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Emergency Department Visits for Treatment-Related Complications of Systemic Therapy and Radiotherapy

In a study reported in JAMA Oncology, Jairam et al found that emergency department visits for complications of systemic therapy or radiotherapy in patients with cancer increased at a 5.5-fold higher rate over 10 years compared with overall emergency department visits. Study Details The study...

ASCO Through the Years: Past Presidents

Over the years many great oncology leaders have served at the helm as ASCO President. We recognize these individuals here, and extend our gratitude for their service and efforts to champion high-quality cancer care. 2018-2019: Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD 2017-2018: Bruce E. Johnson, MD 2016-2017:...

ASCO Presidents Through the Years

2016–2017 Daniel Hayes, MD 2015–2016 Julie Vose, MD, MBA 2014–2015 Peter Paul Yu, MD, FACP 2013–2014 Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP 2012–2013 Sandra M. Swain, MD 2011–2012 Michael P. Link, MD 2010–2011 George W. Sledge, Jr, MD 2009–2010 Douglas W. Blayney, MD 2008–2009 Richard...

Celebrating ASCO 2016 Awards Recipients

Peter Paul Yu, MD, FACP, FASCO, Immediate Past President of ASCO and Chair of the Special Awards Selection Committee, announced the recipients of this year’s special awards. “The exceptional accomplishments of each of our awardees reflect their exemplary dedication to furthering cancer research and ...

prostate cancer

James B. Yu, MD, on RTOG 0415: Fractionation Schedules in Patients With Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

James B. Yu, MD, of Yale School of Medicine, summarizes the plenary lecture on results from the NRG Oncology/phase III study comparing two fractionation schedules for low-risk prostate cancer (Abstract LBA6).

Novel Agents for Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer Impressive in Early Trials

Several sessions at the 2012 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress in Vienna focused on novel targeted therapies in various stages of development. Summarized here are data on two promising drugs for breast cancer and two for prostate cancer. E-3810 in Breast Cancer Two experimental...

solid tumors
prostate cancer

Early Quality of Life Better with Proton-beam Therapy, but Late Effects Similar to Other Treatment Modalities for Prostate Cancer

Differing patterns of patient-reported quality of life for three-dimensional (3D) conformal radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy, and proton-beam therapy were reported in a nonrandomized comparison of three modern cohorts of patients with prostate cancer. The study was presented at...

prostate cancer

No Difference in Toxicity with Proton Radiotherapy vs Less Costly Intensity-modulated Radiotherapy 

A national sample of Medicare beneficiaries treated for prostate cancer with intensity-modulated radiation therapy or proton radiotherapy found that proton radiotherapy “was rare and expensive and associated with only a modest and transient reduction in genitourinary toxicity,” reported James B....

gastrointestinal cancer

Ongoing Clinical Trials Actively Recruiting Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancers

This Clinical Trials Resource Guide is meant to increase awareness of currently recruiting NCI- or academic institution–sponsored clinical studies for your patients with gastrointestinal cancers. All of the studies are listed on the National Institutes of Health website at ClinicalTrials.gov, and...

prostate cancer

Genitourinary Toxicity More Likely With Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy Than With Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy

A retrospective analysis of patients with prostate cancer receiving primary treatment with either stereotactic body radiation therapy or intensity-modulated radiation therapy found that those receiving stereotactic body radiotherapy had greater rates of genitourinary toxicity during 2-year...

ASCO Through the Years: Past Presidents

This year ASCO celebrates it's 50th Anniversary. Here is a list of past ASCO Presidents over these 50 years: 2014-2015: Peter P. Yu, MD 2013-2014: Clifford A. Hudis, MD 2012-2013: Sandra M. Swain, MD, FACP 2011-2012: Michael P. Link, MD 2010-2011: George W. Sledge, Jr, MD 2009-2010: Douglas W....

2014 Featured Columnists

The ASCO Post wishes to acknowledge and thank all contributors to the publication during 2014. Here we recognize those who shared their personal thoughts in our Op-Ed department. If you are interested in contributing to The ASCO Post in 2015, write to editor@ASCOPost.com.   Robert Peter Gale, MD,...

skin cancer

Simple Means of Preventing Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Reported

Two daily doses of nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, significantly reduced the occurrence of nonmelanoma skin cancers by 23% in individuals considered at high risk for these lesions in an Australian study. Results of the phase III ONTRAC trial, which will be presented at the 2015 ASCO Annual...

breast cancer
kidney cancer
prostate cancer
skin cancer

Quick Takes From ECC 2015 Include New Data in Melanoma, Prostate and Breast Cancers, and Renal Cell Carcinoma

The 2015 European Cancer Congress (ECC), held recently in Vienna, represented the combined efforts of the European Cancer Organisation (ECCO), the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), and other partner organisations, constituting the largest European platform for oncology education. At...

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Low Use of Decision Aids for Localized Prostate Cancer by Radiation Oncologists and Urologists

In a survey study reported in JAMA Internal Medicine, Wang et al found that a minority of responding radiation oncologists and urologists used decision aids for localized prostate cancer in clinical practice. Study Details In the study, a survey regarding use of and attitudes toward decision aids ...

prostate cancer

Stereotactic Body Radiation Costs Less but Is Associated With More Genitourinary Toxicity vs Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer

In a retrospective Medicare-based study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Yu et al found that although stereotactic body radiation therapy is associated with lower treatment costs than intensity-modulated radiation therapy in treatment of prostate cancer, it is also associated with...

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