In the December podcast for The Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology, Dr David Henry discusses a round-up and review by Linda Bosserman, an Editor on the Journal, of the 2016 oncology landscape – from new therapy approvals, to practice pathways and value-based care, and the implementation of MACRA. Also included are Original Reports on patients’ retrospective assessment of palliative chemotherapy for lung or gastrointestinal cancers, social support needs among patients with advanced breast cancer, and quality of life after surgery for pleural malignant mesothelioma. As always, we focus on cutting edge care for the cancer patient, with two features, one by our regular contributor, Jane de Lartigue, who brings us up to date on new therapies for pancreatic cancer, and a second, practice-oriented article that reports on adopting a team approach for co-managing the clinical and palliative components in caring for our patients. Among the regular offerings, we have Case Reports on paraneoplastic Isaacs syndrome that led to diagnosis of small-cell lung cancer and unicentric Castleman disease that was disguised as a pancreatic neoplasm, and a Community Translations report on the approval of pembrolizumab as the first immune checkpoint inhibitor to receive approval for head and neck cancer.
Listen to the podcast below.