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lung cancer
immunotherapy

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

On December 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved atezolizumab (Tecentriq) in combination with chemotherapy (nab-paclitaxel and carboplatin) for the first-line treatment of adults with metastatic nonsquamous non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with no EGFR or ALK genomic tumor...

breast cancer

FDA Approves FoundationOne CDx as a Companion Diagnostic for Alpelisib/Fulvestrant Treatment in Breast Cancer

On December 4, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved FoundationOne CDx to be used as a companion diagnostic for alpelisib in combination with fulvestrant for the treatment of postmenopausal female patients as well as male patients with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, HER2-negative,...

prostate cancer

RSNA 2019: MRI-Guided Ultrasound Treatment for Localized Prostate Cancer

A novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-guided procedure that uses therapeutic ultrasound may effectively treat prostate cancer with minimal side effects, according to a new study presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) (Abstract SSC07-07)....

skin cancer

RSNA 2019: High-Dose Brachytherapy for Older Patients With Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer

High-dose brachytherapy for elderly patients with nonmelanoma skin cancer produces excellent cure rates and cosmetic outcomes, according to a new study presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) (Abstract SSM24-02). “For elderly patients [with...

prostate cancer

Biomarker-Driven Treatment Selection for Prostate and Other Genitourinary Cancers

As the Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan wrote, “The times they are a-changin’.” Heather Cheng, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Washington, Associate Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Director, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Prostate Cancer Genetics Clinic, quoted this line in...

breast cancer

Emerging Alternatives in the Third-Line Setting for Metastatic HER2-Positive Breast Cancer

In the post-trastuzumab era, a number of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved targeted agents for metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer are available, but there is no preferred option for third-line treatment and beyond. At the 2019 Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium, Shanu Modi, MD,...

cns cancers

Quality of Life and Neurocognitive Function in Patients With Gliomas Treated With Temozolomide-Based Chemoradiotherapy

A secondary analysis of the phase II NRG-RTOG 0424 trial—which initially reported a 73.1% 3-year overall survival rate—has shown a decline in neurocognitive function for half of the trial participants with high-risk, low-grade gliomas up to a year after receiving concurrent chemoradiotherapy with...

Cardiovascular Disease Risk May Be Associated With Cancer Risk

People with risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (determined by traditional risk, 10-year artherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk score, and biomarkers) were also at higher risk for developing cancer compared to people with lower cardiovascular disease risk, according to research presented ...

supportive care
pain management

Assessing Cancer Pain Management in the Era of the Opioid Epidemic

A vast majority of patients with cancer receiving opioids for the management of pain will adhere to the opioids as prescribed and will have no major difficulties with dose reduction and even treatment discontinuation if the pain syndrome resolves. However, about 20% of patients with cancer are at...

multiple myeloma

How the PROMISE Study Aims to Convert Multiple Myeloma Into a Preventable Cancer

In 2018, researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute launched a large, ambitious screening study called (PROMISE; ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT03689595) to identify people with premalignant precursor conditions of multiple myeloma, to understand the molecular signs of progression to myeloma...

hematologic malignancies
geriatric oncology

Geriatric Assessment–Guided Multidisciplinary Care May Benefit Older Patients Undergoing Stem Cell Transplantation

Older adults with blood cancers may benefit from a team-based, holistic evaluation before undergoing transplantation, according to a study published by Derman et al in Blood Advances. The study, which reported on a multidisciplinary clinic at the University of Chicago Medical Center, found that...

thyroid cancer

DUOX2 Mutation in Familial Thyroid Cancers

Researchers have identified a new genetic mutation that may cause a type of familial thyroid cancer. According to the researchers, DUOX2 is the first and only mutation associated with familial thyroid cancer to be identified in a gene that is primarily expressed in the thyroid gland. These findings ...

hepatobiliary cancer
lymphoma
neuroendocrine tumors
gastrointestinal cancer
genomics/genetics

FDA Pipeline: Recent Designations in Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Cholangiocarcioma, Lymphoma, and More

Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted reviews or designations to treatments for gastrointestinal cancers and lymphoma, and also provided authorizations for products designed to screen for malignancies and tumor mutational burden. Priority Review for Nivolumab...

