July Newsmakers

*Editor's Note: This post will be continuously updated throughout July. Check back often for updates.


In Memoriam

Neil Spector
The late Neil Spector, MD

Neil Spector, MD, Physician-Scientist, Mentor, Author, Dies at 63 (The ASCO Post -- online version)
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Dr. Neil Spector, Inspiration Extraordinaire, Passed Away (Lyme Disease Association, Inc.)

More July Newsmakers

LISTEN: Episode 8: 07/24/20 - A fireside chat with a leading Surgical Oncologist in the field (The Pancreatic Cancer Podcast)
Features Peter Allen, MD

Salama Named 2020 ASTRO Fellow (Duke Radiation Oncology)
Features Joseph Salama, MD

ASCO and ACCC Collaborate to Boost Racial/Ethnic Representation in Cancer Treatment Trials (OncLive)
Features Duke Cancer Institute OHE

Selinexor Triplet Shows Strong Clinical Activity in Relapsed/Refractory Myeloma (OncLive)
Features Cristina Gasparetto, MD

New Indication Propels Brigatinib Into the Front Line for ALK-Positive NSCLC (OncLive)
Features Thomas E. Stinchcombe, MD

Advanced Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma: Putting Advances Into Practice (OncLive)
Features Daniel George, MD

Burnout recommendations reflect complexity of care, ‘humanity of being oncologists’ (Healio/HemeOnc Today)
Features Arif H. Kamal, MD

ASTRO issues first guideline on radiation therapy for cervical cancer (Healthday/Medical Xpress)
Features Junzo Chino, MD

Duke-NUS: Cancer mutations caused by bacterial toxin preventable (Duke-NUS Medical School)
Features Steve Rosen, PhD

Epstein-Barr virus rewires host epigenomes to drive stomach cancer (Duke-NUS Medical School)
Features Patrick Tan, MD, PhD

Through it all, Jane Gardner showed us that the unvarnished truth works best (The Virginia Pilot)
Features Thomas D'Amico, MD

Why COVID-19 Is Exposing Health Disparities (Duke Today)
Features Lola Fayanju, MD

For Duke’s Tobacco-Free Start Date, A Story About Quitting (Duke Today)
Features Duke Smoking Cessation Program

Treating Neurocognitive, Physical Limitations in Patients with Brain Cancer (Clinical Practice Today)
Katherine B. Peters, MD, PhD

AACR Virtual Annual Meeting I: Identifying and Targeting RAS Regulatory Mechanisms (AACR)
Features Hema Adhikari, PhD

WATCH: An Outline About Why Dermatologists on the Front Lines Have their Work Cut Out for them with a BPDCN Diagnosis (BPDCN Info)
Features David Rizzieri, MD

Is polio the answer to curing brain tumors? (WKYC)
Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center

RMC welcomes Duke radiation oncologists (The Times and Democrat)
Features M. Leann Smith, MD, and Daniel Oh, MD, PhD

Treatment options, promising therapies, challenges in breast cancer brain metastases (HemeOnc Today/Healio)
Features Carey Anders, MD

Expanding Treatment Options for HER2+ Breast Cancer (OncLive)
Features Carey Anders, MD

Updates in the Management of Hairy Cell Leukemia (OncLive)
Features Andrea Sitlinger, MD

Updates in the Management of Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (OncLive)
Features Harry Erba, MD

Duke Study Challenges Mesothelioma Chemotherapy Practices (The Mesethelioma Center/Asbestos.com)
Features David Harpole, Jr., MD

Glowing worms provide live-action movies of the body's internal scaffolding (Science Daily)
Features David Sherwood, PhD

The Cost of Cancer to Patients: Broaching the Subject of Financial Toxicity (ASCO Daily News)
Features Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS, FASCO

Zentalis Pharmaceuticals Announces the Appointment of Dr. Kimberly Blackwell to its Board of Directors (Zentalis Press Release)
Features Kimberly Blackwell, MD

Kathleen Cooney, MD, on Prostate Cancer and Familial and Hereditary Cancer Syndromes:
Researchers urge obtaining family history of all types of cancers plus counseling for men who appear at increased risk of prostate cancer
(Medpage Today/ASCO Reading Room)
Features Kathleen Cooney, MD

Fast Breast MRI Available to Women with Average Breast Cancer Risk — Short Screening Time, Physician Referral Needed (Duke Health)
Features Eun Lee Langman, MD

Cardioprotective Meds Underutilized in Patients With Cancer History (Medscape)
Features Mohammad Shahsahebi, MD, MBA

Bridget Koontz  in American Board of Radiology’s 2019 Annual Report
Duke radiation oncologist Bridget Koontz, MD, (third from left) on the front cover of the American Board of Radiology’s 2019 Annual Report.

