August 2016, Vol. 5, No. 6

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Presenting Emerging Data and Calling for Molecular Tumor Board Case Studies

Al B. Benson III, MD, FACP, FASCO

Letter to Our Readers

Untitled-17Dear Colleague,

On behalf of all of us at Personalized Medicine in Oncology (PMO), I hope you are enjoying the summer and finding time for the recreation necessary to return to the care of your patients with a renewed spirit. After the busy ASCO season, we have taken advantage of this time to review data from this important meeting and are pleased to offer the most critical information in this issue. You’ll find a host of the best reports from ASCO all related to personalized medicine, from the latest in immunotherapies and matching therapy to molecular alterations. We hope this compilation is of value to you and your practice.

Also in this issue, we are delighted to feature an article by PMO Editorial Board member Darren Sigal, MD, and his colleague David Hermel, MD. The authors take a critical look at emerging data regarding anti–PD-1 agents as bio­markers.

Many oncology centers host molecular tumor boards during which multidisciplinary participants discuss patients with all types of cancer whose tumors have been analyzed with advanced genomic diagnostic tests. If you participate in such a board, we want to hear from you with your case study submissions for our Molecular Tumor Board department. Submissions should include case presentation, actionable biomarker identification, therapeutic course, and outcomes. Author guidelines can be found at www.personalizedmedonc.com/author-guidelines.

Enjoy what remains of summer, and we hope you will consider submitting a case study. Thank you for your loyal readership.

Sincerely,

Al B. Benson III, MD, FACP, FASCO
Coeditor in Chief
Personalized Medicine in Oncology

ASCO - August 5, 2016

Refining Use of CAR-T in ALL

Chimeric antigen receptor T-cells (CAR-T) have saved lives in some patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who had run out of other treatment options. This type of immunotherapy is making inroads in other hematologic malignancies as well, but it is still being studied in very sick patients.The downside of CAR-T [ Read More ]

AACR - August 5, 2016

RAF Family Inhibitor Has Preliminary Activity in Multiple Types of Tumors

A multitargeted RAF inhibitor demonstrated activity in several types of advanced solid tumors associated with different mutations in the RAF family of genes, results of a preliminary clinical trial showed. Of 29 evaluable patients, 3 had confirmed partial responses to treatment with BGB-283, 1 had an unconfirmed response, and 14 [ Read More ]