FDA Approves Voxelotor for Sickle Cell Disease

On November 25, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to voxelotor (Oxbryta) for adults and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older with sickle cell disease. “[Voxelotor] is an inhibitor of deoxygenated sickle hemoglobin polymerization, which is the central...

breast cancer

ESMO Asia 2019: Trastuzumab Biosimilar HLX02 Shows Activity in HER2-Positive Metastatic Breast Cancer

The trastuzumab biosimilar HLX02—manufactured in China—achieved a similar overall response rate to reference trastuzumab in women with HER2-positive recurrent or previously untreated metastatic breast cancer, according to a large, randomized phase III study reported by Xu et al at the European...

hepatobiliary cancer
immunotherapy

ESMO Asia 2019: Combination of Atezolizumab and Bevacizumab for Unresectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Combination therapy with the programmed cell death ligand 1 inhibitor atezolizumab and the VEGF inhibitor bevacizumab significantly improved overall and progression-free survival in patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) compared to sorafenib, according to findings from the phase ...

MSKCC Awards Young Investigators 2019 Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) has named three investigators as the recipients of this year’s Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research. The award recognizes scientists for their accomplishments in the area of cancer research. The winners for 2019 are Nathanael S. Gray, PhD; Joshua...

Breast Cancer Research Foundation Honors Eric Winer, MD, With Jill Rose Award

Eric Winer, MD, Director of the Breast Oncology Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute was recognized earlier this month with The Jill Rose Award from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). This honor is given annually to a researcher in recognition of pioneering research in their...

Nicholas J. Petrelli, MD, Receives Tilton Award From Medical Society of Delaware

Nicholas J. Petrelli, MD, Bank of America Endowed Medical Director of ChristianaCare’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute, received the Tilton Award from the Medical Society of Delaware in October. The award is named after James Tilton, MD, the first U.S. Army Surgeon General...

ACCC Award Presented to Paul D. Hansen, MD, FACS

The Association of Community Cancer Centers David King Community Clinical Scientist Award was awarded to Paul D. Hansen, MD, FACS, a pioneering leader in research on minimally invasive approaches to major liver and pancreas surgery and the promise these techniques hold for improving the quality of ...

National Academy of Medicine Elects New Members, Including Many From Oncology Community

The National Academy of Medicine has announced the election of 90 regular members and 10 international members during its Annual Meeting. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding ...

Using the Nobel Prize to Champion Curiosity-Driven Research in Cancer

William G. Kaelin, Jr, MD, Sidney Farber Professor of Medicine and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, admits that early in his research career, he and his late wife, Carolyn, would have fun...

global cancer care

New Alliance Established to Help Improve Cancer Care in Sub-Saharan Africa

IBM, the American Cancer Society (ACS), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) recently announced a new alliance—Allied Against Cancer—to help improve access to high-quality cancer care and treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Alliance...

multiple myeloma

A Diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma Taught Me to Live in the Moment

I was just 39 in 2015 when I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. I have a wife and three young children whom I love, a challenging and fulfilling career, and I wasn’t ready to die. When I was first diagnosed, I met with a medical oncologist who had little experience treating this type of cancer....

MD Anderson and University of Puerto Rico Receive $13 Million Grant Renewal

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Puerto Rico received a competitive renewal of their Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (CPACHE) grant from the National Cancer Institute. The CPACHE grant provides a total of $13 million over 5 years....

