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Left- vs Right-Sided Colon Cancers

Videos - Colon Cancer

The WCGIC chairperson, professor Eric Van Cutsem, MD, PhD, heads the Division of Digestive Oncology at University Hospitals Leuven and KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. He describes the difference between left- and right-sided colon cancers in terms of prognosis and response [ Read More ]

Rubraca’s Benefit in Ovarian Cancer Hinges on Platinum Status, Previous Therapy

Charles Bankhead

June 2017, Vol 8, No 3 - Gynecologic Cancers

National Harbor, MD—Patients with relapsed high-grade ovarian cancer with BRCA mutation derived the greatest benefit from the poly ADP-­ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitor rucaparib (Rubraca) if their disease remained platinum sensitive, a new analysis of a large phase 2 clinical trial showed, as reported at the 2017 Society of Gynecologic Oncology meeting. [ Read More ]

Excellent Responses to Atezolizumab in Small Subset of Women with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Phoebe Starr

June 2017, Vol 8, No 3 - Breast Cancer

Washington, DC—Preliminary data show excellent and durable responses to atezolizumab (Tecentriq) in 10% of women with triple-negative breast cancer, one of the most aggressive and difficult-to-treat cancers. Of the responders to atezolizu­mab, 100% were alive at 1 year compared with only 38% of nonresponders. The trick will be to identify which women will respond to immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy. Thus far, no biomarkers for response have been identified. [ Read More ]

Highlights from Best Practices in Lung Cancer Navigation Summit

Highlights from Best Practices in Lung Cancer Navigation Summit - Lung Cancer

The role of nurse navigators has grown exponentially in recent years, and is now regarded as an integral element of oncology treatment and patient care. The Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) defines patient navigation as the “process whereby a patient is given individualized support across the continuum of care, beginning with community outreach to raise awareness and perform cancer screening, through the diagnosis and treatment process, and on to short- and long-term survivorship or end of life.” At the Best Practices in Lung Cancer Navigation Summit, held October 22, 2016, in Rosemont, IL, oncology nurse navigators involved in the care of patients with lung cancer convened to discuss the complexities and role of nurse navigators in the treatment of lung cancer. [ Read More ]