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breast cancer

Testing of Lymph Nodes for Breast Cancer Recurrence After Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy

A study published by Sharp et al in The Breast Journal suggests that some patients with breast cancer may be able to forgo certain testing procedures after neoadjuvant chemotherapy without increasing their risk of cancer recurrence. Prior studies on detecting whether breast cancer has spread to...

issues in oncology
lymphoma
leukemia
kidney cancer
cns cancers

Study Explores Incidence Rates for Various Pediatric Cancers Across Age and Racial Groups

New research has uncovered substantial differences in the rates of childhood cancers when considering a single year of age rather than grouping several years together. The study, published by Marcotte et al in the journal Cancer, also found that minority children seem to have different risks than...

prostate cancer

Neeraj Agarwal, MD, on Prostate Cancer: Androgen-Deprivation Therapy With Orteronel or Bicalutamide

Neeraj Agarwal, MD, of Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, discusses phase III data from the SWOG S1216 trial, which evaluated the clinical benefit of using androgen-deprivation therapy with either orteronel (or TAK-700, a CYP17 inhibitor) or bicalutamide in patients with newly...

breast cancer
immunotherapy

Sibylle Loibl, MD, PhD, on Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: Improving Long-Term Outcomes With Durvalumab

Sibylle Loibl, MD, PhD, of the German Breast Group, discusses results from the phase III GeparNUEVO study, which investigated neoadjuvant durvalumab in addition to anthracycline/taxane-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy in patients with early triple-negative breast cancer (Abstract 506).

leukemia

Arnon P. Kater, MD, PhD, on CLL: Fixed-Duration Ibrutinib and Venetoclax vs Chlorambucil Plus Obinutuzumab

Arnon P. Kater, MD, PhD, of the University of Amsterdam, discusses a primary analysis of the phase III GLOW study, which, for the first time, compared the efficacy and safety of fixed-duration ibrutinib plus venetoclax with chlorambucil plus obinutuzumab for first-line treatment of older patients...

prostate cancer
issues in oncology

Peter C. Black, MD, on Prostate Cancer Health-Care Disparities: Expert Perspective

Peter C. Black, MD, of the Vancouver Prostate Centre, University of British Columbia, reviews three studies on early detection and treatment of Black patients with prostate cancer: a large-scale analysis of genomic profiling; the use of PSA screening; and integrating a patient-specific genomic...

FDA Oncology Center of Excellence Launches National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s Oncology Center of Excellence (OCE) has announced its inaugural National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week, which is taking place from June 17 through June 23, 2021. Throughout the week, the agency’s social media platforms will serve as the hub for...

leukemia

Keith W. Pratz, MD, on AML: Venetoclax, Azacitidine, and Disease Response

Keith W. Pratz, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania, discusses the outcomes of patients with acute myeloid leukemia who took part in the VIALE-A trial and were treated with venetoclax and azacitidine. The patients had achieved both composite complete remission and measurable residual disease of...

hematologic malignancies
immunotherapy

Efstathios Kastritis, MD, on Amyloidosis: Standard of Care Plus Daratumumab

Efstathios Kastritis, MD, of the University of Athens, discusses updated phase III results from the ANDROMEDA study of patients with newly diagnosed light chain amyloidosis. The trial further supports the use of daratumumab plus VCd (bortezomib, cyclophosphamide, and dexamethasone), which was shown ...

breast cancer
genomics/genetics

ASCO Releases Rapid Guideline Recommendation Update for Patients With High-Risk, HER2-Negative, Germline BRCA–Mutated Breast Cancer

A new ASCO guideline update recommends offering 1 year of adjuvant olaparib to patients with high-risk, early-stage, HER2-negative breast cancer and germline BRCA mutations after completion of (neo)adjuvant chemotherapy and local treatment, including radiation. The recommendations update the 2020...

hematologic malignancies

FDA Approves Avapritinib for Advanced Systemic Mastocytosis

On June 16, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the tyrosine kinase inhibitor avapritinib (Ayvakit) for adult patients with advanced systemic mastocytosis, including patients with aggressive systemic mastocytosis, systemic mastocytosis with an associated hematologic neoplasm, and...

gynecologic cancers
cost of care

Nearly Half of Surveyed Patients With Gynecologic Cancer Report Experiencing Financial Toxicity

In a new study designed to provide a more comprehensive picture of how a diverse cohort of patients with gynecologic cancer are affected by financial distress, nearly half reported financial toxicity, which was associated with economic cost-coping strategies. These findings were reported by Esselen ...

