ASH 2011 Conference Coverage

Herbal Remedies May Be an Overlooked Global Health Hazard

Intake of herbal remedies can pose major risks to health, as illustrated by a historical, political, cultural, and economic discussion of the use of Aristolochia as an herbal supplement.

Chemoradiotherapy Showed No Survival Benefit Over Chemotherapy in Locally Advanced Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers discovered no survival benefit of chemoradiotherapy over chemotherapy in treating locally advanced pancreatic cancer in the LAP01 Randomized Clinical Trial.

Atezolizumab Approved for Locally Advanced or Metastatic Urothelial Carcinoma

US FDA granted accelerated approval to atezolizumab (TECENTRIQ), indicated for the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic UC in patients whose disease progressed during or following platinum-based chemotherapy, or in the neoadjuvant or adjuvant setting.

A Protein Could Predict the Response to Immunotherapy in Metastatic Melanoma

The Bim protein might predict which patients could be successfully treated with immunotherapy for metastatic melanoma.

Clinical Results Matches Development Locale With Subtype of Disease in Glioblastoma

Results from a recent clinical study show that distinct subtypes of glioblastoma tend to develop in different regions of the brain.

Barriers to Understanding Pancreatic Cancer Can Be Overcome With Improvements to Online Health Information

Available information on pancreatic cancer was written at too high a level and contained inaccuracies regarding alternative therapies, a recent study has shown.

Older Patients With Lung Cancer Experience High Survival After Surgery

Results from this study showed that 5-year survival for older patients after surgery for lung cancer is favorable. Based on these results, surgeons might be better equipped to individualize care for this older population.

No Clinical Benefit to Expanding Gene Panel Beyond Ovarian and Breast Cancer Genes in High-risk Women

Expanding a panel of tested genes beyond the known breast and ovarian cancer-specific genes in patients with breast and ovarian cancer did not confer any clinical benefit.

ATS: Aggressive Melanoma Linked to Untreated Sleep Apnea

New study highlights the importance of diagnosing and treating obstructive sleep apnea because of possible cancer connection.

Response to T-cell Immunotherapy Promising for Patients With Advanced B-cell Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

Remission was achieved for 27 of 29 patients with advanced B cell acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) in an early phase trial of CAR T cells.

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