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lymphoma

Finding a New Life Purpose After Cancer

In the summer of 2012, I was living my dream. At 28 years old, I had gone from an impoverished childhood in South Central Los Angeles to the high life in the city of Los Angeles. Unable to afford to go to college, an after-school program helped launch me into a career in the hospitality industry. I ...

issues in oncology

Accelerating Progress Against Cancer and Other Life-Threatening Diseases

Cancer—and the quest to accelerate more effective treatments and potential cures for all life-threatening diseases—has perhaps shaped the life of financier Michael Milken more than his legendary career on Wall Street. In the early 1970s, Mr. Milken’s mother-in-law was diagnosed with metastatic...

colorectal cancer

Colorectal Cancer Screening: Major Communication Gap in the Clinical Setting

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. In 2023, the disease is expected to cause an estimated 52,550 deaths. Studies show that receiving a clinician recommendation is the strongest and most consistent...

legislation
issues in oncology

Cancer Moonshot Initiative Receives $240 Million Boost

On September 13, during a meeting of the Cancer Cabinet, President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden announced a $240 million investment to accelerate advances in cancer-related projects, with the aim of improving treatments and reducing cancer mortality over the next 25 years. The funding,...

issues in oncology
health-care policy
legislation

AACR Issues Annual Cancer Progress Report

The remarkable progress in medical research—primarily supported by federal investments in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI)—over the past 3 decades, coupled with advances in cancer prevention and early detection, has led to a 33% reduction in cancer...

lung cancer

Data Analysis of Young-Onset Lung Cancer Reveals Key Differences Compared With the Disease in Older Adults

Lung cancer, both small cell and non–small cell, is the second most common cancer in both men and women in the United States, with about 238,340 new cases diagnosed each year, and the leading cause of cancer-related mortality, accounting for more than 127,000 deaths annually.1 Lung cancer in...

lymphoma
pancreatic cancer

Instinct and Perseverance Helped Save Me From Two Cancers

My intuition about my health has served me well over the past 10 years, possibly even saving my life from two serious cancers. In 2013, I was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma. I believe that my awareness of changes in my body led to its early discovery. One evening, after exercising at the gym...

issues in oncology
cost of care

How Is Administrative Payment Burden Associated With Cost-Related Delays in Cancer Care?

Research shows that the United States’ health-care delivery and financing system is so complex that streamlining administrative costs alone could reduce total health-care spending by 15%. In addition, health insurance payment and medical billing processes are time-consuming and expensive for both...

cost of care
legislation

Ibrutinib Included Among the 10 Drugs Slated for Medicare Price Negotiations

On August 29, the Biden Administration announced the first 10 prescription medications that will be included in Medicare’s price negotiations with drug manufacturers as the government aims to reduce the financial burden on millions of older Americans and potentially save the Medicare program...

survivorship

How the Cancer Moonshot Aims to Improve the Quality of Life for Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors

Several recent studies have shown an increasingly disturbing trend: the incidence of early-onset cancers—those diagnosed in individuals younger than age 50—is on the rise, and not just in the United States but globally as well. Worldwide, in 2019, there were a reported 1.19 million new cases of...

solid tumors

Noninvasive, Multitarget Stool DNA Methylation Assay Under Study in Early Detection of Multiple Gastrointestinal Cancers

A prospective study in China found that a noninvasive, multitarget stool DNA methylation assay was accurate in the early detection and identification of the tissue of origin of gastrointestinal cancers.1 The study, conducted by Li-Yue Sun, MD, of Guangdong Second Provincial General Hospital,...

solid tumors

Liquid Biopsy Assay Demonstrated Effectiveness in Early Cancer Detection in Asymptomatic Individuals in Vietnam

A Vietnamese prospective study by Hanh Thi-Hue Nguyen, BS, and Le Son Tran, PhD, both of the Medical Genetics Institute and Gene Solutions, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and colleagues, investigating the feasibility and performance of a circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) analyzing test in the early...

pancreatic cancer

Does Benzo Type Impact Pancreatic Cancer Outcomes?

