In the annual Research Round Up series, Cancer.Net Editorial Board members answer the question, “What was the most exciting or practice-changing research in your field presented at the 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting?” In this episode, 2 Cancer.Net Associate Editors discuss new research presented at the meeting in melanoma and health equity.
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Improvements in treating melanoma
Dr. Katy K. Tsai, the 2023 Cancer.Net Associate Editor for Melanoma & Skin Cancer, discusses 2 studies in treating melanoma with adjuvant therapies, which are drugs given after surgery to help reduce the risk of the cancer coming back. First, she discusses the phase 3 KEYNOTE-716 study, which examined whether the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab (Keytruda) could decrease the chance of the cancer returning and spreading to another part of the body in people with high-risk stage IIB or IIC melanoma. [2:40]
Next, she discusses the phase 2 KEYNOTE-942 trial, which studied whether adding a personalized cancer vaccine to pembrolizumab for people with high-risk stage III or IV melanoma could reduce the risk of the cancer returning and spreading to another part of the body compared to pembrolizumab alone. [5:06]
New research addressing disparities in cancer care
A study that looked at whether an intervention program called PediCARE could help low-income families access social and economic resources, such as grocery and transportation resources, while their children received cancer care. [12:48]
A study that researched whether a cross-border cancer treatment training and access program developed between the United States and Mexico could improve survival for children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. [17:13]
A pair of studies on the financial hardships of having cancer, called financial toxicity, including evaluating the relationship between high levels of medical debt and survival. [18:42]
A brief overview of research around the importance of patient navigation. [19:59]
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