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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 ...

Bishoy Faltas, MD, Named Chief Research Officer of the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine

Olivier Elemento, PhD, Director of the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine (EIPM) at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, recently announced that Bishoy M. Faltas, MD, has been named Chief Research Officer of EIPM effective immediately. EIPM is a large multidisciplinary institute that uses...

issues in oncology

AI in Cancer Care: Embrace the Change

According to Google Chief Executive Officer Sunder Pichai, artificial intelligence (AI) is “the most profound technology humanity is working on—more profound than fire or electricity or anything that we’ve done in the past.” The impact of AI on health care and especially cancer care will not be...

issues in oncology

ASCO Survey Finds Oncologists’ Well-Being Worsened Over the Past Decade—but Steps Can Be Taken to Mitigate Burnout

A recent survey by ASCO measuring postpandemic burnout among oncologists in the United States shows that professional satisfaction and work-life balance have significantly deteriorated over the past decade, with 59% of respondents reporting one or more symptoms of burnout, compared with 34% in...

head and neck cancer

Two Studies Support Deintensification of Treatment for HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer

Two studies presented at the 2024 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancers Symposium added support for the deintensification of radiotherapy in early-stage oropharyngeal squamous cell cancers associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV), a subtype typically more responsive to therapy compared to...

issues in oncology

Historical Community Outreach and Engagement Efforts at NCI-Designated Cancer Centers

Investigators have examined the historical evolution of Community Outreach and Engagement initiatives at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and NCI-designated cancer centers and provided recommendations to guide future efforts, according to a recent study published by Pohl et al in CA: A Cancer...

kidney cancer
issues in oncology

Newly Identified Biomarkers May Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of RCC Subtypes

Researchers have identified novel biomarkers in renal cell carcinoma subtypes, according to a new study published by Li et al in Cell Reports Medicine. The findings may help identify therapeutic targets in non–clear cell renal cell carcinomas. Background Renal cell carcinoma is a diverse cancer...

prostate cancer
survivorship

Effect of Radiation Therapy Timing on Lifespan of Artificial Urinary Sphincters in Prostate Cancer Survivors

Researchers have shown that adjuvant radiation therapy rather than salvage radiation therapy may improve the function of artificial urinary sphincters for stress urinary incontinence in patients who have undergone surgery for prostate cancer, according to new findings presented by Gaines et al at...

hepatobiliary cancer
immunotherapy

Bavituximab Plus Pembrolizumab for Patients With Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Adding the phosphatidylserine-targeting antibody bavituximab to the immunotherapy agent pembrolizumab may improve response rates without compromising safety in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, according to a recent study published by Hsieh et al in Nature Communications. The findings...

breast cancer
genomics/genetics

Breast-Conserving Therapy in BRCA-Mutation Carriers: Study Looks at Long-Term Outcomes

Recent research has provided valuable insights into the long-term outcomes of patients with pathogenic BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations who undergo breast-conserving therapy, according to a study presented at the 2024 Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) Annual Meeting.1 The observational study found that...

leukemia
issues in oncology

Improving AML Outcomes: Testing for MRD Prior to Bone Marrow Transplant

Testing for measurable residual disease (MRD) prior to bone marrow transplant may be effective and practical in patients in remission after receiving treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML), according to a recent study published by Dillon et al in JAMA Oncology. Study Methods and Results In the...

solid tumors
issues in oncology
supportive care

AI Model May Accurately Predict Mental Health Outcomes in Patients With Cancer

A novel artificial intelligence (AI) model may accurately predict which patients with cancer may require mental health services during cancer care, according to a recent study published by Nunez et al in Communications Medicine. Background Mental health has been shown to have a significant impact...

lung cancer
issues in oncology

Smoking Cessation Regimens: Does Dose of Therapy Matter?

