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Breast Cancer

Results of Two Practice-Changing Breast Cancer Trials Upheld

Results of two pivotal breast cancer trials reported at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting confirmed the practice-changing findings that...

Issues in Oncology
Health-Care Policy
Cost of Care

Charting a New Course at the FDA

In February, after serving for a year as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products...

Health-Care Policy
Legislation

CMS Proposal for Part B Drug Payment: A Poorly Conceived Experiment

On March 11, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register to test a change in...


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Issues in Oncology

Eric Roeland, MD, and Timothy E. Quill, MD, on the Debate Over Physician-Assisted Death

Erika P. Hamilton, MD, Named Director of Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research

Sarah Cannon has announced the promotion of Erika P. Hamilton, MD, to Director of the institution’s Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research Program. Over the past 3 years, Dr. Hamilton has been instrumental in the growth and success of the program.

“Erika has quickly become a recognized thought...

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New ASTRO Clinical Practice Statement Updates Treatment Standard for Rectal Cancer

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) recently issued a new clinical practice statement, “Appropriate Customization of Radiation Therapy for Stage II and III Rectal Cancer: An ASTRO Clinical Practice Statement Using the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method.” An executive...

Colorectal Cancer

Michael J. Overman, MD, and John Marshall, MD, on Metastatic Colorectal Cancer: Interim Results of the CheckMate 142 Trial

Bladder Cancer

Atezolizumab Promising in Cisplatin-Ineligible Metastatic Bladder Cancer

Atezolizumab (Tecentriq), an anti–programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitor, achieved durable responses as first-line treatment in cisplatin-ineligible patients with metastatic urothelial carcinoma in a primary analysis of a phase II trial. These data represent an unmet need, because...

Richard Pazdur, MD, Named Acting Director of FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert Califf, MD, issued the following statement June 29, 2016, regarding the appointment of Richard Pazdur, MD, as the Acting Director of the FDA Oncology Center of Excellence. Dr. Pazdur is currently Director of the Office of Oncology...

Pap Smear Screenings May Help Prevent Cervical Cancer in Women Over 65

A new study from the University of Illinois confirms a link between Papanicolaou (Pap) smear screenings and a lower risk of developing cervical cancer in women over age 65. However, most American health guidelines discourage women in that age range from receiving screenings unless they have...

Global Cancer Care

Eduardo L. Cazap, MD, PhD, and Mary Gospodarowicz, MD, on The South American Perspective of Cancer Research

Breast Cancer

Greatest Benefit of Adjuvant Exemestane in Premenopausal Women at Higher Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

In an analysis of the SOFT and TEXT trials reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Meredith M. Regan, ScD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and colleagues found that the greatest benefit of adjuvant exemestane in reducing breast cancer recurrence was among women with the greatest risk of...

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Hematologic Oncologists Surveyed on Quality Measures of End-of-Life Care and Barriers to Such Care

In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Odejide et al surveyed hematologic oncologists to identify acceptable end-of-life-care quality measures and asked the clinician to identify barriers to such care. Respondents considered unrealistic patient expectations the top barrier to...