Expert Insights Newsletter by Medical Specialty - Oncology

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Autoimmune Neurology—Recent Advances in Disease Identification and Treatment

Autoimmune neurologic diseases are more common than traditionally believed. The recognition of antibodies associated with these conditions has grown significantly over recent years, leading to improvements in diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Steven Vernino, Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs,... Read more 

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Precision Medicine—An Evolving Role in Oncology

Recent advances in therapeutics and diagnostics are enabling a more targeted approach to treat an increasing number of cancers. Dr. Frederick Racke, Medical Director, Hematology/Oncology and Coagulation,Quest Diagnostics, reviews the evolution of cancer treatment and the increasing role played by... Read more 

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Paraneoplastic Autoantibody Syndromes—Diagnosing Neurological Disorders

Neuronal-specific autoantibodies have a variety of potential targets, and give rise to a range of dysfunctions and neurological syndromes. Diagnosing the associated syndromes can be challenging. Dr. Stanley Naides, Medical Director, Immunology R&D, Quest Diagnostics, discusses the mechanism and presentation... Read more 

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Personalized Medicine in Women’s Health — How Molecular Diagnostics Enables Effective Intervention

Advances in molecular diagnostics have led to a more individualized approach to medicine in different clinical areas. Dr. Douglas Rabin, Medical Director, Women's Health, Quest Diagnostics, reviews the impact of molecular medicine on women's health and discusses how it is... Read more 

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Personalized Medicine — How Genetics and Genomics are Transforming Healthcare

Personalized medicine has gained much attention following the announcement of a national initiative to fund "a new model of patient-powered research…to accelerate biomedical discoveries and provide clinicians with new tools, knowledge, and therapies to select which treatments will work best... Read more 

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Vaginitis — Molecular Testing To Address Diagnostic Challenges

Vaginitis is the most common gynecologic diagnosis in the primary care setting, affecting one in three women in their lifetime, but diagnosing its cause can be challenging.1 Dr. Dale Schwab, Senior Scientific Director, Infectious Disease, Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute and... Read more 

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Cardiovascular Disease — A Comprehensive Approach to Manage the Risks of Cardiac Events

Lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is the primary target for cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk reduction and can significantly reduce the incidence of cardiovascular (CV) events.1 The latest guidelines, released November 2013, reiterate the need to continue to use evidence-based medicine... Read more 

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HIV Management — The Evolving Role of the Primary Care Physician

The recommendation for universal screening of adolescents and adults aged 15 to 65 years for HIV infection, issued by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in April 2013,1 highlights the growing role for primary care physicians (PCPs) in... Read more 

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HIV Testing — Genotypic Technology in Tropism and Drug Resistance Testing

HIV tropism is defined as the cell type that HIV is able to enter and infect. The identification that HIV frequently uses the CCR5 co-receptor for cell entry led to the introduction of a class of HIV drugs called the... Read more 

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The Use of Genetic Markers to Improve Outcomes in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Despite advances in surgical technique and drug therapy, lung cancer remains as one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths.1 While reductions in tobacco use provide the largest single opportunity for preventing deaths due to lung cancer­,2 recent developments in... Read more