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In the Journals

Children, young adults experience ‘rapid improvement’ in quality of life after CAR-T for ALL

December 6, 2019
Children and young adults with relapsed or refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia reported sustained, clinically meaningful improvement in…

Oncology Care Model: Progress along the learning curve

HemOnc Today, November 10, 2019
John Sweetenham, MD
Recognizing the importance of addressing value in cancer care, I have been an interested observer, until recently, of the progress of CMS’s…

Access to cancer clinical trials may not entirely level the playing field

HemOnc Today, October 10, 2019
John Sweetenham, MD
There is compelling evidence that reducing variability in cancer care can improve patient outcomes and limit costs. Current alternative payment…
Cover Story

Social media ‘tears down walls’ in medicine

HemOnc Today, October 10, 2019
The social media landscape is changing constantly and influencing all realms of society — and health care is no exception. Approximately seven…

The unspoken truth about financial toxicity

HemOnc Today, September 10, 2019
John Sweetenham, MD
As time goes by, I realize my clinical comfort zone is shrinking. This phenomenon is probably more characteristic of those of us in academic centers…
In the Journals

Vistusertib fails to confer PFS benefit with fulvestrant for ER-positive breast cancer

August 29, 2019
Fulvestrant in combination with everolimus extended PFS significantly longer than fulvestrant with vistusertib or fulvestrant alone among women with…

Potholes on the road to improved cancer outcomes

HemOnc Today, July 10, 2019
John Sweetenham, MD
“Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.” – Mark Twain During my high school years, late June and early July…

Timing matters — so do breaks

HemOnc Today, June 10, 2019
John Sweetenham, MD
As oncologists, making our services as convenient and accessible as possible for our patients is a major goal and an ongoing challenge. Providing…
Cover Story

Cardiologists’ role in diabetes care changing

Cardiology Today, June 2019
In the past few years, there has been a flurry of new data that demonstrate CV benefits of newer diabetes drugs, particularly SGLT2 inhibitors and…
In the JournalsPerspective

Familial hypercholesterolemia screening in blood donations may diagnose more patients

May 24, 2019
Testing for the prevalence of familial hypercholesterolemia in patients who donated blood was similar to the estimated prevalence in the general…
Meeting News

LDL apheresis may benefit certain patients with ACS after PCI

May 21, 2019
LAS VEGAS — LDL apheresis was safe and was linked to a trend toward early coronary atheroma regression in patients with ACS and high LDL who…

Difficult decisions: Slow changes for overuse of therapy at end of life

HemOnc Today, May 10, 2019
John Sweetenham, MD
For the past few years, one component of my role as a member of the physician leadership team for oncology has been to authorize some types of…
Meeting News

Q&A: Aspirin, nutrition among highlights of primary prevention guideline

April 27, 2019
NEW ORLEANS — One of the biggest stories from the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session was the presentation of a new primary…
In the Journals

Complementary medicine use common, often undisclosed by patients with, survivors of cancer

April 16, 2019
One-third of U.S. survey participants with a history of cancer reported using complementary and alternative medicines in addition to or instead of…
Meeting NewsPerspective

Seven alcoholic drinks per week enough to increase odds of hypertension

March 25, 2019
NEW ORLEANS — Moderate and heavy alcohol drinkers appear to have an increased prevalence of both stage 1 and stage 2 hypertension, according to…
In the JournalsPerspective

E-cigarette use rises among patients with cancer

February 18, 2019
Rates of electronic cigarette use among patients with cancer have risen over the past several years as rates of conventional smoking have remained…

UT Southwestern names associate director for clinical affairs

February 7, 2019
John Sweetenham, MD, has been named associate director for clinical affairs at Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center at UT Southwestern…
The Take Home

The Take Home: TCT

Cardiology Today's Intervention, January/February 2019
The annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Scientific Symposium, held Sept. 21 to 25 in San Diego, brought many of interventional…
In the Journals

Scheduled dialysis reduces mortality, costs in immigrants with ESRD

December 27, 2018
Compared with emergency-only dialysis, scheduled dialysis significantly reduced 1-year mortality, hospitalizations and costs among undocumented…

New physical activity guidelines encourage movement ‘anytime, anywhere’

Cardiology Today, December 2018
The new HHS Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans emphasize that any exercise for people of any age is better than none and make new…