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breast cancer

Liquid Biopsy Plus MRI for Predicting Response to Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Patients With Breast Cancer

Cirmena et al discussed whether using a liquid biopsy test to assess plasma cell-free DNA (cfDNA) integrity could improve the accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for predicting the achievement of complete response among patients with locally advanced breast cancer who had received...

gynecologic cancers
issues in oncology
supportive care

Patients With Ovarian Cancer Face an Increased Risk of Mental Illness

Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer were more than three times more likely than the general public to be diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorder, according to results presented by Hu et al during the virtual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2021...

colorectal cancer
genomics/genetics

Patients of Different Races With Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer Exhibit Distinct Genetic Features

Racial differences in genetic mutations were observed among patients with early-onset colorectal cancer, according to data presented by Andreana N. Holowatyj, PhD, MS, during the virtual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2021 (Abstract 101). The incidence of early-onset ...

American Cancer Society Names Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD, as Its Next Chief Executive Officer

Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD, will be the next Chief Executive Officer of the American Cancer Society and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), starting June 1, 2021. She will take the reins from the retiring Gary Reedy, who has served as both...

skin cancer

Jessica C. Hassel, MD, on Uveal Melanoma: Comparing Tebentafusp With Standard Therapies

Jessica C. Hassel, MD, of University Hospital Heidelberg, discusses phase III results of a study that compared tebentafusp, a bispecific fusion protein, with investigator’s choice in patients with metastatic uveal melanoma. Tebentafusp nearly halved the risk of death among patients in the trial...

lymphoma

Matthew J. Matasar, MD, on Indolent NHL: New Data on Copanlisib Plus Rituximab

Matthew J. Matasar, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses phase III results of the CHRONOS-3 trial, which showed that copanlisib plus rituximab led to a 48% reduction in the risk of disease progression or death compared with placebo plus rituximab in patients with relapsed...

lung cancer
immunotherapy

Patrick M. Forde, MD, on NSCLC: Nivolumab and Chemotherapy as Neoadjuvant Treatment

Patrick M. Forde, MD, of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University, discusses results from the CheckMate 816 trial, which showed that adding nivolumab to chemotherapy as a neoadjuvant treatment for patients with resectable non–small cell lung cancer improved the...

solid tumors
gastrointestinal cancer
genomics/genetics

Vivek Subbiah, MD, on RET Fusion–Positive Cancers: Efficacy of Selpercatinib

Vivek Subbiah, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses data on selpercatinib that showed promising activity across a variety of RET fusion–positive cancers, including treatment-refractory gastrointestinal malignancies. This analysis highlights the need for genomic...

breast cancer
immunotherapy

Rita Nanda, MD, on Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Emerging Therapeutic Strategies

Rita Nanda, MD, of the University of Chicago, discusses the latest data on novel treatment strategies for triple-negative breast cancer, including immune checkpoint, PARP, and ATK inhibitors; antibody-drug conjugates; and targeting the androgen receptor.

News From the AACR Annual Meeting: NSCLC, Lymphoma, and Uveal Melanoma

The 2021 AACR Annual Meeting launched week 1 of a 2-week program on April 10, featuring plenary sessions and major scientific symposia. In this week’s podcast, The ASCO Post speaks with faculty from the meeting who presented clinical research in non–small cell lung cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and ...

lung cancer
immunotherapy

Neoadjuvant Nivolumab Plus Chemotherapy Boosts Pathologic Complete Response Rate for Patients With Resectable NSCLC

Neoadjuvant nivolumab plus platinum-doublet chemotherapy significantly improved pathologic complete response (pCR) rates compared with chemotherapy alone in patients with resectable stage IB to IIIA non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to results of the randomized, phase III, open-label...

lymphoma

Copanlisib/Rituximab Extends Progression-Free Survival vs Rituximab/Placebo in Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

The combination of copanlisib plus rituximab reduced the risk of disease progression or death by 48% compared with placebo plus rituximab in patients with indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to results of the phase III CHRONOS-3 trial presented by Matthew J. Matasar, MD, at the virtual...

skin cancer

Tebentafusp: First Treatment to Improve Overall Survival in Metastatic Uveal Melanoma

