Research Summaries

This section contains the latest highlighted research for patients from ASCO medical journals, including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, as well as an archive of research highlights from previous ASCO scientific meetings (2011-2015). For the latest research highlights from more recent ASCO meetings, visit the Cancer.Net Blog or check out Cancer.Net’s audio podcasts and videos for patients.

To search this archive, use the drop-down menu below. 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.

January 12, 2015

A recent review of information from 145 patients with rectal cancer suggests that those who had no signs of cancer after receiving a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy could safely avoid or postpone surgery. 

January 12, 2015

In two recent studies, researchers found that a newer approach to chemotherapy and a new targeted therapy helps patients with metastatic colorectal cancer live longer. 

November 10, 2014

According to an analysis published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, patients and survivors who smoked prior to their cancer diagnosis had an up to five times higher risk of developing a second primary cancer than patients who never smoked.

October 6, 2014

One in three patients with cancer experiences anxiety or other mental health challenges, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. This is the largest and most comprehensive study to date assessing the mental and emotional health of patients with cancer using a standardized, diagnostic face-to-face interview.

September 15, 2014

New findings from a large group of patients from the national Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial show that men who have a specific form of baldness – at both the front and crown of the head – at the age of 45 have a 40% increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer (usually indicates a faster growing tumor resulting in poorer prognosis, relative to “non-aggressive” prostate cancer) later in life, compared to men with no baldness at that age. However, the researchers did not find a link between any type of baldness and risk of non-aggressive prostate cancer.

September 6, 2014

This is a transcript of a podcast led by Dr. Julia White, who discusses one study highlighted at the 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium that presents research on the impact of sending reminders to women overdue for breast cancer screening with mammography.

September 5, 2014

This is a transcript of a podcast led by Dr. Harold Burstein, who discusses one study highlighted at the 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium that presents research on the impact that Angelina Jolie’s choice of having surgery to prevent breast cancer had on genetic testing for genes linked to breast cancer risk.

September 4, 2014

This is a transcript of a podcast led by Dr. Amy Early, who discusses one study highlighted at the 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium that presents research on breast cancer recurrence after chemotherapy given before surgery.

September 2, 2014

This a transcript of a podcast led by Dr. Julie Margenthaler, who discusses two studies highlighted at the 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium that relate to surgery for breast cancer treatment and prevention.

June 13, 2014

Cancer.Net Associate Editor: Lung Cancer
University of Chicago

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