What Role Do RNs Play in Oncology Treatment?

While all nurses are intimately involved in the challenges and rewards of patient care, this is perhaps most evident in the role that oncology nurses play in treating and caring for cancer patients. They are by the bedside offering encouragement and care as well as providing patient and family education. What Does an Oncology Nurse … Continued

CAR T-Cell Therapy: New Hope for Remission in Leukemia

Gurpreet S. Lamba, MD   What are the main types of leukemia? How do they differ in terms of their effects, how they present and how they are treated? A. Leukemia is classified based on whether the malignancy originated from a lymphoid or myeloid white blood cell, and on how quickly the leukemia develops (i.e., … Continued

Targeting Treatments for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Dr. Joel Silver   How do myeloma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) develop? What are some risk factors associated with those malignancies? A. We don’t know what causes CLL. We do know that people in some occupations or with a certain exposure history might be at higher risk, and that CLL generally affects older people. … Continued

Molecular Testing: Tailoring Treatment by Targeting Pathways

Phillip D. Reid, MD   What is molecular testing? How it is used in cancer care? A.  As we learn how to treat specific subtypes of cancer more accurately, molecular testing, molecular medicine and molecular diagnostics are becoming more prominent in oncology. In the past, once a cancer was diagnosed, we determined the organ where … Continued

Colorectal Cancer Trends and Treatment

Ralph V. Boccia, MD, a cancer specialist at RCCA Maryland, provides some insight into recent colorectal cancer trends and treatments that are giving new hope to doctors, researchers and patients nationwide. Overall, Dr. Boccia finds much to be encouraged by, but also points to the need for awareness of a concerning development in the field … Continued