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December 4, 2018

Oncology in Transition: Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities

Author Affiliations
  • 1Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2University of North Carolina Cancer Center, Chapel Hill
JAMA. 2018;320(21):2203-2204. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.17057

Contemporary challenges and changes in the field of oncology reflect and often magnify medicine more broadly. Morbidity and mortality are often substantial, treatment is expensive, and management is complex necessitating interdisciplinary coordination across every field of medicine. The recent emergence of immunotherapy and adoptive cellular therapy has generated tremendous excitement because these approaches can sometimes achieve cure or durable responses, even in the setting of advanced cancer.