As some of you know, the annual ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) meetings began on Friday in Orlando. This is the largest clinical meeting with news about research and treatment updates for all kinds of cancer.
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Welcome to a special series of e-newsletters to be distributed daily from the 2009 ASCO Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
This communication will highlight the most significant articles from ASCO Daily News, the official newspaper of the Annual Meeting, which is available in print at the Orange County Convention Center.
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The Future of Targeted Therapies in Gastrointestinal Cancers
Even in the era of targeted therapies, treatment of gastrointestinal tumors is still challenging. Discussions during Saturday's Clinical Science Symposium "Looking into the Crystal Ball: Up and Coming Agents for Treating Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers" focused on how patients who may benefit from these agents can be identified.
Detection of Nodal Involvement, Adjuvant Treatments for Rectal Cancer Debated
The roles of preoperative treatment, local excision, and postoperative chemotherapy following neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy for patients with rectal cancer were discussed at Friday's Education Session, "Controversial Issues in the Management of Rectal Cancer."
New Research on Signal Transduction Pathways in Prostate Cancer Reveals Potential Clinical Implications
Three translational studies presented at a Clinical Science Symposium on Saturday illuminate new variations in signal transduction pathways that may have far-reaching implications for clinical practice in the future.
More Oncologists Must Address Fertility Issues
Approximately 30% to 80% of individuals treated for cancer are at risk for infertility. However, a national survey indicated that few oncologists adequately address fertility issues with discussion, referrals to reproductive specialists, and provision of educational materials.