ASCO Conference Coverage

Disparities persist in early stage breast cancer treatment

Despite its acceptance as standard of care neary 25 years ago, barriers still exist that preclude patients from receiving breast conserving therapy (BCT), according to research presented at the ASCO 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium.

Novel immunotherapy vaccine decreases recurrence of HER2-positive breast cancer

A new immunotherapy vaccine candidate for breast cancer shows promise, having reduced recurrence rate by more than fifty percent.

Joint ASCO/CCO guidelines for advanced prostate cancer issued

Recommendations are for men whose tumors have grown resistant to hormonal therapies were issued jointly by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) in Canada.

ASCO: Family doctors can improve mammogram return rates

Women overdue for mammogram respond better to postcard plus reminder letter from family physician.

ASCO: Angelina Jolie announcement responsible for BRCA1/2 testing boost

Celebrity story helped double rates of genetic testing in following six months at one cancer center.

ASCO: Risks greater for double mastectomy

Women with breast cancer who have a double mastectomy are at higher risk of certain complications than those who have a single mastectomy, though the overall complication rate associated with breast cancer surgery is small.

New way to predict response to chemotherapy in triple-negative breast cancer

The presence of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes ahead of treatment may help predict response to platinum-based chemotherapy in women with triple-negative breast cancer, according to a new study.

ASCO guidelines recommend adjuvant endocrine therapy extension

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is updating its guidelines on adjuvant endocrine therapy to recommend tamoxifen for up to 10 years for women with nonmetastatic hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.

Early impressions and comments from ASCO thought leaders

The 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting tweeters share their opinions on oncology care, and more. Here is a selection of their thoughts as expressed via social media.

ASCO: Unneeded cancer care is rare

New study challenges belief that inappropriate cancer treatments fuel health care costs, researcher says.

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