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head and neck cancer
skin cancer

Christopher A. Barker, MD, on New Data on Vismodegib and Radiotherapy for Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck

Christopher A. Barker, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses phase II study results showing that patients with locally advanced, unresectable basal cell carcinoma of the head and neck experienced improved quality of life after induction and concurrent vismodegib with...

head and neck cancer

Nabil F. Saba, MD, on Head and Neck Cancer: Long-Term Survival Findings With Pembrolizumab and Cabozantinib

Nabil F. Saba, MD, of Emory University, discusses study findings on 2-year survival rates in patients with recurrent metastatic head and neck squamous cell carcinoma who received pembrolizumab plus cabozantinib. The progression-free survival rate of 32% and the overall survival rate of 55% suggest...

issues in oncology

President’s Cancer Panel Report Highlights Opportunities to Accelerate Progress Toward the National Cancer Plan

A new report from the President’s Cancer Panel offers recommendations in five priority areas to accelerate progress toward implementing the National Cancer Plan and achieving the Biden-Harris Administration’s Cancer Moonshot goal of ending cancer as we know it. The report, delivered to President...

head and neck cancer
issues in oncology

Exposure to Secondhand Smoke During Chemotherapy May Decrease Treatment Efficacy in Patients With Head and Neck Cancer

Researchers have found that exposure to secondhand smoke during treatment with cisplatin may reduce its effectiveness in patients with head and neck cancer, even if they don’t have a history of smoking, according to a recent study published by Sadhasivam et al in the International Journal of...

breast cancer
colorectal cancer
issues in oncology

U.S. Individuals With Incarceration History May Have Lower Likelihood of Undergoing Cancer Screenings

Investigators have found that U.S. individuals with a history of incarceration may have worse access to and receipt of breast cancer and colorectal cancer screenings compared with those without a history of incarceration, according to a recent study published by Zhao et al in JAMA Health Forum....

solid tumors
issues in oncology

Psychological Distress May Contribute to Cancer Treatment Delays

Researchers have found that psychological distress may contribute to delayed cancer treatment, according to a recent study published by Frosch et al in Supportive Care in Cancer. Background Prior research has shown that delays in initiating cancer therapy may be increasing, and these delays can...

lung cancer
genomics/genetics

Gene Signature May Predict Response to Combination Therapy in Patients With NSCLC

Researchers have identified a set of 140 genes that may help predict disease-free survival in patients with non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with a combination of immunotherapy and low-dose radiation, according to a recent study published by Altorki et al in Cell Reports Medicine. The...

solid tumors
issues in oncology

Families of Men With Subfertility May Have Increased Risk of Several Types of Cancers

Investigators have found that the families of subfertile men may have a higher risk of developing certain types of cancers at younger ages compared with the families of fertile men, according to a recent study published by Ramsay et al in Human Reproduction. Background Previous research has shown...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

Ciltacabtagene Autoleucel in Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

The chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy ciltacabtagene autoleucel may offer benefit in patients with multiple myeloma who experienced disease progression or relapse following initial therapy, according to new findings presented by Hillengass et al at the 2024 Tandem Meetings:...

AACR Cancer Centers Alliance Formed

Under the leadership of preeminent U.S. cancer center directors, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recently announced the formation of an innovative initiative, the AACR Cancer Centers Alliance. The Alliance will bring together the nation’s cancer centers, with the goal of...

ASCO Remembers Humanitarian and Health Equity Champion Edith P. Mitchell, MD

ASCO is deeply saddened by the death of oncology luminary, health equity champion, and ASCO Humanitarian Award honoree Edith P. Mitchell, MD, MACP, FCCP, FRCP (London), on January 21, 2024. At the time of her passing, Dr. Mitchell was Director of the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities,...

genomics/genetics

Preventing Cancer Should Not Mean Sacrificing Quality of Life

My family first suspected we might have inherited the BRCA1/2 gene mutation after my father was diagnosed with his third cancer, colorectal cancer, following multiple bouts of squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma beginning in his 30s and later prostate cancer. But the high risk of...

multiple myeloma

Understanding Risk Stratification in Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance

