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Clifford A. Hudis, MD: A Message From ASCO’s CEO

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), talks about the 2024 Annual Meeting, and a focus on the compassionate side of cancer care.

pancreatic cancer

Belinda Lee, MBBS, on Early-Stage Pancreatic Cancer: New Data on Guiding Adjuvant Chemotherapy

Belinda Lee, MBBS, of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Northern Health, Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne, discusses findings from the AGITG DYNAMIC-Pancreas trial on the potential role of serial circulating tumor DNA testing after upfront surgery to guide adjuvant chemotherapy for...

lung cancer

Osimertinib for Patients With Locally Advanced EGFR-Mutated NSCLC: A New Standard of Care?

Osimertinib improved progression-free survival in patients with unresectable stage III EGFR-mutated non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has been treated with chemoradiotherapy—and may be a new standard of care for this population, according to research presented by Suresh Ramalingam, MD, FACP,...

breast cancer

Reshma Jagsi, MD, and Christian F. Singer, MD, MPH, on Early-Stage Breast Cancer: Adding a Vaccine to Neoadjuvant Systemic Therapy

Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, of Emory University Winship Cancer Institute, and Christian F. Singer, MD, MPH, of the Medical University of Vienna, discuss the MUC-1 vaccine tecemotide. When added to standard neoadjuvant systemic therapy for patients with early-stage breast cancer, this vaccine improved...

lung cancer

Consolidation Therapy With Durvalumab for Limited-Stage SCLC

Results from an interim analysis of the phase III ADRIATIC study demonstrated that consolidation therapy after chemoradiotherapy with durvalumab extends survival in patients with limited-stage small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) compared to the current standard-of-care treatment of chemoradiotherapy...

palliative care

Joseph A. Greer, PhD, on Lung Cancer: Telehealth vs In-Person Palliative Care

Joseph A. Greer, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, discusses study findings showing the merits of delivering early palliative care via telehealth vs in person to patients with advanced lung cancer. Using telemedicine in this way may potentially improve access to and ...

breast cancer

T-DXd Improves Progression-Free Survival in Patients With Breast Cancer Previously Treated With Endocrine Therapy

Fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki (T-DXd) delayed cancer growth in patients with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, HER2-low or -ultralow metastatic breast cancer that progressed following endocrine therapy, according to findings from the phase III DESTINY-Breast06 trial. The research was presented by...

gynecologic cancers

Don S. Dizon, MD, on Ovarian and Other Extrarenal Clear Cell Carcinomas: Update on Nivolumab and Ipilimumab

Don S. Dizon, MD, of Legorreta Cancer Center at Brown University and Lifespan Cancer Institute, discusses final phase II results of the BrUOG 354 trial showing that, for patients with ovarian and other extrarenal clear cell cancers, nivolumab and ipilimumab warrant further evaluation against...

lung cancer
palliative care

Telehealth Shown to Be Effective for Palliative Care Delivery in Patients With Advanced Lung Cancer

New research reinforces the telehealth delivery of palliative care as an effective alternative to in-person visits for patients with advanced lung cancer, providing comparable quality-of-life benefits. This research was presented by Joseph Greer, PhD, and colleagues at the 2024 ASCO Annual Meeting...

gastroesophageal cancer

Perioperative Chemotherapy vs Neoadjuvant Chemoradiation in Esophageal Cancer

For patients with locally advanced esophageal adenocarcinoma that can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy administered before and after surgery improved survival compared to chemoradiotherapy before surgery. The research was presented by Hoeppner et al at the 2024 ASCO Annual Meeting (Abstract...

multiple myeloma

Adding Belantamab Mafodotin to Doublet May Slow Disease Progression or Death in Relapsed or Refractory Myeloma

According to results from the phase III DREAMM-8 trial, adding belantamab mafodotin-blmf to pomalidomide and dexamethasone for the treatment of relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma was more effective at slowing disease progression or death compared to the current standard-of-care triplet,...

skin cancer

Christian U. Blank, MD, PhD, on Melanoma: Potentially Practice-Changing Results From the NADINA Trial

Christian U. Blank, MD, PhD, of the Netherlands Cancer Institute, discusses findings of an investigator-initiated phase III trial showing that neoadjuvant ipilimumab plus nivolumab followed by response-driven adjuvant treatment improved event-free survival in patients with macroscopic, resectable...

breast cancer

Lisa A. Carey, MD, and Dejan Juric, MD, on Breast Cancer: Updates From the INAVO120 Trial

Lisa A. Carey, MD, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Dejan Juric, MD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, discuss phase III findings on first-line use of inavolisib or placebo plus palbociclib and fulvestrant in...

