October 2008 | Oncology & Biotech News

The Academy: May 26, 2010

May 26, 2010

The Academy delivers the latest news on biotech and oncology research, providing a link between the clinical world of cancer care and the university researchers who are pushing the envelope of knowledge and discovery.

Clinical Trial Reports: May 25, 2010

May 25, 2010

Clinical trials covered include: 1) Phase III: Quality of Life with Sunitinib or Interferon Alfa for Patients with Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma 2) Phase II: Children%u2019s Oncology Group Pilot Study, and more

Reimbursement and Managed Care News: May 25, 2010

May 25, 2010

The topics covered in this issue include: 1) NICE Ruling on Kidney Cancer Drugs Stirs Outrage, 2) Watchful Waiting Versus Surgery for Prostate Cancer? Question Has Yet to be Settled, 3) Bone Mineral Density Predictive of Breast Cancer Risk, and more

Back to the Future: Can Congress Resurrect an Independent Technology Assessment Entity?

May 25, 2010

A bill sponsored by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), is circulating through the legislature to fund a new center, the Health Care Comparative Effectiveness Research Institute. The Institute would perform largely the same function as the former Office of Technology Assessment.

Do Medicare Patients with a Cancer Diagnosis Disenroll From Managed Care Plans?

May 25, 2010

Managed care organizations tend to shy away from rigid management of patients with cancer, owing to the number of acceptable regimens for various tumors, the difficulty in controlling the use of oncologic (particularly biologic) agents, and the fact that prior authorization requests are rarely denied in these patients.

Sorafenib (Nexavar) Is Effective and Well Tolerated in Asian Patients with Advanced Hepatocellular Carcinoma

May 25, 2010

In an oral presentation, Ann-Lii Cheng, MD, PhD, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, highlighted the results of a phase III study evaluating the efficacy and safety of sorafenib in patients from the Asia-Pacific region with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

Lenalidomide (Revlimid) Plus Dexamethasone Compared with Dexamethasone Alone in Patients with Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

May 25, 2010

In an oral presentation, Jeffrey A. Zonder, MD, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Karmanos Cancer Center, Wayne State University School of Medicine,Detroit, Michigan, reported updated results of SWOG 0232, a study of lenalidomide (Revlimid) plus dexamethasone compared with dexamethasone alone in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (MM).

Nutritional Supplements Can Help Increase Therapeutic Compliance

May 25, 2010

For patients undergoing chemotherapy, one of the greatest challenges they face is enduring what can be a grueling treatment regimen. Optimal nutrition can help patients better cope with the rigors of chemotherapy.

Colon Cancer Patients Not Getting Recommended Follow-Up Care

May 25, 2010

A new study shows that less than one half of older patients successfully treated for colorectal cancer receive the recommended screening schedule to detect any recurrence of cancer. The analysis indicates poor compliance with recommended monitoring of colorectal cancer survivors could affect survival.

Gastrointestinal Cancers: May 25, 2010

May 25, 2010

The 10th Annual Meeting of the World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer was held in Barcelona, Spain, in June. The Congress has grown into a key scientific program that covers malignancies affecting every component of the gastrointestinal tract and all facets of patient care, including screening, diagnosis, and management options for common and uncommon tumors.

Research from the 10th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer: Focus on KRAS

May 24, 2010

This month's issue features highlights from the 10th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer (WCGC), held this past June in Barcelona, Spain. The WCGC is an annual meeting that provides scientific sessions and posters on various malignancies of the gastrointestinal tract.