•   George Lundberg, MD

    Article from The ASCO Post curated by Editor in Chief George Lundberg, MD, who notes:

    Most prostate cancers don’t hurt the patient. Surgery for high-risk prostate cancer can be beneficial. If the cancer recurs, more treatment could be helpful. This study provides useful information about detection of recurrence.

    Go to full article published by The ASCO Post.

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  •   George Lundberg, MD

    Curated by Editor in Chief George Lundberg, MD:

    Receiving a brain tumor diagnosis can be shocking for patients and their families. The Musella Foundation’s free “Brain Tumor Guide for the Newly Diagnosed” provides up-to-date guidance for people in this difficult position.

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    Navigating Pancreatic Cancer—The Basics

    With: Lola Rahib, PhD

    A Q&A with Lola Rahib, PhD, Lead Scientist, Pancreas Cancer, at Cancer Commons, Los Altos, CA; lola.rahib@cancercommons.org Q: Navigating a pancreatic cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and confusing for patients and their loved ones. How can patients and their caregivers ensure having the knowledge, support, and plan they need to be able to navigate treatment options and other aspects of the disease? A: Patients… Read more »

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    Can You Improve Your Response to Certain Immunotherapy Drugs?

    Emma Shtivelman, PhD

    Cancer treatments that use a strategy called immune checkpoint blockade (ICB) have entered clinical practice in a big way, with six drugs now approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a variety of cancers. These drugs release “brakes” on the immune system, boosting its ability to kill cancer cells. Specifically, they target the proteins PD-1 or CTLA-4, which are found on… Read more »

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    At Diagnosis, What Do Cancer Patients Want?

    With: Laura Benson, RN, MS, ANP

    A Q&A with Laura Benson, RN, MS, ANP, president of Conversations in Care, LLC; LauraBensonRN@Gmail.com Q: In our digital communication world of 2019, some patients may receive the initial message that YOU HAVE CANCER by cell phone, text, email, or even voice mail. When this happens, what do patients most want, and how can that best be accomplished? A: When I first read your question, I… Read more »

  •   Emma Shtivelman, PhD

    Excerpt from MedPage Today:

    “A high proportion of men who entered active surveillance for early prostate cancer had one or more high-risk disease characteristics when they subsequently had radical prostatectomy, a Swedish study showed.

    “Medical records showed that 52 of 132 men had at least one adverse pathology feature at radical prostatectomy. All the men initially opted for active surveillance, and the median time from enrollment to surgery was 1.9 years.”

    Go to full article published by MedPage Today on Sep 21, 2018.

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  •   Emma Shtivelman, PhD

    Excerpt from Healio:

    “An online prognostic tool accurately determined the risk for late distant recurrence among women with ER-positive breast cancer, according to a single-arm, prospective study.

    “The Clinical Treatment Score post-5 years (CTS5) tool could be used to determine whether patients should continue endocrine therapy 5 years after initial treatment.”

    Go to full article published by Healio on Sep 19, 2018.

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  •   Emma Shtivelman, PhD

    Excerpt:

    “ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) have submitted recommended language to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for five guidance documents on ways to broaden eligibility criteria for cancer clinical trials. The recommendations are part of an ASCO and Friends collaboration to broaden eligibility for participating in clinical trials by addressing five specific areas: minimum age requirements for trial enrollment, HIV/AIDS status, brain metastases, organ dysfunction, and prior and concurrent malignancies.”

    Go to full article published by The ASCO Post on Aug 9, 2018.

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  •   Emma Shtivelman, PhD

    Excerpt:

    “At first glance, a bill passed by the House of Representatives this week seems like the kind of thing anyone could get behind.

    “Known as the “Right to Try” legislation, it would allow terminally ill patients access to experimental drugs without the approval of the Food and Drug Administration.

    “But the bill and a similar one passed last summer by the Senate do little to address the main barrier that patients face in getting unapproved treatments: permission from the drug companies themselves.”

    Go to full article published by The New York Times on Mar 23, 2018.

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    FAQs After Diagnosis: Early Stage Hormone-Positive Breast Cancer

    Amanda Nottke, PhD

    This post is written by ASK Cancer Commons Scientist and Product Team Member Amanda Nottke, PhD. Dr. Nottke regularly provides guidance to patients through our ASK Cancer Commons service. After a diagnosis of early stage, hormone-positive breast cancer, you may find yourself facing several daunting decisions, such as choosing between the extensive surgery of mastectomy versus a more minor lumpectomy procedure paired with radiation… Read more »