HemOnc Today


The following articles appeared in the print edition of HEMONC TODAY.

Table of Contents
Cover Story

Quest for clinically meaningful PFS benefit an ‘imperfect science’


I’d like to agree with you … but then we’d both be wrong!

Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD

FDA approvals

FDA approves Avastin for treatment of advanced cervical cancer

In the Journals

Long-term aspirin use reduced risk for cancer, cardiovascular events

Childhood cancer survivors at long-term risk for infection-associated mortality

Study reveals discordance between HER-2 testing methodologies

BEACOPP extended survival in low-risk Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Gemtuzumab ozogamicin plus chemotherapy extended OS in AML

Trebananib plus paclitaxel extended PFS in recurrent epithelial ovarian cancer

Few oncologists consistently provide survivorship care plans to patients

Axitinib active in advanced thyroid cancer

Blood, saliva testing may predict recurrence of HPV-related head and neck cancers

Doxepin rinse reduced radiotherapy-associated oral mucositis

TBI delivery varies widely across institutions

Men with short life expectancies often undergo aggressive prostate cancer treatment

MicroRNA signature classifier may reduce false positives in lung cancer

Newborn screening identified higher incidence of SCID

Cetuximab plus chemotherapy yielded worse outcomes in metastatic colorectal cancer

Long-term central venous catheter use increased infection risk in older patients with cancer

Enzalutamide improved health-related quality of life in prostate cancer

IDH mutation status predicted chemoradiation benefit in oligodendroglial tumors

H. pylori eradication reduced gastric cancer incidence

HPV vaccination not linked to VTE

HPV vaccination not tied to risky sexual behavior

Surgery remains ‘gold standard’ for basal cell carcinoma

Adjuvant radiation therapy improved survival in diffuse-type gastric cancer

PFS similar after laparoscopic open surgery for locally advanced rectal cancer

Lymphovascular invasion, regression novel prognostic factors in thin melanomas

Radiation superior to chemotherapy in Merkel cell carcinoma

Institution Notes

Pediatric hematology/oncology society recognizes CHOP physician

St. Jude announces faculty appointments

Cancer center appoints associate director

Meeting News Coverage

Late axillary recurrence infrequent after negative SLNB

Worry, lack of knowledge influenced decision to undergo contralateral prophylactic mastectomy

Salvage treatment conferred favorable outcomes in early-stage breast cancer

Local treatment type affected survival of women with stage I breast cancer

Angelina Jolie’s preventive mastectomy doubled one center’s referrals for genetic testing