David Kerr, CBE, MD, DSc, FRCP, FMedSci; John L. Marshall, MD


June 13, 2013

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David Kerr, MD: Hi. I am David Kerr, Professor of Cancer Medicine at the University of Oxford and past President of the European Society for Medical Oncology. I would like to welcome all of you to this edition of Medscape Oncology Insights. Today, we will be talking about the gastrointestinal (GI) cancer data emerging from the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO®).

I am absolutely delighted to be joined by my friend and colleague, Dr. John Marshall, who is known to you all. He is Professor of Medicine from Georgetown University and directs the clinical research at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, DC.

Chipping Away at the Cancer Rock Face

Dr. Kerr: John, it's good to see you, as always. Here we are at this convention -- to paraphrase Ralph Waldo Emerson -- coming together for a love of wisdom, a sharing of knowledge. Old and tired though we are, here we are, sitting at the font of knowledge once again. Is anything interesting happening at ASCO -- any immediate GI picks that leapt out, got you by the throat, and made you feel young and excited again?

John L. Marshall, MD: We come looking for that wisdom, don't we? And we end up spending more time on the collegial aspects, catching up. But we do look for shining rays that will show us how better to take care of our patients. At least in the GI world, the word "disappointment" might be too strong; this meeting is more a case of modifying our current practice.

Dr. Kerr: Gentle steps forward. As always, we are chipping away at the rock face of cancer. So, nothing that goes "kabam! kapow! kasplat!" like in Marvel Comics. But nevertheless, we take small steps forward.

Dr. Marshall: Yes, absolutely.


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