Study: Less-Invasive Mesothelioma Surgery Yields Better Results
A team of researchers at the Hyogo College of Medicine in Nishinomiya, Japan, studied the outcomes for pleural mesothelioma patients who received surgery at their facility between 2004 and 2016. The results: More aggressive surgery did not help mesothelioma patients live longer. “We showed that introducing less-invasive surgical techniques could decrease surgical risks without compromising survival,” the researchers wrote in their study, published in January in Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. “Surgery that is less invasive than conventional extrapleural pneumonectomy could achieve lower ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 14, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Mesothelioma Treatment Combines Proton and Photodynamic Therapy
Intraoperative photodynamic therapy combined with novel proton radiation improved survival time significantly for recent patients with advanced-stage pleural mesothelioma. The study — the first to measure the impact of this combination — involved 10 consecutive patients treated at the University of Pennsylvania’s Abramson Cancer Center. The treatment regimen resulted in a 90 percent, two-year disease control rate and an impressive 30.3-month median overall survival from the time of diagnosis. All 10 patients were diagnosed before treatment began with stage 3 or stage 4 disease, which typically results in ...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 12, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Advanced Ovarian Cancer Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Advanced Ovarian Cancer
Which patients with epithelial ovarian cancer should be considered for neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by interval debulking surgery?Chinese Clinical Oncology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

Neoadjuvant Chemo Ups Survival in Pancreatic Cancer Neoadjuvant Chemo Ups Survival in Pancreatic Cancer
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy significantly improved overall survival in a cohort of Japanese patients and could be a new treatment option, but the regimen is not currently available in the US.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Smoking Associated With Worse Bladder Cancer Outcomes
FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 -- Cigarette smoking is linked to a poor response to cisplatin-based neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) among patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) who undergo radical cystectomy (RC), according to a study published... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 11, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Tumors backfire on chemotherapy
Some patients with breast cancer receive chemotherapy before the tumor is removed with surgery. This approach, called 'neoadjuvant' therapy, helps to reduce the size of the tumor to facilitate breast-conserving surgery, and can even eradicate the tumor, leaving few or no cancerous cells for the surgeon to remove. In those cases, the patients are very likely to remain cancer-free for life after surgery. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - January 2, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Delays to Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Have Risks in Bladder Cancer
Several factors, including race, insurance, and type of facility, were associated with delays in neoadjuvant chemotherapy treatment for bladder cancer patients. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - December 12, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Source Type: news

Can Anthracyclines be Excluded From Neoadjuvant HER2+ Breast Cancer Tx?
A comparison of chemotherapy regimens plus anti-HER2 therapy in the neoadjuvant setting tested whether the addition of anthracyclines is necessary for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - December 12, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Source Type: news

SABCS: T - DM1 Cuts Recurrent Invasive HER2 + Breast CA Risk
Risk reduced with trastuzumab emtansine in those with residual invasive dz at sx after neoadjuvant chemo (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - December 5, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Gynecology, Oncology, Pharmacy, Conference News, Source Type: news

Can Anthracyclines be Excluded From Neoadjuvant HER2+ Breast Cancer Tx?
A comparison of chemotherapy regimens plus anti-HER2 therapy in the neoadjuvant setting tested whether the addition of anthracyclines is necessary for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - December 5, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Source Type: news

SABCS: T-DM1 Cuts Recurrent Invasive HER2 & #43; Breast CA Risk
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 -- For patients with residual invasive disease after neoadjuvant chemotherapy including a taxane and trastuzumab, substituting trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1) for adjuvant trastuzumab is associated with a reduced risk for... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Phase III KATHERINE trial crossed early reporting boundary and met its primary endpoint
(American Association for Cancer Research) Substituting trastuzumab emtansine (T-DM1, Kadcyla) for adjuvant trastuzumab (Herceptin) in patients who had residual disease after receiving neoadjuvant chemotherapy and trastuzumab reduced the risk of developing an invasive recurrence of HER2-positive early-stage breast cancer by 50 percent, according to data from the phase III clinical trial KATHERINE presented at the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 5, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Adjuvant chemo might not add benefit in breast cancer patients who have excellent response to neoadjuvant chemo
(American Association for Cancer Research) Pathological complete response (pCR) after neoadjuvant (presurgery) chemotherapy was associated with significantly lower recurrence risk and higher overall survival in breast cancer patients, and pCR after neoadjuvant chemotherapy had similar association with improved outcomes among those who received additional chemotherapy following surgery (adjuvant chemotherapy) versus those who did not, according to meta-analyses of data from 52 clinical trials, presented at the 2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 5, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy or Upfront Surgery in Advanced Ovarian Cancer?
A pooled analysis of two randomized trials found that neoadjuvant chemotherapy and upfront debulking surgery yield similar outcomes in patients with advanced tubo-ovarian cancer, except in some settings. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - November 19, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Source Type: news

