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breast cancer

Kathryn J. Ruddy, MD, MPH, on Breast Cancer and Quality of Life: Expert Perspective

Kathryn J. Ruddy, MD, MPH, of the Mayo Clinic, summarizes a special spotlight session that included discussion of interventions to improve quality of life and the importance of lifestyle in the prevention of cancer and cancer recurrence.

breast cancer

Xavier Pivot, MD, PhD, on Early Breast Cancer: Results From the PHARE Trial

Xavier Pivot, MD, PhD, of the Paul Strauss Cancer Center, discusses final study findings comparing 6 and 12 months of trastuzumab in adjuvant early breast cancer (Abstract GS2-07).

breast cancer

Sara A. Hurvitz, MD, on HER2-Positive Breast Cancer: Novel Treatments and Markers

Sara A. Hurvitz, MD, of the University of California, Los Angeles, discusses the natural history and novel combinations for HER2-positive disease as well as predictive and prognostic markers for this type of breast cancer.

breast cancer
solid tumors
lung cancer

A Diagnosis of Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Has Focused My Life Direction

Despite the fact that I had to have open heart surgery at age 7 to fix a congenital heart defect and then more surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy to treat a diagnosis of rhabdomyosarcoma a year later, I never felt like I was a sick kid. Children don’t have the existential worries about...

SABCS 2018: Whole-Breast Irradiation vs Accelerated Partial-Breast Irradiation for Preventing Ipsilateral Breast Tumor Recurrence

Data from the NSABP B-39/RTOG 0413 trial indicated that ipsilateral breast tumor recurrence (IBTR) rates 10 years after treatment could not reject the hypothesis that accelerated partial-breast irradiation (PBI) after lumpectomy was inferior to whole-breast irradiation (WBI), according to a...

SABCS 2018: Low-Dose Tamoxifen in Reducing Recurrence and New Disease for Patients With Breast Intraepithelial Neoplasia

Treatment with a low dose of tamoxifen (5 mg/d), compared with placebo, decreased the risk of disease recurrence and new disease for women who had been treated with surgery following a diagnosis of breast intraepithelial neoplasia. Moreover, it did not cause more serious adverse events, according...

SABCS 2018: AMAROS Trial: 10-Year Follow-up of Axillary Radiotherapy or Surgery in Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Patients with early-stage breast cancer who had cancer detected in a sentinel lymph node biopsy had comparable 10-year recurrence and survival rates following either axillary radiotherapy or axillary lymph node dissection, according to data from the randomized, phase III AMAROS clinical trial...

Lucio N. Gordan, MD, Named New Managing Physician and President of Florida Cancer Specialists

Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) & Research Institute, LLC, the largest physician-owned oncology/hematology practice in the country, announced Lucio N. Gordan, MD, has been named Managing Physician and President. Dr. Gordan, a hematologist/oncologist, replaces Dr. William Harwin, who recently...

issues in oncology

A Feminist Take on Health-Care Disparities

BOOKMARK Title: Doing Harm: The Truth About Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and SickAuthor: Maya DusenberyPublisher: HarperOnePublication date: March 2018Price: $27.99, hardcover, 400 pages Over the past year or so, there have been several books by women focused...

Denial’s Many Faces

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,...

issues in oncology

University Collaboration Aims to Tackle Cancer Health Disparities

The National Cancer Institute has provided a grant to develop a joint cancer drug discovery/development and research education program to focus on cancers that have an increased risk of incidence and/or mortality among underserved communities, namely African Americans, Hispanics, and Native...

skin cancer

The Skin Cancer Foundation Raises $600,000 at Gala

The Skin Cancer Foundation recently held its 22nd annual Gala at The Plaza Hotel in New York. The Champions for Change Gala is the Foundation’s signature fundraising event, and $600,000 was raised to support the organization’s educational campaigns, community programs, and research initiatives....

The Chemotherapy Foundation Innovation Gala

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of The Chemotherapy Foundation. Founded by Ezra M. Greenspan, MD, in 1968, with the goal of advancing effective cancer treatments, The Chemotherapy Foundation helped propel the modern era of chemotherapy and the later development of targeted...

Padmanee Sharma, MD, PhD, Receives Pandolfi Award for Women in Cancer Research

Padmanee Sharma, MD, PhD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has been recognized for her contributions to the field of immuno-oncology with the Pandolfi Award for Women in Cancer Research at the 11th Annual Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Cancer Symposium. Dr. Sharma was...

head and neck cancer

New Glioblastoma Translational Center at Penn Medicine

Penn Medicine has announced a new Translational Center of Excellence in the Abramson Cancer Center, focused on glioblastoma multiforme. The team will investigate new immune therapies for glioblastoma and, in particular, design and test new chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies. “Penn...

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Scientists Receive Grant for Breast Cancer Research

Four breast cancer researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Hillman Cancer Center have received nearly $1 million from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) to further breast cancer research from the most basic biology of a cancer cell to developing innovative new...

supportive care
palliative care

Palliative Care in the Pediatric Oncology Setting

Cancer is the leading cause of disease-related childhood death. To better serve the special needs of this highly vulnerable patient population, pediatric palliative care teams use a personalized, holistic, and interdisciplinary approach tailored to relieve the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual ...

