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bladder cancer
issues in oncology

The Fight Against Breast Cancer Illustrates the Health-Care Challenges of Women in Poverty

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhumane….” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Progress has been made in expanding access to health care for low-income populations, but the quality of care still lags behind and can result in less successful outcomes...

breast cancer

Is Heterogeneity Within HER2-Positive Tumors Clinically Relevant?

Breast cancers that display heterogeneity of HER2 expression may represent a distinct subset of HER2-positive breast cancer that is associated with lower rates of pathologic complete response, according to a phase II study from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This trial evaluated HER2 heterogeneity...

ASCO Honors Leaders in Cancer Care With 2019 Special Awards

ASCO and ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation are proud to recognize the winners of ASCO’s Special Awards and Conquer Cancer’s Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Awards and Tribute Award. The recipients of these awards have worked to transform cancer care around the world. Don’t miss the opportunity...

ASCO Honors Leaders in Cancer Care With 2019 Special Awards

ASCO and ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation are proud to recognize the winners of ASCO’s Special Awards and Conquer Cancer’s Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Awards and Tribute Award. The recipients of these awards have worked to transform cancer care around the world. Don’t miss the opportunity...

ASCO Honors Leaders in Cancer Care With 2019 Special Awards

ASCO and ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation proudly recognize the winners of ASCO’s Special Awards, the Society's highest honors, and Conquer Cancer's Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Awards. The recipients of these awards have worked to transform cancer care around the world. ASCO...

leukemia

Prognostic Factors for Complete Response to Ibrutinib in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

In an analysis of two pooled studies reported in JAMA Oncology, O’Brien et al found that a complete response to ibrutinib (Imbruvica) in the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia was more likely in patients receiving the agent as first-line therapy and in those without bulky disease....

multiple myeloma

Expanding Role Seen for Minimal Residual Disease in Managing Multiple Myeloma

Minimal residual disease is a promising biomarker for guiding the management of multiple myeloma that is becoming increasingly important with the advent of more efficacious therapies, according to emerging data and expert opinion. “The story of minimal residual disease in multiple myeloma is like...

global cancer care
issues in oncology

Exploring Practical Strategies for Cancer Care in Low-Resource Settings

One of the featured “Big Debates” at the 2016 World Cancer Congress in Paris addressed this question: Are scarce resources best applied to prevention rather than treatment? Many experts do not see prevention vs treatment in such stark terms or even as a realistic scenario. It’s a false dichotomy,...

leukemia

Phase II Trial Shows Benefit of Ibrutinib in Relapsed/Refractory CLL With 17p Deletion

O’Brien et al found further evidence of the benefit of ibrutinib (Imbruvica) in relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) with the 17p deletion, according to an extended analysis of the phase II RESONATE-17 trial reported in The Lancet Oncology. Ibrutinib currently is approved...

AMA Announces Board of Trustees for 2016–2017

The American Medical Association (AMA) has introduced the 21 members of its Board of Trustees for the coming year, following elections held during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. Andrew W. Gurman, MD, an orthopedic hand surgeon, was sworn in as the 171st President of the AMA. In...

2016 ASCO Annual Meeting Planning Committees

The ASCO Annual Meeting highlights the latest research and treatment advances in oncology, with nearly 30,000 oncology professionals attending each year. ASCO wishes to acknowledge the volunteers on this year’s Cancer Education and Scientific Program Committees and thank them for their time and...

ASCO Recognizes 2016 Recipients of FASCO Distinction

�� The Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO) distinction recognizes ASCO members for their extraordinary volunteer service, dedication, and commitment to ASCO. Their efforts benefit ASCO, the specialty of oncology, and, most importantly, patients with cancer.  The 2016...

2016 Special Awards: Researchers and Scientists Recognized for Significant Contributions to Cancer Care

Researchers, patient advocates, and global oncology community leaders dedicated to enhancing cancer prevention, treatment, and patient care will be honored with ASCO’s highest honor, its Special Awards, during the 2016 ASCO Annual Meeting. Among this year’s awardees are a lung cancer luminary who...

New Therapies Capitalize on Lung Cancer’s Molecular Vulnerabilities

Research reported at this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting attests to the tremendous molecular diversity of non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and the power of appropriately selected treatment, according to Leora Horn, MD, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, who presented data on molecular findings...

breast cancer
global cancer care

Global Women’s Cancer Summit: Collaboration Aims to Reduce Breast, Cervical Cancers

World leaders from governments, cancer organizations, and the private sector joined together recently for the first Global Women’s Cancer Summit to address the challenge of reducing the global burden of women’s cancers. The summit was hosted by Susan G. Komen for the Cure and underwritten by GE...

supportive care

Once-daily Moxifloxacin for Low-risk Patients with Febrile Neutropenia 

Once-daily oral moxifloxacin works at least as well as twice-daily oral ciprofloxacin plus amoxicillin–clavulanic acid when it comes to treating febrile neutropenia in patients who are at low risk for complications, according to a randomized, double-blind trial reported in the Journal of Clinical...

