Research Summaries

Using the drop-down menu below, read about highlighted scientific news for patients from ASCO's Annual Meetings, Symposia, and medical journals for the past three years. You can select a specific year, meeting or publication, 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.

This includes ASCO’s Journal of Clinical Oncology and its scientific meetings, including the ASCO Annual Meeting, a five-day meeting held each May/June. To read the Annual Meeting summaries compiled 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 a list of upcoming Symposia can be found here. And, in addition to the highlighted studies below, thousands of scientific abstracts are released each year at different ASCO meetings. To search the entire collection of meeting abstracts, visit ASCO's website.

December 14, 2015

Young women who become pregnant while in remission from Hodgkin lymphoma are not at increased risk of cancer recurrence, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology

October 5, 2015

Palliative care focuses on preventing, managing, and relieving the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of cancer treatment. It also provides comprehensive support to people living with cancer and their family, friends, and caregivers. At Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, doctors are trying an innovative new approach to caring for patients with advanced cancer who need radiation therapy, typically for cancer that has spread. In this approach, patients are evaluated by both radiation oncologists and specialists in palliative care.

June 29, 2015

A prospective study of more than 100,000 Americans suggests that consuming citrus fruit, specifically whole grapefruit and orange juice, frequently may increase one’s chance of developing melanoma. However, experts stress more research is needed and caution against making any dietary changes based on this study at this time.

May 31, 2015

Recently, researchers found that nivolumab (Opdivo) either given as a single treatment or in combination with ipilimumab (Yervoy) is more effective than treatment with ipilimumab alone for people with advanced melanoma.

May 31, 2015

A new study provides clarification on the best time for patients to receive lymph node surgery for early-stage oral cancer. 

May 31, 2015

In a recent study, researchers found that radiation therapy to the whole brain after radiosurgery for cancer that has spread to the brain causes more thought and memory problems than just radiosurgery. Even though the additional radiation therapy controlled the cancer’s growth, it did not lengthen patients’ lives. 

May 31, 2015

A recent analysis of information from more than 34,000 children who participated in the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study shows that modern cancer care is reducing deaths from cancer and long-term side effects.

May 30, 2015

According to a recent small study, the drug daratumumab may work well as a treatment for multiple myeloma after other treatments have not worked. 

May 30, 2015

A large phase III study has found that a new targeted therapy, called palbociclib (Ibrance), delayed the growth and spread of advanced hormone receptor-positive breast cancer by roughly five months when combined with the standard hormonal therapy fulvestrant (Faslodex). This combination could become a new treatment option for women with hormone receptor-positive, HER2-negative breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.

May 30, 2015

A large clinical trial suggests that anastrazole (Arimidex) may be a new option for preventing breast cancer after treatment for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). DCIS is a non-invasive type of breast cancer. DCIS can usually be eliminated with a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy. However, women with DCIS are at increased risk for developing invasive breast cancer in the same or opposite breast.