VIEWPOINTS


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.


Post-Operative Recovery of Gastric Motility in the Geriatric Patient

Post-Operative Recovery of Gastric Motility in the Geriatric Patient

Many changes occur in the gastrointestinal tract during the aging process that can directly impact gastric motility following surgery.

ASCO Calls for Medicaid Reform to Improve Cancer Care for Low-Income Americans

ASCO Calls for Medicaid Reform to Improve Cancer Care for Low-Income Americans

ASCO issued a new policy statement that outlines nine specific recommendations to reform Medicaid and improve treatment for low-income patients with cancer.

Activating CD103+ Dendritic Cells May Lead to Improved Immunotherapy for Variety of Cancers

Activating CD103+ Dendritic Cells May Lead to Improved Immunotherapy for Variety of Cancers

Researchers delineated the intratumoral dendritic cells population and identified CD103+ DCs, extremely sparse yet remarkably capable cytotoxic T cell (CTL) stimulators.

Biochemotherapy Shows Benefits in High-Risk Melanoma, But Newer Agents Will Get More Use

Biochemotherapy Shows Benefits in High-Risk Melanoma, But Newer Agents Will Get More Use

Biochemotherapy prolongs relapse-free survival in malignant melanoma compared with high-dose interferon, but newer agents are safer and more effective.

Proton Beam Therapy for the Treatment of Cancer: Does the Cost Match the Value?

Proton Beam Therapy for the Treatment of Cancer: Does the Cost Match the Value?

Proton beam therapy (PBT) offers clear dosimetric advantages, but it's not clear that it is superior to less expensive modalities.

Talking to Patients About Integrative Oncology

Talking to Patients About Integrative Oncology

Alternative therapies may be safely combined with traditional cancer treatments.

Are We Listening to Our Teen and Young Adult Patients with Cancer?

Are We Listening to Our Teen and Young Adult Patients with Cancer?

Research indicates that teenage and young adult patients with cancer may need additional assistance to avoid succumbing to their disease.

Attacking Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) in a New Way: Early Results for AG-221 Show Promise

Attacking Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) in a New Way: Early Results for AG-221 Show Promise

There is warranted excitement for AG-221, a drug recently granted fast track designation by the FDA for acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).

CLEOPATRA Reveals New Treatment Option for HER2+ Breast Cancer Patients

CLEOPATRA Reveals New Treatment Option for HER2+ Breast Cancer Patients

Addition of pertuzumab to traztuzumab + docetaxel added almost 16 months to overall survival compared to those who didn't receive pertuzumab.

Does Regulatory Bureaucracy Drive Disparities in Cancer Drug Access Around the World?

Does Regulatory Bureaucracy Drive Disparities in Cancer Drug Access Around the World?

Regional disparities in cancer drug access have complex causes, including bureaucratic differences and variation in health care spending.

Cancer Treatment During Pregnancy Called Safe for Child

Cancer Treatment During Pregnancy Called Safe for Child

Case-control studies found no evidence of neurological or cardiac impairment in children exposed to chemotherapy or radiotherapy in utero.

Closed System Transfer Devices (CSTDs) for Chemotherapy: More Than an Added Layer of Protection

Closed System Transfer Devices (CSTDs) for Chemotherapy: More Than an Added Layer of Protection

While many facilities use some protective measures for chemo drugs, recent figures suggest that only 41% have adopted CSTDs.

Is Medical Marijuana Appropriate for Patients with Cancer?

Is Medical Marijuana Appropriate for Patients with Cancer?

With limited approval, a patchwork of state regulations regarding medical marijuana creates confusion among law enforcement and physicians alike.

Oncologists Encouraged to Speak Out on Regulatory Issues for Molecular Diagnostic

Oncologists Encouraged to Speak Out on Regulatory Issues for Molecular Diagnostic

Oncologists urged to speak out for increased regulation of laboratory-developed tests and uniformity among manufacturers in the U.S.

Combination Approach May Prevent Drug Resistance in Hematologic Malignancies

Combination Approach May Prevent Drug Resistance in Hematologic Malignancies

Using the right combination of drugs at a critical point in tumor evolution may stop the progression of heterogeneous tumors.

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