SABCS 2018: Meta-analysis of Pathologic Complete Response and Outcomes in Breast Cancer

Pathologic complete response after neoadjuvant chemotherapy was associated with a significantly lower recurrence risk and higher overall survival in patients with breast cancer, and pathologic complete response after neoadjuvant chemotherapy had a similar association with improved outcomes...

Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium

The 20th Annual Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium was hosted earlier this year by the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University in Chicago. “A new era of cancer vaccines” and encouraging data from early trials were among the topics discussed by Mary (Nora) Disis, MD...

ASH 2018: Researchers Identify Mutation in BCL2 Protein That Causes Resistance to Venetoclax in Progressive CLL

Investigators from Australia have identified a genetic mutation that causes resistance to the targeted drug venetoclax (Venclexta) in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), according to research presented by Blombery et al at the 2018 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting...

issues in oncology

Patient-Partnered Research: Focal Point of New Collaborative Effort in Cancer Genetics

Researchers, patients with cancer, and philanthropists have come together to launch Count Me In, a nonprofit organization aimed at patient-partnered research. Count Me In allows patients with cancer anywhere in the United States or Canada to easily share their medical information, personal...


ASH 2018: Ibrutinib Plus Rituximab vs Standard Chemoimmunotherapy in Younger Patients With Treatment-Naive CLL

A 6-month course of chemotherapy-based treatment with FCR (intravenous fludarabine and cyclophosphamide plus rituximab [Rituxan]) has historically been the most effective treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), especially in patients 70 years of age and younger. However, results from a...

SABCS 2018: Does Adjuvant Capecitabine Improve Outcomes in Early-Stage Triple-Negative Breast Cancer?

Treating patients with early-stage triple-negative breast cancer with capecitabine after surgery and standard chemotherapy did not significantly improve disease-free or overall survival compared with observation, according to data from the randomized, phase III GEICAM/CIBOMA clinical trial...


Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, on DLBCL: Trial Results on the Prognostic Significance of MYC

Laurie H. Sehn, MD, MPH, of the British Columbia Cancer Centre for Lymphoid Cancer, discusses a study by the Lunenburg Lymphoma Biomarker Consortium that confirmed previous reports on the negative prognostic impact of an underlying MYC-translocation for both progression-free and overall survival in ...


Tait D. Shanafelt, MD, on CLL: Results From a Trial of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group

Tait D. Shanafelt, MD, of Stanford University, discusses phase III study findings on ibrutinib-based therapy vs standard fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab chemoimmunotherapy in untreated younger patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (Abstract LBA4).


Shaji K. Kumar, MD, on Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma: Treatment Trial Results

Shaji K. Kumar, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, discusses phase III findings on daratumumab plus lenalidomide and dexamethasone vs lenalidomide and dexamethasone in people with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma who are ineligible for transplant (Abstract LBA2).

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symptom management

Alok A. Khorana, MD, on Reducing VTE Associated With Systemic Cancer Therapy: Results From the CASSINI Trial

Alok A. Khorana, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, discusses study findings on rivaroxaban thromboprophylaxis in high-risk ambulatory patients, which showed a reduction in venous thromboembolism and related death (Abstract LBA1).

ASH 2018: MAIA Trial: Does Adding Daratumumab Improve Outcomes in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma Ineligible for Stem Cell Transplant?

Interim results from a large international phase III clinical trial show that adding the immunotherapy daratumumab (Darzalex) to standard therapy significantly extended progression-free survival (PFS) in newly diagnosed patients with multiple myeloma who were ineligible for a stem cell transplant....

ASH 2018: CASSINI Trial: Rivaroxaban Thromboprophylaxis for VTE Prevention in Patients With Cancer

A new study suggests taking a direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) can reduce the risk of harmful blood clots in patients undergoing cancer treatments, without substantially increasing the risk of bleeding problems. Findings from the CASSINI trial were presented by Khorana et al at the 2018 American...


ASH 2018: CAR.CD30 T-Cell Therapy in Relapsed or Refractory CD30-Positive Lymphomas

At the 2018 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, Grover et al presented preliminary results from a clinical study of an investigational cellular immunotherapy for Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma expressing the CD30 protein marker (Abstract 681). Data...

ASH 2018: Apixaban for the Treatment of Cancer-Associated VTE

According to findings from the ADAM VTE trial, an oral drug, apixaban (Eliquis), is safe and effective in treating blood clots in patients undergoing cancer therapy. The drug was associated with fewer major bleeding events and fewer recurrent blood clots compared to low–molecular-weight. ...

multiple myeloma

Paul Richardson, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Results From the OP-106 Horizon Trial

Paul Richardson, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses updated results and the first report on progression-free survival for melflufen therapy administered to people with multiple myeloma that is refractory to daratumumab and/or pomalidomide (Abstract 600).


