Using the drop-down menu below, read about highlighted scientific news from ASCO's Annual Meetings since 2002. You can select a specific year and/or a specific topic, such as a type of cancer. Selecting "All" will take you to a complete list of articles that appear under all categories.
The 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting was held May 31-June 4, with research news released starting May 15. The 2014 event will be held May 30-June 3.
To read these summaries categorized into a yearly newsletter, you can also review Research Round Up: News for Patients from the ASCO Annual Meeting.
Don’t forget to check out audio podcasts and videos about this news, as well. And, in addition to the highlighted studies below, thousands of scientific abstracts are released each year at the ASCO Annual Meeting. To search the entire collection of meeting abstracts, visit ASCO's website.
Researchers found that one in 10 patients participating in a clinical trial for colorectal cancer were concerned about paying for necessary supportive medications. Supportive medications include drugs to manage side effects from chemotherapy, treat infections, and/or reduce pain. This study also showed that patients rarely talked with their doctors about the cost of paying for medications.
Researchers found that people with stage III or IV oropharyngeal cancer (cancer of the upper throat) who have tumors containing the human papillomavirus (HPV) live longer. This virus is most commonly passed from person to person during sexual activity. There are different types, or strains, of HPV, and some are strongly associated with certain types of cancer.
Treatment with the drugs cisplatin (Platinol) and gemcitabine (Gemzar) increased survival and slowed cancer growth for people with biliary tract cancers (gallbladder and bile duct cancers) that could not be removed with surgery. Patients who received these two drugs were 32% less likely to die from the disease and 30% less likely to have the cancer grow than the patients who received only gemcitabine.
People with cancer who received ginger supplements along with drugs that lower nausea and vomiting, called antiemetics, reported less nausea from chemotherapy than patients who did not receive a ginger supplement. Patients took the ginger supplements three days before starting chemotherapy. In this study, the 0.5 gram (g) and 1.0 g doses reduced nausea the most.