Treatment with tebentafusp, a novel bispecific fusion protein, reduced the risk of death from metastatic uveal melanoma at 14 months by half, compared with available treatments, in a phase III study presented by Piperno-Neumann et al at the virtual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)...

kidney cancer

Expert Point of View: David A. Braun, MD, PhD

Invited discussant David A. Braun, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, said there are a couple of established pillars of systemic therapy for metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). “An immune checkpoint inhibitor is a strong pillar, a [vascular endothelial growth factor tyrosine...

kidney cancer

Belzutifan Shows Activity in Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma, Both as a Single Agent and in Combination Therapy

Separate studies presented at the 2021 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium provide supportive evidence for belzutifan (formerly MK-6482) as an active treatment for metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC). One study showed single-agent activity for this novel approach in an early-phase trial,...

Cleveland Clinic Appoints Brian Bolwell, MD, FACP, to New Leadership Role; Jame Abraham, MD, to Serve as Acting Chair, Taussig Cancer Institute

Brian Bolwell, MD, FACP, has been appointed to the newly created role of Chair, Physician Leadership and Development within the Mandel Global Leadership and Learning Institute at Cleveland Clinic. His new position is effective May 1, 2021. Dr. Bolwell has served as Chair of Cleveland Clinic...

skin cancer

Unselected Autologous Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocyte Therapy for Metastatic Cutaneous Melanoma

Treatment with unselected autologous tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) showed early clinical efficacy among patients with advanced melanoma, according to results presented by Hawkins et al during week 1 of the virtual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2021 (Abstract ...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

Small Study Explores CAR T-Cell Therapy for Relapsed or Refractory B-Cell Lymphoma

Bispecific anti-CD19/CD20 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy was well tolerated and showed signs of clinical efficacy in patients with relapsed/refractory B-cell lymphoma, according to phase I clinical trial data presented by Ghafouri et al during week 1 of the virtual American...

covid-19

Cancer and COVID-19: Reflections at 1 Year

We who live and work in Seattle recently took note of two milestones: the first death of a patient from COVID-19 reported in the United States in Seattle on February 28, 2020, and recognition of 5,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the state of Washington on March 2, 2021. The juxtaposition of these two...

Oncology Clinician Well-Being Roadmap Provides 5-Year Plan to Address Provider Burnout

ASCO recently released the ASCO Oncology Clinician Well-Being Task Force Roadmap. The document outlines a 5-year plan to improve the quality of cancer care by enhancing the well-being of oncology clinicians and sustainability of oncology practices. The roadmap’s specific goals include promoting...

Executive Order Aims to Secure Access to Essential Pharmaceuticals by Strengthening Supply Chains

President Biden signed an Executive Order calling for a 100-day review of the United States’ pharmaceutical supply chains in an effort to create more resilient and secure access to essential pharmaceuticals while reducing overreliance on foreign competitors. This Executive Order is driven largely...

Knuckles

The swastikas on his knuckles kept stealing my attention. I tried not to stare but every time he gestured to emphasize his words my gaze snapped back there. That awful symbol, multiplied across all 10 digits, refused to be ignored. The blue lines were blurred and misshapen, probably jail tats. I...

Legislation Aims to Increase HPV Vaccine Awareness, Access, and Research

ASCO has endorsed the “PREVENT HPV Cancers Act” (H.R. 1550), which was recently introduced by Representative Kathy Castor (FL-14). In a recent letter to the lawmaker, ASCO thanked Rep. Castor for introducing this important measure to increase research on, awareness of, and access to the vaccine,...

myelodysplastic syndromes

Novel Insights in Myelodysplastic Syndromes: Highlights From 2020 ASH Meeting

To complement The ASCO Post’s comprehensive coverage of the 2020 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, here are several abstracts selected from the meeting proceedings focusing on novel clinical trial findings in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). For full details of...

Jeff Walker, MBA, Returns to Roswell Park in Newly Created Executive Role

An experienced executive has rejoined the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center team, announced Roswell Park President and Chief Executive Officer Candace S. Johnson, PhD. Jeff Walker, MBA, has been recruited back to Western New York to fill the new role of Executive Vice President of Operations ...

