Eric Van Cutsem, MD, PhD, Co-Chairman of the 2017 ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer, explains why side matters in colorectal cancer. Left-sided tumors have different and often better outcomes, responding better to some therapies than their right-side counterparts. However, research is zeroing in on treatments to fight right-side tumors more effectively.
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Valérie Vilgrain, MD, of Hôpital Beaujon Service de Radiologie in Paris, describes results of the SARAH trial. Selective internal radiation therapy provided efficacy similar to sorafenib for hepatocellular carcinoma but with considerably fewer adverse events.
Eric Van Cutsem, MD, Chairperson of the ESMO Consensus Conference, discusses the new ESMO consensus guidelines for the management of metastatic colorectal cancer. Among other things, the detailed document discusses biomarker testing, emerging technologies, and the multidisciplinary, multimodal approaches used increasingly in treatment.
Jose F. Peña, MD, head of the Rio Grande Valley ACO, describes impressive results for the organization’s comprehensive program to improve diabetes care and lower related Medicare costs in one of the nation’s poorest areas.
Robert H. I. Andtbacka, MD, of the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Utah, reports on three oncolytic immunotherapy studies involving intralesional agents. The combinations of HF10 with ipilimumab and PV-10 with radiation showed promising results, while a study of responders and nonresponders to coxsackievirus A21 suggests avenues for future research.