Maurie Markman, MD

Articles

Missteps Highlight the Need for Objectivity in Science

April 30th 2021

Although the spectacular success associated with the development of several safe and highly efficacious vaccines and therapies for COVID-19 has once again confirmed the remarkable impact of advancements on public and individual health, we must also acknowledge recent stunning examples of the failure of scientifically oriented government agencies to provide objectively valid nonpolitical recommendations, policies, and conclusions.

Clinical Progress Creates Need for Decision-Support Tools

April 20th 2021

The current endorsement of 3 COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, with several additional products pending FDA review, in less than 1 year from the identification of the structure of the COVID-19 virus is simply remarkable.

Public Health Communication Gaps Extend to Cancer Care

April 6th 2021

In the cancer arena, COVID-19 information problems highlight the critical role of clear, honest, and effective communication with the public, patients, and their families regarding the increasing complexity of a multitude of topics related to malignant disease and its management.

Optimism Plays a Vital Role in Outcomes for Patients With Cancer

March 14th 2021

Evolving data provide provocative support for the relevance of an optimistic vs a pessimistic perspective in influencing outcomes in serious malignant conditions.

It’s Time to Rethink 4 Unique Cancer Terms

February 20th 2021

When one is dealing with the topic of cancer, its treatment and consequences, language that clinicians and members of the cancer research community use may have an even greater impact.

Cancer Staging and Toxicity Framework Should Be Overhauled for the Modern Era

February 8th 2021

Formerly, small cell lung cancer was generally considered more chemotherapy sensitive in the short term but also associated with an overall inferior survival outcome; however, the difference in prognosis compared with metastatic non–small cell lung cancer was measured in months—rarely longer.

Dr. Markman on the Need for Comparative Trials With PARP Inhibitors in Ovarian Cancer

February 3rd 2021

Maurie Markman, MD, discusses the need for comparative clinical trials with PARP inhibitors in ovarian cancer.

Real-World Data Grow Increasingly Relevant in Oncology Practice

January 27th 2021

The importance of objectively valid data is well established in clinical medicine. Such data include an accurate recording of a patient’s clinical history; evaluation of signs and symptoms of illness; and measurement of various routine indicators, such as granulocyte and platelet counts, serum glucose, electrolytes, and liver function tests.

PFS Deserves More Than Surrogate Status as a Clinical Trial End Point

January 20th 2021

Although recent benefits do not pertain to all cancers and “cure” remains a relatively uncommon event, oncologists have an increasing number of molecularly targeted and immunotherapeutic strategies to employ based on objectively meaningful clinical trial outcomes.

Dr. Markman on Remaining Questions With HPV- Cervical Cancer

January 18th 2021

Maurie Markman, MD, discusses remaining questions regarding human papillomavirus–negative cervical cancer.