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ASCO 2016 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium

Cancer Network presents exclusive coverage from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2016 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, held January 7–9 in San Francisco. We’ll bring you reports as we cover the latest research, trials, scientific advances, and controversies that are changing the way genitourinary cancers are managed and treated.

Lung Cancer

The term “HER2-positive lung cancer” may actually refer to two distinct entities, according to a new study. HER2 mutations and HER2 amplifications were found in similar numbers of lung adenocarcinoma cases, but they did not occur in the same samples, suggesting HER2-targeted agents should differentiate between mutation and amplification.

The use of low molecular-weight heparin failed to improve either metastasis-free or overall survival in newly diagnosed lung cancer patients.

Patients diagnosed with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) at a younger age are far more likely to harbor a targetable genomic alteration than older patients.

This review outlines the diagnostic and therapeutic challenges associated with the increased number of screen-identified indeterminate lung nodules, highlighting currently recommended follow-up and management algorithms, as well as the various methods of nodule localization, tissue diagnosis, and definitive local therapeutic modalities.

Radiologic screening for lung cancer had a long and unsuccessful history until the advent of low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening and the completion of the National Lung Screening Trial, which demonstrated an improvement in lung cancer–specific mortality in a high-risk population.

On December 11, 2015, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved alectinib for patients with ALK-rearrangement positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that is refractory to another ALK-targeted oral drug, crizotinib.

A study showed that the use of intraoperative frozen section diagnosis correlated strongly with final pathology for peripheral small-sized lung adenocarcinoma.

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