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Viewpoints is a collection of opinion articles written by thought leaders and expert medical writers to draw attention to important issues and developments in oncology.


New ASCO/CCO Prostate Cancer Guidelines Emphasize Quality of Life

New ASCO/CCO Prostate Cancer Guidelines Emphasize Quality of Life

The right time for American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) on metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.

Certain Kind of Baldness at Age 45 Linked to Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer

Certain Kind of Baldness at Age 45 Linked to Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology links male pattern baldness with elevated risk of aggressive prostate cancer.

ALCHEMIST to Treat Early-Stage Lung Cancer With Erlotinib and Crizotinib

ALCHEMIST to Treat Early-Stage Lung Cancer With Erlotinib and Crizotinib

ALCHEMIST to screen 8,000 patients with early-stage lung cancer, randomly assigning patients with EGFR mutations or rearrangement of the ALK gene.

AACR Cancer Progress Report Urges Increased Congressional Funding for NCI and NIH Research Budgets

AACR Cancer Progress Report Urges Increased Congressional Funding for NCI and NIH Research Budgets

Newly released 2014 Cancer Progress Report from the American Association for Cancer Research highlights the need for increased federal funding of cancer research.

Genomic Research Indicates the Need for Cancer Reclassification

Genomic Research Indicates the Need for Cancer Reclassification

1 in 10 patients with cancer would be more accurately diagnosed if their tumors were defined by cellular and molecular criteria.

Breast Cancer Recurrence Reduced by NSAID Use in Overweight and Obese Women

Breast Cancer Recurrence Reduced by NSAID Use in Overweight and Obese Women

A retrospective study identifies a potential link between NSAID use and breast cancer recurrence and overweight and obese women.

Can Botox Block Gastric Cancer Growth?

Can Botox Block Gastric Cancer Growth?

More research is warranted to determine the effectiveness of Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) injections in slowing the growth of tumors.

FDA Approves Stool DNA Test for Colorectal Cancer Screening

FDA Approves Stool DNA Test for Colorectal Cancer Screening

The new test is more sensitive than fecal occult blood tests but carries a higher risk of false-positives.

Metronomic Chemotherapy: A Steady Tempo for Maintenance Therapy

Metronomic Chemotherapy: A Steady Tempo for Maintenance Therapy

Early studies show that continual low-dose chemotherapy lessens toxicity.

New Agent May Help Lower Morbidity and Improve Outcomes in Patients With Pancreatic Cancer

New Agent May Help Lower Morbidity and Improve Outcomes in Patients With Pancreatic Cancer

After positive results, there is debate regarding the roll out of pasireotide for patients with pancreatic cancer undergoing surgery.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Test May Be More Accurate Than Pap Test for Cervical Cancer Screening

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Test May Be More Accurate Than Pap Test for Cervical Cancer Screening

A review of data suggests that HPV testing alone every 3 years provides a high level of reassurance against cervical cancer.

Venous Thrombo-embolism Prophylaxis in the Outpatient Oncology Setting

Venous Thrombo-embolism Prophylaxis in the Outpatient Oncology Setting

While guidelines recommend against routine use, further investigation and data collection on this topic is warranted.

Proton Therapy May Have Benefit in Treating Advanced Head and Neck Cancers

Proton Therapy May Have Benefit in Treating Advanced Head and Neck Cancers

A review demonstrated an improvement with proton beam therapy compared with those who received photon intensity-modulated radiation therapy.

Reduced Mortality Linked to Use of Statins in Patients With Colorectal Cancer

Reduced Mortality Linked to Use of Statins in Patients With Colorectal Cancer

Use of statins in patients with colorectal cancer associated with reduced colorectal cancer-specific mortality.

Transformation of White Fat to Brown Fat Drives Cachexia

Transformation of White Fat to Brown Fat Drives Cachexia

Changes in adipose tissue precede the development of cachexia symptoms, and suggest a treatment approach.

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