Is Controversy Over NCRT Plus Surgery Warranted in Esophageal Squamous Cell Carcinoma?
A new study adds to evidence examining whether neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy plus surgery improves survival vs surgery alone in locally advanced ESCC. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - October 31, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: John Schieszer Source Type: news

Do Dose-Dense Neoadjuvant Chemo Regimens Improve Responses in Bladder Cancer?
A dose-dense neoadjuvant chemotherapy regimen yielded higher response rates compared with a standard regimen in a cohort of bladder cancer patients. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - September 19, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Source Type: news

Which Is Best Neoadjuvant Chemo in Bladder Cancer? Which Is Best Neoadjuvant Chemo in Bladder Cancer?
A nonstandard neoadjuvant chemotherapy was associated with higher complete response rates and more downstaging in patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Improving Surgery for Mesothelioma with Glowing Tumor Technology
Thoracic surgeon Dr. Sunil Singhal at the Abramson Cancer Center has developed glowing tumor technology that should increase the effectiveness of aggressive surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma. Singhal has shown recently that by adding a contrast agent that makes tumor cells glow, a more complete surgery can be done. This potentially avoids the now almost-inevitable cancer recurrence. “This is a big deal. We could potentially help a lot of patients with this,” Singhal told Asbestos.com. “It could change the entire field [of surgery for mesothelioma].” Singhal and his colleagues from the Abram...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - August 10, 2018 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Matt Mauney Source Type: news

New RCT Favors Standard of Care for Squamous Cervical Cancer New RCT Favors Standard of Care for Squamous Cervical Cancer
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy falls short of chemoradiation in this new study.Medscape Oncology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Commentary Source Type: news

Implications of CTCs in Early Breast Cancer Implications of CTCs in Early Breast Cancer
Can CTCs be used to predict prognosis and response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in nonmetastatic breast cancer?Journal of the National Cancer Institute (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

Higher OS With Neoadjuvant Chemo-RT in Pancreatic Cancer
In PREOPANC, the 2-year survival rate was significantly higher for patients who received neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy vs standard care. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - June 20, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Cancer Network Editors Source Type: news

Chemoradiation Prevails in Cervical Cancer Trial
(MedPage Today) -- Reduced disease-free survival with neoadjuvant chemotherapy plus surgery (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - June 16, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

A 35-Year-Old Woman With a Change in HER2 Expression Following Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Invasive Breast Cancer
A 35-year-old woman noticed a mass in her right breast and underwent a diagnostic workup, including a mammogram that revealed a 2.4-cm mass and ultrasound that showed two adjacent masses, as well as enlarged axillary lymph nodes. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - June 15, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Ericson Stoen, MD, Peter Kabos, MD, Kelly C. Borden, MD, Regina J. Brown, MD, Virginia F. Borges, MD, MMSc, Jennifer R. Diamond, MD Source Type: news

Race May Be Factor in Completion of Neoadjuvant Breast CA Chemo Race May Be Factor in Completion of Neoadjuvant Breast CA Chemo
White women with breast cancer are more likely to complete their neoadjuvant chemotherapy regimen than women of color, a U.S. study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Neoadjuvant CRT May Improve Survival in Pancreatic Cancer Neoadjuvant CRT May Improve Survival in Pancreatic Cancer
Results are preliminary, but patients who received neoadjuvant chemoradiation had better outcomes than did those who had immediate surgery.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Noninferiority of Neoadjuvant Chemo Cannot Be Confirmed in Ovarian Cancer Trial
Dave LevitanJun 6, 2018The noninferiority of neoadjuvant chemotherapy vs upfront surgery could not be confirmed with regard to overall survival in patients with ovarian, tubal, and peritoneal cancers. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - June 6, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: A Source Type: news