AMA Announces 2013-2014 Board of Trustees; Names Oncologist Barbara McAneny, MD, Chair-elect

The American Medical Association (AMA) recently introduced the 21 members of its Board of Trustees for the coming year following elections held during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. The new Chair of the AMA Board of Trustees is David O. Barbe, MD, MHA, a Family Medicine physician ...

global cancer care

Program Aims to Overcome Barriers to Early Cancer Care in Colombia 

According to a report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s  GLOBOCAN project, one woman dies every minute from breast cancer and one woman dies every 2 minutes from cervical cancer.1 The majority of these deaths occur in developing countries, where access to health care is limited ...

SIDEBAR: American Medical Association Board of Trustees 

Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, President, Internal Medicine/Infectious Disease Robert M. Wah, MD, President-elect, Reproductive Endocrinology/Obstetrics & Gynecology Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, Immediate Past President, Psychiatry Andrew W. Gurman, MD, Speaker, Orthopedic Surgery Susan R. Bailey, MD, Vice ...

lymphoma

Best Way to Treat Mediastinal Lymphomas Is Still Unclear

A variety of treatment options used today can achieve good outcomes in patients with mediastinal lymphomas, according to James O. ­Armitage, MD, the Joe Shapiro Professor of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He discussed some of the current evidence helping to refine...

Institute of Medicine Elects 70 New Members, 10 Foreign Associates

The  Institute of Medicine (IOM) has announced the names of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates during its 44th Annual Meeting held in October.  Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated...

A Good Life, All the Way to the Very End

BOOKMARKTitle: Being MortalAuthor: Atul Gawande, MDPublisher: Metropolitan BooksPublication date: October 7, 2014Price: $26.00; hardcover, 304 pages   Mortality is the invisible observer in the oncology exam room. When people hear the three words, “You have cancer,” they see their world as they...

2015 ASCO Annual Meeting Planning Committees

The ASCO Annual Meeting highlights the latest research and treatment advances in oncology, with more than 28,000 oncology professionals attending each year. ASCO wishes to acknowledge the volunteers on this year’s Cancer Education and Scientific Program Committees, and thank them for their time and ...

breast cancer

The Sixth Edition of the Essential Breast Cancer Book

Bookmark Title: Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book Author: Susan M. Love, MD Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books Publication date: September 8, 2015 Price: $24.00; paperback, 704 pages For more than 25 years, Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book has been the best source of information for women with breast...

hematologic malignancies
leukemia

AACR 2015: New T Cell–Based Immunotherapy Shows Promise for Lethal Stem Cell Transplant Complication

More than 60% of patients with Epstein-Barr virus–associated lymphoproliferative disorder (EBV-LPD) that was nonresponsive to standard rituximab (Rituxan) treatment responded to a new type of immunotherapy called Epstein-Barr virus–specific cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (EBV-CTL) therapy....

leukemia

Patients With Relapsed or Refractory CLL Who Discontinue Ibrutinib Early Have Poor Outcomes

Most patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who discontinued ibrutinib (Imbruvica) early “were difficult to treat and had poor outcomes,” according to a study of patients enrolled in four different clinical trials of ibrutinib, with or without rituximab...

breast cancer
issues in oncology

New Breast Exam Nearly Quadruples Detection of Invasive Breast Cancers When Added to Screening Mammography in Women With Dense Breast Tissue

A new breast imaging technique developed at Mayo Clinic nearly quadruples detection rates of invasive breast cancers in women with dense breast tissue, according to the results of a study published by Rhodes et al in the American Journal of Roentgenology. What Is MBI? Molecular breast imaging...

leukemia

Promising Activity of Ibrutinib Plus Rituximab in High-Risk CLL

In a phase II trial reported in The Lancet Oncology, Burger et al found that the combination of ibrutinib (Imbruvica) and rituximab (Rituxan) showed promising activity and an encouraging safety profile in patients with previously treated or untreated high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)....

cns cancers

Preclinical Study Reveals Heparan Sulfate Suppresses Growth of Neuroblastoma

A heparin derivative differentiated cancer cells and caused neuroblastomas to regress without causing severe bleeding, according to the findings of a preclinical study presented in The Journal of Clinical Investigation. Knelson et al identified novel roles for heparan sulfate proteoglycans in...

leukemia

Ibrutinib Promising as Initial Therapy for Elderly Patients With CLL in Phase IB/II Trial

Chemoimmunotherapy has produced improved response and survival in young patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), but its use in elderly patients has been limited by myelosuppression and infection. In a phase IB/II study reported in The Lancet Oncology, O’Brien et al assessed the use...

leukemia

Ibrutinib/Rituximab Combination Leads to High Response Rate Among Patients With CLL

Nearly all of the patients with high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in a phase II clinical trial responded to treatment with the targeted therapy ibrutinib (Imbruvica) and the antibody rituximab (Rituxan), researchers reported at the 55th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting ...

breast cancer

Scientists Find Possible Antidote for Tamoxifen-Induced Mental Fog

Researchers from University of Rochester Medical Center have shown scientifically what many women report anecdotally: that tamoxifen is toxic to cells of the brain and central nervous system (CNS), producing mental fogginess similar to “chemo brain.” In the study, published in the...

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