Adetokunbo 'Toks' Oluwasanjo, MD, Joins Florida Group

Medical oncologist/hematologist Adetokunbo ‘Toks’ Oluwasanjo, MD, has joined Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) in the new FCS Lake City office. For 3 years, she served on the faculty in the Department of Medicine of the Reading Health System (now Tower Health System). Dr. Toks received her medical...

Wake Forest Baptist Awarded $6 Million Grant to Study Web-Based Pain Management Program

For many people who have had cancer, severe pain can persist, even after treatment ends. In an effort to find a nonpharmaceutical approach to pain management for cancer survivors, researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Health have been awarded $6 million from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to test ...

issues in oncology

Oncology Clinicians Play A Role in Telling Patients About the Importance of Exercise

New exercise guidelines for patients with cancer can “improve physical and psychological outcomes from cancer diagnosis and for the balance of life,” concluded representatives from 17 organizations participating in the Second Roundtable on Exercise and Cancer Prevention and Control.1 Attention...

lung cancer

Despite Challenges, Pioneer in CT Screening for Early Lung Cancer Works to Move the Field Forward

In 1999, a team of researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College advocated the use of a then-novel practice: low-dose radiation CT screening for lung cancer. It captures a full thoracic image in a single breath hold, and can recognize a tumor in its earliest stages when the chance for cure is...

issues in oncology

A Call to Action for Oncology Clinicians to Help Patients ‘Move Through Cancer’

“There is clear evidence that patients are more likely to exercise if their oncologist tells them to do so,” reported representatives from 17 organizations participating in the Second Roundtable on Exercise and Cancer Prevention and Control. In an article published in CA: A Cancer Journal for...

prostate cancer

University of Michigan Cancer Programs Receive $9.2M Grant for Prostate Cancer Research

Two Michigan cancer programs are joining forces to find new solutions for prostate cancer. The University of Michigan (U-M) Rogel Cancer Center and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University have received a $9.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The...

Past President of ASH, Stanford Professor, Stanley L. Schrier, MD, Dies at 90

Stanley L. Schrier, MD, Past President of the American Society of Hematology (ASH, 2004–2005) and Professor Emeritus of Hematology at Stanford Medicine in Palo Alto, died on August 16. He was 90 years old. Instrumental to Growth at Stanford Dr. Schrier was a 1954 graduate of Johns Hopkins...

lung cancer

Long-Term Survival With PD-1/PD-L1 Inhibitors in NSCLC

Although many commentaries on studies featured in The ASCO Post call for scrutiny of the fine points, this is not the case for the recent report by Antonia et al in The Lancet Oncology (reviewed in the current issue of The ASCO Post).1 This article serves as a well-deserved victory lap for the...

David H. Gutmann, MD, Receives Neuro-Oncology Award

The Society for Neuro-Oncology and the Section on Tumors of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological Surgeons recently named David H. Gutmann, MD, PhD, as recipient of the Abhijit Gua Award. This award is presented annually to an investigator who has achieved...

Clinical Happenings and Highlights at the 2019 ASH Annual Meeting

The 61st American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition is being held December 7–10, 2019, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. Be sure to visit The ASCO Post in the exhibit hall (booth 2429, Harborside) and watch interviews with experts being filmed there live....

The Anesthesia Era: 1845–1875

The text and photograph on this page are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology: Tumors & Treatment, A Photographic History, The Anesthesia Era: 1845–1875 by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS, and Elizabeth A. Burns. The photograph appears courtesy of Stanley B. Burns, MD, and...

lung cancer

Final Overall Survival Results of IMpower131 Trial in Advanced Squamous NSCLC

In patients with stage IV squamous non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), those with high programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression treated with atezolizumab and chemotherapy experienced longer overall survival rates than those treated with chemotherapy alone. For those participants without...

lung cancer

First-Line Nivolumab Plus Ipilimumab in Special Populations With Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer

First-line therapy consisting of nivolumab plus ipilimumab showed a consistent safety profile in special populations with advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to research presented at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 2019 World Conference on Lung ...

