OncologySTAT Advisors Name Year's Top Developments in Cancer Treatment and Research

OncologySTAT Marks 1-Year Anniversary with Expert Physician Commentaries on Recent Cancer Research and Practice Developments

New York, NY, Sept. 9, 2008OncologySTAT, a free web site featuring high-quality, scientifically based research and cancer care information for oncologists and other healthcare professionals, today celebrated its one-year anniversary by releasing a list of the most influential oncology developments of the past year chosen by an expert physician panel. Two overriding themes of this unique online editorial feature are biomarker-directed treatment decisions and the growing clinical role of personalized medicine.

OncologySTAT’s expert panel includes 12 of the most influential names in hematology and oncology, including two past-presidents of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Based on their expertise and experience, this distinguished group identified the developments with the greatest potential for shaping the future direction of oncology.

“The story of biomarkers reverberates across various tumor types and offers a new paradigm for cancer treatment,” says Lee Schwartzberg, M.D., F.A.C.P., OncologySTAT’s Editor-in-Chief. “Cancer care professionals will benefit from a review of this and other top cancer developments generated collaboratively by OncologySTAT’s panel of the world’s leading oncologists and made accessible through links to original research and expert commentary on OncologySTAT.”

The advisors’ top story choices reflect a trend toward tumor subtype analysis and treatments based on both traditional markers and new biomarkers. “Where oncologists used to prescribe chemotherapy for all cancer patients, they now hunt for biomarkers to ensure they can match the cancer patient with the most appropriate, cost-effective treatments,” says Axel Grothey, M.D., OncologySTAT’s Associate Editor.

“The path toward such types of cancer treatment won’t be easy. Oncologists who pursue personalized medicine face challenges related to logistics, handling of tumor specimens, and testing of individualized treatments in clinical trials,” notes Dr. Grothey. “Still, OncologySTAT’s expert panel expects genetic mutations and biomarkers to have a growing role in treating more common cancer types such as lung cancer. Eventually, oncologists will pay less attention to a patient’s cancer type than to genetic changes and other types of tumor markers.”

Leading Professional Online Resource
Oncologists turn to OncologySTAT to find scientific evidence on new and emerging developments such as biomarker-directed treatment. The top stories of the year selected by OncologySTAT’s expert advisors illustrate the high level of scientific research within the oncology community, as well as the importance of OncologySTAT as a convenient, free online resource for the best available oncology journals and articles.

OncologySTAT has secured more than 16,000 registrants since its launch in September 2007. Backed by the support of major healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, the site has successfully captured more than 30% of US oncologists and hematologists as they actively seek clinical oncology information online. As physicians and other healthcare professionals involved in cancer care now comprise 80% of site users, OncologySTAT has emerged as one of the most trusted and trafficked professional websites in oncology.

“OncologySTAT is proud to promote state-of-the-art cancer care by providing oncology professionals with instant online access to the highest-quality news, expert opinion and clinical information available,” said Monique Fayad, Senior Vice President at Elsevier and Publisher, OncologySTAT. “Only by having the latest scientific evidence at their fingertips can oncologists and other cancer care professionals deliver the quality care that cancer patients and their families need and expect."

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