First study of neoadjuvant use of PARP inhibitor shows promise for early-stage, BRCA+ breast cancer patients
(University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) In a small Phase II study of early-stage breast cancer patients with BRCA1/2 mutations, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center found that more than half of the women who took the PARP inhibitor talazoparib once daily prior to surgery had no evidence of disease at the time of surgery. If further validated in larger, confirmatory trials, the oral medication could replace chemotherapy for these patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - June 4, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Dose-Dense Chemo Shows Promise as Neoadjuvant Therapy in Bladder Cancer
A neoadjuvant dose-dense regimen was active and well tolerated in patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer, allowing downstaging of most patients before radical cystectomy. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - May 11, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Tags: Bladder Cancer Genitourinary Cancers SiteTerms/www.cannabissciencetech.com/News Source Type: news

Nodal Response to Pre-Op Tx Tied to Survival in Esophageal Cancer
WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 -- For patients with locally advanced esophageal cancer, the status of lymph nodes following preoperative neoadjuvant chemotherapy or chemoradiation therapy determines survival, according to a study presented at the annual... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

For patients with esophageal cancer, status of lymph nodes after preoperative therapy determines survival
(American Association for Thoracic Surgery) The status of lymph nodes rather than the status of the primary tumor following preoperative neoadjuvant chemotherapy or chemoradiation therapy is the most important factor that determines whether patients with locally advanced esophageal cancer will survive. The study presented at the AATS 98th Annual Meeting indicates that while preoperative chemotherapy and radiation therapy improve survival of patients with esophageal cancer, patients with malignant lymph nodes following therapy were less likely to survive than patients with no cancer in the lymph nodes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - May 1, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Improved Rectal-Cancer Survival Seen With Adjuvant Chemotherapy Improved Rectal-Cancer Survival Seen With Adjuvant Chemotherapy
Adjuvant chemotherapy is associated with improved overall survival in patients with rectal cancer and pathological complete response after neoadjuvant chemotherapy and resection.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - April 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Circulating Tumor Cell Count Predicts Early Breast Cancer Outcomes Circulating Tumor Cell Count Predicts Early Breast Cancer Outcomes
Circulating tumor cell (CTC) count independently predicts outcomes in women with early breast cancer treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy, according to a meta-analysis.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pathology Headlines - April 25, 2018 Category: Pathology Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

TNT Is Viable for Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer
CR was 36% in the total neoadjuvant therapy cohort vs 21% in the cohort that received chemoradiotherapy with adjuvant chemotherapy. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - April 6, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Leah Lawrence Tags: Colorectal Cancer News Source Type: news

Total Neoadjuvant Approach Promising in Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer Total Neoadjuvant Approach Promising in Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer
Preoperative chemotherapy in combination with chemoradiation (total neoadjuvant therapy, or TNT) appears to have advantages over traditional approaches to treating locally advanced rectal cancer, according to new research.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape General Surgery Headlines - April 3, 2018 Category: Surgery Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Carboplatin in Neoadjuvant Chemo May Be Helpful in Triple-negative Breast Cancer Carboplatin in Neoadjuvant Chemo May Be Helpful in Triple-negative Breast Cancer
Carboplatin should be considered as a potential component of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for women with high-risk, triple-negative breast cancer, regardless of BRCA status, researchers suggest.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Rethinking neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer
This BMJ analysis notes that neoadjuvant chemotherapy may not be beneficial to patients as increased pathological response of primary tumour does not translate into a survival benefit. It suggests that the widespread use of neoadjuvant chemotherapy should be reduced. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - January 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Tied to Better Survival in Advanced Ovarian Cancer Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Tied to Better Survival in Advanced Ovarian Cancer
The adoption of neoadjuvant chemotherapy is associated with reduced mortality in women with advanced epithelial ovarian cancer, researchers report.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Tied to Improved Ovarian Cancer Survival
In women with advanced ovarian cancer, increased use of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) followed by surgery — rather than primary cytoreductive surgery — is associated with reduced mortality... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 5, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Adjuvant and Neoadjuvant Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer Adjuvant and Neoadjuvant Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer
Ongoing clinical trials are evaluating aggressive chemotherapy regimens and radiotherapy in pancreatic cancer.Chinese Clinical Oncology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology Journal Article Source Type: news

