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issues in oncology

Facing Death: Having the Difficult Conversation With Your Patients

Michael Becker, a former CEO for two biotechnology companies, discusses his terminal head and neck cancer diagnosis and his message for oncologists: be proactive and, at the appropriate time, talk with your patients about death and dying. For more information about Michael Becker’s blog and his HPV ...

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symptom management

Thomas Galloway, MD, on Oropharyngeal Cancer: Improving Outcomes and Reducing Toxicity

Thomas Galloway, MD, of Fox Chase Cancer Center, summarizes a session on head and neck cancer that included findings on reducing oral mucositis, improving quality of life with deintensified chemoradiotherapy, and the costs of dose de-escalation (Scientific Session 31).

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Bhisham Chera, MD, on Oropharyngeal Cancer: Expert Perspective on Surveillance

Bhisham Chera, MD, of the University of North Carolina, discusses using human papillomavirus found in plasma circulating tumor DNA to monitor cancer recurrence in HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancer (Abstract LBA6).  

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immunotherapy

Ezra E.W. Cohen, MD, on Head and Neck Cancer: Using Curative Immunotherapy

Ezra E.W. Cohen, MD, of the University of California, San Diego, discusses the effectiveness of anti–PD-1 therapy in patients with recurrent head and neck cancer and the studies that might help predict who will benefit, how to combine agents, and ways to reduce long-term toxicity.

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Manisha H. Shah, MD, on Thyroid Cancer: Advances in Precision Medicine

Manisha H. Shah, MD, of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, summarizes a session she chaired on progress in tailored treatments for medullary and anaplastic thyroid cancers as well as salivary gland cancer.

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Jed A. Katzel, MD, on Head and Neck Cancer: Findings on Treatment of Female Patients

Jed A. Katzel, MD, of Kaiser Permanente, discusses his team’s findings on the disparities in head and neck cancer treatment for women and the possible missed opportunities to take a more aggressive and beneficial approach (Abstract LBA6002).

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Bhishamjit S. Chera, MD, on Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma and HPV-16: Expert Perspective

Bhishamjit S. Chera, MD, of the University of North Carolina, discusses quantification of human papillomavirus 16 in circulating tumor DNA during de-intensified chemoradiation therapy for favorable-risk HPV-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (Presentation 92).

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Robert I. Haddad, MD, on Head and Neck Cancer: Results of the CheckMate 141 Trial

Robert I. Haddad, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses phase III study results on treatment beyond disease progression with nivolumab in patients with recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (Abstract 1043O).

head and neck cancer
issues in oncology

Maura L. Gillison, MD, PhD, on HPV and the Value of the Vaccine

Maura L. Gillison, MD, PhD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses her findings on the impact of prophylactic human papillomavirus vaccination on oral HPV infections among young adults in the United States. (Abstract 6003)

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David G. Pfister, MD, on HPV and Head and Neck Cancer

David G. Pfister, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses the link between human papillomavirus and oropharyngeal cancers and what is known about the effect of HPV on treatment response and outcome.

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Ezra E.W. Cohen, MD, on Head and Neck Cancer: Results of the ACTIVE8 Trial

Ezra E.W. Cohen, MD, of the University of California, San Diego, discusses study findings on chemotherapy plus cetuximab in combination with motolimod immunotherapy in patients with recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. (Abstract LBA37)

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Joanne B. Weidhaas, MD, PhD, on Head and Neck Cancer: Results of the NRG Oncology/RTOG 0522 Study

Joanne B. Weidhaas, MD, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles Radiation Oncology, discusses the KRAS variant as a biomarker of cetuximab response and altered immunity in head and neck cancer. (Abstract LBA-11)

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Takeshi Kodaira, MD, PhD, on Glottic Cancer: Results of a Japan Clinical Oncology Group Study

Takeshi Kodaira, MD, PhD, of Aichi Cancer Center Hospital, discusses the final analysis of a randomized phase III trial of accelerated vs conventional fractionation radiotherapy for glottic cancer of T1-2N0M0. (Abstract LBA-8)

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Anil D'Cruz, MD, on Elective Neck Dissection in Node-Negative Early Oral Cancer

Anil D’Cruz, MD, of Tata Memorial Hospital, discusses results from his study that seem to resolve a 50-year-long debate on performing elective neck dissection at the time of primary surgery––a potentially practice-changing finding (Abstract LBA3).

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prostate cancer

Bruce Minsky, MD, on Clinical Trial Results: The ASCENDE-RT Trial and a Multicenter Study on Prostate Cancer

Bruce Minsky, MD, of MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses two important papers: results from a prospective trial on quality-of-life outcomes for low-risk HPV-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, and a prostate cancer radiation therapy study (Abstracts 3, 4).

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Catherine C. Park, MD, on Novel Clinical Paradigms

Catherine C. Park, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco, summarizes results from three clinical trials of radiation therapy for various cancers: metastatic melanoma, oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, and breast cancer (Abstracts 215, 3, and LBA7).

head and neck cancer
symptom management

Bridgett Harr, CNP, on Reducing ER Visits and Admissions in High-Risk Head and Neck Cancer Patients

Bridgett Harr, CNP, of Cleveland Clinic, discusses the advanced practice nurse follow-up clinic, which focuses on symptom management in the first 90 days postchemoradiation (Abstract 3169).

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