EXPERT SUMMARIES of the top 30 journals in hematology & oncology
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Genetic testing guidelines miss nearly 50% of breast cancers with actionable variants

Beitsch PD, et al. J Clin Oncol. 2018;doi:10.1200/JCO.18.01631.
Milliron KJ and Griggs JJ. J Clin Oncol. 2018;doi:10.1200/JCO.18.01952.
Nearly half of patients whose breast cancer is revealed by expanded genetic testing to have a clinically actionable pathogenic or likely pathogenic…
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Cytoreductive surgery with chemotherapy often safer than other high-risk oncologic procedures

Foster J, et al. JAMA Netw. Open. 2019;doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.6847.
Smith M and Nathan H. JAMA Netw. Open. 2019;doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.6839.
Cytoreductive surgery with hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy proved to be as safe as or safer than other oncologic procedures with similar…
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Cervical cancer study suggests ‘global elimination is within reach’

Brisson M and Drolet M. Lancet Oncol. 2019;doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(19)30072-5.
Simms KT, et al. Lancet Oncol. 2019;doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(18)30836-2.
A rapid scale-up of HPV vaccination and screening could effectively eliminate
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Data show 'clear evidence' of HPV vaccine impact on cervical precancer

McClung NM, et al. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019;doi:10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-18-0885.
The proportion of cervical precancers positive for HPV types 16 and 18 declined significantly between 2008 and 2014, particularly among vaccinated…
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Direct oral anticoagulants do not increase incidence of intracranial hemorrhage

Carney, BJ, et al. J Thromb Haemost. 2019;doi:10.1111/jth.14336.
Direct oral anticoagulants did not appear associated with a higher incidence of intracranial hemorrhage compared with low-molecular-weight heparin in…
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HIV status does not preclude receipt of curative cervical cancer therapy in Botswana

Grover S, et al. Cancer. 2019;doi:10.1002/cncr.31972.
Little RF. Cancer. 2019;doi:10.1002/cncr.31974.
Women in Botswana with well-managed HIV had the same access to curative chemoradiotherapy for cervical cancer as women without HIV, according to…
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Mismatch repair deficiency linked to increased risk for endometrial cancer recurrence

Backes FJ, et al. Cancer. 2018;doi:10.1002/cncr.31901.
Eskander RN. Cancer. 2018; doi:10.1002/cncr.31902.
Women with high-intermediate-risk endometrioid endometrial cancer and defective DNA mismatch repair had higher recurrence rates and poorer RFS than…
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Apixaban superior to rivaroxaban in preventing recurrent venous thromboembolism, major bleeding

Dawwas G, et al. Lancet Haematol. 2018;doi:10.1016/S2352-3026(18)30191-1.
Frere C and Farge D. Lancet Haematol. 2018;doi:10.1016/S2352-3026(18)30211-4.
Apixaban appeared more effective than rivaroxaban in preventing recurrent venous thromboembolism without major bleeding events, according to results…
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Marker of inflammation associated with depression in patients with lung cancer

McFarland, D et al. Cancer. 2018;doi:10.1002/cncr.31859
Elevated C-reactive protein, a marker of systemic inflammation, appeared associated with depression among patients with metastatic lung cancer…
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Direct oral anticoagulants safe, effective in patients with VTE and thrombophilia

Elsebaie MA, et al. J Thromb Haemost. 2019;doi:10.1111/jth.14398.
Patients with thrombophilia had low rates of venous thromboembolism recurrence and bleeding events after treatment with direct oral anticoagulants…
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HIV infection linked to shorter survival in hepatocellular carcinoma

Pinato D, et al. J Clin Oncol. 2018;doi:10.1200/JCO.18.00885.
HIV seropositivity appeared associated with shorter OS among patients with hepatocellular carcinoma despite sufficient antiretroviral treatment…
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Proportion of new cancers attributable to excess weight varies across states

Islami F, et al. JAMA Oncol. 2018;doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.5639.
Excess body weight is responsible for at…
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Breast cancer metastasis risk remains elevated 10 years after childbirth

Goddard ET, et al. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.6997.
Women diagnosed with stage 1 or stage 2 postpartum breast cancer up to 10 years after giving birth may be at increased risk for distant metastasis…
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Rivaroxaban decreases VTE incidence during intervention period among patients with cancer

Agnelli G, et al. N Engl J Med. 2019;doi:10.1056/NEJMe1816060.
Khorana AA, et al. N Engl J Med. 2019;doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1814630.
Rivaroxaban led to substantially lower incidence of venous thromboembolism and death of VTE among ambulatory patients with cancer death during the…
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Cancer death rates declining faster among blacks than whites, but disparities persist

DeSantis CE, et al. CA Cancer J Clin. 2019;doi:10.3322/caac.21555.
Overall cancer death rates are dropping faster among black Americans than white Americans, according to a report published in CA: A Cancer Journal
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