September 2016, Vol. 5, No. 7

← Back to Issue

Exploring Topics in Personalized Medicine to Improve the Patient Experience, Quality of Life, and Therapeutic Outcomes

Exploring Topics in Personalized Medicine to Improve the Patient Experience, Quality of Life, and Therapeutic Outcomes

Letter to Our Readers

Dear Colleague,

Untitled-17The vast majority of our coverage in Personalized Medicine in Oncology focuses on our ability to identify genetic mutations, unique protein expressions, and other significant biomarkers for which we can tailor individual therapy. In this issue, we broaden that scope by exploring several topics that are related to personalizing care for the individual in the hope of improving their experience, quality of life, and, ultimately, their therapeutic outcome.

In our Interview with the Innovator department, we have the pleasure of speaking with clinicians from The Urology Group in Cincinnati, OH, about the importance of bone health in patients with prostate cancer as well as the importance of preventing skeletal-related events in the overall care of the patient.

Dr Audibert and colleagues present the results from their retrospective market analysis of the use of laboratory-developed tests in providing molecular testing for EGFR and ALK alterations in patients with advanced non–small cell lung cancer.

We are pleased to feature an article by Jamie Brewer, MD, regarding the state of personalized medicine in prostate cancer to include disease diagnosis, monitoring, and molecular characterization to personalize therapeutic decisions.

My friend and colleague, Carolyn Compton, MD, PhD, FCAP, offers an editorial on the critical importance of biospecimen quality to ensure accuracy in molecular analysis and reminds us that this goal is fundamentally our responsibility to our patients.

We are also pleased to present news from the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society of Oral Oncology Annual Meeting on Supportive Care in Cancer as part of our goal to include all facets of personalized care.

It is our hope that the information presented here gives you and your team the enhanced ability to provide complete, individual, personalized care to your patients.

Thank you for your loyal readership.

Sincerely,

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

MASCC/ISOO - September 12, 2016

Delirium Symptoms More Severe in Patients Treated with Antipsychotics

Adult hospice and palliative care patients with hyperactive delirium symptoms who were given risperidone or haloperidol experienced greater delirium symptoms at 72 hours than those given placebo, according to new research presented by Meera Agar, MD, at the 2016 Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/International Society of Oral Oncology [ Read More ]

MASCC/ISOO - September 12, 2016

Audit of Patients with Head and Neck Cancer Reveals Gaps in Nutritional Care

Patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) are at a high risk of malnutrition, but the implementation of a best practice model for nutritional support can improve health outcomes and address the many unmet needs in nutritional management, according to Merran Findlay, MSc, AdvAPD, Senior Oncology Dietitian at the Royal [ Read More ]