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breast cancer

Focus on Preventing Invasive Recurrence in Women With DCIS Does Not Sufficiently Address Breast Cancer Mortality

A study published recently by Giannakeas et al looked at the risk of death from breast cancer for women diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).1 The investigators anticipated that treatment would eliminate the risk of invasive ipsilateral recurrence and prevent subsequent mortality from...

Emily Whitehead, Early Recipient of CAR T-Cell Therapy for ALL, Celebrates 8 Years Cancer-Free

Among the success stories in the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in children and young adults is the development of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy. The field of cellular immunotherapy was still in its infancy in 2012 when Emily Whitehead, then 7, became the first...

UICC Welcomes New President, President-Elect, and Board of Directors for 2020–2022

At the recent General Assembly of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), which was held virtually for the first time, Anil D’Cruz, MD, of India, was welcomed as the organization’s new President. Full member organizations also elected the 2020–2022 Board of Directors, including...

Breast Cancer and Radiation Researcher David Gius, MD, PhD, Joins Mays Cancer Center

David Gius, MD, PhD, a breast cancer and radiation researcher, has joined the Mays Cancer Center, home to The University of Texas Health San Antonio MD Anderson. He was recruited to the Mays Cancer Center from the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University with a $6...

The Secret History of Cancer Chemotherapy

“The summons came in the middle of the night. He was awake at the first harsh jangle of the telephone…. Always a light sleeper, Lieutenant Colonel Stewart Francis Alexander attributed the trait to his father, an old-fashioned family practitioner whose response to every late-night distress call was...

A Gritty Journey Into a Rare Cancer and Back

Over the past decade, a prolific number of cancer memoirs have been published, and some have been award-winning bestsellers. When entering a crowded genre, it is best to have something that sets your story apart. Judith Dwyer Fugate did just that with a memoir about a rare tumor that has seldom if...

Cleveland Clinic Announces Oncology Staff Appointments

Cleveland Clinic recently announced the following additions to its oncology staff: Ruth Keri, PhD, has joined Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute Department of Cancer Biology. She will study breast cancer, focusing on identifying the molecular processes that control the formation of breast...

skin cancer

UCLA Researchers’ Efforts in Melanoma Receive $13M Boost From NIH

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers have received a $13 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to find new ways to overcome melanoma resistance to some of the most promising targeted therapies and immunotherapies. There have been significant advancements in...

issues in oncology

Pay-for-Performance Program to Reimburse Oncology Practices for Prescribing Evidence-Based Cancer Drugs

A pay-for-performance program that offers enhanced reimbursement to oncology practices for prescribing high-quality, evidence-based cancer drugs increased use of these drugs without significantly changing total spending on care, Penn Medicine researchers reported in a study published in the Journal ...

Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Wins Federal Grant to Accelerate Ovarian Cancer Research

Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) has been awarded a $12 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to bring promising ovarian cancer research from the laboratory to clinical practice. The highly competitive Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant will help...

Isabelle Tabah-Fisch, MD, Drug Researcher, Industry Executive, Dies at 64

Isabelle Tabah-Fisch, MD, a medical oncologist in Paris who contributed greatly to drug development, died August 28, 2020, at age 64. An announcement about Dr. Tabah-Fisch’s death was made by GamaMabs, where she served as Chief Medical Officer until her retirement in March 2020. Under her...

Susan G. Komen to Present 2020 Brinker Awards for Scientific Distinction

Susan G. Komen is recognizing  two widely respected and innovative breast cancer researchers—Donald McDonnell, PhD, and Laura Esserman, MD, MBA—as this year’s recipients of their highest scientific honor, the Brinker Awards. Established by Komen in 1992, the awards recognize advances in the...

Lesley Solomon, MBA, of Dana-Farber, Receives Extraordinary Women Advancing Healthcare Award

Lesley Solomon, MBA, Senior Vice President for Innovation and Chief Innovation Officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, has received the 2020 Extraordinary Women Advancing Healthcare Award from The Commonwealth Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to advancing women in leadership positions....

