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lung cancer

ASCO Issues Updated Guidelines for Stage IV NSCLC With and Without Driver Alterations

ASCO has issued new evidence-based updates to two living guidelines on the treatment of stage IV NSCLC with and without driver alterations.1,2 Updated Recommendations: Stage IV NSCLC With Driver Alterations The most “extensive work” in the updates occurred in the guideline on stage IV NSCLC with...

hematologic malignancies

Rosai-Dorfman Disease: Sinus Histiocytosis With Massive Lymphadenopathy

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”       — John D. Rockefeller The ASCO Post is pleased to present Hematology Expert Review, an ongoing feature that quizzes readers on issues in hematology. In this installment, Syed Ali Abutalib, MD, and L. Jeffrey Medeiros, MD, explore the ...

NCCN Appoints Chair, Vice-Chair of Board of Directors

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN®) has announced the election of Matt Kalaycio, MD, FACP, as Chair of the Board of Directors, with Christopher H. Lieu, MD, elected as Vice-Chair, succeeding Dr. Kalaycio in the position he has held since 2022. “The exemplary leadership from our Board...

issues in oncology

The Future of Cancer Care

The profound progress in cancer care since President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act of 1971 into law is evidenced by the soaring number of cancer survivors since the law went into effect. In the 1970s, there were 3 million cancer survivors1; today, there are more than 18 million, and...

A Look Back on an Impactful and Inspiring Presidential Year

Serving as ASCO’s 60th President over the past year has been an honor and a privilege, said Lynn M. Schuchter, MD, FASCO, who will end her Presidential term during ASCO’s Annual Meeting, being held from May 31 to June 4, 2024, in Chicago, and welcome incoming President Robin Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO,...

Applying the Power of Knowledge to Drive Positive Change in Oncology Care

An ASCO volunteer for nearly 30 years, Robin T. Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO, is humbled and honored to be elected ASCO’s 61st President, effective during the 2024 ASCO Annual Meeting, May 31 to June 4, 2024, in Chicago and online. Dr. Zon began her 4-year term in June 2023 as President-Elect and will...

global cancer care

We Have an IDEA: United in the Fight Against Cancer

On behalf of 2024 International Development and Education Award (IDEA) awardees, we received the decision of our acceptance in this outstanding training program offering mentorship and educational opportunities for early-career oncologists and cancer researchers with great interest. This will...

supportive care

Dance/Movement Therapy for Pediatric Oncology Patients and Their Caregivers

Guest Editor’s Note: Children with cancer and their caregivers face physical and psychosocial challenges during and after treatment. Dance/movement therapy has been used to improve well-being, promote healthy coping, and mitigate the impact of illness, but limited knowledge exists regarding its...

colorectal cancer

AI-Based Virtual Patient Navigator Boosts Colonoscopy Adherence

A novel artificial intelligence (AI)-based virtual patient navigator, MyEleanor, improved colonoscopy uptake among U.S. patients who were previously nonadherent to prior colonoscopy appointments. These findings will be presented by Moadel et al at the 2024 ASCO Annual Meeting (Abstract 100)....

Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD, FACP, FRACP, FASCO, Joins Perthera as Chief Medical Officer

Perthera, an industry leader in precision oncology decision support, recently announced that Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD, FACP, FRACP, FASCO, joined Perthera as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Raghavan is founding President of the Levine Cancer Institute and former Chair and Director of the Cleveland...

survivorship

Apply Through July 31, 2024, for Survivorship Champion’s Prize

Children’s Cancer Cause, a national advocacy group in pioneering research and innovation for pediatric cancer, announced it is accepting applications for the Survivorship Champion’s Prize. This award is presented to a group, program, or institution that has demonstrated significant advancements in...

gynecologic cancers

Influence of Menopausal Hormone Therapy on Gynecologic Cancer Incidence and Mortality

In 2002, the federally funded Women’s Health Initiative—a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial investigating the effects of menopausal hormone therapy in healthy menopausal women—was abruptly halted when it was determined that taking estrogen and progestin hormones after menopause...

