Celebrating Last Year’s Advancements in Cancer Treatments
Happy New Year everyone! Before we put 2018 completely behind us, I thought I’d use my first blog post of 2019 to reflect on 2018 advancements in cancer treatments. We’ve made a lot of progress in the last 12 months and cancer registrars everywhere should be proud of the part they played in contributing to these advancements!
2018 ADVANCEMENTS IN CANCER TREATMENTS
CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy | This type of immunotherapy uses T-Cells removed from a patient’s blood and reprograms them into fighter cells that find and attack cancer. These cells are genetically modified in a laboratory and then reintroduced into the patient’s blood stream. Given only once, this treatment is referred to as “living therapy” because these cells will continue to multiply within the body, giving extended protection against cancer. CAR T-Cell immunotherapy is promising in the treatment of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Source: cancer.net
Immunotherapy for Lung Cancer | Immunotherapy is a mode of treatment that unleashes the power of a patient’s own immune system to target cancer cells. These work by either suppressing or stimulating the immune system. Examples include cancer vaccines and Bacillus Calmette-Guerin therapy used to treat bladder cancer. Science has long held the idea that the immune system could be used against rogue cancer cells that evade detection, by boosting the body’s own defense system. In 2008, immunotherapy was used to target just a few select cancers, but in 2018 the FDA approved this treatment method for 19 different cancers. Most recently, the introduction of immunotherapy has expanded treatment options in the fight against lung cancer. Sources: cancer.net, Understanding Immunotherapy
Treatment of Triple-Negative Breast Cancer | Triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive cancer that does not respond to hormone treatment or human epidermal growth receptor 2 therapy and is one form of breast cancer that is often not found until it has spread to other areas of the body. Treatment is currently limited to chemotherapy agents and outcomes are not as favorable as with other types of breast cancer, but 2018 research has identified mutated genes present in those at greater risk for triple negative breast cancer. This finding will enable physicians to identify women at greater risk for developing triple negative breast cancer and for those who have it, increase the options for treatment by focusing on targeted therapy specific to these cell mutations. Source: cancer.org
FUTURE ADVANCEMENTS IN CANCER TREATMENTS
Though 2018 was a great year for advancements in cancer treatments, there are exciting treatments waiting to be discovered on the horizon. One such treatment is the introduction of liquid biopsies which may someday provide a new diagnostic tool that can detect cancer cell DNA that has been shed into the bloodstream. Looking toward the future, liquid biopsy promises to analyze more than 70 genes for a variety of cancer types from a simple blood sample. Source: cancer.org
I hope these advancements have you as hopeful as I am for the future of cancer treatments. As someone who plays a small part in this important work, I am eager to see what 2019 has in store for all of us.
What do you think were the most exciting advancements in cancer treatments last year?
CHAMPS Oncology will attend, exhibit and present at the National Cancer Registrar Association's (NCRA) 46th Annual Educational Conference that is taking place Monday, Sept. 21 through Wednesday, Sept. 23.
CHAMPS Oncology Regional Manager Amanda Harvey-McKee, BA, CTR, will be presenting during the Registry Management Symposium portion of the conference. Her presentation, Transform Your Cancer Program with the Data You Collect, will take place during the conference. Check back for more details on her presentation as the conference date approaches!
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Learn more about the NCRA 46th Annual Educational Conference by visiting their website.
Where: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Lake Buena Vista, FL
When: Sep 21, 2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
50th Annual OCRA Educational State Meeting
CHAMPS Oncology will attend and exhibit at the 50th Annual OCRA Educational State Meeting.
To learn more about OCRA's Annual Meeting, visit their website.
Where: Holiday Inn Strongsville, OH 44136
When: Sep 10, 2020 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
ACCC 46th Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit
CHAMPS Oncology will attend and exhibit at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) 45th Annual Meeting and Cancer Center Business Summit.
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