Genetics & genomics
Get a Cheat Sheet on Personalized Medicine, Genomics, and Pharmacogenomics in Oncology
Since the concepts of inheritance, genetics, and medical genetics were introduced, researchers have found that many factors other than the presence or absence of a single gene predict disease.
August 12, 2014
Oncology drug research
FDA Approves Ramucirumab for Gastric or Gastroesophageal Junction Adenocarcinoma
On April 21, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ramucirumab for use as a single agent for the treatment of patients with advanced or metastatic, gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma with disease progression on or after prior treatment with fluoropyrimidine- or platinum-containing chemotherapy.
April 22, 2014
No Ordinary Pill
Oral agents are changing oncology treatment, and along with it, who’s responsible for the safety of those treatments. “With oral agents, the onus is now primarily on patients and their caregivers,” says ONS member Kathy Leifeste. This is quite a shift from the nurse-administered IV chemotherapy and biotherapy we’ve grown accustomed to.
March 01, 2014
ASH Recommends Wise Choices for Five Hematologic Tests and Treatments
A new list of evidence-based recommendations from the American Society of Hematology helps patients and providers understand which hematology-related tests and treatments pose significant harm and cost if overused and therefore should be avoided.
February 18, 2014
The Names of Targeted Therapies Give Clues to How They Work
I was reading through the program of my granddaughter's dance recital and noticed that there was not a single common name in the first three groups of young dancers. It was as if their parents purposefully decided to come up with the most unique names possible. This is not the case with the family names of targeted cancer drugs.
December 31, 2013
Access to cancer care
Help Rural HCT Recipients Overcome Barriers to Post-Treatment Care
For patients with hematologic malignancies and genetic immune disorders, HCT is a potentially curative treatment. However, because the therapy is so specialized, only select cancer centers with the appropriate expertise, resources, and experiences offer it.
September 10, 2013
FDA Approves Dabrafenib for Unresectable or Metastatic Melanoma
On May 29, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved dabrafenib (Tafinlar™ capsule, GlaxoSmithKline), for the treatment of patients with unresectable or metastatic melanoma with BRAF V600E mutation as detected by an FDA-approved test.
May 30, 2013