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Johns Hopkins To Get $125M For Immunotherapy Institute

Michael Bloomberg, who will be donating $50 million, said the immunotherapy treatment, which uses a patient's own immune system to to attack cancer, has enormous potential. "This really may have the possibility for a unique Eureka moment," he said. In other news, STAT follows one advocate's battle against federal testicular cancer guidelines, and The Washington Post examines the lifestyle changes of a cancer survivor.

The Washington Post: Bloomberg, Others Give Hopkins $125 Million For Cancer Research That Helped Jimmy Carter
Research into immunotherapy, which cancer experts are calling the most promising approach in decades, will get a big boost Tuesday when Michael Bloomberg and other philanthropists announce $125 million in donations to Johns Hopkins University for a new institute focused solely on the therapy and accelerated breakthroughs for patients. Michael Bloomberg, the businessman, philanthropist and former New York mayor, will donate $50 million, as will Sidney Kimmel, a philanthropist and founder of Jones Apparel Group. (McGinley, 3/29)

The Washington Post: You Survived Cancer. Now What?
Cancer patients used to be told to go home and take care of themselves without too many specifics for life after treatment. Now, as soon as they’re feeling strong enough, they’re advised to mind their lifestyle: lace up their sneakers, eat healthy, watch their weight and avoid tobacco and excess alcohol. Roughly a third of cancers are considered preventable and the lifestyle recommended to help avoid them is the focus of ongoing research to help cancer survivors live healthier and, perhaps, longer. (Levingston, 3/28)

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