Recipients of the 2009 ASCO Special Awards have been announced. Clara D. Bloomfield, MD, (left) will be given the David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award; the Science of Oncology Award will go to Bert Vogelstein, MD; Olufunmilayo Olopade, MBBS, will receive the ASCO-American Cancer Society Award; the B.J. Kennedy Award for Scientific Excellence in Geriatric Oncology will be given to Martine Extermann, MD, PhD; the Pediatric Oncology Award will be presented to William E. Evans, PharmD, and Mary V. Relling, PharmD; John H. Glick, MD, will take home the Distinguished Achievement Award; Diane S. Blum, MSW, is the recipient of Partners in Progress Award; Richard Pazdur, MD, will be given the Special Recognition Award.
Highly expensive imaging technologies are a lightning rod in today’s contentious healthcare landscape. Critics contend that imaging services are grossly overused, while supporters argue that proper use of imaging saves lives and reduces downstream cancer costs.
As comparative effectiveness research matures from a political buzz phrase to a decision-making process, leaders in the oncology community are concerned about the effect this latest government initiative might have on community practices that already feel overregulated.
A novel drug that targets an important protein receptor that supports B-cell lymphoma cells produced significant responses in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients who had failed prior therapies. Results from the phase II trial of fostamatinib disodium in 68 heavily pretreated relapsed and refractory B-cell NHL patients revealed that the treatment has significant promise and should undergo further clinical testing, according to lead investigator Jonathan W. Friedberg, MD, of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at the University of Rochester in New York.
Is the era of PSA screening coming to an end? Proponents say the test saves lives, but a growing number of critics contend that widespread screening does more harm than good. The ongoing controversy over the clinical value of PSA screening has long been perpetuated by a lack of persuasive data, leaving doctors and their patients with difficult conversations and a host of perplexing decisions.
ORLANDO, Fla.—ASCO has awarded $10,000 grants to five state projects. The recipients will be recognized at the State Affiliates’ Reception at ASCO 2009.
The FDA has granted approval to Velcade (bortezomib for injection, Millennium) for the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) in patients who have received at least one prior treatment.
PHILADELPHIA—Remissions induced by gemtuzumab ozogamicin (Mylotarg) monotherapy in patients with first-relapse acute myeloid leukemia (AML) can be prolonged with subsequent therapy. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant was particularly effective and even produced some long-term remissions in patients who did not respond to gemtuzumab, Eric Sievers, MD, reported at the 44th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH abstract 327).
ASCO—Mylotarg (gemtuzumab ozogamicin) has received FDA approval for treatment of CD33-positive acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in patients age 60 and older in first relapse who are poor candidates for cytotoxic therapy. The agent, manufactured by Wyeth-Ayerst, was approved as an orphan drug.
Opioid prescriptions were significantly higher among cancer survivors compared with controls, even years after attaining survivorship.