July 2015, Special ASCO Edition

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Sharing the Best of ASCO

Letter to Our Readers

Dear Colleague,

Each year, we look forward to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting where the oncology community gathers to review the past year and discuss the lessons and successes that will impact the lives of patients. The value in gathering is not only in sharing what we have learned over the past year, but also in renewing our enthusiasm for our chosen profession and enabling us to provide the best in care for our patients.

This year, we are pleased to offer our readers highlights from ASCO in this special edition of Personalized Medicine in Oncology (PMO). It comes as no surprise that the talk of the meeting centered on the progress being made in immunotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of cancers. You will find several feature articles reviewing the topic to include updates in several disease states, biomarkers for immunotherapies, and combination strategies with targeted therapies.

We also turn our attention to a host of other topics, most notably the progress in our understanding of genetics and biomarkers and of lung, prostate, breast, thyroid, kidney, and other cancers. Additionally, the format of this special edition of PMO allows us to expand our focus beyond that of personalized medicine to targeted therapies, biomarkers, and immunotherapies. In this supplement, we explore the topic of value-based care and associated costs. We address this topic in several articles in the hope of providing you a full perspective.

Thank you for your loyal readership. It is our mission to provide you with the most compelling and important information to help you bring the best care to those in need.


Coeditor in Chief
Personalized Medicine in Oncology

Prostate Cancer - August 13, 2015

Docetaxel Boosts Survival in Hormone-Naive Metastatic Prostate Cancer

Adding docetaxel to standard hormone therapy extends overall survival (OS) by a median of 10 months versus hormone therapy alone in men with newly diagnosed, advanced hormone therapy–naive prostate cancer according to results from the STAMPEDE trial. The survival benefits were more pronounced in metastatic disease and were less certain [ Read More ]

Immunotherapy - August 13, 2015

Encouraging Results for Pembrolizumab in Head and Neck Cancer

Pembrolizumab achieved “remarkable” results in a phase 1 study of previously treated, recurrent, squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. Tumor shrinkage was observed in 57% of these poor-prognosis, heavily pretreated patients, and 24.8% had partial or complete response on treatment with pembrolizumab in an expansion cohort of the [ Read More ]