breast cancer

Geoffrey J. Lindeman, MBBS, PhD, on Breast Cancer: Venetoclax and Fulvestrant in ER-Positive, HER2-Negative Disease

Geoffrey J. Lindeman, MBBS, PhD, of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, discusses results from the phase II VERONICA study, which compared venetoclax plus fulvestrant with fulvestrant alone in women with estrogen receptor–positive, HER2-negative, locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer who...

leukemia
immunotherapy

Nicholas J. Short, MD, on ALL: Ponatinib Plus Blinatumomab May Help Patients Avoid Transplants

Nicholas J. Short, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses early results from a phase II study which showed that combining ponatinib and blinatumomab in patients with Philadelphia chromosome–positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia may prove to be an effective...

lymphoma

Ann S. LaCasce, MD, on Hodgkin Lymphoma: PET-Adapted Therapy for Bulky Disease

Ann S. LaCasce, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses results from the CALGB 50801 Alliance study, which showed that a PET scan–adapted approach may reduce the need for radiation treatment and may improve progression-free outcomes in patients with stage I/II bulky classic Hodgkin lymphoma...

breast cancer

Nadia Harbeck, MD, PhD, on Luminal Breast Cancer: Prognostic Impact of Recurrence Score, Endocrine Response, and Other Factors

Nadia Harbeck, MD, PhD, of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, discusses first phase III results from a prospective high-risk cohort of patients with luminal breast cancer, which showed a good prognosis in some women with more than four positive lymph nodes and low recurrence scores. The study...

bladder cancer

Sumanta K. Pal, MD, on Urothelial Carcinoma: Comparing Cisplatin and Gemcitabine With or Without Berzosertib

Sumanta K. Pal, MD, of City of Hope, discusses results from a phase II study that sought to determine whether adding berzosertib, a selective ATR inhibitor, to the standard upfront chemotherapy regimen of cisplatin with gemcitabine may improve outcomes in patients with metastatic urothelial...

breast cancer

Adjuvant Platinum vs Capecitabine in Patients With Basal Subtype Triple-Negative Breast Cancer and Residual Disease After Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and during the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting by Ingrid A. Mayer, MD, and colleagues, the phase III ECOG-ACRIN EA1131 trial investigated the use of adjuvant platinum vs capecitabine in patients with basal subtype triple-negative breast cancer and residual...

gynecologic cancers

Computational Tool Suggests Optimal Treatment for Patients With High-Grade Ovarian Cancer

A mathematical tool may help to examine how doctors may coordinate available treatments for high-grade serous ovarian cancer. Published by Gu et al in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the new analysis showed that patients who can have complete debulking surgery first, with...

Expert Point of View: Henry Kuerer, MD, PhD, FACS

Henry Kuerer, MD, PhD, FACS, a cancer surgeon and researcher at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, told The ASCO Post that although this study is not practice-changing, it does offer a potential option for patients. “The advantage of this technique is that the procedure takes just...

leukemia

Ibrutinib/Venetoclax Provides Durable Remission for Patients With Newly Diagnosed CLL

The combination of ibrutinib and venetoclax was found to provide lasting disease remission in patients with newly diagnosed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Findings from a single-institution phase II study were published by Nitin Jain, MD, and colleagues in JAMA Oncology and provide the longest ...

FDA Approves New Pediatric Indication for Technetium Tc 99m Tilmanocept Injection

The Lymphoseek (technetium Tc 99m tilmanocept) injection—a radiopharmaceutical agent specifically designed for targeted lymphatic mapping and guiding sentinel lymph node biopsies—has been approved for pediatric use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). "This new indication opens the door...

covid-19

Navigating the Post-Vaccine Pandemic

By now, most health-care workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19.* Physical immunity would appear to last for at least 6 months and probably longer. The physical pandemic for most oncologists is declining, with an end in sight. We are protected from the serious physical consequences of...

Two Memorial Sloan Kettering Experts Awarded for Pioneering Work

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) recently announced that Larry Norton, MD, Senior Vice President, Office of the President; and Medical Director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center, has been elected to the American Academy of the Arts & Sciences, an honorary society that recognizes ...

lung cancer
immunotherapy

Dual Immune Checkpoint Blockade With Nivolumab and Ipilimumab for Treatment of Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

In recent years, immune checkpoint inhibitors in the treatment of mesothelioma have been a keen area of investigation for this immunogenic solid tumor. With recent publications, principally findings from CheckMate 743 by Baas et al1 (reviewed in this issue of The ASCO Post), combination immune...

solid tumors
immunotherapy

Is High Tumor Mutational Burden Predictive of Immune Checkpoint Blockade Efficacy Across All Cancer Types?