survivorship

Study Explores How Partner Relationships Impact the Well-Being of Breast Cancer Survivors

Diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer place significant stress on survivors, their partners, and their relationships. A recent study from researchers at the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University (IU)’s Schools of Nursing, Science, and Medicine is one of the first to examine the impact of...

issues in oncology

Understanding the Legal and Ethical Challenges AI Poses in Oncology

The field of oncology is experiencing a revolution driven by artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Artificial intelligence tools are already being used in medical imaging analysis, treatment planning, and even patient counseling. These advancements hold immense promise for earlier cancer...

breast cancer

USPSTF Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Breast Cancer

On April 30, 2024, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published a final recommendation statement on screening for breast cancer.1 The USPSTF now recommends that all women undergo screening for breast cancer every other year starting at age 40 and continuing through age 74. More...

issues in oncology

HPV Vaccine Shows Prevention Efficacy for Several Types of HPV-Related Cancers in Both Males and Females

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine was introduced in the United States in 2006, HPV infections that cause most HPV-related cancers and genital warts have decreased by 88% among teenage girls and 81% among young adult women. Now, ...

breast cancer
survivorship

Most Breast Cancer Survivors Able to Achieve Pregnancy After Diagnosis, Study Finds

Research examining fertility preservation and pregnancy attempts among young women following a breast cancer diagnosis has been hampered by short-term follow-up and a lack of prospective assessment of pregnancy attempts. A new long-term study investigating fertility outcomes among young women who...

hepatobiliary cancer

FDA Withdraws Approval of Cholangiocarcinoma Drug Indication for FGFR Inhibitor

On May 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the final withdrawal of the approval of infigratinib (Truseltiq) for previously treated patients with unresectable, locally advanced, or metastatic cholangiocarcinoma with a fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2) fusion or other...

colorectal cancer
issues in oncology

Survival Outcomes Following Adjuvant Therapy in Patients With Clinical T2N0 Rectal Adenocarcinoma

Adjuvant therapy may be underutilized in patients with clinical T2N0 rectal adenocarcinoma, according to new findings presented by Kripalani et al at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2024 (Abstract 439). Background Patients with clinical T2N0 rectal adenocarcinoma have disease that has spread past the...

prostate cancer
issues in oncology

Sexual Well-Being in the Female Partners of Patients With Prostate Cancer

The female partners of patients with prostate cancer may experience quality-of-life issues that impact their sexual well-being, according to a recent study published by Loeb et al in European Urology Oncology. Background Prostate cancer—one of the most common cancer types in U.S. men—and its...

hepatobiliary cancer

Gallbladder Cancer Rates Among Black Patients in the United States

Gallbladder cancer rates have been stable or declining for most Americans over the past two decades, but cases have steadily risen among Black Americans, with growing numbers of cases not being diagnosed until later disease stages, according to a study presented at Digestive Disease Week 2024...

solid tumors
genomics/genetics
issues in oncology

Onychopapilloma May Be Linked to BAP1 Tumor Predisposition Syndrome

Researchers have discovered that the presence of a benign nail condition known as onychopapilloma may lead to the diagnosis of BAP1 tumor predisposition syndrome, according to a recent study presented by Lebensohn et al at the Society for Investigative Dermatology 2024 Annual Meeting and...

hematologic malignancies
issues in oncology

Metformin May Help Reduce the Risk of Developing Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

Treatment with metformin may be associated with a lower risk of developing myeloproliferative neoplasms over time, according to a recent study published by Kristensen et al in Blood Advances. Background Myeloproliferative neoplasms are a group of diseases that develop over long periods of time and...

multiple myeloma
breast cancer
bladder cancer
gynecologic cancers
skin cancer
pancreatic cancer

NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology: 2024 Updates

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® published its first set of Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) in 1996, covering eight tumor types. Currently, guidelines are available for more than 60 tumor types, subtypes, and related topics. The NCCN’s 29th Annual Conference...

solid tumors
issues in oncology

End-of-Life Systemic Therapy May Not Improve Survival in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors

