For the July-August issue of the Journal of Community and Supportive Oncology, the Editor-in-Chief, Dr David Henry, discusses a recap by Howard Burris, MD, of the top presentations at this year’s annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, and a selection of articles on some of the key findings reported at the meeting. A number of articles, in keeping with the journal mission of delivering content that can inform or change daily practice in the community setting, provide ‘how-to’ clinical and supportive advice. They include an outline by Thomas J Smith of Johns Hopkins University of how to initiate goals-of-care conversations with patients and their family members; a review of managing polycythemia vera in the community oncology setting; a New Therapies feature on how immunotherapies are shaping the treatment of hematologic malignancies; and research articles on using Onodera’s Prognostic Nutritional Index to predict wound complications in patients with soft tissue sarcoma, and bone remodeling associated with CTLA-4 inhibition. A third research article assesses a multidisciplinary survivorship program in a group of predominantly Hispanic women with breast cancer. Also in the line-up for discussion are Case Reports, one on managing high-grade pleomorphic sarcoma in a patient with colon metastasis and another on intramedullary spinal cord and leptomeningeal metastases presenting as cauda equina syndrome in a patient with melanoma.
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