Journal of Clinical Oncology Special Series Issues Provide Updates on Important Topics in Oncology Practice

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Stephen A. Cannistra, MD, FASCO

Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) annually publishes several Special Series of reviews—disease-specific issues dedicated to providing readers with concise, authoritative updates on important topics in oncology practice. Each issue of the Special Series explores one specific area of cancer care through a collection of articles written by leaders in the field and an introductory overview authored by the issue’s Associate and Guest Editors.

For 2015, the line-up of Special Series includes:

Gastrointestinal Cancers: Where We Are and Where We Are Going

  • Associate Editors: Alan P. Venook, MD, and Joel E. Tepper, MD, FASCO
  • Guest Editor: Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt, MD, MPH

Topics will include immunotherapy, radiation, diet and lifestyle, genetic screening, gastric and esophageal cancers, hepatocellular carcinoma, and more.

Advances in Head and Neck Cancer

  • Associate Editor: Danny Rischin, MD
  • Guest Editors: Quynh-Thu Le, MD, and Robert L. Ferris, MD, PhD, FACS

Topics will include human papillomavirus–negative pharyngeal cancer, advances in surgery and radiotherapy, survivorship, quality of life and surveillance, nasopharyngeal cancer, nonmelanoma cutaneous head and neck cancer, and more.

Pediatric Cancer: Progress Through Collaboration

  • Associate Editor: Melissa M. Hudson, MD
  • Guest Editors: Ching-Hon Pui, MD, and William H. Meyer, MD

Topics will include acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, central nervous system tumors, osteosarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, and more.

Global Cancer Medicine

  • Associate Editor: Tony Mok, MD
  • Guest Editor: Lawrence N. Shulman, MD

Topics will include structural barriers to diagnosis and treatment, resource-constrained settings, global pediatric oncology, infections and cancer, cancer genomics, and more.

The JCO Special Series on Gastrointestinal Cancers is available now at, and the remaining three issues will be published later this year.

JCO Editor-in-Chief Stephen A. Cannistra, MD, FASCO, explained why the journal focused specifically on these four topics in cancer care.

“Gastrointestinal cancers, pediatric oncology, head and neck tumors, and global oncology were chosen for this year’s collection because each of these areas has witnessed important changes over the past several years, from novel diagnostics and treatment approaches to greater insight into disease pathogenesis,” Dr. Cannistra said. “We felt that issues on these topics would be of value to our broad readership, which includes clinicians, clinical investigators, and patients. There should be something of interest in this year’s collection for every reader of JCO.”

“The Special Series represents JCO’s ongoing effort to provide readers with a rapid, self-contained, and efficient way of updating their knowledge in a variety of diseases seen in everyday practice,” Dr. Cannistra said. ■

Originally printed in ASCO Daily News. © American Society of Clinical Oncology. “Journal of Clinical Oncology to Feature Four Special Series Issues in 2015.”, June 1, 2015. All rights reserved.