gastroesophageal cancer

Jens Marquardt, MD, and Jens Hoeppner, MD, on Esophageal Cancer: Phase III Findings on Chemotherapy vs Chemoradiation

Jens Marquardt, MD, of the University of Lübeck, and Jens Hoeppner, MD, of the University of Bielefeld, discuss findings from the ESOPEC trial, which showed that perioperative chemotherapy (fluorouracii, leucovorin, oxaliplatin, docetaxel) and surgery improves survival in patients with resectable...

breast cancer

Lisa A. Carey, MD, and Kevin Kalinsky, MD, on Advanced Breast Cancer: New Data on Abemaciclib and Fulvestrant From the postMONARCH Trial

Lisa A. Carey, MD, of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Kevin Kalinsky, MD, of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, discuss the first phase III findings showing a benefit of continued CDK4/6 inhibition with abemaciclib plus...

prostate cancer

Anthony M. Joshua, MBBS, PhD, on Low-Risk Prostate Cancer and Metformin: New Trial Data

Anthony M. Joshua, MBBS, PhD, of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, discusses results from the MAST study, which explored the question of whether metformin could reduce disease progression in men with low-risk prostate cancer who are undergoing active surveillance (LBA5002).

breast cancer

Denise A. Yardley, MD, on Early Breast Cancer: Findings From the NATALEE Trial on Patients With Node-Negative Disease

Denise A. Yardley, MD, of the Sarah Cannon Research Institute, discusses the NATALEE trial, which assessed ribociclib plus a nonsteroidal aromatase inhibitor (NSAI) vs an NSAI alone in patients with hormone receptor–positive/HER2-negative early breast cancer at increased risk of recurrence,...

breast cancer

Ana C. Garrido-Castro, MD, on Managing Metastatic Breast Cancer in 2024

Ana C. Garrido-Castro, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses recent approvals of multiple novel therapies for metastatic breast cancer, weighing their potential benefits and risks, understanding the mechanisms that drive response and resistance, and exploring how to optimally sequence them ...

breast cancer

Ana C. Garrido-Castro, MD, on Metastatic Breast Cancer: Trial Update on Sacituzumab Govitecan With or Without Pembrolizumab

Ana C. Garrido-Castro, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, reports the results from the phase II SACI-IO trial in patients with hormone receptor–positive/HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer who received sacituzumab govitecan-hziy with or without pembrolizumab (LBA1004).

leukemia

Mazyar Shadman, MD, MPH, on Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: Recruiting for the CELESTIAL-TNCLL Study

Mazyar Shadman, MD, MPH, of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, discusses an ongoing phase III study of the BCL2 inhibitor sonrotoclax plus zanubrutinib vs venetoclax and obinutuzumab for patients with treatment-naive chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The investigators are recruiting internationally (see...

leukemia

Mazyar Shadman, MD, MPH, on Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: Update on BTK Inhibitors

Mazyar Shadman, MD, MPH, of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, discusses a network meta-analysis showing that zanubrutinib appears to be the most efficacious Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor for patients with high-risk relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia. It offers delayed...

gynecologic cancers

Katherine C. Fuh, MD, PhD, on Ovarian Cancer: New Data on Batiraxcept and Paclitaxel

Katherine C. Fuh, MD, PhD, of the University of California, San Francisco, discusses phase III findings of the AXLerate-OC trial, showing that batiraxcept with paclitaxel compared to paclitaxel alone improved progression-free and overall survival in patients with platinum-resistant recurrent...

lymphoma
immunotherapy

CAR T-Cell Therapy in Patients With Central Nervous System Lymphoma

A chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy approved for patients with large B-cell lymphoma has produced positive results in a pilot study involving patients with relapsed, treatment-resistant central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma. These findings from a small cohort were presented by Nayak et ...

breast cancer

Antibody-Drug Conjugate Plus Checkpoint Inhibitor for PD-L1–Positive, HR-Positive/HER2-Negative Breast Cancer

In patients with metastatic hormone receptor (HR)-positive/HER2-negative breast cancer unselected by PD-L1 status, adding the immune checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab to the antibody-drug conjugate sacituzumab govitecan-hziy resulted in a 1.9-month improvement in median progression-free survival...

lymphoma

Combination BrECADD Is Significantly More Effective Than BEACOPP for Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma, Study Finds

Although advancements in the treatment of classical Hodgkin lymphoma have increased the 5-year relative survival rate of patients with the disease to nearly 90%, dose-intensified treatment strategies may increase the risk for acute and long-term toxicities. The German Hodgkin Study Group (GHSG)...

leukemia

Shorter Durations of Venetoclax Yield Similar Response Rates Compared to Standard Course in AML

When combined with azacitidine, a 7-day course of venetoclax demonstrated similar remission rates and was more tolerable compared to the standard 28-day course for older or chemotherapy-ineligible patients with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML). These results from a retrospective...

leukemia
immunotherapy

Relapsed or Refractory B-Cell ALL: Novel CAR T-Cell Therapy Yields Strong Remission Rates

The novel anti-CD19 autologous chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy obecabtagene autoleucel achieved durable remissions in 40% of patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) without a subsequent stem cell transplant, according to results from the phase...

