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Linda D. Bosserman, MD, FACP, FASCO, Named Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Oncology Practice

Linda D. Bosserman, MD, FACP, FASCO, has been named Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP), an ASCO publication. Dr. Bosserman is a recognized leader in cancer care delivery with a deep understanding of the issues impacting all types of oncology practices. "We are delighted ...

SSO 2018: Is Low-Volume Disease in the Sentinel Node After Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy an Indication for Axillary Dissection?

Frozen section evaluation of sentinel lymph nodes after neoadjuvant chemotherapy has a higher false-negative rate than in the primary surgical setting, particularly for small tumor deposits. However, it is unknown whether similar false positive rates occur after chemotherapy. Researchers led by...

SGO 2018: New Data Suggest Cervical Cancer Age-Based Screening Guidelines Should Be Reconsidered

One in five women diagnosed with cervical cancer in the United States will be diagnosed after the age of 65, suggesting that the recommended age to stop cervical cancer screening should be reconsidered, according to research presented at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s (SGO) 2018 Annual ...

EBCC-11: Double Mastectomy in BRCA1 and BRCA2 Carriers

Healthy women who carry a breast cancer–causing mutation in the BRCA1 gene not only reduce their risk of developing the disease but also their chances of dying from it if they have both breasts removed, according to new research presented at the 11th European Breast Cancer Conference...

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Enfortumab Vedotin for Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Cancer

On March 26, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Breakthrough Therapy designation to enfortumab vedotin, an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC), for patients with locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer who were previously treated with checkpoint inhibitors. Breakthrough Therapy ...

SGO 2018: Gender Differences May Play a Role in Lack of HPV Vaccination

Parents are less likely to vaccinate adolescent boys than girls with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, and they are twice as likely to report their main reason as a lack of provider recommendation, according to a study presented at the 2018 Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) Annual Meeting ...

SSO 2018: Improved Survival With Nodal Downstaging in Gastric Cancer if ypN0 Is Achieved

A team of researchers led by Naruihiko Ikoma, MD, MS, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, analyzed outcomes in 316 patients with gastric cancer to determine whether patients who had clinically positive nodal disease before preoperative therapy have...

Lenvatinib Mesylate Approved in Japan for Unresectable HCC

On March 23, the multiple-receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor lenvatinib mesylate (Lenvima) was approved in Japan for unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This is the first approval worldwide of lenvatinib mesylate for the indication of unresectable HCC and the first new systemic therapy to...

EBCC-11: DCIS Less Likely to Recur in Patients Who Are Postmenopausal, ER-Positive

Patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) are less likely to have recurrent disease if they are postmenopausal or if their tumor is estrogen receptor (ER)-positive, according to research presented at the 11th European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-11) (Abstract 215). DCIS accounts for about...

SSO 2018: Outcomes of Patients With Metastatic Melanoma Selected for Surgery After Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy has transformed the treatment of metastatic melanoma, with 3-year survival rates surpassing 50% for appropriate patients. However, many of these patients still require surgery, but very little research has been done on this group of patients to determine whether surgery after...

SGO 2018: PARP-7 Protein May Play a Significant Role in Survival for Ovarian Cancer

Patients with ovarian cancer with genetic amplification in the PARP-7 protein survived longer than those without the mutation, according to a presentation at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s (SGO) 2018 Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. These results call for researchers to further...

IMpower131 Study: Atezolizumab Plus Chemotherapy in Advanced Squamous NSCLC

On March 20, Genentech announced that the phase III IMpower131 study met its coprimary endpoint of progression-free survival (PFS) and demonstrated that the combination of atezolizumab (Tecentriq) plus chemotherapy (carboplatin and nanopartical albumin-bound [nab]-paclitaxel [Abraxane])...

EBCC-11: Risk of a Second Breast Cancer Can Be Better Quantified in Patients With a BRCA Mutation

The risk of a second breast cancer in patients with high-risk BRCA gene mutations can be more precisely predicted by testing for several other genetic variants, each of which are known to have a small impact on breast cancer risk, according to new research presented at the 11th European Breast...

leukemia

Bijal D. Shah, MD, on What ALL Tells Us About CAR T Cells

Bijal D. Shah, MD, of the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, discusses key studies of CAR T-cell therapy in relapsed B-cell ALL and the adverse events that this treatment may cause.

hepatobiliary cancer

Anne M. Covey, MD, on HCC: Screening and Diagnosis Updates

Anne M. Covey, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses the latest recommendations for screening and diagnosing hepatocellular carcinoma, an aggressive tumor marked by increasing incidence in the United States and a poor 5-year survival rate.

breast cancer

Anthony D. Elias, MD, on Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Treatment Update

Anthony D. Elias, MD, of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, reviews promising experimental treatments, as well as PARP inhibitor therapy in TNBC, including the implications of newly approved olaparib for gBRCA-mutant breast cancer.

breast cancer

William J. Gradishar, MD, on Hormone-Sensitive Breast Cancer: Treatment Update

William J. Gradishar, MD, of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, discusses recent evidence on the efficacy, safety, and utility of HER2-targeted treatments in the adjuvant setting for early-stage and advanced breast cancers.

