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Kristen Whitaker, MD, Joins Fox Chase Department of Clinical Genetics

Fox Chase Cancer Center has announced the hiring of Kristen Whitaker, MD, as Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Genetics. Dr. Whitaker treats patients with breast cancer and serves as a member of the clinical genetics team. Dr. Whitaker earned her medical degree from Drexel...

E. John Wherry, PhD, Named Chair of Systems Pharmacology at Perelman School of Medicine

E. John Wherry, PhD, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wherry is the Richard and Barbara Schiffrin President’s Distinguished Professor in the Department of...

Ronald D. Alvarez, MD, MBA, Elected to ABOG Board of Directors

Ronald D. Alvarez, MD, MBA, has been elected Director-At-Large of the Board of Directors for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), a 6-year position he assumed on July 1. Until recently, he served as the ABOG Division Chair for the Gynecologic Oncology Subspecialty and the ABOG...

Cheryl Lyn Walker, PhD, Receives NCI Outstanding Investigator Award

Cheryl Lyn Walker, PhD, Director of the Center for Precision Environmental Health and Professor in the Departments of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Medicine, and Molecular and Human Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, has been awarded an Outstanding Investigator Award from the National...

NCCN Publishes New Guidelines for Rare Cancers Associated With Pregnancy

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has released new treatment guidelines for a group of rare cancers that impact women during pregnancy. Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia, also known as gestational trophoblastic disease, may occur when tumors develop in the cells that would...

A Daughter Struggles Through Her Father’s Battle With Cancer

BOOKMARK Title: White Hot Grief Parade: A Memoir Author: Alexandra Silber Publisher: Pegasus Books Publication date: July 2018 Price: $25.95, hardcover; 288 pages   The sudden death of a loved one produces a different type of trauma for family and friends than the protracted fading away of cancer. ...

Love in the Time of Cancer

The ASCO Post is pleased to reproduce installments of the Art of Oncology as published previously in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. These articles focus on the experience of suffering from cancer or of caring for people diagnosed with cancer, and they include narratives, topical essays,...

Pediatric Surgeon Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD, FACS, FAAP, Joins University of North Carolina

Andrea Hayes-Jordan, MD, FACS, FAAP, a pioneering surgeon and researcher, has been named Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine and Surgeon-in-Chief at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. She officially joined the UNC School of...

issues in oncology

First Large-Scale Survey of APPs in Oncology Shows Growing Role for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Advanced practice providers (APPs) have increasingly become integral members of the oncology care delivery team, according to the first large-scale study of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in oncology. The study was conducted collaboratively by ASCO, the American Academy of ...

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global cancer care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in Barbados

GUEST EDITOR The ASCO Post is pleased to continue this special feature on the worldwide cancer burden. Each installment focuses on a country from one of the six regions of the world, as defined by the World Health Organization (ie, Africa, the Americas, South-East Asia, Europe, Eastern...

solid tumors
lung cancer

Active Surveillance of Lung Subsolid Nodules May Reduce Unnecessary Surgery and Overtreatment

Subsolid nodules can be considered a biomarker of lung cancer risk and should be managed with long-term active surveillance. Conservative management of subsolid nodules may reduce unnecessary surgery and overtreatment in patients with multiple comorbidities and aggressive lung cancer arising from...

issues in oncology

Bringing Together Industry, Academia, and Nonprofits to Advance Breast Cancer Research

In 2016, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) launched the Drug Research Collaborative, a program the foundation developed to bridge the gap between academic investigators and their access to therapies under investigation and to encourage greater academia-driven research in breast cancer....

FDA Accepts sBLA for Dasatinib in Pediatric Patients With Newly Diagnosed Ph-Positive ALL

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently accepted a supplemental biologics license application (sBLA) for dasatinib in combination with chemotherapy for the treatment of pediatric patients with newly diagnosed Philadelphia chromosome (Ph)-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia...

Study Examines Link Between Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Recessive Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa

Many patients with the rare skin disease recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB)—commonly called butterfly syndrome—also develop squamous cell carcinoma early in life. Now an international team of scientists led by researchers at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer...

Statement From FDA Commissioner on Support for Exempting Coffee From California’s Cancer Warning Law

Scott Gottlieb, MD, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, recently issued the following statement: “Ensuring that food is safe and truthfully labeled is one of our fundamental responsibilities at the FDA. Consumers deserve accurate information about the food they eat and how ...

Sex-Based Approaches to Oncology in the Era of Precision Oncology: Upcoming ESMO Workshop

Sex-based approaches to studying and treating disease have remained largely unexplored in medical oncology, despite the field’s growing interest in precision medicine and accumulating evidence that sex is a major factor in disease risk and response to treatment. At an upcoming European...

Cancer May Be Linked to Poor Prognosis in Patients With Broken Heart Syndrome

Cancer may be linked to an increased risk of death and prehospitalization in patients with broken heart syndrome, according to research presented by Santoro et al at the 2018 European Society of Cardiology Congress. Study author Francesco Santoro, MD, of the University of Foggia, Italy, said, ...

