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issues in oncology

Here’s How ASCO Is Joining With Other Organizations to Reduce Obesity and Cancer Rates

GUEST EDITOR Prevention in Oncology is guest edited by Jennifer A. 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...

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...

solid tumors
breast cancer

Gauging the Impact of Weight Loss Intervention on Breast Cancer Outcomes

“Growing research suggests that body weight is not only related to the risk of developing malignancy, but also prognosis after diagnosis, especially in breast cancer,” said Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, at the 19th Annual Lynn Sage Breast...

Dana-Farber Opens New Facility for Integrative Therapies

DANA-FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE has announced the opening of the new Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living.  Increasing data have indicated that integrative therapies can help alleviate the side effects of cancer therapy. The Zakim Center, as it is commonly referred to,...

issues in oncology

Weight Management and Physical Activity in Cancer Care: From Research to Real World

Is there enough evidence to support the incorporation of weight management and physical activity interventions into an oncology practice? And if so, what is the best way to do it? The answer to the first question was a resounding yes from oncologists, patient advocates, dietitians, public health...

issues in oncology

Tackling the Obesity and Cancer Epidemic

Research is still lacking to support a link between obesity and an increased risk of developing all types of cancer. Nevertheless, a review1 of more than 1,000 epidemiologic studies by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization, examining...

pain management

Clinical Trials Actively Recruiting Patients With Cancer-Related Pain

Phase I Study Title: Qigong Mind-Body Exercise for Persistent Post-Surgical Pain in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study Study Type: Phase I/interventional/single-group assignment Study Sponsor and Collaborators: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Spaulding...

gynecologic cancers

Intentional Weight Loss in Postmenopausal Women May Be Linked to Reduced Endometrial Cancer Risk

Although many studies have linked obesity with an increased risk for endometrial cancer, information about the influence of weight loss on the cancer in postmenopausal women has been limited. Now, a study by Luo et al evaluating the association of weight change and endometrial cancer risk among...

breast cancer
genomics/genetics

Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, on Gene Expression: Study Findings

Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, of Harvard Medical School, discusses the impact of preoperative exercise on breast cancer gene expression (Abstract S5-05).

Sixteen Leaders in Breast Cancer Research Join Susan G. Komen as Advisors

Susan G. Komen recently welcomed 16 leaders in breast cancer research and advocacy who will serve as Komen Scholars—an international advisory group that helps to guide Komen’s research and scientific programs, education and advocacy work, and public health efforts in the United States and abroad....

breast cancer
survivorship

Patient and Provider Engagement With Healthy Lifestyle Information

Most young women diagnosed with breast cancer are not physically active in the months after a cancer diagnosis, but physical activity increased over time. According to data presented at the 2016 Cancer Survivorship Symposium, higher levels of physical activity were seen among women whose oncology...

survivorship
breast cancer

Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, on Breast Cancer Survivorship in Young Women

Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses the physical activity behaviors and weight changes in a study cohort of young women with breast cancer (Abstract 166).

breast cancer

Gene Classifier Spots Different Recurrence Patterns in Patients with ER-positive Breast Cancer

A new gene classifier differentiates between women with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer who go on to develop metastases early vs late, possibly paving the way for tailored adjuvant therapy. Using pretreatment tumor biopsies, a team led by Minetta C. Liu, MD, of the Georgetown...

NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology: 2013 Updates 

At the 18th Annual Conference of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), representatives of NCCN Guidelines panels presented two new sets of guidelines along with updates for several tumor types, summarized in this issue of The ASCO Post. New NCCN Guidelines for Survivorship “The...

breast cancer
pain management

Exercise Program Reduces Aromatase Inhibitor–Associated Joint Pain

Amid studies of novel targeted therapies, genetic analyses of tumors, and new ways to approach the treatment of breast cancer, a low-tech study presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium found that a yearlong exercise program reduced joint pain associated with aromatase inhibitors in ...

issues in oncology

ASCO Calls for New Action to Address Obesity and Cancer

ASCO has called for increased education, research, and advocacy to reduce the toll of obesity, both as a leading cause of cancer and a complication in the care of patients with cancer. The Society’s recommendations outline four critical priorities, including increased education and awareness about...

symptom management

Benefits of Exercise for Relieving Fatigue in Cancer Survivors

Fatigue is such a common—and ongoing—problem among cancer survivors, last spring, ASCO published a clinical practice guideline1 to address screening, assessment, and treatment approaches for the management of fatigue after patients have completed treatment. Among the strategies included in the...

About the Summit

The research summit was part of the ASCO Obesity Initiative, which sought to increase awareness of the links between obesity and cancer and to foster research in this area that evaluated the impact of weight loss and increased activity on cancer outcomes. There have been hundreds of observational...

survivorship

ASCO Statement Addresses Recommendations for Obesity Clinical Trials in Cancer Survivors

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Jennifer A. ­Ligibel, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and colleagues, ASCO has issued a statement providing recommendations for obesity clinical trials in cancer survivors.1 ASCO convened the Research Summit on Advancing Obesity Clinical...

Mind-Body Therapies Were the Focus at the 12th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology

Among the highlights at the 12th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) was a 1-day joint meeting on acupuncture, oncology, and fascia cosponsored by SIO, the Society for Acupuncture Research, the Fascia Research Society, and the Osher Center for Integrative...

breast cancer

BMI Is an Independent Prognostic Factor in Patients With Node-Positive Breast Cancer Receiving Optimally Dosed Chemotherapy

In an analysis reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Ligibel et al found that body mass index (BMI) at diagnosis was independently prognostic for recurrence-free and overall survival in women with early-stage node-positive breast cancer who received doxorubicin,...

survivorship

ASCO Statement: Recommendations for Obesity Clinical Trials in Cancer Survivors

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Ligibel et al, ASCO has issued a statement providing recommendations for obesity clinical trials in cancer survivors. ASCO convened the Research Summit on Advancing Obesity Clinical Trials in Cancer Survivors in November 2014. The meeting involved...

survivorship

NCCN Issues New Guidelines for Survivorship

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has issued its first ever NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines) for Survivorship. The new NCCN Guidelines were presented at the NCCN 18th Annual Conference: Advancing the Standard of Cancer Care by Panel Chair, Crystal S....

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