issues in oncology

Lee N. Newcomer, MD, on Managed Care in America: Expert Perspective

Lee N. Newcomer, MD, who recently retired as Senior Vice President for Oncology and Genetics at UnitedHealth Group, discusses lessons learned during his long career in managed care, where we are, and where we need to go.

cns cancers

We Need to Fill the Gap Between Pediatric and Adult Oncology Care

When I was 15, and just 6 weeks into my sophomore year in high school, I heard a loud sound similar to a gunshot in my head and minutes later I was engulfed in a grand mal seizure, now called tonic-clonic seizure, and rushed to the hospital. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan found a small...

Baylor Receives $3 Million to Fund Grants in Tobacco Control, Cancer Screening, and Cancer Treatments

RESEARCHERS AT Baylor College of Medicine have received more than $3 million from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to fund three new grants focused on tobacco control, cancer screening, and novel treatments for cancer in children and adults.  CPRIT was launched in 2009...

breast cancer

When Is Active Surveillance Appropriate in the Treatment of DCIS?

In 2017, more than 63,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with in situ breast cancer. The overwhelming majority of those women, about 83%, were diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a condition characterized by the presence of abnormal cells confined to the breast milk ducts;...

skin cancer

April K.S. Salama, MD, on Melanoma: Treating Recurrent or Progressive Distant Disease

April K.S. Salama, MD, of Duke Cancer Institute, talks about how to select systemic therapy for a patient with previously treated metastatic melanoma.

colorectal cancer

Duration of Adjuvant Oxaliplatin-Based Therapy for Stage III Colon Cancer

“At Microphone 1” is an occasional column written by Steven E. Vogl, MD, of the Bronx, New York. When he is not in his clinic, he can generally be found at major oncology meetings and often at the microphone, where he stands ready with critical questions for presenters of new data. The opinions...

CancerCare Publishes New White Paper on the Provider Perspective in Treatment Decision-Making

CANCERCARE has announced the publication of a new white paper highlighting perspectives from oncology providers on the importance and utility of including patient priorities in treatment decisions. “Decision Making at the Point of Care: Voices of Oncology Providers” was developed as part of...

issues in oncology

Raising Awareness of the Link Between Alcohol and Cancer

Prevention in Oncology is guest edited by Jennifer Ligibel, MD, Chair of ASCO’s Energy Balance Working Group and a member of ASCO’s Cancer Survivorship and Cancer Prevention Committees. Dr. Ligibel is Director of the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana-Farber Cancer...

breast cancer

Breast Cancer Care in U.S. Territories Seems to Lag Behind Care in Continental United States

OLDER WOMEN residing in U.S. territories are less likely to receive recommended or timely care for breast cancer compared with similar women residing in the continental United States, according to Yale researchers, whose findings were published in Health Affairs.1  “Inferior breast cancer care in...

prostate cancer

James L. Mohler, MD, on Prostate Cancer: Management Approaches

James L. Mohler, MD, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, discusses personalized medicine, molecular risk stratification, and better androgen-deprivation therapy for men with prostate cancer.

colorectal cancer

Alan P. Venook, MD, on Selecting Treatment for Advanced Colorectal Cancer

Alan P. Venook, MD, of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, discusses which biomarkers to order and when, the role of checkpoint inhibitors, and chemotherapy choices.

Gut Bacteria May Determine Speed of Tumor Growth in Pancreatic Cancer

The population of bacteria in the pancreas increases more than a thousandfold in patients with pancreatic cancer and becomes dominated by species that prevent the immune system from attacking tumor cells. These are the findings of an early study conducted on pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma,...

FDA Updates Public Information About Known Risk of Lymphoma From Breast Implants

On March 21, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued updated information about its understanding of breast implant–associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). The agency is providing an updated number of medical device reports (ie, adverse event reports) and medical...

FDA Expands Nilotinib Indication to Pediatric Patients With CML

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the indication for nilotinib (Tasigna) to include treatment of first- and second-line pediatric patients 1 year of age or older with Philadelphia chromosome–positive chronic myeloid leukemia in the chronic phase. In the United...

leukemia

Ellin Berman, MD, on CML: Disease Management During Pregnancy

Ellin Berman, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses the effects of TKI therapy on fetal development, its impact on pregnancy outcomes, and how to develop an effective treatment plan.

EAU 2018: Prostate MRI Reveals More Clinically Significant Cancers, Reduces Overdiagnosis Compared to Standard Biopsy

A large international study has shown that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can reduce the number of invasive prostate biopsies by up to 28%. The PRECISION trial showed that using MRI to target prostate biopsies leads to more harmful and fewer harmless prostate cancers being diagnosed. The results...