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease May Be Risk Factor for Liver Cancer

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a common disease, and with the incidence of liver cancer rising across the country, little has been understood about the link between it and hepatocellular carcinoma. To establish a better understanding of the link between hepatocellular carcinoma risk and...

health-care policy
issues in oncology

Medical Groups Release Letter on Proposed Changes to Medicare Physician Payment Rule

The American Medical Association and about 150 medical groups sent the following letter to Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), regarding the administration’s proposals included in the 2019 Medicare physician payment rule. The full text of...

FDA Approves cobas EGFR Mutation Test v2 as Companion Diagnostic With Gefitinib in First-Line Treatment of NSCLC

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the cobas EGFR Mutation Test v2 as a companion diagnostic test with gefitinib (Iressa) for the first-line treatment of patients with non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A companion diagnostic test provides information that is...

gynecologic cancers
head and neck cancer
issues in oncology

HPV Vaccine Completion Up 5% From 2016 to 2017

The number of adolescents who are up to date on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination—meaning they started and completed the HPV vaccine series—increased 5 percentage points from 2016 to 2017, according to results from a national survey published by Walker et al in Morbidity and...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

FDA Accepts sBLA for Elotuzumab Plus Pomalidomide and Low-Dose Dexamethasone in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently accepted a supplemental biologics license application (sBLA) for elotuzumab (Empliciti) in combination with pomalidomide (Pomalyst) and low-dose dexamethasone for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who...

prostate cancer
cost of care

ICER Report on Clinical Benefits and Value of Different Antiandrogen Therapies for Men With Nonmetastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has released an evidence report assessing the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of antiandrogen therapies for the treatment of nonmetastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. The report focuses on three antiandrogen...

Oncology Organizations Remember Senator John McCain

United States Senator from Arizona John McCain passed away on August 25 of the brain cancer glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Numerous medical societies issued statements in light of his death, reprinted below. ASCO  ASCO President Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, issued the following...

leukemia
lymphoma
immunotherapy

CAR T-Cell Therapy in Europe: Differing Decisions on Approval of Two Agents

The European Commission (EC) recently approved the chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah) in the European Union (EU) for the treatment of pediatric and young adult patients up to 25 years of age with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) that is...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

FDA Approves Ibrutinib Plus Rituximab for Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ibrutinib (Imbruvica) plus rituximab (Rituxan) for the treatment of adult patients with Waldenström's macroglobulinemia (WM). With this approval, the ibrutinib prescribing information now includes combination use with rituximab,...

New Software Aims to Predict Patients’ Resistance to Cancer Treatment

New computer software may be used to predict how cancers may respond to a new drug—before it has ever been given to patients. Researchers hope that this new tool could transform the discovery of cancer drugs by predicting how tumors become resistant to treatment before it first becomes...

Early-Life Alcohol Intake May Increase the Odds of High-Grade Prostate Cancer Later in Life

Compared with nondrinkers, men who consumed at least 7 drinks per week during adolescence (ages 15–19) had 3 times the odds of being diagnosed with clinically significant prostate cancer, according to results published by Michael et al in Cancer Prevention Research. “The prostate...

cns cancers
issues in oncology

Memory Issues in Children With Medulloblastoma Undergoing Radiation Therapy

Children with certain types of brain tumors who undergo radiation treatment are less likely to recall the specifics of events they experienced after radiation than to remember pretreatment happenings, according to a Baylor University study comparing them to children with healthy brains. These...

FDA Grants Fast Track Designation to AVB-S6-500 for Platinum-Resistant Ovarian Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to AVB-S6-500 as a potential treatment for platinum-resistant recurrent ovarian cancer. About AVB-S6-500 AVB-S6-500 is a novel high-affinity, soluble Fc-fusion protein designed to block the activation of the GAS6-AXL...

First Large-Scale Survey of Advanced Practice Providers in Oncology Shows Growing Role for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Advanced practice providers (APPs) have increasingly become integral members of the oncology care delivery team, according to the first large-scale study of nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) in oncology published by Bruinooge et al in the Journal of Oncology Practice....

issues in oncology

Most Oncologists Have Discussed Medical Marijuana With Patients, Survey Finds

DATA FROM a new survey show that as many as 80% of oncologists have discussed medical marijuana use with their patients. According to the authors, this is the first nationally representative survey to examine oncologists’ practices and beliefs on the subject since the implementation of state...

Fox Chase Cancer Center Welcomes Surgeon Shreyas S. Joshi, MD

  FOX CHASE CANCER CENTER recently announced the hiring of Shreyas S. Joshi, MD, an attending surgeon who recently completed a 2-year urologic oncology fellowship at the institution. Dr. Joshi is board-eligible in urology and earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He ...

Matthew D. Ingham, MD, Joins Brigham and Women’s Hospital

MATTHEW D. INGHAM, MD, joins the faculty of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Department of Surgery as Associate Surgeon in the Division of Urology. His research and clinical interests include benign prostatic hyperplasia, bladder cancer, hydronephrosis, kidney cancer, kidney masses/cysts,...

