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Day of action focuses on CT undocumented's healthcare needs; 7 jurors seated in first Trump criminal trial; ND looks to ease 'upskill' obstacles for former college students; Black Maternal Health Week ends, health disparities persist.

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Seven jury members were seated in Trump's hush money case. House Speaker Johnson could lose his job over Ukraine aid. And the SCOTUS heard oral arguments in a case that could undo charges for January 6th rioters.

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Fears grow that low-income folks living in USDA housing could be forced out, North Carolina's small and Black-owned farms are helped by new wind and solar revenues, and small towns are eligible for grants to boost civic participation..

Indiana celebrates 'tremendous strides' on World Cancer Day

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Scientists, oncologists and patients in Indiana are celebrating years of medical breakthroughs ahead of World Cancer Day on Sunday.

Nearly 25 years ago, when the first World Cancer Day was observed, about 90% of men diagnosed with testicular cancer were all but certain to die from the disease. But a quarter-century later, thanks to research, the survival rate has dramatically changed.

Dr. Greg Durm, oncologist and investigator for IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center in Indianapolis, said it is one of many cancers where the world can see the most dramatic shift in treatment outcomes.

"Particularly in the last couple of decades, we've made tremendous strides in the treatment of cancers," Durm pointed out. "We've seen an improvement in overall cancer survival, a significant one actually, just owing to some of the newer therapies that are available to our patients now."

Durm noted lung cancer treatments have also witnessed a paradigm shift. The American Cancer Society anticipates more than 14,000 Hoosiers will lose their lives to cancer in 2024. Insights from its yearly report found cancer patients are increasingly shifting from older to middle-aged individuals.

Durm credited hard work from colleagues such as Dr. Larry Einhorn for laying the groundwork for lifesaving treatments.

"Thanks to his efforts over many decades, and of course the efforts of others as well, more than 90% of people that are diagnosed with testicular cancer today will actually be cured of that disease or will live for many years," Durm emphasized.

Durm is optimistic about the role of immunotherapy in reshaping cancer treatment. He anticipates a wave of revolutionary drugs for leveraging the immune system will redefine patient outcomes over the next decade.


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