Leslie R. Boyd, MD, Appointed Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Perlmutter Cancer Center

Surgeon and women’s cancers expert Leslie R. Boyd, MD, has been named Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center and within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University (NYU) Langone Health. Dr. Boyd joined NYU Langone in...

Andrew Ewald, PhD, Named Director of Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Department of Cell Biology

Cancer researcher Andrew Ewald, PhD, has been appointed Director of the Department of Cell Biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He will take over the position from Peter Devreotes, PhD, who will remain on the faculty at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Ewald joined the medical school...

Johan Vansteenkiste, MD, PhD, and Fiona Blackhall, PhD, FRCP, Honored for Lung Cancer Research by ESMO and IASLC

The European Society for Medical Oncology and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer recently presented the Heine H. Hansen Award 2021 to Johan Vansteenkiste, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine at the Catholic University of Leuven and Head of Clinic in the Respiratory Oncology Unit...

lung cancer
genomics/genetics

Expert Point of View: Gillianne G.Y. Lai, MBBS

Gillianne G.Y. Lai, MBBS, of the National Cancer Centre, Singapore, discussed the presentations on novel agents for exon 20 insertion mutations in non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), which account for about one-third of tyrosine kinase resistance mutations. Although tyrosine kinase mutations are...

lung cancer
genomics/genetics

Lung Cancers With Rare EGFR Mutations Being Tackled by Novel Agents

Next-generation inhibitors of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) exon 20 insertion mutations showed promise in patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in early-phase trials presented during the International Association Society for Lung Cancer 2020 World Conference on Lung...

issues in oncology
solid tumors

Cardiovascular Concerns With the Use of VEGFR Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors

Tyrosine kinase inhibitors targeting the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) have proved to be effective drugs in the treatment of many solid tumors. However, their clinical benefit may come at the cost of cardiovascular toxicity if clinicians are not vigilant and proactive. During...

prostate cancer

Expert Point of View: Richard K. Valicenti, MD, FASTRO

“The absolute risk reduction in metastasis ranges from 2% to 12% by 10 years. Given this heterogeneity, there is a strong rationale for better prognostic markers to personalize treatment of prostate cancer. Nearly all men treated with androgen-deprivation therapy have variable side effects that...

prostate cancer

Novel Decision-Making Tool for Androgen-Deprivation Therapy for Patients With Prostate Cancer

According to a retrospective study, the combined clinical and cell-cycle risk (CCR) score may be able to accurately predict which patients with intermediate- and high-risk prostate cancer will have little additional benefit from androgen-deprivation therapy added to dose-escalated radiotherapy and...

Ze’ev Ronai, PhD, Named Director of Sanford Burnham Prebys Cancer Center

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute has appointed cancer researcher Ze’ev Ronai, PhD, as Director of its National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center. Established in 1976, the Cancer Center is one of only seven NCI-designated Basic Laboratory Cancer Centers in the...

City of Hope Announces New Radiation Oncology Chair

City of Hope recently announced the appointment of Terence M. Williams, MD, PhD, as Professor and Chair of its Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Williams takes the helm of one of the largest and most experienced radiation oncology services in the country, with more than 15 locations and 42...

Fox Chase Welcomes Cihangir Duy, PhD, MS

Fox Chase Cancer Center recently welcomed Cihangir Duy, PhD, MS, who has joined the Cancer Signaling and Epigenetics Program as Assistant Professor. Before coming to Fox Chase, Dr. Duy was Instructor in Cell and Developmental Biology at Weill Cornell Medicine Graduate School of Medical Sciences in...

Association of Community Cancer Centers Names New President

Krista Nelson, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C, FAOSW, was named President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) at the organization’s virtual 47th Annual Meeting and Cancer Center Business Summit. Ms. Nelson will lead the association for the next year, as oncology professionals tackle critical...

