Nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSCs), which encompass a variety of cutaneous malignancies, are frequently managed with surgery, radiation therapy, cytotoxic chemotherapy, systemic immunotherapy, and active surveillance. In this tumor board–style forum, a panel of experts used several case studies as a basis to review these approaches and to describe existing clinical challenges. The current NCCN Guidelines for NMSC, which reflect the most up-to-date, evidence-based data relating to the evaluation and management of NMSCs, also provide key considerations and recommendations for the treatment of this patient population.
Presenters: Valencia D. Thomas, Michael K. Wong, and Andrew J. Bishop
Rowena N. Schwartz, Kirby J. Eng, Deborah A. Frieze, Tracy K. Gosselin, Niesha Griffith, Amy Hatfield Seung, Jennifer M. Hinkel, Philip E. Johnson, Shirley A. Johnson, Edward C. Li, Audrea Hotsko Szabatura, and Michael K. Wong
The use of specialty pharmacies is expanding in oncology pharmacy practice. Specialty pharmacies provide a channel for distributing drugs that, from the payor perspective, creates economies of scale and streamlines the delivery of expensive drugs. Proposed goals of specialty pharmacy include optimization of pharmaceutical care outcomes through ensuring appropriate medication use and maximizing adherence, and optimization of economic outcomes through avoiding unwarranted drug expenditure. In oncology practice, specialty pharmacies have become a distribution channel for various agents. The use of a specialty pharmacy, and the addition of the pharmacist from the specialty pharmacy to the health care team, may not only provide benefits for care but also present challenges in oncology practice. The NCCN Specialty Pharmacy Task Force met to identify and examine the impact of specialty pharmacy practice on the care of people with cancer, and to provide recommendations regarding issues discussed. This report provides recommendations within the following categories: education and training of specialty pharmacy practitioners who care for individuals with cancer, coordination of care, and patient safety. Areas for further evaluation are also identified.
Lucy X. Ma, Elan D. Panov, Michael J. Allen, Gail E. Darling, Jonathan C. Yeung, Carol J. Swallow, Savtaj S. Brar, Rebecca K. Wong, Patrick Veit-Haibach, Sangeetha N. Kalimuthu, Eric X. Chen, Raymond W. Jang, and Elena Elimova
Gastroesophageal cancers carry poor prognoses, and are a leading cause of cancer-related morbidity and mortality worldwide. Even in those with resectable disease, more than half of patients treated with surgery alone experience disease recurrence. Multimodality approaches using preoperative and postoperative chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy have been established, resulting in incremental improvements in outcomes. Globally, there is no standardized approach, and treatment varies with geographic location. The question remains of how to select the optimal perioperative treatment that will maximize benefit for patients while avoiding toxicities from unnecessary therapies. This article reviews currently available evidence supporting preoperative and postoperative therapy in gastroesophageal cancers, with an emphasis on recent practice-changing trials and ongoing areas of investigation, including the role of immune checkpoint inhibition and biomarker-guided treatment.