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The History of Medical Oncology in Europe, 1955–1985

In part 1 of this two-part review, we looked at early pioneers in the field of medical oncology in Europe, as well as the development of international cooperative trials and the formation of European oncology societies (see related articles below). In part 2, we explore how the field of medical...

The History of Medical Oncology in Europe, 1955–1985

Our goal with this review of the pivotal years of oncology in Europe is to acknowledge the tremendous contributions of the early leaders in the field and to help young investigators learn from the past to better cope with the inevitable challenges of today and tomorrow. “On ne connaît pas...

Virtual Meetings Are Here to Stay

In 2020, the 8th Annual Beirut Breast Cancer Conference (BBCC) was our last in-person meeting. The first cases of COVID-19 started in Lebanon around the end of February 2020, and the pandemic continues into its second year, with waves of rising cases following superspreader events and other likely...

issues in oncology
global cancer care

Addressing Inequality in Cancer Care on a Global Scale

It has become a familiar theme of late: Inequities exist in all aspects of cancer care. Although study after study documents problems with access to care and poorer cancer outcomes among underrepresented groups, less is heard about organized efforts to address these issues. This critical topic was...

Cancer in Older Adults: The History of Geriatric Oncology, Part 3

In the preceding two issues of The ASCO Post, we explored the overall history of geriatric oncology from 1980 to 2020. In this concluding part of the series, we focus on the invaluable contributions made by oncology nurses to the field. Over the past several decades, geriatric oncology has...

geriatric oncology

Surgical and Radiation Oncology in Elderly Patients With Cancer

As one might expect, the focus on older patients developed in surgical and radiation oncology at the same time as in medical oncology. As we have done in our overview of medical oncology, we may recognize a prehistory, past history, and present history in surgical and radiation geriatric oncology....

geriatric oncology

Cancer in Older Adults: The History of Geriatric Oncology, Part 2: 1990–2020

In part 1 of this three-part article, which was published in the October 10, 2020, issue of The ASCO Post, we chronicled the progress made in geriatric oncology up to the decade of the 1990s, which saw an explosion of research activity in the study of aging and cancer. In part 2, we review the...


Matti S. Aapro, MD, on Curing Sarcomas: An Expert Review

Matti S. Aapro, MD, of the Genolier Cancer Center, reviews the state of the science in sarcoma treatment: specialized surgery, disease diversity, emerging therapies, and the diagnostic approach to soft-tissue disease.

Cancer in Older Adults: The History of Geriatric Oncology, 1980–2015

The development of geriatric oncology has been slow but progressive. Thanks to the effort of investigators throughout the world, embattled but undeterred by the objection of a cautious establishment, geriatric oncology has provided a blueprint for the treatment of cancer in the population of...

issues in oncology

Matti S. Aapro, MD, on Advanced Disease: Reducing Use of Futile Treatments

Matti S. Aapro, MD, of the Genolier Cancer Centre, discusses the challenges of avoiding futile treatments and the need to work with patients, integrate palliative care, and monitor toxicities.

geriatric oncology

Matti S. Aapro, MD, on Immunotherapy in Older Patients

Matti S. Aapro, MD, of the Genolier Cancer Centre, discusses the optimal treatment and supportive care for older patients with cancer, including the importance of maintaining dose density and intensity as well as monitoring toxicity.

issues in oncology
breast cancer

Matti S. Aapro, MD, on Geriatric Oncology: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Positive Outcomes

Matti S. Aapro, MD, of IMO Clinique de Genolier, offered a case presentation and a cross-disciplinary approach to finding the best way to effect a cure with minimal impact on quality of life.

Oncology Professionals and Leaders to be Honored at ASCO Annual Meeting

Each year through its Special Awards Program, ASCO recognizes researchers, patient advocates, and leaders of the global oncology community who, through their work, have made significant contributions to enhancing cancer care. These recipients of ASCO’s highest, most prestigious awards collectively...

supportive care

NEPA for Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting: Key Endpoints and Additional Analyses Show Strong Efficacy

For the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, NEPA, a novel combination of a neurokinin-1 (NK1) receptor antagonist and the 5-HT3 receptor antagonist palonosetron (Aloxi), has been studied in three pivotal trials that were recently published in the Annals of Oncology.1-3 Further...