Contrast-enhanced digital mammography comparable to breast MRI after therapy or chemo
(Mayo Clinic) Contrast-enhanced digital mammography is comparable to breast MRI in evaluating residual breast cancer after neoadjuvant endocrine therapy or chemotherapy, according to the results of a study presented by Mayo Clinic researchers today at the 2017 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 6, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

FDA accepts regulatory submission for Lynparza in metastatic breast cancer and grants Priority Review
AstraZeneca and Merck & Co., Inc., (Merck: known as MSD outside the US and Canada) today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted and granted Priority Review for a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for the use of Lynparza (olaparib) tablets in patients with germline BRCA-mutated (gBRCAm), HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer who have been previously treated with chemotherapy in the neoadjuvant, adjuvant, or metastatic settings. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - October 18, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured AstraZeneca Business and Industry Source Type: news

Chemoradiotherapy Remains Standard of Care in Cervical Cancer Chemoradiotherapy Remains Standard of Care in Cervical Cancer
Chemoradiotherapy remains the standard of care for cervical cancer patients with locally advanced disease, concludes an Indian trial that compared it to neoadjuvant chemotherapy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Study confirms chemoradiation is best treatment for locally advanced cervical cancer
(European Society for Medical Oncology) A 14-year randomized trial in more than 600 patients has concluded that chemoradiation should remain the standard treatment for patients with locally advanced cervical cancer. The findings are reported today at the ESMO 2017 Congress in Madrid. The trial demonstrated no improved disease-free survival with neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by surgery. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - September 9, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

CT Abnormality in Patient With Stage II Breast Cancer History
A 57-year-old woman with a history of stage IIB breast cancer (ypT2N1M0) status post neoadjuvant chemotherapy and left partial mastectomy presents to the radiation oncology clinic for CT simulation in preparation for breast radiotherapy. Noncontrast CT scan incidentally found the abnormality depicted with arrows below. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - September 8, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Joseph Miccio, MD Tags: Image IQ Source Type: news

Cynvenio and Saint Luke ’s Cancer Institute Launch Pilot Study to...
New Study will use LiquidBiopsy® ClearID® testing and NK Score™ natural killer cell activity testing to monitor breast cancer patients following neoadjuvant chemotherapy.(PRWeb August 17, 2017)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/08/prweb14601181.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - August 17, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Urothelial Cancer Response to Neoadjuvant Chemo Varies by Histologic Variant
Certain histologic variants of urothelial bladder cancer benefit more from neoadjuvant chemotherapy, according to a new study. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - August 3, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Tags: Bladder Cancer Genitourinary Cancers News Source Type: news

Adjuvant Capecitabine for Breast Cancer after Preoperative Chemotherapy
This research article has led to a Practice Changing Update on DynaMed Plus. It concludes that capecitabine adjuvant therapy may improve survival in women with HER2-negative residual invasive breast cancer after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rectal Cancer Response to Preop Tx Doesn't Rule Out Nodal Disease Rectal Cancer Response to Preop Tx Doesn't Rule Out Nodal Disease
Rectal cancer patients who have a complete clinical response (ypT0) to neoadjuvant chemoradiation (NCR) may still have nodal disease, according to new research.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Chemo Prior to CRT in Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma May Improve Outcomes
The addition of two cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy to concurrent chemoradiotherapy improved tumor control in patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - June 26, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Dave Levitan Tags: Head & Neck Cancer News Source Type: news

Many TNBC Patients Unnecessarily Opt for Mastectomy
The use of neoadjuvant chemotherapy increases eligibility for breast-conserving therapy in triple-negative breast cancer patients, yet many still opt for mastectomy. (Source: CancerNetwork)
Source: CancerNetwork - June 16, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Mark Fuerst Tags: Breast Cancer News Triple-Negative Breast Cancer Source Type: news