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Cystic Fibrosis Colorectal Cancer Screening Consensus Recommendations.
https://doi.org/10.1053/j.gastro.2017.12.012
Gastroenterology Hadjiliadis D, Khoruts A et. al.

Dec 31st, 2017 - Improved therapy has substantially increased survival of persons with cystic fibrosis (CF). But the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) in adults with CF is 5-10 times greater compared to the general population, and 25-30 times greater in CF patients after an organ transplantation. To address this risk, the CF Foundation convened a multi-stakeholder task force to develop CRC screening recommendatio...

Is There a Difference in Breast Cancer Recurrence Rates After Surgery With Regional vs General Anesthesia?
https://ascopost.com/news/november-2019/is-there-a-difference-in-breast-cancer-recurrence-rates-after-surgery-with-regional-vs-general-anesthesia/
ASCO Post; Stenger M

Nov 11th, 2019 - In a trial reported in The Lancet, Sessler et al found no difference in breast cancer recurrence after surgery with regional anesthesia-analgesia using paravertebral block and propofol vs general anesthesia with the volatile anesthetic sevoflurane and opioid analgesia. They also found no difference in persistent incisional pain between approaches.

Addition of Durvalumab to Etoposide Plus Platinum Chemotherapy for Extensive-Stage SCLC
https://ascopost.com/podcasts/addition-of-durvalumab-to-etoposide-plus-platinum-chemotherapy-for-extensive-stage-sclc/
ASCO Post;

Nov 10th, 2019 - This week, we’ll review an interim analysis of the CASPIAN trial, which evaluated the addition of durvalumab to etoposide plus platinum chemotherapy for extensive-stage small cell lung cancer. Then, we’ll talk about two recently issued guidelines on screening for colorectal cancer. Lastly, we’ll summarize some recent FDA approvals and announcements.

PRIMA Trial Reports Benefit With Niraparib Across Ovarian Cancer Subsets
https://ascopost.com/issues/november-10-2019/prima-trial-reports-benefit-with-niraparib-across-ovarian-cancer-subsets/
ASCO Post; Helwick C

Nov 9th, 2019 - In women with advanced ovarian cancer responding to first-line chemotherapy, maintenance therapy with the PARP inhibitor niraparib significantly reduced the risk of disease progression by 38% overall and by 60% in women with BRCA mutations. Even patients without a homologous recombination deficiency derived advantage from this treatment, in the phase III PRIMA/ENGOT-OV26/GOG-3012 trial presente...

Men With BRCA2 Should Be Screened for Prostate Cancer
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/921000
Medscape Davenport L

Nov 7th, 2019 - Men who carry the BRCA2 gene mutation, which is linked to breast and ovarian cancer, are at risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer and so should undergo regular prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing, suggest findings from a major study.

Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma
https://www.lymphoma.org/aboutlymphoma/nhl/dlbcl/
Lymphoma Research Foundation;

Nov 6th, 2019 - Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in the United States and worldwide, accounting for about 22 percent of newly diagnosed cases of B-cell NHL in the United States. More than 18,000 people are diagnosed with DLBCL each year.

Screening for Colorectal Cancer in Asymptomatic Average-Risk Adults: A Guidance Statement From the American College of Physicians
https://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/2754194/screening-colorectal-cancer-asymptomatic-average-risk-adults-guidance-statement-from
Annals of Internal Medicine;

Nov 5th, 2019 - The goal of this American College of Physicians (ACP) guidance statement is to guide clinicians on age to start and stop CRC screening, frequency of screening, and optimal screening test in asymptomatic, average-risk adults, based on a critical review of existing guidelines and their evidence reviews.

Validation of the DNA Damage Immune Response Signature in Patients With Triple-Negative Breast Cancer From the SWOG 9313c Trial
https://ascopubs.org/doi/abs/10.1200/JCO.19.00693
Journal of Clinical Oncology; Sharma, P. et. al.

Oct 27th, 2019 - PURPOSE To independently validate two biomarkers, a 44-gene DNA damage immune response (DDIR) signature and stromal tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (sTILs), as prognostic markers in patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) treated with adjuvant doxorubicin (A) and cyclophosphamide (C) in SWOG 9313. METHODS Four hundred twenty-five centrally determined patient cases with TNBC from ...

Encorafenib, Binimetinib, and Cetuximab in BRAF V600E–Mutated Colorectal Cancer
https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1908075?query=featured_hematology-oncology
The New England Journal of Medicine; Kopetz, S. et. al.

Oct 23rd, 2019 - BACKGROUND Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer with the BRAF V600E mutation have a poor prognosis, with a median overall survival of 4 to 6 months after failure of initial therapy. Inhibition of BRAF alone has limited activity because of pathway reactivation through epidermal growth factor receptor signaling. METHODS In this open-label, phase 3 trial, we enrolled 665 patients with B...

