Cancer screening programmes, a long road back to normal
Is COVID-19 turning back the clock for patient empowerment?
Translating commitments into action
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines a National Cancer Control Plan as ‘a public health programme designed to reduce cancer incidence and mortality and improve quality of life of cancer patients, through the systematic and equitable implementation of evidence-based strategies for prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and palliation, making the best use of available resources’.
What should oncologists know about e-cigarettes?
Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are battery-powered products that create an aerosol by heating a liquid consisting of propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin and flavouring agents. The liquid may or may not (but usually does) contain nicotine, at variable doses. Differently from conventional cigarettes, there is no combustion of tobacco in ENDS, thus making people think they cause less harm. However, the varying voltage that is applied to the liquid creates a mixture of potentially toxic substances in the aerosols that are then inhaled by users.
Integrating the patient’s voice into clinical settings
While patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are now an integral part of many phase III trials, their incorporation into routine clinical practice is hampered by economic and time pressures among healthcare professionals. However, with the advent of electronic-based questionnaires, current boundaries are likely to be stretched.
Why we need to investigate sex differences in cancer research
An innovative approach
Sex- and gender-sensitive medicine postulates that differences in biological sex, gender identity, role and relations all impact health and disease, and may have implications for prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment. Its goal is to learn from these differences to improve care and treatment for men and women.
Beyond blood with liquid biopsies
Pioneering work by Joan Seoane and colleagues from Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology in Barcelona makes use of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to detect circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) in patients with brain tumours. Where blood and plasma analysis have failed, a new era for liquid biopsies based on different physiological fluids for different tumour types is on the horizon.
Nurture young oncologists in Asia
LGP in Asia
The first ESMO Leaders Generation Programme (LGP) Asia will be a four-day course held in Singapore from 18 to 21 November 2019. The course will provide participants with an overview of how ESMO works, offering workshops, discussions and hands-on media and leadership skills training. The programme is aimed at qualified medical or clinical oncologists, working in the Asia-Pacific region and who are ESMO members aged between 31 and 45.
The time to act is now
Shortages of inexpensive essential cancer medicines is a growing emergency in Europe, although the size of the problem is still uncertain as data are lacking. ESMO is at the forefront in order to drive concerted and collaborative action. A call to action was launched last April as the issue cannot be tackled by countries individually and establishing a strong European leadership is crucial.
“Choose the right projects and you will always love your work”
Françoise Mornex, Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, France, made history this year when she became the first woman to receive the Heine H. Hansen Award, in recognition of her contribution to the field of lung cancer. She talks about her passion for her work and teaching and keeping the flame of interest alight.
“I have learnt how to be a global oncologist”
2019 marks the 30th Anniversary of the ESMO Fellowship Programme, a programme that has helped young oncologists to enhance their careers like Giannis Mountzios, Henry Dunant Hospital Center, Athens, Greece, who had the opportunity to broaden his experience internationally.
It is time to extend the continuity of cancer care beyond hospital walls
Does academic research really need so much administrative work?
Annals of Oncology aims to become the first place scientists go to disseminate innovation in cancer care
Prof. Fabrice André sees the journal, which has become one of the most cited oncology publications, as an opportunity to help more doctors improve patient outcomes with new technologies.
The unique needs of LGBTQ cancer patients are still poorly understood
Despite lacking scientific evidence on how to tailor cancer prevention and treatment to this community, three out of four oncologists want to expand their knowledge to better assist LGBTQ patients, as an ESMO-SIOPE survey reveals
Optimising clinical trials for greater inclusiveness
Oncologists are aiming to capitalise on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and design more inclusive clinical trials, optimise trial endpoints and make better use of real-world evidence.
Anti-cancer medicines are typically approved in the USA eight months before Europe
Discrepancies in anti-cancer drug approvals around the globe are even bigger in low- and middle-income countries, raising some questions about how they impact on patients’ access to quality cancer care.