From trial highlights to clinical context: Putting American Society of Clinical Oncology gastrointestinal news into practice

Giuseppe Aprile, Stefania Eufemia Lutrino, Alberto Sobrero

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Abstract

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium is a world class, international conference focused on research and multidisciplinary management of digestive tract malignancies, co-sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society for Radiation Oncology, the American Gastroenterological Association Institute and the Society of Surgical Oncology. This premium meeting was held from 24 to 26 January 2013 in San Francisco (CA, USA) and, in line with its principal mission, it sought to globally embrace prevention, screening, diagnostics, translational research and multimodal treatment, moving on three major anatomic tracks (upper gastrointestinal cancers, pancreatic/hepatobiliary tumors and colorectal malignancies). Over 2000 healthcare professionals gathered at this valuable 3day scientific event, which included plenary educational sessions and oral presentations of the top-rated abstracts, as well as the exposition of nearly 600 posters. This short article offers a summarized opinion-based overview of the most significant studies presented at the meeting that are likely to impact on clinical practice as well as new drug development, as best exemplified by the three most important messages of the whole meeting: the value of nanoparticle albumin-bound paclitaxel in metastatic pancreatic cancer; that of ramucirumab in second-line gastric cancer; and that of capecitabine and bevacizumab in elderly advanced colorectal cancer patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-648
Number of pages4
JournalFuture Oncology
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2013

Keywords

  • colorectal cancer
  • gastroesophageal cancer
  • pancreatic cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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