Steven M. Horwitz, MD, on PTCL: Results From the ECHELON-2 Trial

Steven M. Horwitz, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses phase III findings on brentuximab vedotin and CHP vs CHOP in the front-line treatment of patients with CD30-positive peripheral T-cell lymphomas (Abstract 997).

skin cancer

Steven M. Horwitz, MD, on PTCL and CTCL: Trial Results on Cerdulatinib

Steven M. Horwitz, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses phase IIa study findings on the novel SYK/JAK inhibitor cerdulatinib for relapsed/refractory peripheral T-cell lymphoma and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (Abstract 1001).


Anas Younes, MD, on DLBCL: Phase III Trial Results

Anas Younes, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses trial findings on ibrutinib plus rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone in people with previously untreated non–germinal center B-cell–like diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (Abstract 784).


Saar I. Gill, MD, PhD, on CLL: Trial Results on Anti-CD19 CAR T Cells

Saar I. Gill, MD, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania, discusses findings from a prospective clinical trial on the high response rate in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia who received a combination therapy of CAR T cells plus ibrutinib (Abstract 298).


Julie Vose, MD, MBA, and Loretta J. Nastoupil, MD, on Large B-Cell Lymphoma: Real-World Experience With CAR T-Cell Therapy

Julie Vose, MD, MBA, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Loretta J. Nastoupil, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discuss findings from a multicenter study of axicabtagene ciloleucel CD19 CAR T-cell therapy for relapsed or refractory aggressive B-cell lymphoma...


Julie Vose, MD, MBA, and Merav Bar, MD, on CAR T-Cell Therapy: Late Effects of CD19-Targeted Treatment

Julie Vose, MD, MBA, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Merav Bar, MD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, discuss study findings on the long-term effects in people with relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia who received CD19-targeted ...

multiple myeloma

Francesca M. Gay, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Results From the Forte Trial

Francesca M. Gay, MD, of GIMEMA, European Myeloma Network, discusses study findings on the use of carfilzomib in induction combination regimens with autologous transplantation, and consolidation regimens in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (Abstract 121).


Andreas Burchert, MD, on AML: Results From the Sormain Trial

Andreas Burchert, MD, of the Philipps University of Marburg, discusses study findings on sorafenib as maintenance therapy after allogeneic stem cell transplantation for FLT3-ITD–positive acute myeloid leukemia.

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Norman E. Sharpless, MD: Director of the National Cancer Institute: Articulating a Vision

Norman E. Sharpless, MD, Director of the National Cancer Institute, discusses his vision for the NCI in four key areas––big data, clinical trials, workforce development, and basic science––and how this vision affects the hematology community.

myelodysplastic syndromes

Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD, on MDS: Results From the Medalist Trial

Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic, discusses phase III study findings on luspatercept to treat anemia in patients with very low-, low-, or intermediate-risk myelodysplastic syndromes with ring sideroblasts who require red blood cell transfusions (Abstract 1).


John P. Leonard, MD, on NHL: Results From the AUGMENT Trial

John P. Leonard, MD, of Weill Cornell Medicine/Cornell University, discusses phase III findings on lenalidomide plus rituximab vs rituximab plus placebo for people with relapsed or refractory indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (Abstract 445).


ASH 2018: Update of ZUMA-1: Axicabtagene Ciloleucel in DLBCL

A follow-up analysis of patients enrolled in the multicenter ZUMA-1 trial for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) showed axicabtagene ciloleucel can induce durable responses, yield a median overall survival of more than 2 years, and has a manageable long-term safety profile. Axicabtagene...

ASH 2018: Machine Learning–Based Model to Risk Stratify Patients With Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Researchers used machine learning to develop a new system to analyze genomic and clinical data to provide a personalized overall outcome that is patient-specific in myelodysplastic syndromes. In tests, the system outperformed the current standard prognostic tool, suggesting the new model may offer...

ASH 2018: Rapid Genetic Screening Shows Feasibility of Precision Medicine for AML

A new study demonstrated it is feasible for health-care providers to determine which molecular subtype of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) a patient has before beginning treatment and to use this information to pick an approach that best matches the individual. The results, presented by Burd et al at...


Jennifer Ann Woyach, MD, on CLL: Results From the Alliance North American Intergroup Study

Jennifer Ann Woyach, MD, of The Ohio State University, discusses trial findings on ibrutinib alone or in combination with rituximab compared with bendamustine plus rituximab in untreated older people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (Abstract 6).


Gilles A. Salles, MD, PhD, on DLBCL: Results From the L-Mind Treatment Trial

Gilles A. Salles, MD, PhD, of Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud, discusses trial findings on the monoclonal antibody MOR208 combined with lenalidomide in people with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (Abstract 227).


ASH 2018: Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant After CD19 CAR T-Cell Therapy in ALL

In a new study presented by Summers et al at the 2018 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition (Abstract 967), patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who received a first stem cell transplant after CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy were less...


ASH 2018: Checkpoint Inhibitors Plus CAR T-Cell Therapy in Relapsed ALL

CD19-directed chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy has been shown to be effective in patients with relapsed B-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia (B-ALL). However, in some patients, the antitumor effects of CAR T-cell treatment are short-lived, which may, in part, be caused by a reaction of...