Thomas Gajewski, MD, PhD, Receives 2019 ESMO Award for Immuno-Oncology

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) has selected Thomas Gajewski, MD, PhD, to receive the 2019 ESMO Award for Immuno-Oncology. The award is given in recognition of his groundbreaking work elucidating why some patients are resistant to immunotherapy and how to restore the anticancer...

Stanford Medicine Division of Oncology Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

The Stanford Medicine Department of Medicine is excited to welcome three faculty members to its Division of Oncology: Curtis Chong, MD, PhD; Fauzia Riaz, MD; and Shagufta Shaheen, MD. Each of these individuals brings an impressive record of academic pursuits focused on advancing care for and...

ACCC Presents Annual Achievement Award Posthumously to Arti Hurria, MD, FASCO

The 2019 Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) Annual Achievement Award was presented posthumously to Arti Hurria, MD, FASCO, of City of Hope. The oncology community experienced a devastating loss with the untimely passing of Dr. Hurria in November 2018. Dr. Hurria was the George Tsai...

Christian A. Koch, MD, PhD, FACP, Joins Faculty at Fox Chase Cancer Center

Fox Chase Cancer Center announced the hiring of Christian A. Koch, MD, PhD, FACP, who will join the Department of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology, as Director and Professor. Dr. Koch comes to Fox Chase from the University of Tennessee, Memphis, where he served as Clinical Professor. Dr. Koch is ...

A Need for Human Connection Led to a Rewarding Career in Geriatric Oncology for Lodovico Balducci, MD

Older adults are the fastest-growing segment of our population, and more than 65% of patients with newly diagnosed cancer are 65 years of age or older. Although we now recognize the special needs of older patients with cancer, the field of geriatric oncology emerged quietly, with early growing...

An Oncologist’s Thoughtful Examination of Cancer and Personal Loss

“I could not have written this book when I was 30 years old. It is not because of any great discoveries I have made or research papers I have published since. It is because of the experience the intervening decades have given me as I cared for thousands of cancer patients and accompanied many to...

2019 Mary Pazdur Award for Excellence in Advanced Practice in Oncology

The Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO) recently awarded the 2019 Mary Pazdur Award for Excellence in Advanced Practice in Oncology to Jody Pelusi, PhD, FNP, AOCNP (center). Dr. Pelusi is with HonorHealth Research Institute in Scottsdale. The award was presented...

issues in oncology
survivorship

Addressing the Obesity Epidemic and Barriers to Implementing Weight Management Programs for Cancer Survivors

Earlier this year, ASCO published the results of its new study on oncologists’ perceptions and practice behaviors regarding obesity, weight management, and related lifestyle factors in their patients both during and after cancer treatment.1 The findings from the online survey of 971 oncology...

issues in oncology
survivorship

ASCO Provides Guidance on Managing Osteoporosis in Cancer Survivors

Cancer survivors are at an increased risk of osteoporotic fractures due to the accelerated loss of bone mineral density as a result of their treatment. Bone loss from cancer therapy is faster and more severe than bone less from aging; rates of bone loss are up to sevenfold higher when they occur...

FDA Office of Hematology Oncology Products Reorganized, Renamed Office of Oncologic Diseases

As part of modernization plans approved in September 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) office responsible for reviewing applications for new and existing cancer therapies has reorganized and been renamed. The Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) Office of Hematology and...

ASH Names Recipients of Outstanding Abstract Achievement Awards

Each year, the American Society of Hematology (ASH) offers merit-based awards to support select trainees with high-achieving annual meeting abstracts who are chosen to present their work at the ASH Annual Meeting. Trainees include those who fall within one of the following categories: undergraduate ...

New Collaboration Offers Personalized Guidelines for Patients

Outcomes4Me Inc and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) recently announced a new collaboration to integrate the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for Breast Cancer into the Outcomes4Me mobile application. The collaboration leverages Outcomes4Me’s...

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