February 15, 2017

ORLANDO – Five studies exploring key issues in the treatment of genitourinary cancers will be presented at the 2017 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, taking place February 16-18 at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. These noteworthy abstracts investigate several approaches to the treatment and management of prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and advanced kidney cancer.

February 13, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new retrospective analysis suggests that immunotherapy may be less effective in patients who receive antibiotics less than a month before starting treatment. In the study, cancer worsened more quickly in such patients than in those who did not receive antibiotics (median progression-free survival 2.3 months vs. 8.1 months). The study will be presented at the upcoming 2017 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in Orlando.

February 13, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Early findings from a new study appear to challenge the current standard practice for immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy – continuing treatment until cancer worsens. Among patients with advanced kidney cancer who stopped PD1/PD-L1 immunotherapy early due to side effects, 42% had a durable response, meaning they were able to remain off additional systemic therapy for 6 months or more. More broadly, this insight may help alleviate some patients’ concerns about the impact of discontinuing immunotherapy. The study will be presented at the upcoming 2017 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in Orlando.

February 13, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Analysis of free-floating cancer DNA from blood samples has yielded leads for new prostate cancer treatment targets. Using a commercially available “liquid biopsy” test in patients with advanced prostate cancer, researchers found a number of genetic changes in cell-free, circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA). Cell-free ctDNA is tumor DNA that is circulating freely in the patient’s bloodstream. The study will be presented at the upcoming 2017 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in Orlando.

February 10, 2017

“ASCO congratulates Representative Tom Price for his confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Secretary Price has a unique opportunity to shape the availability and quality of care for millions of people with cancer and maintain the nation’s leadership in biomedical research."

February 7, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va.CancerLinQ LLC, a wholly owned nonprofit subsidiary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO®), has announced that the University of Virginia (UVA) Cancer Center has signed an agreement to participate in the CancerLinQ® platform. 

February 6, 2017

A new study suggests that weight loss could decrease the risk of endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women by as much as 29 to 56%. Researchers observed that the benefit was greatest for obese women who actively worked to lose weight. These findings, which draw from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study data, were published online today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

February 6, 2017

Chicago, Northfield, IL, Bethesda, MD, Alexandria, VA—A new, evidenced-based clinical practice guideline on molecular biomarker testing for patients with colorectal cancer identifies opportunities for improving patient outcomes.

February 1, 2017

WASHINGTON — A growing number of patients with cancer are benefitting from research advances in immunotherapy, leading the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to name immunotherapy as the Society’s advance of the year for a second year in a row. Released today, this year’s report, Clinical Cancer Advances 2017: ASCO's Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer highlights the expanding role of immunotherapy. Evolving research findings are providing new insights on how to get the optimal results from these relatively new treatments. 

January 26, 2017

SAN DIEGO – Five studies highlighting notable research on survivorship care will be presented at the 2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium, taking place January 27-28 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. These select abstracts provide a better understanding of the risks associated with treatment and the late effects of cancer.

January 26, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Co-sponsors of the 2017 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium announced today three abstracts to be highlighted in the meeting’s official Press Program. Researchers will present the findings of these studies in an embargoed presscast for reporters, taking place Monday, February 13, 2017, from 12:00 noon – 1:30 PM (ET).

January 24, 2017

On January 24, 2017, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), published “Trends and Patterns of Disparities in Cancer Mortality Among US Counties, 1980-2014” by Modak et al. The study found that cancer deaths in the U.S. declined by 20 percent from 1980-2014, but there were large differences in cancer mortality as well as areas with unusually higher mortality rates across counties. The following is a statement from Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO, President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

January 23, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new survey of patients treated for cancer in 12 hospitals finds that as many as 75% of patients report reducing their physical activity levels following a cancer diagnosis, despite its proven benefits. Psychological barriers such as difficulty getting motivated and remaining disciplined, along with fatigue and pain associated with cancer treatment, were identified as factors contributing to decreased activity. The findings, which will be presented at the upcoming 2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium in San Diego, suggest new methods are needed to support and facilitate physical activity throughout the cancer care continuum.

January 23, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In the United States, thyroid cancer incidence is increasing more rapidly than any other cancer and is commonly diagnosed at a younger age than most adult cancers. This year, an estimated 64,300 adults in the United States will be diagnosed with the disease. 

January 23, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new analysis finds that 42% of partners of young breast cancer survivors experience anxiety, even several years after their partner’s cancer diagnosis.  Researchers note that ineffective (maladaptive) coping strategies, parenting concerns, and other factors were associated with anxiety. The findings are part of a growing body of research on the effects of a cancer diagnosis on caregivers and family members, and reinforce the need for greater caregiver support, which has implications for their own, as well as survivors’ health and quality of life. The data will be presented as part of the upcoming 2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium in San Diego.

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