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Editor's Note: At OBR we have created an editorial board of renown thought leaders in different cancer disease areas. The role of our editorial board is to provide valuable insights through editorial commentary accompanying our daily news. We call it virtual access. By providing our insights into the daily news, you will have access into how these thought leading oncologists interpret the oncology news and events we carry in OBR daily. We hope that our editorial boards's insights will bring great value to the oncology community.

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Debu Tripathy, MD

Professor and Chair, Department of Breast Medical Oncology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Merck’s KEYTRUDA® (pembrolizumab) in Combination with Chemotherapy Met Primary Endpoint of Progression-Free Survival (PFS) as First-Line Treatment for Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (mTNBC)

quotesThis is a notable finding as the first potentially practice-changing results for the use of immunoth…quotes

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Howard S. Hochster, MD

Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Rutgers-CINJ Associate Director, Clinical Research
Director Clinical Oncology Research, RWJ-B Health System

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COVID-19 Poses Special Challenges to Cancer Care

quotesThere is no question that SARS-CoV-2 will prove to be a major challenge to all health care providers…quotes

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Ted Okon

Executive Director
Community Oncology Alliance

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PBM Middlemen Continue to Dodge Responsibility for Patient Suffering and Rising Drug Prices

quotesPBMs are getting more brazen in how they delay and deny cancer patients their oral drugs. Anyone in …quotes

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William McGivney, PhD

National Health Policy Expert

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White House Says Has Sent 'Principles' For Drug Pricing Reform To Congress

quotesI know that I quoted that health care policy sage, Yogi Berra, a few commentaries ago, but his wisdo…quotes

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Tomasz M. Beer, MD, FACP

Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology, School of Medicine
Grover C. Bagby Chair of Prostate Cancer Research
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Deputy Director, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine
Chief Medical Officer, CEDAR, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine

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NUBEQA® (darolutamide) Plus Androgen Deprivation Therapy Achieved the Secondary Endpoint of Overall Survival (OS) in Men with Non-Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

quotesThe magnitude of the OS benefit will be of significant interest. Three agents have been approved in…quotes

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H. Jack West, MD

Associate Clinical Professor, Medical Oncology
Executive Director, Employer Services
City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center
Duarte, CA

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Opinion: Trump’s Not A Doctor. He’s Only Playing One On TV. By Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Vinay Prasad

quotesAn excellent piece that highlights what the history of cancer research should be teaching the world …quotes

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Winston Wong, PharmD

President, W-Squared Group

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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Analyzes Clinical Pathway Use to Reduce Unwarranted Variation

quotesThis piece is a great example of a pathway program in process. Clinical pathways are not meant to b…quotes

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Robert A. Figlin, MD., FACP

Professor and Director, Division of Hematology Oncology
Department of Medicine,Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Associate Director for Academic Program Development
Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
Professor of Medicine and Urology, Emeritus
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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CT Scans Can Reduce Lung Cancer Deaths, Study Finds

quotesThis long awaited trial performed by the National Cancer Institute demonstrates the benefits of low …quotes

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Dean Gesme, MD

FACP FACPE FASCO
President, Minnesota Oncology

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Repurposed Antidepressant Could Be A New Treatment For Recurrent Prostate Cancer

quotesThe repurposing of FDA approved drugs could offer a partial solution to the astronomically escalatin…quotes

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Jeff Patton, M.D.

CEO
Tennessee Oncology

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First Opinion: Physicians Aren’t ‘Burning Out.’ They’re Suffering From Moral Injury

quotesI found this article both fascinating and enlightening. I had not thought of "burnout" in terms of …quotes

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Thomas Marsland, MD

Vice President
Integrated Community Oncology Network
Former Community Representative
ASCO Board of Directors

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ASCO Launches New Payment Reform Model to Transform Cancer Care Delivery and Enhance the Quality of Patient Care

quotesSo a tale of two cities.....it is interesting to compare the oncology alternative payment model to t…quotes

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William Harwin MD

Florida Cancer Specialists
President and Managing Partner

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Memorial Sloan Kettering to Offer DigniCap® Scalp Cooling Device in New York Metro Area Locations

quotesAt Florida Cancer Specialists we have been using DigniCap for several months at 3 of our site and it…quotes

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Howard Sandler, MD, MS, FASTRO

Ronald H. Bloom Chair in Cancer Therapeutics

Professor and Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology

Interim Director, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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Radiotherapy Can Be Used In Hard-to-treat Bladder Cancer

quotesRadiotherapy as primary treatment (along with TUR and chemotherapy) is having a bit of a renaissance…quotes