City of Hope Launches Innovative Support Model for Employers

City of Hope in Duarte, California, announced the formal launch of AccessHope, a wholly owned subsidiary dedicated to serving employers and their health-care partners. Instead of requiring patients to travel to City of Hope, AccessHope exports insights from National Cancer Institute–level...

ASTRO Calls for Changes to Benefits Manager Policy That Disrupts Patient/Physician Decision-Making for Cancer Radiotherapy

Radiation oncologists have expressed serious concerns about a new private insurance coverage policy that could undermine patient-centered care for two of the most common cancers in the United States. Leaders of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) urge eviCore, a radiation oncology...

head and neck cancer

Dana-Farber Announces Center for Salivary and Rare Head and Neck Cancers

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has launched the Center for Salivary and Rare Head and Neck Cancers to treat patients with rare and occasionally aggressive cancers arising from the head and neck. The Center is among the first in the country specifically dedicated to the care and therapeutic research...

issues in oncology
covid-19

How Telemedicine Is Impacting Oncology Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The expansion of telemedicine has been one of the most important developments during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we discuss some of the legal and ethical dimensions of expanding telemedicine services in oncology practices. As Royce et al discussed in a recent JAMA Oncology article, Congress...

2020 NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards Announced

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Early Independence Award, established in 2010, is part of the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program managed by the Common Fund. The award provides an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to skip the traditional postdoc and start an...

Mountainside Medical Center Appoints Co–Medical Director

Mountainside Medical Center has announced that Lori Leslie, MD, has been named Co–Medical Director of the hospital’s Cancer Program, which is affiliated with John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. Dr. Leslie joins the Cancer Program leadership, serving alongside Donna...

geriatric oncology

Cancer in Older Adults: The History of Geriatric Oncology, Part 2: 1990–2020

In part 1 of this three-part article, which was published in the October 10, 2020, issue of The ASCO Post, we chronicled the progress made in geriatric oncology up to the decade of the 1990s, which saw an explosion of research activity in the study of aging and cancer. In part 2, we review the...

James K. McCloskey II, MD, Named Division Chief of the Division of Leukemia at John Theurer Cancer Center

James K. McCloskey II, MD, was named Division Chief of the Division of Leukemia at Hackensack Meridian John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC), part of Hackensack University Medical Center. Dr. McCloskey previously served as Interim Chief for the Division of Leukemia and will continue in his role as...

FDA Awards Six Grants to Fund New Clinical Trials of Medical Products for Treatment of Rare Diseases

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it has awarded six new clinical trial research grants to principal investigators from academia and industry, totaling more than $16 million over the next 4 years. These grants, awarded through the Congressionally funded Orphan Products Grants...

lymphoma

The WHO Classification of Tumors of Hematopoietic and Lymphoid Tissues

The ASCO Post is pleased to present Hematology Expert Review, an ongoing feature that quizzes readers on issues in hematology. In this installment, Drs. Syed Ali Abutalib and L. Jeffrey Medeiros explore the updated World Health Organization (WHO) classification of hematopoietic and lymphoid tissue...

UICC Launches New Program at the Start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As the cancer community marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is starting a new 5-year program aimed at accelerating progress in breast cancer control. “While the incidence of breast cancer is generally higher in more developed regions, ...

Lourdes A. Báezconde-Garbanati, PhD, Receives AACR Distinguished Lectureship on Cancer Health Disparities

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) awarded Lourdes A. Báezconde-Garbanati, PhD, the 2020 AACR Distinguished Lectureship on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities. Dr. Báezconde-Garbanati presented her award lecture, “Optimizing Engagement to Reduce Disparities Among...

Anthony Fauci, MD, to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From National Minority Quality Forum

The National Minority Quality Forum announced that Anthony Fauci, MD, will receive its 2020 Bernard J. Tyson Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes health-care leaders who have helped to decrease health disparities and to build sustainable healthy communities. Dr. Fauci—who has served as...

