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Issues in Oncology
Cost of Care

Reducing Drug Costs By Increasing Science-Driven Drug Discovery

For several years now, the American health-care system has been undergoing a transformation. Innovative ideas are being explored, new systems continue to be created, and millions...

Head and Neck Cancer

Specimen Margin Tops Frozen Margin as Prognostic Marker in Oral Cancer Surgery

Intraoperative frozen margins from the tumor bed help to assess the prognosis of oral cancer, but the permanent specimen margin remains king, according to a retrospective cohort...

Lymphoma

Routine PET Surveillance Discouraged in Large Cell Lymphoma

There is no role for routine imaging as a means of following patients with large cell lymphoma, according to Bruce D. Cheson, MD, Deputy Chief of Hematology-Oncology and Professor of Medicine...


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Palliative Care
Supportive Care
Issues in Oncology

Randy L. Wei, MD, PhD, on Radiation Oncologists and Palliative Care

Geriatric Oncology

ASCO 2016: Geriatric Oncology Highlights

Clinical trials focused on older adults with cancer were featured prominently at the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting. There was a plenary session in glioblastoma, a clinical symposium on immunotherapy, and multiple educational lectures highlighting the growing literature and unique challenges in the...

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ASTRO 2016: Advances in Radiation Therapy Have Improved Survival Rates for Patients With Early-Stage Lung Cancer

A new analysis of records in the Veterans Affairs Central Cancer Registry demonstrates a clear positive impact of the increased use of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) to treat patients with stage I non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in recent years, according to research presented...

Multiple Myeloma

S. Vincent Rajkumar, MD, and Sagar Lonial, MD, on Treating Multiple Myeloma

Bladder Cancer
Kidney Cancer
Prostate Cancer

Multitude of Mentors Help Shape an Illustrious Career in Oncology

Sumanta K. Pal, MD, has had a longer career in oncology than many other colleagues his age. Perhaps the reason for that may center on his starting college at the age 13 and medical school at the age of 17. Today this internationally recognized leader in genitourinary cancers is Assistant...

Prostate Cancer

Hypofractionated Radiotherapy for Localized Prostate Cancer: A New Standard of Care?

For at least the past quarter of a century, radiobiologists and radiation oncologists have debated the role of hypofractionation (fewer total fractions with a higher dose per fraction) for prostate cancer. The debate stems from the unique radiobiology of prostate cancer and the best means to...

ASTRO 2016: Three Novel Intrinsic Subtypes of Prostate Cancer Identified

In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers have identified and validated three distinct molecular subtypes of prostate cancer that correlate with distant metastasis-free survival and can assist in future research to determine how patients will respond to treatment, according to research...

Palliative Care

Eric Roeland, MD: Expert Perspective on Palliative Care in Oncology Meeting Highlights

Oncologist’s Guilt

The best part of my day is hearing that little voice yell, “It’s ­Momma!” as my son rushes to greet me with a hug. It is humbling, and sometimes terrifying, to realize that I brought a little person into the world who is completely dependent on my husband and me for survival. Few would argue...

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ASTRO 2016: Hypofractionated Radiation Therapy Can Reduce Treatment Time With Comparable Quality of Life for Patients With Prostate Cancer

For men with early stage, low-risk prostate cancer, treatment with hypofractionated radiation therapy offers comparable health-related quality of life outcomes in one-third less treatment time than conventional radiation therapy, according to research presented by Watkins Bruner et al at the 58th...


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