American Cancer Society and ASCO Announce Expanded Patient-Centered Online Collaboration

The American Cancer Society (ACS) and ASCO today announced an expanded collaboration to make it simpler for patients to find authoritative cancer information online. The partnership between ASCO, the leading organization for cancer care providers, and ACS, the leading patient education, support,...

breast cancer

Fabrice Andre, MD, PhD, on Breast Cancer: Interim Analysis From DESTINY-Breast07

Fabrice Andre, MD, PhD, of Gustave Roussy and the Université Paris-Saclay, discusses a dose-expansion interim analysis of trastuzumab deruxtecan (T-DXd) monotherapy and T-DXd plus pertuzumab in patients with previously untreated HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer (Abstract 1009).

lung cancer

Tomasz Jankowski, MD, PhD, on Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer: New Data on a Telomere-Targeting Agent

Tomasz Jankowski, MD, PhD, of Poland’s Medical University in Lublin, discusses a phase II study of THIO, a telomere-targeting agent followed by cemiplimab-rwlc for a difficult-to-treat population of patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer (Abstract 8601).

multiple myeloma

Xavier P. Leleu, MD, PhD, on Multiple Myeloma: Update on Isatuximab, Lenalidomide, Dexamethasone, and Bortezomib

Xavier P. Leleu, MD, PhD, of France’s Université de Poitiers and Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Poitiers, discusses phase III findings showing that isatuximab in combination with bortezomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone deepened responses and increased the rate of measurable residual...

kidney cancer

Toni K. Choueiri, MD, on RCC: Biomarker Analysis From the CLEAR Trial

Toni K. Choueiri, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses phase III findings showing that, in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC), the benefit of lenvatinib plus pembrolizumab vs sunitinib in overall response rate does not appear to be affected by such factors as...

leukemia
lymphoma

Muhit Özcan, MD, on CLL/SLL: Report on a Still-Recruiting International Study of Nemtabrutinib, Venetoclax, and Rituximab

Muhit Özcan, MD, of Turkey’s Ankara University School of Medicine, discusses the ongoing phase III BELLWAVE-010 study of nemtabrutinib plus venetoclax vs venetoclax plus rituximab in previously treated patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)/small lymphocytic...

lymphoma

FDA Approves Lisocabtagene Maraleucel for Relapsed or Refractory Mantle Cell Lymphoma

On May 30, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy lisocabtagene maraleucel (Breyanzi) for adult patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma who have received at least two prior lines of systemic therapy, including a...

lung cancer

Lorlatinib vs Crizotinib for Advanced ALK-Positive NSCLC: Extended CROWN Follow-up

The CROWN study (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT03052608) of lorlatinib, a brain-penetrant, third-generation ALK tyrosine kinase inhibitor, vs crizotinib, an inhibitor of receptor tyrosine kinases (including ALK), in the first-line treatment of patients with advanced ALK-positive non–small cell...

leukemia

Asciminib Shows Superior Efficacy vs Standard-of-Care Front-Line TKIs in CML

Over the past 2 decades, the development of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) targeting the ATP-binding site of the constitutively activated tyrosine kinase in the fusion BCR::ABL1 protein has resulted in markedly improved treatment outcomes among patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)....

colorectal cancer
immunotherapy

Can a Novel Combination Therapy Improve Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Outcomes?

A novel combination comprising experimental immunotherapy drugs plus chemotherapy may improve survival outcomes in previously treated patients with metastatic colorectal cancer compared to the targeted therapy regorafenib alone. These findings will be presented by Wainberg et al at the 2024 ASCO...

prostate cancer
issues in oncology
genomics/genetics

Differences in Prostate Cancer Genomics Among U.S. Veterans

Researchers have uncovered differences in the genomic makeup of metastatic prostate cancer cells among U.S. veterans that may be associated with race and ethnicity. These findings will be presented by Valle et al at the 2024 ASCO Annual Meeting (Abstract 5017). The research could translate into...

hematologic malignancies
supportive care
issues in oncology

Cyclophosphamide May Enable More Patients With High-Risk Hematologic Malignancies to Receive Stem Cell Transplants

A novel treatment strategy using cyclophosphamide-based graft-vs-host disease prophylaxis may enable more patients with high-risk hematologic malignancies to receive stem cell transplantation from mismatched unrelated donors. These findings were presented by Al Malki et al at the 2024 ASCO Annual...

