Special Reports

Diary of a Storm

Jo Cavallo  / January 25, 2018

FOR DAYS BEFORE HURRICANE HARVEY was expected to move toward Houston, Texas, on Sunday, August 27, 2017, after pummeling other cities in Texas and Louisiana, the leadership team at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (MD Anderson) in Houston strategized on how to ensure the continuit...

Supportive Care
Lung Cancer

Providing a Safe Haven for Patients With Advanced Lung Cancer

Jo Cavallo  / December 25, 2017

In 1996, Jimmie C. Holland, MD, the Wayne E. Chapman Chair in Psychiatric Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York, decided to launch the cancer center’s Lung Cancer Survivorship Program after she had a startling encounter with a patient. “The woman said to me, ‘Would y...

Issues in Oncology
Cost of Care

Tackling the High Cost of Cancer Care

Jo Cavallo  / November 25, 2017

AT THE 2017 ASCO ANNUAL MEETING, the leaders of the newly formed Value in Cancer Care Consortium (vi3c; vi3c.org) met to discuss the group’s plan to study how to improve the affordability of cancer drugs and make them more accessible to patients. The goal of the Value in Cancer Care Consortium is ...

Supportive Care

Chronicling a Family’s History of Cancer

Jo Cavallo  / October 25, 2017

Cancer has been an intimate part of Nancy Borowick’s life since her mother, Laurel, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997, when Nancy was 12. She began photographing her mother’s journey with the disease after the cancer recurred in 2009 for her final project for the Documentary Photography and...

Stemming the Growing Cancer Crisis in Rural Appalachia

Jo Cavallo  / September 25, 2017

A pair of recent studies show a troubling trend: Despite a 20% decrease in cancer mortality rates nationwide over the past 2 decades,1 Americans living in rural regions of the United States are more likely to die of cancer than persons living in metropolitan areas of the country. An analysis of canc...

Issues in Oncology

How Watson for Oncology Is Advancing Personalized Patient Care

Jo Cavallo  / June 25, 2017

After undergoing nearly 5 years of intensive medical training, IBM’s Watson for Oncology cognitive computing system is starting to make good on its promise to accelerate personalized care for patients with cancer. The system has been trained by oncologists at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center...

Issues in Oncology

Tackling the Obesity and Cancer Epidemic

Jo Cavallo  / May 25, 2017

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 ...