EAU 2018: Study Finds a Quarter of Penile Cancer Patients Do Not Receive Recommended Treatment

A major international survey has found that around a quarter of patients with penile cancer are not receiving the recommended treatment, and that these patients had half the survival rate of those who were treated according to guidelines. The study, presented at the European Association of Urology...

kidney cancer
prostate cancer
bladder cancer

EAU 2018: Survey Shows Greater Suicide Rate in Patients With Urologic Cancers

A major UK survey has shown that patients with urologic cancer—such as prostate, bladder, or kidney cancer—are five times more likely to commit suicide than people without cancer. The analysis also shows that patients with cancer generally are around three times more likely to commit...

FDA Grants Priority Review to sNDA for Enzalutamide in Nonmetastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

On March 19, a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for enzalutamide (Xtandi) was accepted for filing and granted Priority Review designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). If approved, the sNDA would expand the indication of enzalutamide to include men with nonmetastatic...

FDA Expands Approval of Brentuximab Vedotin for First-Line Treatment of Stage III or IV Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma in Combination With Chemotherapy

On March 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) to treat adult patients with previously untreated stage III or IV classical Hodgkin lymphoma in combination with chemotherapy. “Today’s approval represents an improvement in the initial...

Conquer Cancer Foundation Recognizes 70 Young Oncology Researchers’ Findings With Merit Awards

ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its Merit Awards in gastrointestinal cancers, clinical immuno-oncology, genitourinary cancers, and cancer survivorship. The following 70 researchers— oncology fellows and trainees honored for the quality and scientific merit...

issues in oncology

New NCCN Guidelines Aim to Encourage More People Living With HIV and Cancer to Receive Appropriate Cancer Treatment

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN) has released new NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) intended to help make sure people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who are diagnosed with cancer receive safe, necessary treatment.  According to a...

Frederick National Laboratory and Georgetown University Launch Research Collaboration

A new collaboration established between Georgetown University and the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research aims to expand both institutions’ research and training missions in the biomedical sciences. Representatives from Georgetown University and the Frederick National Laboratory...

hematologic malignancies
leukemia

Martin S. Tallman, MD, Joins Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) announced that Martin S. Tallman, MD, Chief of Leukemia Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), has joined its Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Tallman, who will continue in his role at MSK, will join his fellow Scientific...

issues in oncology
survivorship

Impact of Lifestyle Choices on Outcomes in Survivors of Gastrointestinal Cancers

Physical inactivity among adult survivors of gastrointestinal cancers was tied to poor health-related quality of life, according to researchers at the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS) Annual Meeting.1 Also, physical inactivity (Chi-square = 5.605, P = .018) and alcohol use (Chi-square ...

TAILORx Trial Results Aid in Assessing the Effect of Chemotherapy in Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer

On March 15, Genomic Health, Inc, was informed by the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group that the TAILORx trial, has achieved sufficient information to render a conclusion regarding the efficacy of chemotherapy in patients with early-stage breast cancer who have Oncotype DX recurrence score...

Study Finds Shared Decision-Making Still Lacking in Prostate Cancer Screening

A new study found many men receiving prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing do so without a comprehensive shared decision-making process, contrary to current guidelines. The American Cancer Society study, published by Fedewa et al in Annals of Family Medicine, found that in both 2010 and 2015,...

gastrointestinal cancer
colorectal cancer

Studies Explore Colon Tumor Sidedness, Lung Radiation Dose in Esophageal Cancer, Pembrolizumab in Liver Cancer, and More

Along with full coverage of key presentations from the 2018 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, The ASCO Post brings our readers this additional news roundup.  Side Matters in Colon Cancer One of the studies included in the global IDEA trial, which compared 3 vs 6 months of adjuvant chemotherapy in ...

Testicular Cancer Survivors and Adequate Screening for Long-Term Heart Disease

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men. The majority of patients are cured of their disease, but a newly published study shows many remain at risk for later complications from chemotherapy or other treatments. The study, published by Zaid et al in JNCCN –Journal of the...

ASTRO Issues New Clinical Guideline for Whole-Breast Radiation Therapy

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has issued a new clinical guideline for the use of whole-breast radiation therapy for breast cancer that expands the population of patients recommended to receive hypofractionated treatment. The guideline was published by Smith et al in...

issues in oncology

Cancer Drug Development Award Given to Jean-Charles Soria, MD, PhD

  The Targeted Anticancer Therapies 2018 Honorary Award for cancer drug development has been granted to Jean-Charles Soria, MD, PhD, for his pioneering role in cancer drug development across molecular targeted agents, precision medicine, and immunotherapy. The award was presented during the 2018...

issues in oncology
legislation

Why Right-to-Try Laws Are Dangerous

Why wouldn’t you support a patient with a terminal illness the “right to try” any therapy that may save his or her life? The answer to this question—one engulfed in a political debate in Congress—seems simple. It is not. [Editor’s Note: On March 21, 2018, the House of Representatives approved a...

Poorer Socioeconomic Status May Predict Lower Survival in Patients With Anal Cancer

Patients with lower income have a significantly reduced chance of surviving anal cancer, according to a new study led by investigators at NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center published by Lin et al in the journal Cancer. The study shows that both overall and...

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