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Genomics/Genetics
Bladder Cancer

Mutational Characteristics of Chemotherapy-Treated Bladder Urothelial Neoplasms

Radical cystectomy with urinary diversion is the standard of care for muscle invasive bladder cancer.1 Meta-analyses of prospective data have shown a 5% overall survival benefit at 5 years for those receiving neoadjuvant systemic chemotherapy prior to cystectomy.2,3 We currently know of two...

Genomics/Genetics
Bladder Cancer

Study Identifies Factors in Clonal Evolution of Chemotherapy-Resistant Urothelial Carcinoma

In a study reported in Nature Genetics, Bishoy M. Faltas, MD, of Weill Cornell Medicine, and colleagues identified factors in the clonal evolution of chemotherapy-resistant urothelial carcinoma.1 As stated by the investigators: “Chemotherapy-resistant urothelial carcinoma has no uniformly curative...

breast cancer
genomics/genetics

Nikhil Wagle, MD, on Breast Cancer: Advances in Genomics

Nikhil Wagle, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses the genomic sequencing of ER-positive metastatic breast cancer that has become resistant to therapies and the implications for the choice of next therapy, clinical trial eligibility, and novel drug targets (Abstract S1-01).

breast cancer
genomics/genetics

Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, on Gene Expression: Study Findings

Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, of Harvard Medical School, discusses the impact of preoperative exercise on breast cancer gene expression (Abstract S5-05).

Breast Cancer
Genomics/Genetics

Chemotherapy May Be Avoidable in Some Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancer Based on Clinical and Genomic Risks

In the phase III MINDACT trial reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, Fatima Cardoso, MD, of Champalimaud Clinical Center–Champalimaud Foundation, Lisbon, and colleagues found that adjuvant chemotherapy may be avoidable in women with early-stage breast cancer who are at high clinical...

Genomics/Genetics

Using Pharmacogenetics to Predict Cancer Prognosis, Response to Treatment, and Toxicity

Although clinical trials are helpful in determining the effectiveness of a specific drug across a patient population, they are not as reliable at pinpointing how well a particular patient will respond to the drug or dosing regimen or how the drug may impact the patient’s quality of life from...

genomics/genetics
solid tumors

Janessa J. Laskin, MD, on Tumor Gene Expression and Advanced Cancers

Janessa J. Laskin, MD, of the British Columbia Cancer Agency, discusses the ways in which availability of tumor gene expression data facilitates clinical decision-making for patients with advanced cancers. (Abstract 1519O)

Genomics/Genetics

Using Watson to Analyze Genomic Data to Personalize Treatment for Patients With Cancer

Three years ago, IBM’s Watson supercomputer was best known for defeating two former champions on the TV game show Jeopardy! Today, it is grabbing headlines for becoming an important assistant in cancer care. Able to read and understand millions of pages of text within seconds, Watson caught the...

Issues in Oncology
Genomics/Genetics

Psychological Impact of Genetic Testing to Be Explored in Subset of NCI-MATCH Trial Patients

The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group–American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ECOG-ACRIN) Cancer Research Group has received federal approval to add a quality-of-life research study, Communication and Education in Tumor Profiling (EAQ152), or COMET, to the NCI-MATCH (EAY131) trial, which is ...

Breast Cancer
Issues in Oncology
Genomics/Genetics

Using Social Media to Accelerate Genomic Research

The success of using social media to push forward causes for social good was a driving factor in the launch this past October of the Metastatic Breast Cancer Project (MBC project), which aims to accelerate the understanding of what makes patients with metastatic breast cancer genetically unique....

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