JSM Methodology Update Series: Dr. Bridget F. Koontz (International Society for Sexual Medicine)

RELATED PAPER: Challenges in Reporting the Effect of Radiotherapy on Erectile Function. The Journal of Sexual Medicine. April 17, 2020. Varun Nukala, Luca Incrocci, MD, PhD, Anastasia A. Hunt, BS, Leslie Ballas, MD, Bridget F. Koontz, MD.





*Duke authors are bolded

Surgery for Men with Breast Cancer. Annals of Surgical Oncology. July 23, 2020. Jennifer K. Plichta MD, MS, FACS, Yi Ren, MS, Caitlin E. Marks, BS, Samantha M. Thomas, MS, Rachel A. Greenup, MD, MPH, Laura H. Rosenberger, MD, MS, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju MD, MA, MPHS, Susan G. R. McDuff MD, PhD, E. Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH & Jeremy Force, DO.

Racial Disparity in Response to Prostate Cancer Systemic Therapies. Current Oncology Reports. July 23, 2020. Rhonda L Bitting, Michael Goodman, Daniel J George.

House calls for stem cell transplant patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Blood. July 16, 2020. Anthony D. Sung, Krista R. Nichols, Nelson J. Chao.

Anti-cancer therapy and clinical trial considerations for gynecologic oncology patients during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Gynecologic Oncology. July 2020. Bhavana Pothuri, Angeles Alvarez Secord, Deborah K. Armstrong, John Chan, Amanda N. Fader, Warner Huh, Joshua Kesterson, Joyce F. Liu, Kathleen Moore, Shannon N. Westin, and R. Wendel Naumannj.

BrMPanel: A public resource of organotropic cell lines Cancer Research. July 8, 2020. Manuel Valiente, *Amanda E.D. Van Swearingen, Carey Anders, Amos Bairoch, Adrienne Boire, Paula Bos, Diana Cittelly, Neta Erez, Gino B. Ferraro, Dai Fukumura, Brunilde M. Gril, Meenhard Herlyn, Sheri L. Holmen, Rakesh K. Jain, Johanna A. Joyce, Mihaela Lorger, Joan Massagué, Josh Neman, Nicola Sibson, Patricia Steeg, Frits Thorsen, Leonie Young, Damir Vareslija, Adina Vultur, Frances Weis-García, Frank Winkler.*Amanda Van Swearingen, PhD, will present this paper at the SNO Virtual Annual Meeting on August 14.

ASCO 25th Anniversary Retrospective The below article is included in The Oncologist: Sharing Knowledge, An Anniversary Retrospective. July 2020. (The 25th Anniversary retrospective highlights the most impactful articles, from a citation or readership perspective, from each year of publication)

A Novel Staging System for De Novo Metastatic Breast Cancer Refines Prognostic Estimates Annals of Surgery. July 9, 2020. Plichta, Jennifer K. MD, MS; Thomas, Samantha M. MS; Sergesketter, Amanda R. MD; Greenup, Rachel A. MD, MPH; Rosenberger, Laura H. MD, MS; Fayanju, Oluwadamilola M. MD, MA, MPHS; Kimmick, Gretchen MD, MS; Force, Jeremy DO; Hyslop, Terry PhD; Hwang, E. Shelley MD, MPH.

Clinical Benefits, Harms, and Cost-Effectiveness of Breast Cancer Screening for Survivors of Childhood Cancer Treated With Chest Radiation: A Comparative Modeling Study. Annals of Internal Medicine. July 7, 2020. Jennifer M. Yeh, PhD, Kathryn P. Lowry, MD, Clyde B. Schechter, MD, Lisa R. Diller, MD, Oguzhan Alagoz, PhD, Gregory T. Armstrong, MD, MSCE, John M. Hampton, MS, Wendy Leisenring, ScD, Qi Liu, MSc, Jeanne S. Mandelblatt, MD, MPH, Diana L. Miglioretti, PhD, Chaya S. Moskowitz, PhD, Kevin C. Oeffinger, MD, Amy Trentham-Dietz, PhD, Natasha K. Stout, PhD.

Receptor discordance in breast cancer brain metastases: when knowledge is power Neuro-Oncology. June 1, 2020. Sarah Sammons, Amanda E D Van Swearingen, Carey K Anders.

Why Palliative Care Is the Answer to the Serious Illness Question in Payment Reform. AJMC. April 2020. Maggie R. Salinger MD, MPP; Nathan A. Boucher, DrPH, PA, MS, MPA; Thomas W. LeBlanc, MD, MA; Kevin C. Oeffinger, MD; Kathryn Pollak, PhD; Jesse D. Troy, PhD; and Arif H. Kamal MD, MBA, MHS.