CHICAGO – A federally funded randomized study demonstrated that the use of geriatric assessment in routine care of older adults with advanced cancer significantly improved doctor-patient communication about age-related concerns as well as patient satisfaction with the communication.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federally funded, randomized clinical trial of 357 people receiving radiation for head and neck cancer, using mobile and sensor technology to remotely monitor patient symptoms, resulted in less severe symptoms related to both the cancer and its treatment (both general and cancer-related).
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)-supported randomized clinical trial of cancer survivors showed that eight weeks of either acupuncture or cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) decreased the severity of insomnia among cancer survivors, though improvements were greatest among patients receiving cognitive behavioral therapy. The study will be presented at the upcoming 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An economic model comparing different types of genetic testing in metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) found that using next-generation sequencing (NGS) to test for all known lung cancer-related gene changes at the time of diagnosis was more cost-effective and faster than testing one or a limited number of genes at a time.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – In a federally funded, randomized phase III clinical trial performed by the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), 90% of children and young adults with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) or T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma (T-LL) were alive four years after starting treatment regimens on this trial, and 84% were cancer free. These are the highest survival rates for these T-cell malignancies reported to date, according to the authors.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An analysis of 1,800 lung cancer screening sites nationwide found that only 1.9% of more than 7 million current and former heavy smokers were screened for lung cancer in 2016, despite United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and ASCO screening recommendations. This study, the first assessment of lung cancer screening rates since those recommendations were issued in 2013, will be presented at the upcoming 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A pilot study of cancer survivors ages 11-15 suggests that a web-based, interactive intervention that provides rewards for exercising can motivate kids to stay physically active. Moderate to vigorous physical activity increased by an average of nearly 5 minutes a week in the group that used the intervention and decreased by an average of over 24 minutes in the control group. These findings will be presented at the upcoming 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium in Orlando, Florida.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Cancer care guidelines recommend that cancer survivors who experience sexual dysfunction after cancer treatment use therapeutic aids to help improve their sexual health. However, a new study of 25 leading cancer centers found that 87% of the centers reported having no sexual aids available on site for men, and 72% reported having no aids for women. These findings will be presented at the upcoming 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium in Orlando, Florida.
A new study suggests that a large percentage of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) who have been treated for cancer do not seek follow-up care after their primary treatment ends, despite its importance for long-term health. AYA cancer survivors are at increased risk for heart problems, infertility, and secondary cancers from cancer treatment.
New findings from a clinical trial of women with breast cancer suggest that guided exercise with a physical therapist after lymph node dissection helps women regain their range of arm motion more quickly. These findings will be presented at the upcoming 2018 Cancer Survivorship Symposium in Orlando, Florida.
In a phase III clinical trial of people with previously untreated metastatic renal cell cancer (mRCC), combining immunotherapy atezolizumab with targeted therapy bevacizumab delayed cancer growth by about three months longer than sunitinib, another targeted therapy.
SAN FRANCISCO – Eight noteworthy studies exploring the implications of immuno-oncology for patient care will be presented at the 2018 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium. The meeting will take place January 25-27 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco, California. These notable abstracts discuss the efficacy of immunotherapy in rare cancers, biomarkers to predict which patients will benefit most, and managing the adverse effects of immune-based treatments.
CHICAGO – In an early clinical trial, 33 out of 35 (94%) patients had clinical remission of multiple myeloma upon receiving a new type of immunotherapy ̶ chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells targeting B-cell maturation protein or BCMA. Most patients had only mild side effects.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Studies spanning the spectrum of cancer prevention and care, from immunotherapy and precision medicine to survivorship, will be highlighted in the official Press Program for the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Research results will be released in advance of and throughout the Annual Meeting, taking place June 2-6 in Chicago.