Systemic therapy may offer no significant improvement in overall survival in patients with advanced solid tumors, according to a recent study published by Canavan et al in JAMA Oncology. Study Methods and Results In the recent study, the investigators analyzed the de-identified data of over 78,000...

breast cancer
issues in oncology
supportive care

Bariatric Surgery May Help Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer in Female Patients With Obesity, Hyperinsulinemia

Bariatric surgery may be associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer in female patients with obesity, especially those with hyperinsulinemia at the time of surgery, according to a recent study published by Kristensson et al in JAMA Surgery. Bariatric surgery is known to be one of the most...

lung cancer

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval to Tarlatamab-dlle for Extensive-Stage SCLC

On May 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to tarlatamab-dlle (Imdelltra), a bispecific T-cell engager immunotherapy targeting delta-like ligand 3 and CD3, for patients with extensive-stage small cell lung cancer (SCLC) with disease progression on or after...

leukemia
issues in oncology

Half-Matched Family Donors May Improve ASCT Outcomes in Hispanic Patients With ALL

Researchers have found that allogeneic stem cell transplantation from a haploidentical relative may significantly increase the rate of success in Hispanic patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), according to a recent study published by Ashouri et al in Leukemia Research. Background In...

breast cancer
issues in oncology

Childhood Adiposity and Risk for Breast Cancer

Investigators have uncovered that a higher adiposity in childhood may lead to less dense tissue formation and decrease the risk of breast cancer, according to a recent study published by Vabistsevits et al in Nature Communications. Background As a result of the rising incidence of breast cancer,...

palliative care

Providing Culturally Sensitive Palliative Care to Children With Cancer

In the fall of 2023, Justin Baker, MD, took on the role of Chief of the Division of Quality of Life and Pediatric Palliative Care and Director of the Quality of Life for All Program, Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, Stanford, California. He formerly worked at St. Jude Children’s Research...

Daniel M. Geynisman, MD, Named New JNCCN Editor-in-Chief

Daniel M. Geynisman, MD, has been announced as the new Editor-in-Chief for JNCCN—Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Dr. Geynisman is Associate Professor in the Department of Hematology/Medical Oncology and Chief of the Division of Genitourinary Medical Oncology at Fox Chase...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval to Lisocabtagene Maraleucel for Relapsed or Refractory Follicular Lymphoma

On May 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval to the chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy lisocabtagene maraleucel (Breyanzi) for adult patients with relapsed or refractory follicular lymphoma who have received two or more prior lines of systemic...

breast cancer
genomics/genetics

Newly Identified Genetic Variants Linked to Breast Cancer Risk in Women of African Ancestry

Researchers have uncovered novel genetic variants potentially associated with a higher risk of breast cancer–related mortality among women of African ancestry, according to a recent study published by Jia et al in Nature Genetics. Background Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among...

prostate cancer
supportive care

Plant-Based Diet May Offer Benefit in Patients With Prostate Cancer

A plant-based diet may help reduce the risk of disease progression in patients with prostate cancer, according to a recent study published by Liu et al in JAMA Network Open. Background Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men. Plant-based diets—which are becoming increasingly...

gynecologic cancers
head and neck cancer
colorectal cancer

FDA Approves HPV Self-Collection Solution

On May 15, Roche announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its human papillomavirus (HPV) self-collection solution—one of the first of such tests available in the United States. Screening for HPV can help identify women who are at risk of developing cervical cancer so that...

skin cancer
issues in oncology

Disparities in Melanoma Outcomes Among Black Patients

Investigators may have uncovered sex-based disparities in the detection and survival of melanoma in Black patients, according to a recent study published by Steadman et al in the Journal of Surgical Oncology. Background Melanoma is an aggressive type of skin cancer that accounts for about 75% of...

breast cancer
geriatric oncology
issues in oncology

Chemotherapy May Accelerate Physical Decline in Older Patients With Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Investigators have found that female patients aged 65 years or older with high-risk breast cancer who are treated with chemotherapy may be more likely to experience a substantial decline in physical function, according to a recent study published by Sedrak et al in the Journal of Cancer...