In a letter recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine and reviewed in this issue of The ASCO Post, Rousseau and colleagues reported data on the spectrum of benefit from immune checkpoint blockade in hypermutated tumors.1 Indeed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently...

Carol L. Prives, PhD, FAACR, Receives 2021 AACR–G.H.A. Clowes Award for Outstanding Basic Cancer Research

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) presented Carol L. Prives, PhD, FAACR, with the 2021 AACR–G.H.A. Clowes Award for Outstanding Basic Cancer Research during the virtual AACR Annual Meeting 2021. Dr. Prives, the Da Costa Professor of Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences ...

covid-19
issues in oncology
lung cancer
hepatobiliary cancer

Selected Poster Presentations From the NCCN 2021 Annual Conference

Although once again, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) 2021 Annual Conference could not take place on site in Orlando, researchers presented their work virtually in the form of almost 100 posters. The ASCO Post has summarized some that we found particularly interesting. Many...

The Brooklyn Cancer Center Announces New Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology

The Brooklyn Cancer Center has named hematologist-oncologist Maxim Shulimovich, DO, as its new Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology. His recruitment promises to lead the cancer center as a unified division to provide expert care and culturally sensitive services for patients with all types of...

Roswell Park Immunologist Promoted to Endowed Chair Role

Following a national search, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has promoted Pawel Kalinski, MD, PhD, to Jacobs Family Endowed Chair of Immunology, Chief of the Division of Translational Immuno-Oncology, and Senior Vice President for Team Science. On staff at Roswell Park since 2017, Dr....

Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance Awards $3.6 Million to Six Emerging Pioneers in Cancer Research

The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance has announced the winners of the 2021 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research, awarded annually to cancer research scientists and physician-scientists based in the greater New York City area. The prize, totaling $3.6...

National Advocacy Organization, Children’s Cancer Cause, Invites Applications for 2021 Survivorship Champion’s Prize

The Children’s Cancer Cause is now accepting applications for its 2021 Survivorship Champion’s Prize. The annual award was established in 2020 to recognize a group, program, or institution making significant advances in programs and services to provide lifelong health maintenance for survivors of...

colorectal cancer

Data Analysis on Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer Sheds Light on the Rising Rates in Young Adults

In May 2021, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced that it was updating its recommendation for when individuals at average risk of colorectal cancer should begin screening. Echoing the recommendation from the American Cancer Society in 2018, the USPSTF now recommends that those ...

head and neck cancer

I Was Given a ‘Death Sentence’ at Just 17

A minor car accident I had with my mother when I was 17 probably saved my life. We were taken to the hospital for a routine checkup, and a subsequent chest x-ray found multiple nodules on my lungs. I underwent dozens of other imaging and blood tests, and finally, my pediatrician suggested my...

Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Jennifer Barsky Reese, PhD, Receives New Investigator Award

Jennifer Barsky Reese, PhD, Associate Professor for the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Fox Chase Cancer Center, was recently recognized with the New Investigator Award from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS). “I am extremely honored to get this award. This is a testament...

‘Radiation Is Not the Enemy’

“I want to make very clear that radiation is not the enemy,” Monika Metzger, MD, MSc, emphasized in discussing a study she led on the integration of brentuximab vedotin into the front-line treatment of pediatric patients with high-risk Hodgkin lymphoma. The study yielded excellent results while...

lymphoma

Adding Targeted Agent to Treatment Shows Significant Benefits in Pediatric Patients With High-Risk Hodgkin Lymphoma

Integrating the antibody-drug conjugate brentuximab vedotin into the front-line treatment of pediatric patients with high-risk Hodgkin lymphoma “facilitated significant reduction in radiation exposure and yielded excellent outcomes,” Monika Metzger, MD, MSc, Director for the Central and South...

gastroesophageal cancer

Disease-Free Survival Benefit With Adjuvant Immunotherapy in Resectable Esophageal Cancer: Practice-Changing for All Patients?

