in CR after consolidation underwent the postconsolidation randomization. Disease-free survival was not improved with postconsolidation GO (HR, 1.48; P = .97). In this study, the addition of GO to induction or postconsolidation therapy failed to show improvement in CR rate, disease-free survival, or overall survival.

Diede S.J.,Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Nature Reviews Cancer | Year: 2014

Several interesting biological questions arise when thinking about the heterogeneous presentation of neuroblastoma, especially with regard to the molecular differences between very low-and high-risk disease. Why do some metastatic tumours spontaneously differentiate or regress entirely? Does the presence of disseminated disease always indicate metastases, or might some cases be better considered as multifocal disease? © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited.

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