Yale Cancer Center Awarded NIH SPORE Grant for Head and Neck Cancer Research

Yale Cancer Center (YCC) researchers were awarded a 5-year, $11.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund the Yale Head and Neck Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE). The SPORE program harnesses the strengths of academic cancer centers by bringing...

Thinking Out of the Box to Advance the Management of Chronic Graft-vs-Host Disease

Over the past decade, the field of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation has made great strides, evolving into a curative procedure for blood cancers that once were almost always fatal. However, chronic graft-vs-host disease, whose biologic etiology remains unclear, continues to be the...

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Awarded $1.6M for Youth Science Program

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey has received a $1.6 million, 5-year grant from the National Cancer Institute to support the Rutgers Youth Enjoy Science (RUYES) Program. RUYES seeks to increase the diversity of the biomedical, cancer research workforce to reduce cancer disparities in New...

Florida Surgeon Steven D. Wexner, MD, FACS, Elected Vice-Chair of Board of Regents of American College of Surgeons

Steven D. Wexner, MD, PhD (Hon), FACS, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed), FRCSI (Hon), Hon FRCS (Glasg), was recently elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during the College’s virtual Clinical Congress 2020, held October 3–7. Dr. Wexner is Chair of the...

Emmanuelle Charpentier, PhD, and Jennifer A. Doudna, PhD, Honored With Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020

On October 7, 2020, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 would be awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier, PhD, and Jennifer A. Doudna, PhD, “for the development of a method for genome editing,” the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors. “There is enormous power...

2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Awarded to Team Who Discovered Hepatitis C Virus

This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists who have made a decisive contribution to the treatment of blood-borne hepatitis, a major global health problem that causes cirrhosis and liver cancer in people around the world. Harvey J. Alter, MD; Michael Houghton,...

bladder cancer
immunotherapy

Co-Leader of Immunotherapy Trial Reflects on ‘Practice-Changing’ Results in Advanced Bladder and Other Urinary Tract Cancers

In a large, randomized clinical trial, researchers evaluated the immunotherapy drug avelumab for patients with advanced urothelial cancer. The findings of the trial, called the JAVELIN Bladder 100 study, are “very exciting,” even “practice-changing,” said the trial’s co-leader, Petros Grivas, MD,...

covid-19

COVID-19, Cancer, and the Older Adult

An inspiring case series of fit patients aged 98 and older who recovered from hospitalization for COVID-19, published by Huang et al, reminds us that older age may not be a barrier to recovery.1 On behalf of the Cancer and Aging Research Group, we do not support “ageism” in the care of older...

breast cancer

Should Body Mass Index Guide the Choice of Chemotherapy in Patients With Breast Cancer?

The rate of obesity is rising dramatically in the United States and Europe, with more than 60% of women in the United States1,2 and 50% of women in Europe3 classified as overweight or obese based on their body mass index (BMI). Obesity is associated with an increased risk of hormone...

Recent FDA Approvals in Leukemia and Lymphoma

This week on The ASCO Post Podcast, we'll focus on two recent approvals from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in patients with leukemia and lymphoma.

issues in oncology
pain management

James D. Murphy, MD, on Opioid Use Among Patients With Cancer

James D. Murphy, MD, of the University of California, San Diego, discusses the possible reasons for a decline in long-term opioid use in patients with cancer, even as short-term use is rising, as well as the racial and socioeconomic disparities of opioid use in this population (Abstract 187).

lung cancer
kidney cancer
leukemia
solid tumors
gastroesophageal cancer
gastrointestinal cancer
pancreatic cancer
prostate cancer
genomics/genetics
immunotherapy

FDA Pipeline: Priority Reviews in EGFR-Mutant Lung Cancer, Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma; Fast Track Designations in CLL and Solid Tumors

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Priority Review to treatments for EGFR-mutant lung cancer and advanced renal cell carcinoma; granted Fast Track designation to agents in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and locally advanced or metastatic solid tumors; and more....

