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The August issue of The Oncology Pharmacist (TOP) features a presentation from the 2019 Hematology/­Oncology Pharmacy Association Annual Conference that explores the timely topic of precision medicine and its potential role in guiding treatment decisions that can improve the lives of patients with cancer.
The May issue of The Oncology Pharmacist (TOP) features presentations from national and international meetings, including the 2019 Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) Conference, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) 2019 Conference, the 2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, the 2019 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium, and the 2019 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium.
The February issue of The Oncology Pharmacist (TOP) features presentations and studies from national and international meetings, including the 2018 Palliative and Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium, the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) 2018 Congress, and the 2018 International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer World Conference on Lung Cancer.
The November issue of The Oncology Pharmacist (TOP) features key presentations from the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association 2018 Practice Management Conference.

In the August issue of The Oncology Pharmacist (TOP), we feature results of a clinical trial presented at the 2018 American Association for Cancer Research meeting, which showed that the addition of the immune checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab to chemotherapy yielded significantly longer overall survival and progression-free survival compared with chemotherapy alone in patients with newly diagnosed metastatic nonsquamous non–small-cell lung cancer.

Results from another clinical trial, ALEX, were also presented at the meeting, and led to alectinib (Alecensa), a next-generation anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) inhibitor, being hailed as a new standard of care for patients with ALK mutation–positive non–small-cell lung cancer.

Here's what you can expect to find in the August issue of The Oncology Pharmacist.
In the May issue of The Oncology Pharmacist (TOP), we feature a conversation with Patrick J. Medina, PharmD, BCOP, Professor of Clinical and Administrative Sciences at the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy in Tulsa, in which he discusses changes to the reimbursement model, bridging the knowledge gap in a rapidly evolving field, and why provider status is the “holy grail” of pharmacy.
Here's what to expect from the February issue of The Oncology Pharmacist.

In the October issue of The Oncology Pharmacist, we feature highlights from the recent Hematology/Oncol­ogy Pharmacy Association (HOPA)’s Oncology Pharmacy Practice Man­agement Program, including an article on the challenges of managing patients with non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) associated with ALK mutations. At HOPA, Jim M. Koeller, MS, Professor, College of Pharmacy, The University of Texas at Austin, discussed the current treatment guidelines for this patient population, emphasizing the need for pharmacist inclusion during testing for ALK mutations.

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