About 4 years ago, I [Jo Cavallo] wrote about the death of my brother Dom from multiple myeloma in 2011 and my subsequent enrollment in the PROMISE trial (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT03689595). My goal for enrolling in the study was twofold: to honor Dom and others with the cancer and to make ...

issues in oncology

NIH’s New Cancer Screening Research Network Could Help Determine Effective Cancer Screening Technologies

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched the Cancer Screening Research Network, a clinical trials network to evaluate emerging cancer screening technologies. The new network will support the Biden-Harris Administration’s Cancer Moonshot initiative by investigating how to identify cancer ...

hematologic malignancies
supportive care
issues in oncology

Prophylactic Oral Vancomycin May Prevent C Difficile Infections, Raise Risk of Gram-Negative Bacteremia in Stem Cell Transplant Recipients

Preventive use of the oral antibiotic vancomycin may be effective at reducing the risk of Clostridioides difficile infections but may increase the risk of gram-negative bacteremia in stem cell transplant recipients, according to new findings presented by Vartanov et al at the 2024 Tandem Meetings:...

covid-19

Annual Report to the Nation, Part 2: New Cancer Diagnoses Fell Abruptly Early in the COVID-19 Pandemic

New diagnoses of six major cancer types in the United States fell abruptly in early 2020, coinciding with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to findings from part 2 of the latest Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.1 The volume of pathology reports also declined sharply...

multiple myeloma

FDA Approves Biweekly Teclistamab Dosing Regimen for Patients With Multiple Myeloma

On February 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the supplemental biologics license application for teclistamab-cqyv (Tecvayli) for a reduced dosing frequency of 1.5 mg/kg every 2 weeks in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have achieved and maintained a...

colorectal cancer
global cancer care

Strategies to Reduce Burden of Colorectal Cancer in Latin America

Investigators may have identified colorectal cancer screening programs in Latin America, according to a recent systematic review and meta-analysis published by Montalvan-Sanchez et al in JAMA Network Open. Background Colorectal cancer—the second leading cause of cancer-related mortality...

breast cancer
issues in oncology

Does Annual Breast Cancer Screening Starting at Age 40 Offer Benefit?

Investigators have found that annual breast cancer screening beginning at age 40 and continuing to at least 79 may result in the greatest reduction in mortality with minimal risks, according to a recent study published by Monticciolo et al in Radiology. Background Breast cancer is the second most...

breast cancer
genomics/genetics

Does Risk-Reducing Mastectomy Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer—and Mortality?

Investigators have found that risk-reducing mastectomy decreases the risk of receiving a breast cancer diagnosis and the likelihood of mortality in female patients with BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic variants, according to a recent study published by Metcalfe et al in the British Journal of Cancer....

geriatric oncology
issues in oncology

Modified Chemotherapy Regimens May Improve Quality of Life in Older Patients With Advanced Cancer

Reducing doses and adjusting chemotherapy schedules in older patients with advanced cancer may help improve treatment tolerability without compromising its efficacy, according to a recent study published by Mohamed et al in JAMA Network Open. Background Standard chemotherapy regimens—mostly based...

lung cancer

FDA Approves Osimertinib With Chemotherapy for EGFR-Mutated NSCLC

On February 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved osimertinib (Tagrisso) with platinum-based chemotherapy for patients with locally advanced or metastatic non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors have EGFR exon 19 deletions or exon 21 L858R mutations, as detected by an...

skin cancer
immunotherapy

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval to Lifileucel for Unresectable or Metastatic Melanoma

On February 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to lifileucel (Amtagvi), a tumor-derived autologous T-cell immunotherapy, for adult patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma who were previously treated with a PD-1 blocking antibody, or, if they have...

solid tumors

Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy May Benefit Patients With Penile Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Researchers have found that neoadjuvant chemotherapy may be safe and effective in patients with locally advanced penile squamous cell carcinoma, according to a recent study published by Rose et al in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The findings may help address a critical gap in...

pancreatic cancer
issues in oncology

Ablative Stereotactic Magnetic Resonance–Guided Adaptive Radiation Therapy for Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma

