The Exchange

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Oncology/Hematology

<a href='/the-exchange/women-in-oncology'>Women in Oncology </a>

Women in Oncology

As a nurse practitioner, I practice in a predominantly female profession. However, I have seen a wave of symposia at recent major conferences that focus on women physicians in oncology, and their struggles to compete for leadership roles and advancement against their male counterparts. In the subspecialty of oncology, rapid advances in treatment occur constantly, and these advances are often complex—requiring specific training and education. Women physicians historically have had a tougher time breaking into oncology due to several factors and variables, some of which are in their control, others which are not. more >

Found in: Health Policy and Trends, Oncology/Hematology, Practice Management/Career

<a href='/the-exchange/can-robots-read-your-ct-scan-'>Can Robots Read Your CT Scan? </a>

Can Robots Read Your CT Scan?

At a plenary session of the World Conference on Lung Cancer in September, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain, Hugo Aerts, PhD presented fascinating data on the use of more >

<a href='/the-exchange/the-dilemma-of-the-opioid-crisis-and-cancer-pain'>The Dilemma of the Opioid Crisis and Cancer Pain</a>

The Dilemma of the Opioid Crisis and Cancer Pain

The misuse of opioids and inappropriate prescribing patterns have led to addiction and overdose deaths in the United States that have risen sharply in the past more >

<a href='/the-exchange/what-the-heck-is-ntrk-'>What the Heck is NTRK?</a>

What the Heck is NTRK?

Neurotrophic receptor tyrosine kinase (NTRK) is a gene, and when it fuses to an unrelated gene in some cancers it can become a driver for cancer growth. Two more >

<a href='/the-exchange/metastatic-lung-cancer-immunotherapy-gives-hope'>Metastatic Lung Cancer: Immunotherapy Gives Hope</a>

Metastatic Lung Cancer: Immunotherapy Gives Hope

In 2005, the 5-year survival rate for patients with stage IV or metastatic non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC)—the most common type of lung cancer—was a more >

<a href='/the-exchange/breaking-down-racial-disparities-in-cancer-care-the-affordable-care-act'>Breaking Down Racial Disparities in Cancer Care: The Affordable Care Act</a>

Breaking Down Racial Disparities in Cancer Care: The Affordable Care Act

Racial disparities are well known to exist in cancer care and outcomes. Several barriers exist including access to care, cultural biases about healthcare and more >

<a href='/the-exchange/acute-renal-failure-after-cancer-treatment'>Acute Renal Failure After Cancer Treatment</a>

Acute Renal Failure After Cancer Treatment

Acute renal failure (ARF) in cancer patients is a dreadful complication that causes substantial morbidity and mortality. ARF is defined as a sustained and more >

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