Five Good News Items from 2017 Oncology Meeting

06-14-2017 9:00 AM

Last week, more than 35,000 oncology professionals from 100 countries met in Chicago at the 53rd annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Attendees discussed new treatments, therapies, and ongoing controversies in all realms of cancer.

As part of The Mary Kay Foundation℠’s goal to educate you on what’s going on with cancer research, we bring you some of the stories we found most interesting.

  1. Pregnancy Does Not Increase Recurrence Risk of Early-Stage Breast Cancer. This research proved true even in women with estrogen-receptor-positive disease. That’s particularly important since estrogen fuels this type of cancer. Read the full report in OncLive.

  2. New drug for BRCA-mutated breast cancer. Lynparza, a drug already approved for ovarian cancer, will likely have BRCA-mutated breast cancer added to its indications. Read the full story at OncLive.

  3. New genetic cancer drug shows promise for adult and pediatric patients. The investigative drug, Larotrectinib, shows remarkable responses for a full range of cancer types linked to the TRK or NTRK gene. What is unique about this drug? First, it’s the only oral drug of its kind. Second, the drug treats the tumor at the molecular level — rather than the site.

  4. Yoga helps fatigue … if you stick with it. As a complementary therapy, yoga had major benefits with fatigue, emotional function and pain in women with operable, non-metastatic breast cancer. However, women had to keep doing yoga for 18 to 21 months before the difference really showed. Reported by The American Society of Clinical Oncology news briefs.

  5. Cancer patients benefit from counseling. This may seem like a no-brainer, but psychological care isn’t part of routine care. Read the full report at OncLive.

What area of cancer prevention or treatment would you like to read more about?

We’d love to hear which topics you find most interesting.

Stacy Graves is a contributing editor of The Mary Kay Foundation℠ blog and website. She and her husband, Glen, are raising two teen boys. She’s worked in some type of communication role for Mary Kay Inc. or The Mary Kay Foundation℠ since 1994 — loving every minute. She’s passionate about everything Mary Kay. You can connect with her by her website or LinkedIn.