ONCOLOGY Vol 34 Issue 6 | Oncology

Which Larynx-Preservation Strategy Would Be Best for a Patient With Resectable, Locally Advanced, Hypopharynx Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

June 16, 2020

Clinical Quandaries

A 57-year-old man with a heavy smoking and alcohol consumption history, but no comorbidities, presented with pharyngeal pain to his primary care physician’s office. He received empirical treatment with oral antibiotics and experienced partial improvement. A couple of months later, he developed a left cervical mass with progressive growth. A head and neck CT scan revealed a hypopharyngeal tumor. Results of a tumor biopsy indicated an ulcerated, moderately differentiated squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) with lymphovascular invasion. The patient was sent to our institution for treatment.

Strategies for Overcoming Disparities for Patients With Hematologic Malignancies and for Improving Enrollment on Clinical Trials

June 16, 2020

Review Article

A multitude of factors contributes to cancer disparities. Addressing these disparities among racial/ethnic minority populations with blood cancers requires multilevel models of the interactions between relevant factors and the performance of translational research that uses knowledge of cancer biology to develop and test the feasibility of interventions that can impact human endpoints. To be effective, efforts should be made to advance these research findings to applications that can transform clinical practice and health care delivery. We reviewed the literature to define a framework for overcoming disparities for patients with hematologic malignancies and to improve patient enrollment in clinical trials.

Radical Prostatectomy as Primary Treatment for Prostate Cancer Leads to Better Survival

June 16, 2020

Clinical Update

Results presented at the American Urological Association 2020 Virtual Meeting demonstrated that of men who received prior RT or surgery for localized prostate cancer, those that had RT were found to have a 32% higher risk of developing castrate-resistant disease.

Hereditary vs Familial Pancreatic Cancer: Associated Genetic Syndromes and Clinical Perspective

June 16, 2020

Case Study

Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is a disease marked by high rates of mortality, with only about 7% of patients surviving 5 years after diagnosis. Here, the authors present a demonstrative case and review the available data on hereditary and familial PDAC.