What magnitude of benefit is meaningful to cancer patients?

Oncologists often use the phrase "clinically meaningful benefit" to describe the effect of an experimental treatment. But is the benefit meaningful for patients? A new paper suggests that benefit...

Cancer translated’s top blog posts of 2017

From basic science to survivorship and patient advocacy, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute’s 'Cancer translated' blog explores new ideas and debates in cancer medicine. We sorted a year’s worth...

Radiation medicine’s evolving role in cancer care

(NCI/Rhoda Baer) Expanding treatment options for breast cancer. Enhancing immunotherapy. Addressing disparities in access to cutting-edge treatment. These are some of the highlights from ASTRO,...

When cancer drug marketing sneaks into a soap opera plot

Polycythemia vera is an uncommon blood cancer that can be controlled with long-established treatments. So it seemed more than a little suspicious to Vinay Prasad, M.D., M.P.H., when the disease took...

Outsmarting treatment-resistant prostate cancers

Aggressive prostate tumors can rapidly evolve to resist PARP inhibitors, but it may be possible to detect resistance early enough to counteract....

Widely used prostate cancer treatment may worsen risk of falls

Men with prostate cancer became more vulnerable to falls if they used androgen deprivation therapy, and the heightened risk of falling persisted for more than a year after ending therapy, a study...

Expert cancer care, closer to home

Collaboration gives distant patients access to specialized cancer treatment. After Claudia Burton's mother died of ovarian cancer, always on the back of her mind was the possibility she too might...

Riveting survival stories from the early clinical trials of Gleevec

Medicine had never seen anything like it before, Brian Druker, M.D., recalled. "These are people who’d been told to get their affairs in order. And now their blood counts are normal," the...

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act, 20 years later

In 1997, Oregon became the first state to make it legal for terminally ill patients to self-administer a prescription to hasten death. A review of 991 cases of lethal self-medication through...