AMMF News

AMMF’s Conference 2017 – Presentations

Here we share some of the presentations from AMMF's Cholangiocarcinoma Conference, held on 11th May 2017. (Please note, we are unable to share the research presentations as much of the work we heard about is as yet unpublished and, for that reason, must remain confidential.) To download Dr Shahid Khan's presentation, “Cholangiocarcinoma - An overview”, click here       ...

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The BILCAP study results …

With the kind permission of Professor John Primrose, AMMF is now able to share the BILCAP presentation slides from the ASCO 2017 meeting. These slides show details of the BILCAP study and its outcome.  The study looked at whether or not giving cholangiocarcinoma patients Capecitabine chemotherapy following resection would be beneficial. The outcome is positive - Capecitabine will now be recommended t...

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BILCAP results show chemo improves survival

AMMF welcomes the encouraging results announced today by Cancer Research UK following the BILCAP trial into the use of the chemotherapy drug Capecitabine (Xeloda) for bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma) patients following surgery. The three year survival improved by almost a quarter (23 per cent) in patients who were given Capecitabine, and the average survival was increased to 53 months from 36 months...

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AMMF’s Cholangiocarcinoma Conference 2017

AMMF will bring together scientists, researchers, medics and patients from around the world at its conference dedicated exclusively to cholangiocarcinoma, on 11 May, 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Stansted Airport, Essex. With the date just a couple of weeks away, a press release has now been distributed sharing information on what promises to be a very interesting and thought provoking day ... &...

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AMMF CEO interviewed by Pan European Networks journal …

AMMF CEO Helen Morement was recently interviewed by the Pan European Networks journal and, in a 3-page article, discusses some of the known and suspected causes of cholangiocarcinoma, why diagnosis remains so difficult, current and future treatment options, as well as the wider work of the charity throughout the UK and beyond. With the article published just ahead of the second World Cholangiocarcinoma Day...

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AMMF’s brochure – updated …

AMMF’s brochure has been updated and is now available in two versions - a printed version and a download version available from our website. Simple and straightforward, this 6-page brochure contains information on AMMF and its aims, and provides details on cholangiocarcinoma in an easy to understand way. Everyone can use the brochure to raise the awareness of cholangiocarcinoma and of AMMF - make su...

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ESMO Guidelines – SIRT an option for iCC

The new ESMO Biliary Cancer Guidelines indicate Selective Internal Radiation Therapy (SIRT) with Y-90 Microspheres as an option for post-chemotherapy treatment of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (iCCA). The new ESMO1 guidelines on biliary cancers2 were published in September 2016 as a supplement to the Annals of Oncology. Their lead author, Professor Juan Valle of the Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Univers...

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PCI Biotech CCA study selected for presentation

Oslo: October 17, 2016 – PCI Biotech, the cancer focused biopharmaceutical company, announced that an abstract with results from their Phase I cholangiocarcinoma study had been selected for oral presentation as late-breaking news at this week's United European Gastroenterology (UEG) conference in Vienna, Austria. The results will be presented by Dr. Alexander Dechêne, University Hospital Essen, Germany,...

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Edinburgh study identifies CC trigger …

AMMF is delighted to see that the positive research findings of work the charity has been co-funding at the University of Edinburgh have been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The Edinburgh team have identified a molecule that is a key driver in the development of bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma). They have shown that this molecule - Notch 3 - triggers a pathway o...

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Updates on transplant, trials and more …

AMMF’s Helen Morement reports on the NCRI Hepatobiliary Clinical Trials group meeting, June 2016 In my capacity as a patient representative and advocate, I attend the regular NCRI Hepatobiliary Clinical Trials group meetings, where I get the opportunity to put forward questions and seek information on behalf of cholangiocarcinoma patients.   The members of this group are concerned wit...

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Sweet drinks and biliary tract cancer; is there a link?

A new study from Sweden has been much in the news lately, linking the consumption of sugary drinks, juices as well as sodas, to biliary tract cancer (bile duct cancer/cholangiocarcinoma) and gallbladder cancer: "People who consume at least two juice drinks a day had more than twice the risk of developing gallbladder tumours and a 79 per cent higher risk of cancer in the liver bile ducts, according to a new...

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AMMF joins European Cancer Patient Coalition

AMMF is pleased to have joined the  European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) as a full member. ECPC is the largest European cancer patients' umbrella organisation, representing 370+ organisations in dozens of countries.  One of the coalition's main aims is to ensure no cancer is forgotten. Providing a unified voice for cancer patients across Europe, ECPC is working towards equality for all cance...

