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Body fat and cancer: Why does it matter?

Body fat and cancer: Why does it matter?

Elevated levels of body fat have consistently been found to be associated with increased risk of a number of cancers. In this 'View from the clinic' article Daniel Nixon (Southeastern Regional Medical Center, USA) explores this relationship and provides his perspective on how to educate and support patients.

Explaining immunotherapy to our patients with non-small cell lung cancer

Explaining immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is changing practice in lung cancer, and with this, patient education. In this 'View from the clinic' article, Advisory Board member Beth Eaby-Sandy describes how she explains the new immunotherapy treatments to her patients. 

Patient and physician's perspectives

20-04-2017 | Esophageal cancer | Patient and physician’s perspective | Article

Oesophageal adenocarcinoma: A patient and physician’s perspective

This article is co-authored by a patient with oesophageal adenocarcinoma and his physician, who performed oesophagectomy.

Maule D, Boccola M, & Lord RV. Oncol Ther 2017. doi:10.1007/s40487-017-0044-4

01-07-2016 | Colorectal cancer | Patient and physician’s perspective | Article

Living with cancer: Through the eyes of the patient and the physician

A patient describes his experience of diagnosis and treatment for adenocarcinoma of the colon. This commentary is accompanied by a physician’s perspective of the management steps taken to tackle this patient’s condition.

Vigo JM et al. Oncol Ther 2016; 4: 183–187. doi:10.1007/s40487-016-0025-z

Practical management guides

01-02-2017 | Melanoma | Practical management guide | Collection

Cutaneous melanoma: A diagnostic guide

An illustrated step-by-step guide to diagnosing cutaneous melanoma.

01-02-2017 | Toxicities | Practical management guide | Collection

Oral mucositis: A diagnostic guide

Oral mucositis is a frequent and debilitating complication of cancer therapy, particularly in patients with cancer of the mouth and throat. This illustrated slide set provides a step-by-step guide to diagnosing oral mucositis associated with cancer therapy.

Case reports

14-03-2017 | Lymphoma | Case report | Article


A 72-year-old man with a history of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia self-palpated a left submandibular lump – read how the City of Hope team approached his case.

In: Management of Lymphomas: A Case-Based Approach. Edited by Zain J & Kwak LW. Springer International Publishing, 2017. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-26827-9_4

09-03-2017 | Lymphoma | Case report | Article

CNS lymphoma

This  case report describes the presentation, workup and staging, and treatment recommendations for a 56-year-old woman who presented with vertigo, headaches, and frequent falls.

In: Management of Lymphomas: A Case-Based Approach. Edited by Zain J & Kwak LW. Springer International Publishing, 2017. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-26827-9_14

09-03-2017 | Lymphoma | Case report | Article

Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma

In this case report, an 83-year-old female presented to the physician with a progressing pruritic cutaneous rash that started 8 years ago. Read this review to understand how her condition was managed.

In: Management of Lymphomas: A Case-Based Approach. Edited by Zain J & Kwak LW. Springer International Publishing, 2017. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-26827-9_10

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16-05-2018 | Non-small cell lung cancer | News

News in brief

Advanced NSCLC patient outcomes also support osimertinib over chemotherapy

Patient-reported outcomes and quality of life are better with second-line osimertinib than chemotherapy in patients with T790M-positive advanced non-small-cell lung cancer, shows an analysis of the AURA 3 trial.

25-04-2018 | Breast cancer | News

GEC-ESTRO: Long-term QoL outcomes similar regardless of irradiation choice

Women with early breast cancer have similar quality of life at 5 years whether they are treated with accelerated partial breast irradiation using multicatheter brachytherapy or whole-breast irradiation, GEC-ESTRO data show.


ESTRO 2018; Spain, Barcelona, Lancet Oncol 2018; Advance online publication

23-04-2018 | Survivorship | Editorial | Article

Challenges of an aging and increasingly obese breast cancer survivor population: Are we ready?

In an aging population with rising obesity levels, comorbidities and worse overall prognoses for breast cancer patients are a growing concern. Damien Hansra (Cancer Treatment Centers of America, GA, USA) calls for more education and preparation to combat this concerning public health threat.

Damien Hansra MD
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