Pancreatic cancer has the poorest 5-year survival rate (12.5%) relative to all other cancers. In 2023, about 64,050 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and approximately 50,550 will die of the disease. A retrospective study investigating the impact of palliative care medicine on the...

cost of care

Overcoming Financial Toxicity From Cancer

I knew the moment my fingers found a lump in my left breast, in 2018, that it was cancer, and I wondered if I was going to die. My maternal grandmother had been diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 39, the same age I was when I discovered the mass in my breast. She died 5 years later. Divorced ...

breast cancer

Susan M. Love, MD, MBA, Breast Cancer Surgeon, Researcher, and Advocate

Susan M. Love, MD, MBA, a renowned surgeon, author, researcher, and patient advocate who dedicated her life’s work to breast cancer care, died on July 2, 2023, at her home in Los Angeles. The cause of death was recurrent leukemia. She was 75. Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, on February 9, 1948,...

survivorship
cardio-oncology

How Multidisciplinary Specialties Are Coming Together to Improve the Quality of Life of Cancer Survivors

As we detailed in our Special Report “Surviving, but Not Always Thriving, After Cancer,” in the May 25, 2023, issue of The ASCO Post, the combination of advances in more effective therapies to treat cancer, gains in early detection, and sharp declines in tobacco use have led to a staggering 33%...

gastrointestinal cancer

Noninvasive Multitarget Stool DNA Methylation Assay in the Early Detection of Multiple Gastrointestinal Cancers

With an estimated 4.8 million new cases and 3.4 million deaths worldwide recorded in 2018, cancers of the gastrointestinal tract account for over one-quarter (26%) of global cancer incidence and over one-third (35%) of all cancer-related deaths. Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)...

issues in oncology

Liquid Biopsy Assay Demonstrates Effective Early Cancer Detection in Asymptomatic Individuals in Vietnam

Studies show that both the incidence of cancer and mortality rates in Vietnam have tripled over the past 3 decades; in 2020, over 182,560 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the country, and nearly 123,000 people died from the disease. In addition, most cases—up to 80%—are diagnosed at an...

issues in oncology

Keeping Staff and Patients Safe From Workplace Violence

The statistics are chilling. According to estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers in the fields of health care and social services are five times more likely to suffer from a workplace violence injury than workers overall.1 The Bureau statistics show that the rate of injuries...

pancreatic cancer

Turning Fear Into Hope

The first sign that pancreatic cancer was stalking my family was in 1982, when my mother was diagnosed with stage IV disease. She was just 54 years old and died several months later. After two more family members in their early 50s were also diagnosed with the cancer, I began to worry that I would...

breast cancer

I Didn’t Want My Past to Become My Future

When I felt a large mass in my left breast as I was drying off from a shower on Thanksgiving Day, in 2007, I instinctively knew it was cancer. My mother had been diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 38, just 7 years older than I was at the time, and died 4 years later. I was 6 when she was...

Retrospective View of Medical Dissection From May 1896

The text and photograph here are excerpted from a four-volume series of books titled Oncology: Tumors & Treatment, A Photographic History, The Antiseptic Era 1876–1900 by Stanley B. Burns, MD, FACS, and Elizabeth A. Burns. The photograph appears courtesy of Stanley B. Burns, MD, and The Burns...

geriatric oncology
global cancer care

Assessing Geriatric Oncology Practice in Portugal

The global population is aging rapidly. Currently, there are more than 703 million people worldwide aged 65 and older, representing 9.1% of the global population. It is estimated that this percentage will grow to 15.9%—1.5 billion people—by 2050.1 And with that growing aging population will come...

issues in oncology

How ASCO’s 2023 Breakthrough Meeting Is Putting a Spotlight on Cutting-Edge Advances in Cancer Care Technology and Innovation

After a 4-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, ASCO’s Breakthrough meeting is returning to Asia from August 3–5, 2023, in Yokohama, Japan, and will also be livestreamed (https://conferences.asco.org/breakthrough/welcome). Launched in 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, “Breakthrough is ASCO’s...

integrative oncology

A Telephone-Based Weight-Loss Intervention Induced Clinically Meaningful Weight Loss in Patients With Breast Cancer and Overweight or Obesity

Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, FASCO, Director of the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and colleagues conducted a randomized study to evaluate the impact of a telephone-based ...

leukemia

Health Systems Strengthening Approach in the United States–Mexico Border Region Improved 5-Year Survival for Children With ALL

The implementation of a collaborative program between North American and Mexican medical institutions to achieve sustainable, high-quality care at a public hospital in the United States–Mexico border region for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has resulted in significant improvement ...

issues in oncology

Second Annual Conference at the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum Emphasizes Patients’ Concerns

On December 23, 1971, President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act of 1971 into law, establishing a national cancer program that included the National Cancer Institute (NCI), other research institutes, and federal and nonfederal programs; funding for 15 new cancer research centers and...

issues in oncology

ASCO Chief Executive Officer Issues Statement on Affirmative Action Ruling

On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to end race-conscious college admissions. In reaction to the Court’s ruling, and its potential effect on reversing progress toward increasing diversity in the nation’s physician workforce, ASCO released the following statement from Chief Executive Officer...

issues in oncology

Children of Parents With a History of Cancer May Experience Housing, Food, and Financial Hardship, as Well as Delays in Medical Care

Children of parents with a history of cancer are more likely to face housing and food insecurity and delayed medical care due to a lack of transportation compared to children without a parental history of cancer, according to a study published by Zheng et al in JAMA Network Open. Among these...

issues in oncology

Medicaid Expansion Associated With a Reduction in Mortality for Black Patients With Gastrointestinal Malignancies

A study investigating the effect of Medicaid expansion on racial disparities in mortality among patients with gastrointestinal malignancies has found that the initiative was associated with a greater reduction in 2-year mortality rates among Black patients living in states with Medicaid expansion...

pancreatic cancer

Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer Saved My Life

When my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer 25 years ago, her medical team suggested we undergo genetic testing for the BRCA gene mutation. I knew that being a BRCA carrier put me at greater risk for breast and ovarian cancers, but I had no idea it also increased my risk for pancreatic cancer....

issues in oncology

Involving All of Society to End Cancer as We Know It

This has been a year of firsts and seconds for Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO. This past October, Dr. Bertagnolli became the 16th Director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the first woman and the first clinical trials cooperative group chair to hold that position. Then, 2 months...

pancreatic cancer

Minimally Invasive Distal Pancreatectomy in Patients With Resectable Pancreatic Cancer

Results from the international, randomized DIPLOMA trial (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT04483726) comparing minimally invasive distal pancreatectomy (MIDP) with open distal pancreatectomy (ODP) in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma showed that the rate of radical resection following...

leukemia
global cancer care

Using a Health Systems Strengthening Approach in the United States–Mexico Border Region Improved Survival Rates for Children With ALL

The implementation of a collaborative program between North American and Mexican medical institutions to achieve sustainable, high-quality care at a public hospital in the United States–Mexico border region for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and improve outcomes has resulted in...

breast cancer

Telephone-Based Weight Loss Intervention for Patients With Breast Cancer and Overweight/Obesity

A randomized study by Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, Director of the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, evaluating the impact of a telephone-based weight loss intervention in...

gastrointestinal cancer
health-care policy

Medicaid Expansion Associated With a Reduction in Mortality for Black Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancers

Studies showed that racial minorities experience disparities in access to cancer treatment and survival. In an effort to improve access to care for disadvantaged populations, the Affordable Care Act provided funding to states to expand Medicaid eligibility criteria and provide coverage to...

Making the Art of Oncology and Cancer Care Central to Her Presidential Term

Lynn M. Schuchter, MD, FASCO, has said that volunteering and working with ASCO over many years has been the highlight of her career. She served on the ASCO Board of Directors from 2009 to 2012 and on several ASCO committees, including terms as Chair of the Annual Meeting Scientific Program...

survivorship

Surviving, but Not Always Thriving, After Cancer

As discussed in Part I of this special feature on cancer survivorship, there are now more than 18 million cancer survivors in the United States, and that number is expected to grow to 26 million by 2040.1 However, most of those survivors—at least two-thirds—either cured or in remission or living...

