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2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology®

May 31 - June 04, 2013; Chicago, Illinois

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Meeting Highlights at a Glance

Top News From ASCO ® 2013: Slideshow
Oncologists heard the latest on immunotherapy for melanoma, practice-changing results for the treatment of advanced cervical cancer, and the first new drug for metastatic thyroid cancer in 40 years.

Oncology Insights: Wrap Session

The Conundrum of Clinically Meaningful Benefit
Led by Dr. Kathy Miller, a panel of oncologists tackles the difficult question of defining 'clinically meaningful benefit' and the far tougher task of how to measure it.

Physicians 'Hit the Barricades' Over Cancer Costs
Drs. John Marshall, Bruce Cheson, and David Kerr tackle the issue of runaway cancer care cost -- with wit, candor, and a whiff of revolution. A video not to miss.


A Brief Look: Cancer Genomic Medicine at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology ®
Dr. Maurie Markman takes a brief look at a few presentations from ASCO 2013 that highlight the evolving role of genomics in the management of cancer.

Can Diabetes Lead to Liver Cancer?
An increase in HCC has paralleled increases in obesity, diabetes, and liver disease.

New ALK Inhibitor 'Fantastically Active'
Dr. David Ross Camidge talks to Dr. Jack West about early data on a new ALK and ROS inhibitor that holds great promise for patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

Low-Dose Chemo for Low Toxicity in Breast Cancer
Dr. Laura Orlando describes impressive early results in treating advanced HER2-positive breast cancer with a combination of trastuzumab and low-dose chemotherapy.

Vitamin D Deficiency in Pancreatic Cancer
Low levels of vitamin D were indeed present in patients with advanced pancreatic cancer, but what do they mean?

Risk for Leukemia After Breast Cancer
A new study shows that younger women had the highest risk for myelodysplasia or acute myeloid leukemia after a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Nivolumab Continues to Deliver in Lung Cancer
Dr. Julie Brahmer talks to Dr. Jack West about long-term follow-up data on a ground-breaking study of nivolumab, an anti-PD-1 antibody, in patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

Perspectives From Medscape Partners

The Stigma of Lung Cancer
Why would women with lung cancer say they have breast cancer? Because they are ashamed of their disease. A new study quantifies the negative attitudes associated with a diagnosis of lung cancer.

PARP Holds Promise in Pancreas Cancer
Dr. O'Reilly reviews data on therapies in pancreatic cancer presented at ASCO 2013, including early findings suggesting that PARP inhibitors are active in this disease.

Bevacizumab Shows Activity in Rare Ovarian Cancer
Dr. Rachel Grisham describes favorable responses to bevacizumab treatment in recurrent and persistent low-grade serous and serous borderline ovarian cancer.

Conference News

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A 6-Shooter of Magic Bullets in Lung Cancer
Mark G. Kris, MD;
Egbert Smit, MD, PhD

Least Is Best in CRC Follow-up
John L. Marshall, MD;
David Kerr, CBE, MD, DSc, FRCP, FMedSci

Abandoning PETs in Lymphoma
Bruce D. Cheson, MD;
Gilles Salles, MD, PhD

Unprecedented Treatment Options in Melanoma
Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD;
Louise M. Perkins, PhD

Larry Norton: From A to B in Breast Cancer
Kathy D. Miller, MD;
Larry Norton, MD

Vinegar Saves Lives in Cervix Cancer
Maurie Markman, MD;
Robert Coleman, MD

Ra-223: New Arrow in Prostate Cancer Quiver
Howard I. Scher, MD;
Johann S. de Bono, MD

Pre-Meeting Expert Commentaries

France's Tour de Force in Lung Cancer
Mark G. Kris, MD

Cervical Cancer Studies Take Center Stage
Maurie Markman, MD

ASCO Plenary Session: Not Your Usual Suspects
Kathy D. Miller, MD

'GI Gang' Goes in for Refinements
John L. Marshall, MD

GI Cancers: A New Gold Standard in Pancreatic?
David J. Kerr, CBE, MD, DSc, FRCP, FMedSci

Blood's Up -- and So Are the Outcomes
Bruce D. Cheson, MD