FDA approves niraparib for HRD-positive advanced ovarian cancer
https://www.fda.gov/drugs/resources-information-approved-drugs/fda-approves-niraparib-hrd-positive-advanced-ovarian-cancer

Oct 22nd, 2019 - On October 23, 2019,the Food and Drug Administration approved niraparib (ZEJULA, Tesaro, Inc.) for patients with advanced ovarian, fallopian tube, or primary peritoneal cancer treated with three or more prior chemotherapy regimens and whose cancer is associated with homologous recombination deficiency (HRD)-positive status. HRD is defined by either a deleterious or suspected deleterious BRCA mu...

2019 Supportive Care: Anxiety, Depression, and Low Social Support Are Significant Factors in Cancer Pain Intensity
https://ascopost.com/news/october-2019/anxiety-depression-and-low-social-support-are-significant-factors-in-cancer-pain-intensity/

Oct 21st, 2019 - Pain is one of the most common symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment, and feelings of anxiety and depression can intensify the level of pain patients experience, according to the results from a study by Galloway et al that will be presented at the 2019 Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium (Abstract 76). However, authors also reported that having greater social support can help miti...

ASCO Breakthrough: Breast Cancer Gene Expression Signature May Help Predict Recurrence Postradiotherapy
https://ascopost.com/news/october-2019/breast-cancer-gene-expression-signature-may-help-to-predict-recurrence-postradiotherapy/

Oct 13th, 2019 - Researchers have identified a gene pattern that may help predict which patients with breast cancer will have early or late disease recurrence following radiation therapy. The ability to predict the timing of recurrence could change—and improve—treatment strategies and determine the length of follow-up needed. These findings were presented by Speers et al at ASCO Breakthrough: A Global Summit fo...

Esophageal Cancer Treatment (Adult) (PDQ®)–Health Professional Version
https://www.cancer.gov/types/esophageal/hp/adult/esophageal-treatment-pdq

Oct 10th, 2019 - Two histologic types account for the majority of malignant esophageal neoplasms: adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Adenocarcinomas typically start in the lower esophagus and squamous cell carcinoma can develop throughout the esophagus. The epidemiology of these types varies markedly.

Gastric Cancer Treatment (PDQ®)–Health Professional Version Go to Patient Version
https://www.cancer.gov/types/stomach/hp/stomach-treatment-pdq

Oct 10th, 2019 - Gastric cancer treatment options depend on extent of disease and may include radical surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy. Get detailed information about the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of newly diagnosed and recurrent gastric cancer in this clinician summary.

Following NCCN Guidelines for Metastatic Breast Cancer Results in Lower Costs for Patients, According to New Study
https://www.nccn.org/about/news/newsinfo.aspx?NewsID=1712

Oct 9th, 2019 - A new study from the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), published in the October 2019 issue of JNCCN—Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, finds that direct costs for metastatic breast cancer (MBC) patients increase dramatically when their treatment differs from recommendations in the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (N...

Researchers Identify Genetic Markers for Response to Radiation Therapy and Prediction of Recurrence
https://www.asco.org/about-asco/press-center/news-releases/researchers-identify-genetic-markers-response-radiation

Oct 9th, 2019 - Genetic information could help identify patients likely to respond to radiation therapy and predict when disease recurrence following radiation is likely to occur. This could help clinicians better tailor treatment strategies to individual patients to boost efficacy, while minimizing unwanted side effects. The findings come from two studies that will be presented at ASCO Breakthrough: A Global ...

Recent Trends in the Treatment and Prognosis of Male Breast Cancer
https://ascopost.com/news/october-2019/recent-trends-in-the-treatment-and-prognosis-of-male-breast-cancer/

Oct 8th, 2019 - A recent analysis published by Yadav et al in Cancer reviewed how the treatment of male breast cancer has evolved over the years 2004 to 2014. In addition, certain patient-, tumor-, and treatment-related factors were found to be linked with better survival.

ESMO 2019: Overall Survival With Immunotherapy Doublet vs Chemotherapy in Advanced NSCLC
https://ascopost.com/news/october-2019/overall-survival-with-nivolumabipilimumab-vs-chemotherapy-in-advanced-nsclc/

Oct 7th, 2019 - As reported at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2019 (Abstract LBA4) and simultaneously in The New England Journal of Medicine by Matthew D. Hellmann, MD, and colleagues, the phase III CheckMate 227 trial has shown that nivolumab plus ipilimumab improved overall survival vs chemotherapy in patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with programmed cell de...

Cervical Cancer Screening (PDQ®)–Health Professional Version
https://www.cancer.gov/types/cervical/hp/cervical-screening-pdq

Oct 4th, 2019 - Based on solid evidence, regular screening of appropriate women for cervical cancer with the Pap test reduces mortality from cervical cancer. The benefits of screening women younger than 21 years are small because of the low prevalence of lesions that will progress to invasive cancer. Screening is not beneficial in women older than 65 years if they have had a recent history of negative test res...

Genetics of Prostate Cancer (PDQ®)–Health Professional Version
https://www.cancer.gov/types/prostate/hp/prostate-genetics-pdq

Oct 4th, 2019 - This executive summary reviews the topics covered in this PDQ summary on the genetics of prostate cancer, with hyperlinks to detailed sections below that describe the evidence on each topic.