October 2015, Vol. 4, No. 5

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Genetic Counseling in Personalizing Care: A New Department in PMO

Genetic Counseling in Personalizing Care: A New Department in PMO

Letter to Our Readers

Dear Colleague,

I am pleased to announce a new department in PMO, Genetic Counseling. In each issue, PMO editorial board member Cristi Radford, MS, CGC, of the Moffitt Cancer Center will contribute an impactful article. In this issue, you will read about BRCA1/2 testing for any patient with pancreatic adenocarcinoma. If you have an intriguing case to share, I encourage you to submit it to our Editorial Director at Ksiyahian@the-lynx-group.com.

The mission of our journal is to provide a bridge between academic research and practicing clinicians by demonstrating the immediate implications of precision medicine—including advances in molecular sequencing, targeted therapies, and new diagnostic modalities—to the management of patients with cancer, offering oncologists, oncology nurses, payers, researchers, drug developers, policymakers, and all oncology stakeholders the relevant practical information they need to improve cancer outcomes. Improved outcomes lie in the ability to administer effective therapies. Our ability to prescribe effective therapies has more and more become reliant on our understanding of the molecular biology of the tumor microenvironment as well as the genomic and genetic information of the patient.

To this end, this month we offer an intriguing interview with Nazneen Aziz, PhD, of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital revealing how genetic, genomic, and biomarker information is being put to work to improve outcomes for patients. We also present a case study on molecular pathways in non–small cell lung cancer as well as several other relevant articles on the personalized approach to caring for patients with cancer.

As always, thank you for your loyal readership. We hope the addition of the genetic counseling department will be of value to you in your practice.

Sincerely,

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

PMO Live - October 16, 2015

Molecular Biomarkers Are Getting Attention in Early Detection of Cancer

Biomarkers have a promising role in the early detection and risk stratification of colonic neoplasia, lung cancer, and breast cancer said presenters at PMO Live 2015. Molecular Biomarkers: Colorectal Cancer The vast majority of screening colonoscopies are negative for significant lesions of advanced adenomas or carcinoma in average-risk and even [ Read More ]

Interview with the Innovators - October 16, 2015

Identifying Targets in Anal Squamous Cell Carcinoma:

An Interview with Patrick Boland, MD, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute

At the recent ASCO Annual Meeting, Patrick Boland, MD, of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, submitted an abstract entitled Comprehensive Multiplatform Biomarker Analysis of 212 Anal Squamous Cell Carcinomas highlighting the need to identify novel potential targets and therapeutic options for less common malignancies. In his study, investigators analyzed 212 anal [ Read More ]