September 2013, Vol 2, No 6

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Illustrating the New Era of Personalized Medicine


Letter to Our Readers

Dear Colleague,

It gives us great pleasure to present this issue of Personalized Medicine in Oncology (PMO). Over the past several months, we have thoroughly examined every aspect of the journal – appearance, readability, and most importantly, editorial content.

You will see the result of our efforts in the following ways:

The immune system is back in the discussion of how to fight cancer. Many exciting new agents are being studied in clinical trials in diseases such as non–small cell lung cancer, melanoma, and kidney cancer, to name just a few. PMO will keep readers up to date on advances in this area and discuss what it means for patients.

Interview With the Innovators
The world of personalized medicine is a rapidly changing, ever-evolving state involving many stakeholders on the front lines of its creation: physicians, industry, researchers, patient advocates, and payers. PMO seeks out the leaders in these sectors and brings you their game-changing strategies, missions, and impact on personalized oncology care.

The Last Word
In this department, our Strategic Editor and Editor in Chief sum up thoughts on various overriding themes in the world of personalized medicine.

Journal Design
You will notice a redesign in the look of the entire journal. This new, streamlined design is intended to make the journal easier to read and navigate.

We believe these will greatly enhance your reading experience. Please let us know what you think! E-mail our Editorial Director, Kristin Siyahian at We look forward to and welcome your feedback.


Al Benson, MD
Editor in Chief
Personalized Medicine in Oncology

Interview with the Innovators - September 23, 2013

Utilizing a Personalized Diagnostic in a Class of Hodgkin Lymphoma Patients:

An Interview With Lawrence M. Weiss, MD, of Clarient Diagnostic Services, Inc.

Lawrence M. Weiss, MD, is Medical Director of Clarient Diagnostic Services. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Pathology at the City of Hope National Medical Center. He received his BS summa cum laude and his MD summa cum laude from the University of Maryland. He completed a residency [ Read More ]

Uncategorized - September 23, 2013

Genetic Susceptibility to Renal Cell Carcinoma

In 2013, approximately 65,000 people will be diagnosed with kidney cancer and two-thirds will be men.1 The term kidney cancer generally refers to any cancer arising in the kidney or renal pelvis. However, this article will focus on the most common type of kidney cancer seen in adults, renal cell [ Read More ]