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AMMF’s “inspirational meeting”

AMMF's Information Day at Imperial College London, 10 May 2016 Malcolm Robinson, CC survivor and longstanding AMMF supporter, summed up the thoughts of many of those who attended AMMF's Information Day on 10 May at Imperial College London: “A wonderful opportunity to find out just how all the AMMF fundraising efforts of our supporters is invested in medical experts of the highest quality and dedicatio...

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The Two Toms in Thailand

Two Imperial College London 'medical students to be', Tom Hughes and Tom O'Connor, have taken on an elective period of research and study into cholangiocarcinoma in Kohn Kaen, Thailand, and are sharing their experiences with AMMF.             The Two Toms blogged especially for the inaugural World Cholangiocarcinoma Day on 17 February 2016 - to read...

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AMMF in Thailand 2016

The incidence of cholangiocarcinoma is increasing, not only in the UK but throughout the world.  It is certainly a global problem, but Thailand has the world's highest incidence of this disease, with the Isaan Province in the north east of the country being the epicentre. Following the 3-day international cholangiocarcinoma workshop in Khon Kaen in north east Thailand in 2014, which AMMF attended, and w...

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AMMF launches Discussion Forum

After many requests, AMMF has now launched a Discussion Forum on its new, revamped website. The Discussion Forum is for everyone whose life has been touched in any way by cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer, biliary tract cancer, gall bladder cancer) providing an area where patients, family members, carers, supporters, fundraisers and those who have been bereaved, can talk about all things related t...

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CC Awareness Month 2016 Guest Posts

Thank you to each courageous person who contributed a Guest Post for AMMF's Facebook page during Cholangiocarcinoma Awareness Month, February 2016. We know that each of these posts is a personal story, with every word written from the heart - which is exactly what makes them so very special. This year, the number of likes, shares and supportive comments each Guest Post received was beyond anything we ...

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“Progress with targeted agents in cholangiocarcinoma – reality or myth?”

At the ESMO1 17th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer held in Barcelona in July 2015, Professor Juan Valle, consultant and medical oncologist at The Christie, Manchester UK, and one of AMMF’s medical advisors, spoke about the progress being made in the understanding of cholangiocarcinoma, the studies being carried out to find target agents, and also genomic profiling, in the search for better and mo...

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GWAS Cholangiocarcinoma Study

The Genome-wide Association Study (GWAS) for Cholangiocarcinoma Professor Simon Taylor-Robinson and Dr. Shahid Khan at Imperial College London are collaborating on the GWAS project with the Mayo clinic in the USA1, as one of their ongoing studies in cholangiocarcinoma. If you2 would be interested in donating blood and urine samples for analysis to the Imperial Hepatology & Gastroenterology BioBank...

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The ABC-03 trial

As a result of the landmark ABC-02 study, the Cisplatin and Gemcitabine chemotherapy combination1 is recognised as the standard first-line treatment for those with inoperable biliary tract cancer (cholangiocarcinoma).  However, the search goes on for improvements to this regime. In the ABC-03 study, Cediranib (an anti angiogenic drug1) was added to the Gemcitabine / Cisplatin combination. Unfortu...

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Interim Report from AMMF’s Research Fellow

AMMF has just received an interim report from the Institute of Hepatology in London on the cholangiocarcinoma research work being carried out there by our Research Fellow, Dr Gemma Choy. This work has involved investigating whether the MAPK signalling pathway allows intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma cell proliferation.  We are very pleased to learn that the project is progressing well with results to date...

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New Cancer Strategy for England published

The report, “Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: a strategy for England 2015-2020”, has just been published and has been widely welcomed by many in the cancer communities, including Cancer52. In January 2015, The Independent Cancer Taskforce1 was set up to develop a five-year strategy for cancer services.  The report is the result of responses to a Call for Evidence,  outputs from 30 workshops, ...

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Cholangiocarcinoma mortality higher than incidence?

The survival rate for cholangiocarcinoma is recognised to be extremely low, but how can mortality be higher than incidence? The statistics in the recently published NCIN1/Cancer522 Rare and Less Common Cancers report show not only that the incidence of cholangiocarcinoma is increasing year on year, but also that the mortality figures for the years 2012 and 2013 are higher than the incidence. This is also r...

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AMMF and the Rare Cancer Report

By Helen Morement A year ago, I was invited to be part of the advisory board for a new collaborative project being undertaken by Public Health England's National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN1) and Cancer522. This aim of this project was to produce, for the first time, a list of as many of the rare and less common cancers as possible together with their correct ICD-10 codings3 and their incidence and m...

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AMMF’s latest newsletter …

Our latest newsletter is now in circulation. We share AMMF’s news daily on our website and via social media, especially through our active Facebook page, but producing a newsletter gives us a chance to gather together and review the most outstanding events of the recent past. It also gives us an opportunity to especially remember those we have recently lost cholangiocarcinoma and to thank their fami...

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