Researchers have found that ablative stereotactic magnetic resonance (MR)-guided adaptive radiation therapy may improve local control and overall survival in patients with borderline resectable and locally advanced pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, according to a recent study published by Chuong et ...

lung cancer

FDA Approves Tepotinib for Metastatic NSCLC

On February 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted traditional approval to the kinase inhibitor tepotinib (Tepmetko) for adult patients with metastatic non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) harboring mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET) exon 14–skipping alterations. The agent is...

myelodysplastic syndromes

Expert Point of View: David A. Sallman, MD, and Mikkael A. Sekeres, MD

Two experts in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) discussed the findings on the combination of venetoclax plus azacitidine in the treatment of higher-risk MDS with The ASCO Post. David A. Sallman, MD, Assistant Member in the Department of Malignant Hematology, Moffit Cancer Center, Tampa, provided...

myelodysplastic syndromes

Venetoclax Plus Azacitidine Evaluated in High-Risk Myelodysplastic Syndromes

For the treatment of high-risk, treatment-naive myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), the regimen of venetoclax plus azacitidine led to high response rates, durable responses, and encouraging overall survival, in a phase Ib study reported at the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting...

myelodysplastic syndromes

Expert Point of View: Prithviraj Bose, MD

Prithviraj Bose, MD, Professor in the Department of Leukemia at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, shared his thoughts on MANIFEST-2 and TRANSFORM-1 with The ASCO Post. While both were international phase III trials that showed similar benefits with two different...

lymphoma

Expert Point of View: Dipenkumar Modi, MD

The ASCO Post obtained comments on the Smart Stop study from Dipenkumar Modi, MD, a medical oncologist and hematologist at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Assistant Professor of Oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit. Dr. Modi applauded the investigators for...

Steven A. Rosenberg, MD, PhD, Honored With 2024 AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will award Steven A. Rosenberg, MD, PhD, Fellow of the AACR Academy, with the 2024 AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research during the AACR Annual Meeting, to be held April 5–10 in San Diego. His award lecture will be presented on...

multiple myeloma

Expert Point of View: Ajay K. Nooka, MD, MPH, and Dan Vogl, MD, MSCE

Ajay K. Nooka, MD, MPH, Professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University, and Dan Vogl, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, shared their thoughts on the PERSEUS trial for The ASCO Post. Dr. Nooka noted that ...

Expert Point of View: Michael Crump, MD

Michael Crump, MD, of the Division of Medical Oncology and Hematology at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, expressed some concerns about the study presented by Shadman et al in patients with large B-cell lymphoma (LBCL). “These data should be interpreted with caution. The patient...

Expert Point of View: Peter Voorhees, MD

Peter Voorhees, MD, a multiple myeloma specialist at Levine Cancer Institute and Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center, Durham, North Carolina, introduced the plenary presentation of the phase III IsKia trial by Gay et al and further commented on the study for The ASCO...

Expert Point of View: William G. Blum, MD and Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS

Thoughts on the study by Othman et al were provided by William G. Blum, MD, Professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine and Director of the Acute Leukemia Program at Winship Cancer Institute, and Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS, Professor of...

multiple myeloma

PERSEUS: Daratumumab Regimen Significantly Improves Progression-Free Survival in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

The addition of the CD38 monoclonal antibody daratumumab to a standard regimen for patients with newly diagnosed transplant-­eligible multiple myeloma significantly prolonged progression-free survival vs standard treatment in the phase III PERSEUS trial. The study was reported as a late-breaking...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

STAb T-Cell–Based Immunotherapy in Multiple Myeloma

A novel immunotherapy based on STAb T cells may be more effective at treating multiple myeloma than chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, according to a recent study published by Díez-Alonso et al in Science Translational Medicine. Background Multiple myeloma is the second most common...

prostate cancer
issues in oncology

Racial Representation Affects Trust for Black Patients Seeking Prostate Cancer Information Online

Among Black patients with prostate cancer, racial representation may be a key factor affecting their trust in websites offering information on the disease, according to a recent study published by Loeb et al in The Journal of Urology. Background Black men may have higher rates of prostate cancer...