ASCO CEO Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FASCO, FACP, Discusses How the Cancer Care Community Will Meet the Daunting Challenges Ahead

With this issue of The ASCO Post, we introduce a new feature, View From the Top: The Future of Cancer Care Delivery, which will explore how leaders in oncology are developing strategies to ensure continued innovative oncology care in an ever-changing health-care environment. In this inaugural...

survivorship

Surviving, but Not Always Thriving, After Cancer

The improvement in cancer survival rates since President Richard M. Nixon signed the National Cancer Act of 1971 into law is staggering. The legislation further committed the United States to greater investments in cancer-focused research to drive down the rates of cancer diagnoses, boost patient...

lung cancer

An Incidental Finding of Cancer Likely Saved My Life

Except for a ganglion cyst that had mysteriously popped up on the palm of my right hand in the winter of 2016, I appeared to be in excellent health. I had never had any serious illnesses in my then 55 years and rarely even got colds. If the annoying cyst hadn’t interfered with my normal daily...

breast cancer
pancreatic cancer

I’m BRCA-Positive and Survived Both Breast and Pancreatic Cancers

Cancer has stalked my family for generations. My mother, brother, and maternal uncle were diagnosed with melanoma. Fortunately, all survived. When my sister was diagnosed with early-stage invasive ductal carcinoma in 2010, she underwent genetic testing, which showed she was positive for the BRCA2...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

Bispecific Antibody REGN5459 Shows Activity in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

Although the 5-year relative survival rate for multiple myeloma is improving—up from 34.6% in 1998 to 53.9% in 2016—due to the approval of more effective therapies, multiple myeloma remains incurable, and new treatment options are needed, especially in the relapsed/refractory setting. A small phase ...

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genomics/genetics

Liquid Biopsy–Based Multicancer Early Detection Test May Find Early-Stage and Low DNA–Shedding Cancers

Although plasma cell-free DNA (cfDNA) tests represent a promising approach for cancer screening, different methodologies vary in performance and many liquid biopsy tests show decreased performance in detecting early-stage or low-shedding DNA tumors. However, the results from a retrospective...

colorectal cancer
genomics/genetics
issues in oncology

Study Explores Genomic Basis of Racial Disparities Among Patients With Colorectal Cancer

Black individuals are disproportionately affected by colorectal cancer. They have the highest rates of the disease of any racial or ethnic group in the United States, and are about 20% more likely to develop colorectal cancer and about 40% more likely to die of the disease than most other groups. A ...

pancreatic cancer

Study Finds Precursor Pancreatic Lesions Occur Frequently in Healthy Human Pancreases

Pancreatic cancer is a rare disease, accounting for about 3% of all cancers in the United States. It is the deadliest of all solid malignancies, accounting for about 7% of all cancer deaths each year, and carries a 5-year survival rate of just 11.5%. According to the American Cancer Society, in...

lung cancer

Genetics Likely Caused My Small Cell Lung Cancer

When I was diagnosed with lung cancer, in 2007, I asked the physician not to tell me the type, stage, or prognosis. I was about to start nursing school and was aware enough about the disease to know that not many people survived. I’ve since discovered that I had stage 3B small cell lung cancer,...

colorectal cancer

Colorectal Cancer Rates Are Rising in Younger Adults, Shifting to More Advanced Disease Across All Ages

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the third most common cause of cancer-related death in both men and women in the United States. However, it ranks second in cancer-related deaths overall and is the leading cause of cancer...

solid tumors

I Haven’t Known a Life Without von Hippel-Lindau Disease

Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease has been with me since I was 5 years old, when a benign tumor was found on the optic nerve of my left eye, leaving me blind in that eye. But I didn’t get an official diagnosis of the disease until 2011, when I was 20. By then, it was like a light switch had turned...

lung cancer

I’m Doing My Part to Erase the Stigma Surrounding Lung Cancer

Ironically, I received a diagnosis of lung cancer when I was feeling my healthiest. In December 2015, when I was just 51 years old, a routine chest x-ray found a small shadow on the lower lobe of my right lung. Despite being a never-smoker, a regular exerciser, and a healthy eater, my primary care...

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