PET scan after induction chemotherapy can improve outcomes in patients with oesophageal cancer by enabling prompt switching of therapy in nonresponders, initial results of the phase II CALGB 80803 study have shown.
A prospective study conducted on 1,011 patients with stage III colon cancer reported that intake of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and dark meat fish is associated with longer disease-free survival (DFS), especially in patients exhibiting moderate to high cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression in tumours.
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Transitioning from bortezomib- to ixazomib-based induction is feasible, tolerable and effective in the treatment of community patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (NDMM), according to a study presented at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH 2019).
Final analysis of the POEMS (Prevention of Early Menopause) study finds that breast cancer (BC) patients treated with the gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) goserelin, in addition to chemotherapy, are more likely to avoid premature menopause and to become pregnant without negatively impacting disease-related outcomes.
In breast cancer, especially hormone-negative tumours, an ultrasound-guided core biopsy (CNB) is useful for predicting pathologic complete response (pCR) to chemotherapy and may thus help to avoid surgery for some patients, a study has found.
Circulating miR-155 may be potentially used as a diagnostic and therapeutic monitoring marker in breast cancer, suggests an Indonesian study presented at the 2019 Asia Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO Asia 2019).