The CheckMate 577 trial—reported in The New England Journal of Medicine by Kelly et al1 and reviewed in this issue of The ASCO Post—is the first global randomized controlled trial for patients with resectable esophageal cancer that showed a significant disease-free survival benefit for adjuvant...

kidney cancer
immunotherapy

Cabozantinib With Nivolumab for Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma: A New Front-Line Standard

The pace of clinical research in metastatic renal cell carcinoma is faster than ever. Over the past 5 years, we have seen data from six phase III clinical trials evaluating combination strategies with checkpoint inhibitors. The era began with data from CheckMate 214, evaluating nivolumab with...

Gustavo Fonseca, MD, FACP, Assumes New Role at Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) has named Gustavo “Gus” Fonseca, MD, FACP, as Medical Director of the Clinical Research Program. Dr. Fonseca will provide clinical leadership and oversight of the statewide practice’s extensive involvement in conducting phase I through IV...

The Ohio State Recruits Marcos J. de Lima, MD, to Lead Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Programs

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center–Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC–James) has recruited Marcos J. de Lima, MD, to lead its Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy programs, two key leadership positions within central...

Eduardo M. Sotomayor, MD, to Lead New Tampa General Hospital Cancer Institute

Tampa General hospital recently announced the appointment of Eduardo M. Sotomayor, MD, as Director of its newly established Cancer Institute. A pioneer in the field of cancer immunology and immunotherapy and an expert in lymphoma research and treatment, Dr. Sotomayor will lead a team of Tampa...

JADPRO Live Announces Dates for 2021 Annual Conference for Oncology Advanced Practitioners

The Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology (JADPRO) is presenting JADPRO Live 2021, which will bring together more than 1,000 oncology advanced practitioners—nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and advanced degree nurses—in a virtual setting from October 7 to 17, 2021. ...

health-care policy

How the Biden Administration Is Changing Oncology Care

A change in presidential administrations has implications across the health sector, including for oncology. In this column, we review some recent actions by Congress and the Biden administration and their implications for the oncology community. We focus on three areas: funding for patients and...

colorectal cancer
immunotherapy
genomics/genetics

Cathy Eng, MD, on Colorectal Cancer: FOLFOXIRI, Cetuximab, and Bevacizumab as First-Line Treatment

Cathy Eng, MD, of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, discusses two abstracts from a session she co-chaired: the phase II DEEPER trial, which explored the use of FOLFOXIRI plus cetuximab vs FOLFOXIRI plus bevacizumab as first-line treatment in metastatic colorectal cancer with RAS wild-type tumors;...

colorectal cancer
immunotherapy

Thierry André, MD, on Pembrolizumab vs Chemotherapy in MSI-High Colorectal Cancer

Thierry André, MD, of Hôpital Saint-Antoine, discusses final overall survival data for the phase III KEYNOTE-177 study, which confirmed pembrolizumab as a new standard of care for first-line treatment of patients with microsatellite instability–high/mismatch repair–deficient metastatic colorectal...

breast cancer
immunotherapy

Nadia Harbeck, MD, PhD, on Early Breast Cancer: Benefit of a De-escalated Regimen

Nadia Harbeck, MD, PhD, of Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, discusses results from the ADAPT HR–/HER2+ trial, which showed, for the first time, improved pathologic complete response and survival in patients with early breast cancer who were treated weekly with a de-escalated 12-week regimen...

bladder cancer
immunotherapy

Choice of First-Line Platinum Chemotherapy Does Not Significantly Impact Efficacy of Second-Line Immunotherapy in Advanced Urothelial Carcinoma

In a presentation of real-world data given during the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting, Miron et al concluded that the choice of first-line platinum chemotherapy did not result in a significant difference in overall survival benefit among patients with advanced bladder cancer who were able to go on to...

breast cancer

Does Vitamin D Supplementation Improve Prognosis for Patients With Breast Cancer?

A research team has found that sufficient vitamin D levels at the time of diagnosis may be associated with improved outcomes among people with breast cancer. These findings were presented by Yao et al during the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting (Abstract 10510). These findings are based on Kaiser...

skin cancer
immunotherapy

Omid Hamid, MD, Discusses RELATIVITY-047

Omid Hamid, MD, Chief of Translational Research/Immuno-Oncology at The Angeles Clinic & Research Institute, Los Angeles, and Co-Director of the Cutaneous Malignancy Program at Cedars-Sinai Cancer Institute, shared his thoughts on the RELATIVITY-047 study1 for The ASCO Post, referring to them as ...

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