A Father’s Advice Plus a Desire to Help Spur a Career in Oncology and a Leadership Role in African Cancer Care

Miriam Mutebi, MD, MSc, FACS, was born and reared in the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. “The suburb I grew up in (Langata), has seen a lot of development over the past couple of decades. When I was a child, it was a smaller community, where you would go and play at somebody else’s house and have...

For an International Expert in Gynecologic Cancer, Being Reared by Educators Who Stressed Knowledge and Service Was Key

Deputy Editor of The ASCO Post, Jame Abraham, MD, FACP, recently spoke with gynecologic cancer expert Sharmila K. Makhija, MD, MBA, about her journey to her current position as Founding Dean and Chief Executive Officer of the Alice L. Walton School of Medicine, Bentonville, Arkansas. Raised by...

Motivated by His Mother’s Brain Cancer and His Own Life-Threatening Disease, a Young Physician Works to ‘Pay Back the Universe’

Like many young boys, David Fajgenbaum, MD, MBA, MSc, loved sports and dreamed about playing college football. He attained that dream, but along the way, family tragedy and a personal battle with a life-threatening disease reshaped his worldview and accelerated his ambitions as a...

Immigrant Reared During the Lebanese Civil War by Parents Who Valued Education Becomes a Leader in Genitourinary Oncology

Genitourinary cancer expert Toni K. Choueiri, MD, FASCO, was born in 1975 in Beirut, Lebanon, the year a devastating civil war erupted, lasted for 15 years, and cost the lives of some 150,000 individuals and also led to the exodus of almost 1 million people from Lebanon. “People with the financial...

Born in a Small Village in India, a Breast Cancer Expert Assumes a Leadership Role in Oncology in Cleveland and Beyond

Jame Abraham, MD, FACP, was born and reared in Kerala, a tropical state in southwestern India. Situated on the Malabar Coast, Kerala was named as one of the ten paradises of the world by National Geographic Traveler. “Along with its natural beauty, Kerala is a true melting pot. Over centuries,...

The National Cancer Act of 1971 Inspired a Career in Service to and Advocacy for Patients With Cancer

ASCO President for the 2024–2025 term, Robin Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO, was born and reared in Cheektowaga, a town in the western part of New York. “Cheektowaga is the Native American name for ‘land of the crabapple tree.’ Western New York was first settled by one of seven tribes belonging to the...

hematologic malignancies

A Mother’s Encouragement and a Husband-Wife Doctor Team Set the Stage for a Career in Hematologic Oncology

Lymphoma expert Jane N. Winter, MD, grew up on the south shore of Long Island in New York. “My dad sold cars in my great uncle’s dealership after a failed foray into business after World War II. My mom graduated high school at 16 to go to work to help support her family. When my younger brother...

hematologic malignancies

A Daughter of First-Generation Immigrants Follows Their Can-Do Philosophy in Her Research Efforts in Hematologic Oncology

Leukemia expert Eunice S. Wang, MD, is the daughter of first-generation immigrants, whose work ethos inspired in her a world without boundaries. “My parents were born in China during the communist era, and they immigrated to Taiwan when the communists took over in the 1940s and then subsequently...

issues in oncology

FDA’s Crowdsourcing Initiative to Benefit Patient-Centric Clinical Trial Innovation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) recently announced a new initiative called “Project 5 in 5.” Project 5 in 5 is a crowdsourcing initiative to ultimately identify five clinically relevant questions that can be answered through use of pragmatic...

Multicultural ASCO President-Elect Was Raised in Mexico by Parents Who Instilled a Sense of Duty to Make a Difference

ASCO President-Elect Eric J. Small, MD, FASCO, developed much of his multicultural world view during his childhood in Mexico City. “My parents were expatriates who moved to Mexico in the 1950s and settled there. I was born in Mexico City and grew up bilingually. I went to an English-Spanish...

Narratives in Oncology Through the Years

Beginning in 2012, The ASCO Post introduced Narratives in Oncology, a special commemorative issue profiling several of the many leaders in the oncology community. Over the past dozen years, many in the oncology community have been profiled in this special issue. A complete list of individuals...

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