Dana-Farber Oncologist Benjamin Ebert, MD, PhD, Awarded Sjöberg Prize for Cancer Research

Benjamin Ebert, MD, PhD, Chair of Medical Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, George P. Canellos, MD, and Jean S. Canellos Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Institute Member of Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, has been awarded the Sjöberg Prize, an annual international...

kidney cancer
immunotherapy

Expert Point of View: Xin Gao, MD

Xin Gao, MD, a medical oncologist at Mass General Hospital and Instructor at Harvard Medical School, said these were important findings. “Analyses of patient-reported outcomes pertaining to health-related quality-of-life measures from CheckMate 9ER showed significantly improved quality-of-life...

kidney cancer
immunotherapy

Patient-Reported Outcomes With Nivolumab Plus Cabozantinib in Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma

Results of the CheckMate 9ER phase III trial showed significantly improved patient-reported outcomes in quality of life for first-line treatment with nivolumab plus cabozantinib compared with sunitinib for patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma.1 These findings are in line with the previously...

gynecologic cancers
immunotherapy

Expert Point of View: Ursula ­Matulonis, MD

Invited discussant, Ursula ­Matulonis, MD, Chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, applauded the improved outcomes favoring lenvatinib/pembrolizumab in the confirmatory KEYNOTE-775 trial. “This represents the start of a new era in endometrial cancer...

gynecologic cancers
immunotherapy

Lenvatinib/Pembrolizumab Improves Survival in Advanced Endometrial Cancer

In the first report from the pivotal phase III KEYNOTE-775/Study 309 trial, the combination of lenvatinib, a multikinase inhibitor of VEGFR1, VEGFR2, and VEGFR3 kinases, and pembrolizumab significantly improved multiple outcomes compared with standard single-agent chemotherapy in patients with...

Towering Figure in Cancer Drug Development, José Baselga, MD, PhD, FASCO, Dies at Age 61

José Baselga, MD, PhD, FASCO, a global innovator in novel cancer therapeutics, led research efforts in his native country of Spain and in the United States, most notably as Physician-in-Chief at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). “My moment of recognition as an oncologist came early,...

integrative oncology

Yoga in Oncologic Care: An Evidence-Based Treatment to Improve Outcomes

The ASCO Post’s Integrative Oncology series is intended to facilitate the availability of evidence-based information on integrative and complementary therapies sometimes used by patients with cancer. Increasingly, patients with cancer desire nonpharmacologic strategies for managing their...

solid tumors

I’m Living the Life I Was Destined to Have

At 33, I’m not living the life I had imagined for myself. If cancer hadn’t interrupted my plans, I would be serving in the United States Army Special Forces by now, a profession that was inspired by my father’s career as a military officer and helicopter pilot and one that I had dreamed about since ...

breast cancer

An Oncologist and His Wife Share a Personal Cancer Story

Gastrointestinal oncologist John Marshall, MD, is well known for his candid observations about cancer treatment and research. In 2006, all the scientific intricacies and sociopolitical dramas of oncology coalesced in Dr. Marshall’s life when his 43-year-old wife, Liza, was diagnosed with breast...

breast cancer

Breast Cancer Screening With Clinical Breast Examination in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Globally, breast cancer surpassed lung cancer as the most common cancer among women, with an estimated 2.3 million cases in 2020.1,2 Approximately 685,000 women will die of breast cancer in 2020 around the world. Approximately 24.5% of all cancers in women are breast cancer, and 15.5% of...

breast cancer

Clinical Breast Examination Screening Results in Lower Stage at Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Reduced Breast Cancer Mortality in India

In an Indian study reported in the British Medical Journal, Indraneel Mittra, MD, PhD, of Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, and colleagues at Tata Memorial Centre found that breast cancer screening with clinical breast examination vs active surveillance resulted in...

William Tseng, MD, Joins Sarcoma Alliance Board of Directors

The Sarcoma Alliance recently announced the appointment of William Tseng, MD, to the organization’s Board of Directors. A surgical oncologist at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC), Dr. Tseng specializes in soft-tissue sarcoma. “Our Board of Directors comprises a...

New Jersey Oncology Care Providers Form Astera Cancer Care, Join OneOncology

A group of 37 medical and radiation oncologists—along with a staff of cancer-care providers, led by Bruno S. Fang, MD, and Edward J. Licitra, MD, PhD, who currently constitute the Central Jersey Division of Regional Cancer Care Associates—are forming Astera Cancer Care, an independent and...

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