Altering or increasing the dosages of smoking cessation regimens may help patients quit smoking, according to a recent study published by Cinciripini et al in JAMA. The findings indicated that the smoking cessation drug varenicline may be more effective than combined nicotine replacement therapy...

issues in oncology
cost of care

Preferred Sites of Cancer Care: Community Oncology Practices vs Hospitals and Academic Centers

Investigators uncovered that community oncology practices emerged as the preferred sites of service for cancer treatment compared with hospitals and academic centers, according to a recent case study. The findings may challenge the common perception of hospitals and academic centers as preferable...

prostate cancer
supportive care
issues in oncology

Effect of Mindfulness Audio Recordings on Physical, Emotional Side Effects During Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer

Listening to mindfulness audio recordings may effectively alleviate the side effects of radiation therapy in men with prostate cancer, according to a recent study published by Victorson et al in Global Advances in Integrative Medicine and Health. Background Men with prostate cancer who receive...

solid tumors
issues in oncology

Mortality Trends Among Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Other Pacific Islander Patients With Preventable Cancers

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has detailed disparities in the mortality rates for preventable cancer types among Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander patients in a new Cancer Facts & Figures report published by Wagle et al. Background In this report, the Asian...

lung cancer

Glecirasib Shows Efficacy and Safety in KRAS G12C–Mutated NSCLC

Glecirasib monotherapy demonstrated efficacy in previously treated patients with KRAS G12C–mutated non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) according to data presented during the ASCO Plenary Series: April 2024 Session (Abstract 468214). Results of the pivotal Chinese phase II study of glecirasib...

lung cancer

Pasi A. Jänne, MD, PhD, on NSCLC, Osimertinib, Chemotherapy: Update From FLAURA2

Pasi A. Jänne, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses an exploratory analysis from the FLAURA2 study, which indicates that baseline levels of plasma EGFR mutation may be prognostic and predictive of clinical benefit with osimertinib plus chemotherapy vs osimertinib alone for patients...

breast cancer
gynecologic cancers
colorectal cancer
issues in oncology

Cancer Screening Rates May Be Significantly Lower in U.S. Federally Qualified Health Centers

The rates of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screenings in Federally Qualified Health Centers may be substantially lower compared with overall screening rates in the United States, according to a recent study published by Amboree et al in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Background The U.S....

breast cancer
survivorship
supportive care

Aspirin Use Among Breast Cancer Survivors: Navigating Negative Results, Age, and Health Equity

Investigators uncovered critical issues related to health equity and aging that may have broad implications for cancer trials among breast cancer survivors receiving aspirin, according to a recent study published by Mandelblatt et al in JAMA. Study Methods and Results In the recent study, the...

breast cancer

Kelly K. Hunt, MD, on Breast Cancer and Neoadjuvant Therapy: Expert Commentary

Kelly K. Hunt, MD, of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discusses the benefits to patients with neoadjuvant therapy in advanced, inoperable breast cancer, for whom this treatment works best, and novel approaches currently under investigation.

breast cancer

USPSTF Issues Final Recommendation Statement on Screening for Breast Cancer

Today, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published a final recommendation statement on screening for breast cancer. The USPSTF now recommends that all women get screened for breast cancer every other year starting at age 40 and continuing through age 74 (B grade recommendation). More ...

breast cancer
gastroesophageal cancer
gastrointestinal cancer

FDA Approves Trastuzumab Biosimilar Trastuzumab-strf

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved trastuzumab-strf (Hercessi), a biosimilar to trastuzumab (Herceptin), for the treatment of HER2-overexpressing breast cancer and gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma. Trastuzumab-strf is indicated for adjuvant treatment of...

gynecologic cancers

FDA Approves Tisotumab Vedotin-tftv for Recurrent or Metastatic Cervical Cancer

On April 29, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted traditional approval to tisotumab vedotin-tftv (Tivdak) for patients with recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer whose disease progressed on or after chemotherapy. Tisotumab vedotin-tftv previously received accelerated approval for...

prostate cancer
immunotherapy
supportive care

Combination of Preketone Supplements and Immunotherapy May Be Effective in Patients With Prostate Cancer

The addition of a component of the ketogenic diet—a preketone dietary supplement—to immunotherapy showed efficacy in potentially treating prostate cancer in a laboratory setting, according to a recent study published by Murphy et al in Cancer Research. Background Although immune checkpoint blockade ...

hematologic malignancies
issues in oncology

Trends in Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Survival Rates Across Racial and Ethnic Groups

The rate of survival following autologous and allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation may have increased among all racial and ethnic groups, but disparities may still exist among some patient groups, according to a recent study published by Khera et al in Blood Advances. Background Autologous ...

bladder cancer

AUA, ASCO, and SUO Publish 2024 Amendment to Nonmetastatic Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer Guidelines

The American Urological Association (AUA), in partnership with ASCO and the Society of Urologic Oncology (SUO), has issued a 2024 clinical practice guideline amendment for the diagnosis and treatment of nonmetastatic muscle-invasive bladder cancer. The updated guidelines were published by...

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