Stay Up to Date
Breaking News,
Updates, & More
Click Here to
Subscribe

From The Editors: November 2021

TOP - November 2021 Vol 14, No 7 - From the Editors
Patrick J. Medina, PharmD, BCOP
Medical Science Liaison
Medical Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline
Collegeville, PA
Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy
University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy
Steven Stricker, PharmD, MS, BCOP
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice
McWhorter School of Pharmacy
Samford University
Birmingham, AL

The November issue of The Oncology Pharmacist (TOP) contains important information for today’s oncology pharmacist, including highlights from presentations made during the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2021 virtual annual meeting and other key oncology conferences. Topics include recent advances in the treatment of several types of malignancies, strategies to protect patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, and efforts by stakeholders to address social and healthcare policy issues that continue to affect clinical outcomes in the oncology community.

In a noteworthy presentation during ASCO 2021, investigators discussed results from a cohort analysis of the CHRYSALIS trial, which evaluated amivantamab plus lazertinib in osimertinib-resistant EGFR-positive non−small-cell lung cancer (see here).

“Biomarker analysis with next generation sequencing identified a subgroup of patients more likely to respond to this combination, ie, those with EGFR/MET-based resistance,” said lead investigator Byoung Chul Cho, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Medical Oncology, Yonsei Cancer Center, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea.

In a separate session at ASCO 2021, researchers presented encouraging data from a study using a clinically validated saliva test to accurately detect HPV-associated head and neck cancer (see here).

“If validated in larger studies, this test could lead to earlier diagnosis and treatment,” noted lead investigator Jose P. Zevallos, MD, MPH, FACS, Chief, Head & Neck Oncologic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.

In a presentation during the virtual European Society for Medical Oncology Congress 2021, Scott Shepherd, MD, Clinical Research Fellow, The Royal Marsden Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust, Great Britain, discussed findings from CAPTURE, a study that evaluated the impact of cancer and anticancer therapies on patients’ immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection (see here).

“While the majority of patients with cancer have detectable binding antibodies following infection or vaccination, these are reduced in patients with hematological malignancies, and in particular, those receiving anti-CD20 monoclonal antibodies,” Dr Shepherd noted.

Additional topics in this issue of TOP include a novel treatment strategy aimed at extending survival in patients with high-risk, early-stage, HER2-negative breast cancer with germline BRCA1/2 mutations and a new genomic classifier being used to more accurately assess risk status in African-American men with prostate cancer (see here).

As always, we hope you will enjoy this issue of TOP, and we invite you to visit www.TheOncologyPharmacist.com to share your feedback about this issue with us or send comments to info@TheOncologyPharmacist.com. We look forward to receiving your feedback.

Related Items
From The Editors November 2022
Patrick J. Medina, PharmD, BCOP, Steven Stricker, PharmD, MS, BCOP
TOP - November 2022 Vol 15, No 6 published on November 9, 2022 in From the Editors
From The Editors September 2022
Patrick J. Medina, PharmD, BCOP, Steven Stricker, PharmD, MS, BCOP
TOP - September 2022 Vol 15, No 5 published on September 15, 2022 in From the Editors
From The Editors July 2022
Patrick J. Medina, PharmD, BCOP, Steven Stricker, PharmD, MS, BCOP
TOP - July 2022 Vol 15, No 4 published on July 20, 2022 in From the Editors
From The Editors: May 2022
Patrick J. Medina, PharmD, BCOP, Steven Stricker, PharmD, MS, BCOP
TOP - May 2022 Vol 15, No 3 published on May 6, 2022 in From the Editors
From The Editors March 2022
TOP - March 2022 Vol 15, No 2 published on March 16, 2022 in From the Editors
From The Editors
TOP - January 2022 Vol 15, No 1 – Online Only published on January 20, 2022 in From the Editors
From The Editors: October 2021
Patrick J. Medina, PharmD, BCOP, Steven Stricker, PharmD, MS, BCOP
TOP - October 2021 Vol 14, No 6 | Biosimilars published on November 5, 2021 in From the Editors, Biosimilars
From The Editors September 2021
Patrick J. Medina, PharmD, BCOP
TOP - September 2021 Vol 14, No 5 published on September 7, 2021 in From the Editors
From The Editors July 2021
Patrick J. Medina, PharmD, BCOP, Steven Stricker, PharmD, MS, BCOP
TOP - July 2021 Vol 14, No 4 published on July 20, 2021 in From the Editors
From The Editors May 2021
Patrick J. Medina, PharmD, BCOP, Steven Stricker, PharmD, MS, BCOP
TOP - May 2021 Vol 14, No 3 published on May 14, 2021 in From the Editors
Last modified: November 12, 2021