skin cancer

Small Case Study Explores Novel Approach to Neoadjuvant Therapy for Skin Cancer

Skin cancers are the most common malignancy in the United States and worldwide. Between 1994 and 2014, the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers in the United States increased by 77%.1 The cost of treating melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers to the health-care system...

covid-19

FDA Approves Remdesivir for Patients With COVID-19 Requiring Hospitalization

On October 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the antiviral drug remdesivir (Veklury) for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 kg for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. Remdesivir should only be administered...

issues in oncology

Cardinale B. Smith, MD, PhD, on Redesigning Care Coordination From the Patient’s Perspective

Cardinale B. Smith, MD, PhD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, discusses results of a pilot study suggesting dedicated lay staff members, who facilitated admissions and discharges for patients with cancer across care settings, could improve health-care utilization, quality, and the...

issues in oncology
covid-19

Cardinale B. Smith, MD, PhD, on Telehealth Disparities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cardinale B. Smith, MD, PhD, of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, discusses findings showing Black, Hispanic, and Asian patients with cancer used telehealth less often during the COVID-19 pandemic than White patients with cancer, a negative trend that will become more problematic as this ...

genomics/genetics
cns cancers

Radiation-Induced Genetic Deletions May Be Associated With Poorer Patient Outcomes

Treatment of diffuse gliomas with radiotherapy resulted in an increased number of genomic small deletions that make up a unique signature, according to findings presented at the Molecular Analysis for Precision Oncology (MAP) Congress 2020 (Abstract 2MO). Furthermore, an increased burden of...

lung cancer
genomics/genetics

Do Patients With Early-Stage NSCLC Have a Higher Tumor Mutational Burden Than Those With More Advanced Disease?

The tumors of patients with stage I and II non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) demonstrated a generally higher tumor mutational burden and more often displayed the mutational signature associated with tobacco smoking than those of patients with more advanced disease, according to findings presented...

colorectal cancer

ASTRO Issues Clinical Guideline on Radiation Therapy for Rectal Cancer

A new clinical guideline from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) provides guidance for physicians who use radiation therapy to treat patients with locally advanced rectal cancer. Recommendations outline indications and best practices for pelvic radiation treatments, as well as the...

Dr. Christina Cone Honored With The Mary Pazdur Award for Excellence in Advanced Practice in Oncology by APSHO

The Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO) presented the third annual Mary Pazdur Award for Excellence in Advanced Practice in Oncology to Christina Cone, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, AOCNP®, of Duke Cancer Institute, at the JADPRO Live Virtual conference, an annual educational...

palliative care

Behavioral Nudges Combined With Machine Learning Mortality Estimates May Improve Rate of Advanced Cancer Care Conversations

An electronic nudge to clinicians—triggered by an algorithm that used machine-learning methods to flag patients with cancer who would most benefit from a conversation around end-of-life goals—tripled the rate of those discussions, according to a new prospective, randomized study of nearly 15,000...

bladder cancer
immunotherapy

Neoadjuvant Dual Checkpoint Blockade in Certain Patients With Localized Bladder Cancer

Neoadjuvant combination therapy with the anti–CTLA-4 therapy tremelimumab and the anti–PD-1 therapy durvalumab was well tolerated and showed early signs of activity in patients ineligible to receive cisplatin-based chemotherapy, all of whom had tumors with high-risk features that are associated...

lung cancer
genomics/genetics

Fragment Analysis as a MET Exon 14 Screening Strategy in NSCLC Tumors

Comparison of two techniques used in screening non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tumor samples demonstrated that fragment analysis could detect large MET exon 14 skipping deletions that were missed by next-generation sequencing, according to findings presented at the Molecular Analysis for...

symptom management

Anne M. Barry-Weers, RN, on Decreasing Hospitalizations for Patients Receiving IV Chemotherapy

Anne M. Barry-Weers, RN, of Aurora Health Care/Aurora Cancer Care in Milwaukee, discusses strategies that helped patients with cancer to better manage their chemotherapy-related symptoms at home, thus reducing visits to the emergency department and inpatient admissions, and improving treatment...

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