Committee Connection
  • JCO Exclusive: Study Confirms Long-Lasting Benefits of Trastuzumab for Early-Stage HER2+ Breast Cancer

    20 Oct 2014 04:08 PM

                        Key Points In this study, women who received trastuzumab in addition to chemotherapy had a 37% greater overall survival compared to women who received chemotherapy alone. At 10 years after treatment, 84% of women who received trastuzumab were alive, compared to 75.2% of women who received chemotherapy alone. The findings also confirmed the long-term... Read more

  • JCO Exclusive: Obesity in Survivors of Colorectal Cancer is a Risk Factor for a Second Cancer

    06 Oct 2014 03:59 PM

                        Key Points This study found that survivors of colorectal cancer (CRC) who are overweight before their diagnosis have a 39% higher risk of being diagnosed with a second obesity-related cancer, compared to survivors of CRC who are of a normal weight before diagnosis; among survivors of CRC who are obese before diagnosis, the risk is 47% higher. Future... Read more

  • JOP Exclusive: In Israel, Most Patients with Cancer Turn to Oncologists for Primary Care

    29 Sep 2014 04:06 PM

                        Key Points This study of 265 patients in Israel found that while 96% of patients being treated for cancer had a regular family physician (FP), and 76% of patients stated it was important to have their FP involved in their treatment, only 9% of patients said they would consult their FP in the case of an urgent problem; 72% stated they would turn first to... Read more

  • One Year Later: An IDEA Recipient Reconnects with Mentors at Massachusetts General Hospital

    23 Sep 2014 01:38 PM

    I am originally from Manila, Philippines. My mother, a medical oncologist, inspired me to enter the field of oncology. She is my personal hero and idol, although she doesn't know this. She is hardworking, patient, and dedicated to her patients, and I feel the meaning of true vocation whenever I see her work. She is an instrument of healing. She's dynamic, enthusiastic about research and teaching, and always shares her knowledge with young... Read more

  • JCO Exclusive: Genetically Engineered Cells Brings About Complete Response in Lymphoma

    22 Sep 2014 04:05 PM

                        Key Points In this study, patients’ own cells were genetically modified to produce T-cells that express chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) proteins that can recognize the CD19 antigen on malignant B cells, bind with those antigens, and kill them. The treatment, given to 15 patients who had not responded to second-line chemotherapy, brought about a complete... Read more

  • Society Announces Candidates for 2015 ASCO Election

    19 Sep 2014 11:13 AM

      Fourteen distinguished ASCO members have been selected by the ASCO Nominating Committee as candidates for open leadership positions within the Society for the 2015 ASCO Election. Biographical information and interviews with each candidate, as well as instructions for casting a proxy ballot, will be made available to members when proxy voting opens on Wednesday, October 29. The proxy voting will close on Wednesday, November 26. Election... Read more

  • JCO Exclusive: In Pediatric Phase I Trials, Hope Is Emphasized over Realism

    15 Sep 2014 04:05 PM

                        Key Points The study found that for every one “realistic” statement doctors made during informed consent conferences (ICCs), they made three hopeful statements indicating that the treatment could bring about positive outcomes, such as lengthening the life of the child. The study also found that in 68% of the ICCs, doctors failed to mention that parents... Read more

  • JCO Exclusive: Oncology Fellows Underestimate Their Workload—Which May Lead to Burnout

    08 Sep 2014 03:57 PM

                        Key Points   The study found that fellows underestimated the number of nights they would need to be on call, the number of hours they would need to devote to work tasks when at home, and the number of outpatients seen in clinic per week. The study also found that fatigue and quality of life improve once oncologists start practicing, but career... Read more

  • JCO Exclusive: Late Hospice Admission—Can It Be Predicted?

    02 Sep 2014 04:42 PM

                        Key Points Patients who were admitted to hospice in the last three days of life were significantly more likely to have a hematologic malignancy, to be male, married, and younger than age 65. These factors are outside of doctors’ influence and are, therefore, important to consider when designing quality assessment programs that would rate doctors by the... Read more

  • Risk of Diabetes Higher Among Survivors of Hodgkin Lymphoma

    25 Aug 2014 04:30 PM

                        Key Points This study found that 30 years after treatment for adolescent and adult Hodgkin lymphoma (HL), 8.3% of survivors had developed diabetes mellitus (DM), a significantly higher rate than in the general population. Overall, HL survivors had 2.6-fold increased risk of developing DM compared to the general population. Risk of DM escalated with dose;... Read more