Chicago, IL—Advances in the understanding of the biology of multiple myeloma and the identification of new drugs have resulted in improved management of myeloma, including for disease refractory to the recent proteasome inhibitors and immunomodulatory agents that have been added to the treatment of patients with myeloma.

New therapeutic strategies are needed in this challenging population, said Robert Z. Orlowski, PhD, MD, Professor, Department of Lymphoma/Myeloma, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, at the 2013 American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting.

Berlin, Germany—A food supplement containing pomegranate seeds, green tea, broccoli, and turmeric—called Pomi-T (natureMedical)—taken twice daily significantly lowered prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels versus placebo in men with localized prostate cancer, according to the results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Use of the supplement allowed more men to remain on observation alone, according to results of a new study presented at the 2013 meeting of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer.

Washington, DC—Real-life experience translated into a research interest for Fedricker D. Barber, RN, MSN, of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. At the 38th Annual Congress of the Oncology Nursing Society, Ms Barber presented a poster about the relationships between adult cancer survivors’ and caregivers’ social support, self-efficacy for physical activity, and quality-of-life (QOL) issues.

Cutaneous melanoma, although not the most common skin cancer, is the most deadly.1 Based on data collected between 2003 and 2009, the 5-year survival rate for Americans with metastatic melanoma remains very low—only 16%—for all disease stages and for both sexes.2 The National Cancer Institute has estimated that approximately 1 in 49 people will be diagnosed with melanoma in the United States, and more than 9450 people will die of this disease in 2013.2

Hollywood, FL—The complexity of healthcare exchanges has heads spinning. Attendees at the Third Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care came away with a better understanding of the exchanges after a presentation by Matthew C. Palmgren, PharmD, Presi­dent, Int’Ovation, Signal Mountain, TN.

Hollywood, FL—A collaboration between the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the National Business Group on Health can help employers navigate the confusing landscape of employee benefits. Patricia J. Goldsmith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the NCCN, described the project, and the needs of employers that helped shape the project, at the Third Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care.

Hollywood, FL—Regardless of one’s personal opinion of the role of government in healthcare, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be implemented, which means government will be playing a more significant role, as 2 speakers pointed out at the Third Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care.

Hollywood, FL—As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid expansion necessitates that states soon come to grips with massive change in healthcare coverage. Matthew E. Brow, Vice President, Public Policy and Reimbursement Strategy, McKesson Specialty Health and the US Oncology Network, updated attendees at the Third Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care on progress in this area.

Berlin, Germany—Although little is known about the prevalence of lymphedema in patients with head and neck cancer, a series of studies showed that 75% of patients with head and neck cancer have problematic lymphedema internally and externally.

Chicago, IL—A new analysis of mutations at baseline and at the end of treatment provides information about the response to ponatinib (Iclusig) in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and Philadelphia chromosome–positive acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) enrolled in the phase 2 PACE study. The results were presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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