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Issues in Oncology

Study Finds Further Efforts Needed for Inclusion of Underrepresented Populations in Radiotherapy Clinical Trials

A new study finds that the racial composition of clinical trials involving radiation therapy does not match that of the U.S. population...

Gynecologic Cancers

SOLO-1 Trial: After 5 Years, Maintenance Olaparib Still Keeps Ovarian Cancer at Bay

The long-term results of the pivotal SOLO-1 trial have shown that maintenance olaparib more than doubles the 5-year...

Pancreatic Cancer

New Maintenance Therapies in Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer Aim to End Perpetual Chemotherapy

The advent of effective combination chemotherapies has changed the treatment landscape for metastatic pancreatic cancer, extending median survival...


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Skin Cancer
Immunotherapy

Pretreatment ctDNA May Help Predict Outcomes With First-Line—but Not Second-Line—Immunotherapy for Patients With Melanoma

A study by Marsavela et al published in Clinical Cancer Research evaluating the predictive value of pretreatment circulating tumor DNA...

COVID-19

ASCO Coronavirus Resources

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, ASCO is committed to providing the most current information and resources to its members and the larger oncology...

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Immunotherapy

Richard L. Schilsky, MD, on This Year’s Practice-Changing Findings

Breast Cancer
Gynecologic Cancers
Prostate Cancer
Genomics/Genetics

FDA Approves Companion Diagnostic for Three Targeted Therapies for Advanced Ovarian, Breast, and Non–Small Cell Lung Cancers

On October 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the FoundationOne Liquid CDx test for three new companion diagnostic indications to help match patients who may benefit from treatment with specific FDA-approved targeted therapies. The new indications are for alpelisib (Piqray) in ...

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Impact of Genes on Total Number and Type of Nevi

A study by Duffy et al in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology reported on specific gene variations affecting the number and types of moles on the body and their role in causing skin cancer.  “The goal was to investigate the genetic underpinnings of different mole classes, or...

Bladder Cancer
Immunotherapy

Christopher Sweeney, MBBS, and Thomas Powles, MD, PhD, on Urothelial Cancer: The JAVELIN Bladder 100 Study on Avelumab vs Best Supportive Care

Supportive Care

Stereotactic Radiosurgery May Delay Cognitive Deterioration vs WBRT in Patients With Numerous Brain Metastases

Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) may represent a new standard of care for patients with four or more brain metastases, replacing whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT) in this setting, according to a phase III study presented at the virtual 2020 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual...

Solid Tumors
Genomics/Genetics

Companion Diagnostic to Identify NTRK Fusions in Patients With Solid Tumors Eligible for Treatment With Larotrectinib Approved by the FDA

On October 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the next-generation sequencing–based FoundationOne CDx test as a companion diagnostic to identify fusions in the neurotrophic receptor tyrosine kinase (NTRK) genes NTRK1, NTRK2, and NTRK3 in DNA isolated from tumor tissue specimens ...

Gemcitabine/Eribulin in Cisplatin-Ineligible Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma

In the final analysis from a phase II California Cancer Consortium trial (NCI-9653) reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Sadeghi et al found the combination of gemcitabine and eribulin showed activity in cisplatin-ineligible patients with metastatic urothelial carcinoma. Study Details...

Colorectal Cancer
Cost of Care

Veena Shankaran, MD, on Colorectal Cancer: Cumulative Financial Hardship of Treatment

Pancreatic Cancer

New Maintenance Therapies in Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer Aim to End Perpetual Chemotherapy

The advent of effective combination chemotherapies has changed the treatment landscape for metastatic pancreatic cancer, extending median survival and leading to durable responses in a subset of patients. However, perpetual chemotherapy is cumulatively toxic, leading to progressive bone marrow...

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Deintensified Chemoradiotherapy for HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

In a phase II trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Chera et al found that deintensified chemoradiotherapy produced favorable outcomes in human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma. Study Details In the multicenter trial, 114 patients were recruited...