Tag Archives: oncology

Osteosarcoma – lost in translation

A 16-year-old boy with pain around the knee of two months’ duration demonstrates a lesion in the epiphysis of the distal femur (long bone). The differential diagnosis may be broad, but the pathologist is able to achieve

Do all children have equal access to Phase I cancer trials?

Approximately 60% of pediatric cancer patients participate in clinical trials compared to only 5% of adult cancer patients.  These pediatric clinical trials have been instrumental in improving the 5-year survival rate of childhood and adolescent cancer patients

How can we know patients are involved in treatment decision-making?

Nowadays, patients desire a more active role in decision-making about their healthcare. Besides, the patients’ preference may differ from what their doctor advises. Shared decision-making (SDM) is the process in which both doctors and patients decide together

Improving cancer care: Counseling patients on quitting smoking

Given the damaging effects of continued smoking on cancer management and post-treatment survival, all oncology practitioners should provide brief counseling to patients who smoke, encouraging them to quit smoking and referring them to specialized care (i.e. tobacco

Ovarian cancer. Silent and deadly

Ovarian cancer is relatively uncommon but it is extremely deadly. For example, there are approximately 210,000 new cases of breast cancer every year in the United States and nearly 40,000 women die. In contrast, there are about

Radiotherapy in palliative treatment of metastatic NSCLC: not all one and the same

The role of an editorial is to incorporate the results of a new relevant study in the scientific scenario, shedding light on some particular results of the trial which can change the clinical practice. The starting point

A new drug to prevent vomiting from cancer treatment

Vomiting after drug treatment for cancer used to be a major problem. However 2 different types of drugs were introduced which reduced this vomiting. The first was ondansetron which was very effective for the vomiting which occurred

Characterizing the whac-a-mole concept of a bispecific antibody targeting cancer cells

One of the great promises of antibodies is to be magic bullets that specifically target diseased cells without affecting normal cells. Oncology researchers identify targets on tumor cells that are unique, overexpressed, or oncogenic drivers that can

A reproductive technology to reduce cancer risk

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) allowing individuals/ couples to choose which fertilized embryos, created through in vitro fertilization (IVF), are implanted into a woman’s uterus for further gestation. Since its

Hope and concern

The ancient way of curing disease was the administration of natural products to the patient. The next step in drug discovery resulted from advances in chemistry. After isolation of natural active ingredients, synthesis in the laboratory of

Doctors, look up! Lack of eye contact reduces trust

Trust between breast cancer patients and their oncologist is crucial for good quality breast cancer care. It is associated with beneficial outcomes, such as a decrease in patients’ fear and better adherence. Patients’ trust was earlier shown