Research Round Up Series Podcasts: Science Highlights

August 5, 2014
· Cat Snyder, ASCO staff

Cancer.Net is in the final stretch of the Research Round Up summer podcast series. These expert-led podcasts provide the inside story on many of the practice-changing studies presented at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting. Today we’ll be featuring two podcasts led by Cancer.Net Associate Editors. But in case you missed the other ones, don’t worry! You can still listen to the six podcasts from earlier this summer featuring research news.

Dr. Lidia Schapira, from Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, discusses scientific highlights for breast cancer, prostate cancer, immunotherapy, and issues related to the cost of cancer care.

She shares that, while sometimes there are groundbreaking new drugs, progress in cancer often comes from “asking good questions. [Such as,] when should we give drugs? How often do we need to give drugs? How can we simplify things? How can we make it easier for our patients? How can we help patients be cured of cancer and preserve more options for their future?” By asking these types of questions, clinical trials can reveal different approaches to existing treatments.

 

Dr. Jyoti Patel is a thoracic medical oncologist at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. In this podcast, you’ll hear about advances in lung cancer that caught Dr. Patel’s attention during the meeting.

Dr. Patel reflects that “the past 10 years in lung cancer research has been a particularly vibrant time.” She expresses enthusiasm for basic medical research that is “translating to patient care so much more quickly than I could’ve imagined a couple of decades ago.” Dr. Patel explains some of this research in more detail in this podcast.