breast cancer

Triplet for Advanced HER2-Negative Breast Cancer

A novel three-drug combination achieved notable responses in patients with advanced HER2-negative breast cancer, according to new research published by Roussos Torres et al in Nature Cancer. The regimen included a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor combined with two types of checkpoint...

palliative care

Understanding the Discordance About Prognosis Between Clinicians and Terminally Ill Patients and Their Surrogates

Research shows that about half of adults near the end of life in the United States are too ill to participate in decisions about whether to accept life-prolonging treatment,1 requiring family members and other proxies to serve as surrogate decision-makers for their critically ill loved ones....

lung cancer
immunotherapy

Durvalumab Plus Ceralasertib in Patients With Immunotherapy-Resistant NSCLC

The combination of the anti–PD-L1 antibody durvalumab and the ATR kinase inhibitor ceralasertib may help overcome inherent immune resistance and reinvigorate antitumor activity in patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), according to a recent study published by Besse et al in...

sarcoma
immunotherapy

Neoadjuvant Immunotherapy May Improve Long-Term Survival in Patients With Resectable Soft-Tissue Sarcoma

Patients with soft-tissue sarcoma treated with neoadjuvant immunotherapy had very little residual tumor at the time of surgery and promising long-term survival, according to phase II trial results published by Roland et al in Nature Cancer. Background About 13,000 new cases of soft-tissue...

pancreatic cancer

FDA Approves Irinotecan Liposome as First-Line Treatment of Metastatic Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

On February 13, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved irinotecan liposome (Onivyde) with oxaliplatin, fluorouracil, and leucovorin for the first-line treatment of metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma. NAPOLI-3 Efficacy was evaluated in NAPOLI-3 (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier...

prostate cancer
symptom management
supportive care

Plant-Based Diet May Be Linked to Improved Sexual Health in Men Treated for Prostate Cancer

Plant-based diets may be linked to a lower risk of erectile dysfunction, urinary incontinence, and other common side effects experienced by patients receiving treatment for prostate cancer, according to a new study published by Loeb et al in Cancer. The findings indicated that nutrition may lead to ...

cardio-oncology

Sleep Apnea May Be Prevalent Among Patients With Cancer at High Risk of Congestive Heart Failure

Sleep apnea may be prevalent among patients who are at higher risk of developing congestive heart failure from cancer therapy, according to new findings presented by Das et al at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Advancing the Cardiovascular Care of the Oncology Patient course. Background...

survivorship
pain management

Can Physical Activity Lessen Pain Intensity in Cancer Survivors?

Physical activity may help lessen the intensity of pain in cancer survivors, according to a recent study published by Swain et al in Cancer. Background Current U.S. guidelines regarding physical activity recommend that individuals receive 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week,...

breast cancer
issues in oncology

Low-Dose Positron-Emission Mammography May Improve Breast Cancer Detection

Low-dose positron-emission mammography (PEM) may provide high sensitivity for detecting breast cancer and significantly reduce the likelihood of false-positive results, according to a recent study published by Freitas et al in Radiology: Imaging Cancer. The innovative breast imaging technique may...

solid tumors
survivorship
cardio-oncology

Novel Biomarker in Cancer Survivors May Be Linked to Higher Risk of Mortality

Elevated N-terminal pro–brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) levels may be associated with a higher risk of mortality among cancer survivors, according to a recent study published by Cao et al in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. NT-proBNP—produced in response to the stretching of...

breast cancer
genomics/genetics
issues in oncology

Shedding Light on Mechanisms Behind Fulvestrant Resistance in Advanced ER-Positive Breast Cancer

Researchers may have uncovered the factors contributing to hormone therapy resistance in some patients with advanced estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer, according to a recent study published by Kingston et al in Cancer Discovery. The findings may indicate drugs currently in development...

colorectal cancer
issues in oncology

Machine-Learning Model May Predict Oxaliplatin Benefit in Colon Cancer

The novel COLOXIS machine learning model may accurately predict which patients with colon cancer are most likely to derive benefit from oxaliplatin, according to a recent study published by Chen et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The findings could ultimately allow physicians to better...

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