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Synta Pharma shares soar after co says to expand breast cancer study

(Reuters) - Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp shares soared as much as 47 percent in heavy trading after the company said preliminary results from a mid-stage study of its drug ganetespib in breast cancer patients supported an expansion of the study. Full story

Condition of Kerry's wife improves; stroke, brain tumor ruled out

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The health of Teresa Heinz Kerry, the wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, continues to improve and doctors have ruled out a heart attack, stroke or brain tumor as causing her "seizure-like" symptoms, the State Department said on Tuesday. Full story

Melanoma Deaths More Likely in Young Men Than Women

Young men are more likely to die of the skin cancer melanoma than young women, regardless of the severity of the tumor, a new study found. This suggests there are fundamental biological differences between melanoma in men and women, the researchers said. Full story

Creator of ‘Family Ties’ dies at 68

   TV producer Gary David Goldberg, who created “Family Ties” and “Spin City” and wrote for “The Bob Newhart Show,” passed away on Saturday due to a brain tumor.

Oldest Human Tumor Found in Neanderthal Bone

The oldest human tumor ever found — by more than 100,000 years — has been discovered in the rib of a Neanderthal. Full story

Drug is a first to help patients with melanoma of the eye

CHICAGO (Reuters) - In his first few weeks as head of the melanoma group at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center seven years ago, a young man walked into Dr. Gary Schwartz's office with a rare form of the skin cancer that affects the eye. Full story

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  Girl, 9, ready to ‘play outside’ after cancer surgery

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  Bazell: Breast cancer study

NBC’s Chief Health and Science Correspondent Robert Bazell talks about how a study of DNA in breast tumors opens up the possibility of trying new drugs to battle the disease.

  View from the mound

Former New York Mets pitcher and SNY broadcaster Ron Darling talks about his late friend and team catcher, Gary Carter who passed away from a brain tumor in February.

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