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Support Services for Patients with Cancer Must Go Beyond Simply Building a HUB

With the rapid adoption of technology, digital solutions and new modalities in the wake of COVID-19, cancer patients and extended care teams have a plethora of resources geared towards improving access, reducing financial toxicity and easing the burden of navigation. And yet, many remain lost within the labyrinth of information overload. This article highlights the increasing need to go beyond HUB services and a convener approach, and instead look to root causes with the patient at the center.

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Neoadjuvant Chemoradiotherapy Versus Upfront Surgery for Resectable and Borderline Resectable Pancreatic Cancer: Long-Term Results of the Dutch Randomized PREOPANC Trial

Very interesting study which gives more support for preoperatory therapy in the setting of borderline resectable pancreatic cancer. The use of neodjuvant chemotherapy or chemoradiotherapy will likely increase overtime, as systemic options improve, even in pancreatic cancer. Optimal regimen is unknown as studies with other options such as Folfirinox, gemcitabine/albumin-bound paclitaxel are needed, post chemoradiotherapy.

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CALGB 40603 (Alliance): Long-Term Outcomes and Genomic Correlates of Response and Survival After Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy With or Without Carboplatin and Bevacizumab in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

The difference in CR vs RD rates with addition of carboplatin or bevacizumab was quite impressive. It is likely that the study was simply not powered to measure other endpoints. While LTOs were not improved, pCR was associated with superior LTOs. Biological markers of response are very interesting and may help us tailor specific therapies in the future.

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