For the March-April issue of the Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology, the Editor in Chief, Dr David Henry, discusses two informative “how-to” articles, one on the implementation of a distress management program at an oncology hospital in Puerto Rico, the other on the prevention and treatment options for mTOR inhibitor-associated stomatitis. Dr Henry also shares his preferences for addressing health care reform, and he highlights a letter to the journal in response to the January-February issue Commentary on physician-assisted dying. Immunotherapies are at the fore again, this time with an insightful essay by Jane de Lartigue who writes that combination therapy is likely to be key in expanding the scope of immunotherapy into currently unresponsive patient populations, which raises questions about the optimal combinations and the timing and sequencing of combination immunotherapy. Three Original Reports span the clinical, supportive, and quality- and value-based care components of cancer care, with their respective foci on APF530 for nausea and vomiting prevention after cisplatin; patterns of care in whole-brain radiotherapy technique and delivery; and emergency department use by newly diagnosed cancer patients. As usual, there is a line-up of rare and challenging presentations in Case Reports on pulmonary sarcomatoid carcinoma presenting as a necrotizing cavitary lung lesions, palmoplantar exacerbation of psoriasis after nivolumab for lung cancer, primary cardiac prosthetic valve-associated lymphoma; and atraumatic splenic rupture as an initial presentation of chronic myelogenous leukemia.
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