breast cancer
geriatric oncology

Study Reveals Potential Overtreatment of DCIS in Older Women With Limited Life Expectancy

Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) may often be overtreated in older women with limited life expectancy, according to research presented during the 2024 Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) Annual Meeting.1 The retrospective analysis of the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER)-Medicare...

solid tumors
hematologic malignancies

Children’s Cancer Cause Opens Applications for the 2024 Survivorship Champion’s Prize

The Children’s Cancer Cause announced that the organization is accepting applications for its 2024 Survivorship Champion’s Prize. Overview of the Prize The Survivorship Champion’s Prize, totaling $10,000, is presented by Children’s Cancer Cause annually to a group, program, or institution...

colorectal cancer

Appendectomy May Lower Risk of Colorectal Cancer Subtype

Appendectomy may be associated with a reduced risk of a colorectal cancer subtype positive for the tumor-promoting Fusobacterium nucleatum bacteria, according to a recent study published by Kawamura et al in the Annals of Surgery. Background Despite being historically dismissed as an unnecessary...

issues in oncology
cost of care

Survey Finds Majority of Patients With Cancer and Survivors Have or Expect to Incur Medical Debt—Even Those With Insurance

Nearly half (49%) of patients with cancer and cancer survivors report being burdened by medical debt, alongside some (13%) who report expecting to incur medical debt as part of their treatment plan, according to a new Survivor Views survey conducted by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action...

colorectal cancer
issues in oncology

Colorectal Cancer Incidence Is Rising Among Teenagers and Young Adults

The incidence of colorectal cancer has risen significantly among younger U.S. patients over the past 2 decades, according to new findings presented by Mohamed et al at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2024 (Abstract Mo1149) and simultaneously published in Gastroenterology. Background “Colorectal cancer ...

gastroesophageal cancer
supportive care

Oral Rinse Could Provide Early Screening for Gastric Cancer

A simple oral rinse may lead to early detection of gastric cancer, according to new findings presented by Perati et al at Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2024 (Abstract 949) and simultaneously published in Gastroenterology. Background Gastric cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer mortality...

leukemia
geriatric oncology
issues in oncology

Venetoclax Plus Hypomethylating Agents: Analyzing Standard-of-Care Outcomes in Older Patients With AML

Standard-of-care treatment comprising venetoclax plus hypomethylating agents was found to be safe and effective in some patients aged 80 years and older with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), according to a recent study published by Madarang et al in Blood Neoplasia. Background Older adult patients...

prostate cancer

A Delay in Diagnosis Led to Advanced Prostate Cancer

Cancer is not an unfamiliar disease to me. My mother died of cancer when I was 12. My oldest sister died of breast cancer, an aunt died of cancer (I don’t know which type), and my older brother is a prostate cancer survivor. So, when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2021, the news...

NIH’s New Cancer Screening Research Network and 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 ...

kidney cancer
issues in oncology

Novel PET Agent May Accelerate Imaging in Patients With Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma

The novel investigational positron-emission tomography (PET) imaging agent gallium (Ga)-68–DPI-4452 may offer rapid and accurate visualization of lesions in patients with clear cell renal cell carcinoma, according to a recent study published by Hofman et al in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The...

prostate cancer
issues in oncology

Chemical-Related Epigenetic Modifications May Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer Among Firefighters

Exposure to certain chemicals while on the job may increase the risk of prostate cancer among firefighters, according to a recent study published by Quaid et al in Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis. Background Prostate cancer has the highest incidence of any cancer type among U.S. male...

issues in oncology

New Policy Statement Addresses Social, Economic, and Environmental Factors Influencing Cancer Care, Outcomes

ASCO’s new policy statement highlights the need for formalized efforts to address health-related social needs and outlines ways to address social determinants of health (SDOH) in cancer care. Social determinants are defined as conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age, which...

issues in oncology

America’s Cancer Doctors Demand Action From Congress: Address Drug Shortages

Cancer doctors from across the United States are lending their voices to a new advocacy campaign to end drug shortages. Led by the Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), nearly 500 oncology professionals have signed an open letter to Congress and the administration highlighting the severe impact ...

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