On Not Being Ready

The ASCO Post is pleased to reproduce installments of the Art of Oncology as published previously in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. These articles focus on the experience of suffering from cancer or of caring for people diagnosed with cancer, and they include narratives, topical essays,...

breast cancer

I Am Too Young for Breast Cancer

Two years ago, when I began having pain and bloody discharge in my left breast, I thought it was the return of a solitary intraductal papilloma I had had in that breast when I was a college student 6 years earlier, so the symptoms didn’t initially alarm me. It wasn’t until I noticed that the mass...

issues in oncology

Focus on the Empire State Hematology & Oncology Society

The Empire State Hematology & Oncology Society (ESHOS), a State Affiliate of ASCO, was formed in January 2017 as a merger of three separate hematology and oncology professional organizations in New York. Stuart P. Feldman, MD, of the New York State Society of Medical Oncologists &...

issues in oncology
cns cancers

A Firsthand Account of Cancer and Mental Illness

Brain tumors are among the most challenging clinical scenarios faced by the oncology community. Along with devastating physiologic damage, brain tumors often have a dramatic effect on the patient’s cognitive, neurologic, and psychological functions. However, the body of literature focusing on...

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survivorship

Oncofertility: An Emerging and Much-Needed Field

The American Cancer Society estimated that in 2015 in the United States, more than 86,000 women younger than age 45 were diagnosed with cancer. Many of them face reproduction and fertility concerns, which could lead to long-term distress and impaired quality of life in survivorship. To shed light...

issues in oncology

Psycho-oncology: After Decades of Acceptance, Still an Emerging Field

As the field of psycho-oncology continues to mature, new studies are being conducted to evaluate ways to better address the needs of patients with cancer and their families. The ASCO Post recently spoke with Michael Hoerger, PhD, MSCR, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Oncology at ...

SMARTIE Initiative for Advanced Practitioners in Oncology Recognized by Alliance for Continuing Education

AN ONGOING educational initiative, the Study to Measure Advanced Practitioner Retention of Targeted Information and Education (SMARTIE), measures oncology learning and how it is used with advanced practitioners and their patients with cancer. The initiative, conducted by Harborside Medical...

gynecologic cancers

NCCN Publishes Guidelines for Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia to Optimize Therapy, Preserve Fertility in Pregnant Women With Rare Cancer

THE NATIONAL Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) has released new treatment guidelines for a group of rare cancers that impact women during pregnancy. Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia, also known as gestational trophoblastic disease, can occur when tumors develop in the cells that would...

2019 Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Prize Is Opening for Applications on October 1, 2018

The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance will open for applications for its 2019 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research on October 1, 2018. At least 6 New York City area–based scientists will each be awarded $200,000 per year for up to 3...

New ESMO Tumor DNA Scale Helps Match Patients to Optimal Targeted Treatments

A new scale for tumor DNA mutations called ESCAT (European Society for Medical Oncology [ESMO] Scale for Clinical Actionability of Molecular Targets) is aiming to simplify and standardize choices for targeted cancer treatment. Information about the development and use of the scale in practice was...

Outcomes for Rural Patients With Cancer Enrolled in Clinical Trials

The disparity in survival rates between rural and urban patients is reduced when patients in both settings are enrolled in clinical trials, SWOG study results show. The study results were published in JAMA Network Open by a team led by Joseph Unger, PhD, a SWOG biostatistician...

FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to ASLAN003 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted ASLAN003 Orphan Drug designation as a treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). ASLAN003 is an orally active, potent inhibitor of human dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH) that has the potential to be a first-in-class drug in AML. The FDA...

Active Surveillance of Lung Subsolid Nodules May Reduce Unnecessary Surgery and Overtreatment

Subsolid nodules can be considered a biomarker of lung cancer risk, and should be managed with long-term active surveillance. Conservative management of these nodules may reduce unnecessary surgery and overtreatment in patients with multiple comorbidities and aggressive lung cancer arising from...

skin cancer
immunotherapy

Gene-Expression Predictor for Immunotherapy Response in Melanoma

In a new study, researchers developed a gene expression predictor that can indicate whether melanoma in a specific patient is likely to respond to treatment with immune checkpoint inhibitors. Their research was published by Auslander et al in Nature Medicine. “There is a critical need to be...

FDA Grants Orphan Drug Designation to CPI-613 for the Treatment of Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Orphan Drug designation to CPI-613 for the treatment of peripheral T-cell lymphoma. CPI-613 is a novel lipoic acid analog with an anticancer activity that inhibits multiple enzyme targets within the tricarboxylic acid cycle. This drug is...

lung cancer
immunotherapy

FDA Approves Pembrolizumab in Combination With Chemotherapy for First-Line Treatment of Metastatic Nonsquamous NSCLC

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved pembrolizumab (Keytruda) in combination with pemetrexed (Alimta) and platinum as first-line treatment of patients with metastatic, nonsquamous non–small cell lung cancer with no EGFR or ALK genomic tumor aberrations. Pembrolizumab...

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