TON - December 2010, Vol 3, No 8
The addition of new biomarkers for establishing a prognosis for patients with breast cancer has been recommended in the 2010 edition of the American Joint Committee of Cancer’s Cancer Staging Handbook.1 Human epidermal growth factor receptor type 2 (HER2) status and multigene signature “scores” have been added to estrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) determinations.1 So, where are we regarding multigene signature scores?
ORLANDO—Despite the need for nurses with specialized oncology knowledge to care for the growing population of cancer patients and survivors, few graduate oncology nursing programs currently exist. A collaboration between The Ohio State University Comp rehensive Cancer Center The James Cancer Hospital (OSUCCC-James) and the university’s College of Nursing (CON) has been established to help fulfill the need for nurses with specialized oncology education.
MILAN—Painful vertebral compression fractures can be promptly and effectively treated with balloon kyphoplasty, an international study showed.
The Cancer Patient Fracture Evaluation (CAFE) study was the first to randomize cancer patients with vertebral compression fractures to balloon kyphoplasty or standard nonsurgical treatment (controls). The results were reported by Leonard Bastian, MD, of the Klinikum Leverkusen in Leverkusen, Germany.
SAN DIEGO—Stereotactic radiation appears to be highly effective and safe for treatment of patients with operable, early-stage non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In some cases, it may be an appropriate alternative surgery, resulting in fewer side effects, according to a new Japanese study presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology.
SAN DIEGO—Two studies presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology have found that the use of fast neutron radiotherapy (FNRT), a form of radiation that is about three times more powerful than typical photon radiotherapy, is highly effective and safe for patients with non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
MILAN—Prolonging chemotherapy until disease progression improves progression free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC), according to a systematic analysis presented at the 35th European Society for Medical Oncology Congress.
SAN DIEGO—Omitting adjuvant tamoxifen may not put women aged older than 65 years with early-stage breast cancer at increased risk for local or distant disease recurrence, according to a large, retrospective study presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology.
MILAN—The investigative poly (ADPribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitor iniparib (BSI-021) im proved not only progression-free survival (PFS) but also overall survival (OS) in the final analysis of a randomized phase 2 study, presented at the 35th European Society for Medical Oncology Congress by Joyce O’Shaughnessy, MD, of US Oncology and Baylor Sammons Cancer Center, Houston.
SAN DIEGO—Elizabeth Brunton, RN, MSN, OCN, started in the nursing field in 1973. More than 35 years later, she is the recipient of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Nurse Excellence Award. This award is presented annually to a registered nurse who goes above and beyond the normal standards of nursing practice.
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