Current Oncology

Established in 1994, Current Oncology is a peer-reviewed, Canadian based and Internationally distributed journal. Published bi-monthly plus special supplemental issues, Current Oncology represents a multidisciplinary medium encompassing health care workers in the field of cancer therapy to report upon and to review progress in the management of this disease. Current Oncology is published by Multimed Inc.

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GIOTRIF® (afatinib) approved by Health Canada for patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the lung with activating EGFR mutation


On November 6, 2013, Health Canada approved GIOTRIF® (afatinib) a targeted, oral once-daily tyrosine kinase inhibitor and the first irreversible ErbB Family Blocker approved for the treatment of EGFR mutation positive tyrosine kinase inhibitor naïve patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the lung with activating EGFR mutation(s) tablets.

In clinical trials, GIOTRIF® has been shown to offer patients with EGFR mutation positive NSCLC a significant delay in tumour progression,[i] coupled with improvements in their lung cancer related symptoms versus standard chemotherapy.[i]

Dr. Vera Hirsh, GIOTRIF® clinical trial investigator and medical oncologist at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal says, “The approval of GIOTRIF® is an exciting advancement because it works differently than other drugs in its class, by irreversibly blocking multiple EGFR pathways involved in tumour growth.”

GIOTRIF®’s unique mode of action enables it to block EGFR (ErbB1) as well as the other relevant members of the ErbB Family. The covalent and, therefore, irreversible binding of GIOTRIF® is unlike other compounds currently on the market which are reversible in that it provides a sustained, selective, and complete ErbB Family Blockade.[i],[ii]

Discovered and developed by Boehringer Ingelheim, GIOTRIF® is the first Health Canada-approved oncology product from the company.



[i] Solca F, Dahl G, Zoephel A, et al. Target binding properties and cellular activity of afatinib (BIBW 2992), an irreversible ErbB family blocker. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 2012;343:342-50.

[ii]  Reid A, Vidal L, Shaw H, do Bono J. Dual inhibition of ErbB1 (EGFR/HER1) and ErbB2 (HER2/neu). Eur J Cancer 2007;43:481-9.

Posted: 2013-11-25

Congratulations to our Deputy Editor – Dr. Phil Gold for winning the 2013 Prix du Québec award!


Congratulations to our Deputy Editor – Dr. Phil Gold for winning the 2013 Prix du Québec award! Dr. Gold will be awarded the Wilder-Penfield Prize for his work in the ground-breaking discovery of the carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA).

The CEA was discovered in 1965 by Dr. Gold and his colleague, Samuel Freedman. This discovery revolutionized cancer research and is now the most frequently used blood test in modern oncology. The discovery of the CEA also launched the field of oncodevelopmental biology.

Thank you for your important contribution to oncology, Dr. Gold!

Posted: 2013-11-20

Meeting/Conference: 18th International Conference on Cancer Nursing (ICCN)

The International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC) invites you to the 18th International Conference of Cancer Nursing (ICCN), to be held at the Hilton Panama, Panama City, Panama, from September 7 -11, 2014. The theme for this conference is ‘Strengthening Leadership, Unity and Compassion in Cancer Care. We are anticipating approximately 500 cancer nursing professionals across the globe to attend this conference.

Call for Abstracts

ISNCC is now accepting abstract submissions for oral or poster presentations addressing the conference theme. Abstracts may be submitted in either English or Spanish.  Abstracts submitted in Spanish will be evaluated for Spanish language only concurrent sessions and not for English language concurrent sessions or for poster sessions.  A total of 12 Spanish language abstracts will be accepted. Abstracts will be selected based on the following categories:

  1. Administration/Leadership Development
  2. Clinical/Evidence-Based Practice
  3. Education
  4. Research

Click here to download the official call for abstracts announcement.

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 16, 2013 at 3:00 AM ET

For more information on how to submit an abstract, please visit


Online rregistration is now open. ISNCC is now offering a discounted registration rate for ISNCC individual members. Click here to learn more.


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Early Registration Deadline: May 15, 2014

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Posted: 2013-11-04
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Vol 21, No 2 (2014)

Table of Contents


Original Article(s)

Cancer Genetics

A prior diagnosis of breast cancer is a risk factor for breast cancer in BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers PDF
S.A. Narod, N. Tung, J. Lubinski, T. Huzarski, M. Robson, H.T. Lynch, S.L. Neuhausen, P. Ghadirian, C. Kim–Sing, P. Sun, W.D. Foulkes, The Hereditary Breast Cancer Clinical Study Group 64-68

Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship

Patient perceptions of a comprehensive cancer navigation service PDF
W. Hryniuk, R. Simpson, A. McGowan, P. Carter 69-76
Prospective evaluation of unmet needs of rural and aboriginal cancer survivors in Northern British Columbia PDF
R.A. Olson, F. Howard, K. Turnbull, D. Munroe, C. Zirul, R. Manji, P. Tobin, A. Ward e179-e185
Rasch analysis of the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System and research implications PDF
O. Cheifetz, T.L. Packham, J.C. MacDermid e186-e194

Knowledge Translation

Surgical process improvement tools: defining quality gaps and priority areas in gastrointestinal cancer surgery PDF
A.C. Wei, K.S. Devitt, M. Wiebe, O.F. Bathe, R.S. McLeod, D.R. Urbach e195-e202

Medical Oncology

Perioperative chemotherapy for gastroesophageal cancer in British Columbia: a multicentre experience PDF
R.D. Peixoto, W.Y. Cheung, H.J. Lim 77-83
Patients’ perceptions of gene expression profiling in breast cancer treatment decisions PDF
Y. Bombard, L. Rozmovits, M.E. Trudeau, N.B. Leighl, K. Deal, D.A. Marshall e203=e211
Potential drug interactions in patients with a history of cancer PDF
L. Chen, W.Y. Cheung e212-e220
Toward successful migration to computerized physician order entry for chemotherapy PDF
J. Jeon, S. Taneva, V. Kukreti, P. Trbovich, A.C. Easty, P.G. Rossos, J.A. Cafazzo e221-e228
The use of granulocyte colony– stimulating factors in a Canadian outpatient setting PDF
S. Fine, M. Koo, T. Gill, M. Marin, M. Poulin-Costello, R. Baron, N. Mittmann e229-e240

Palliative Care

Can oncologists predict survival for patients with progressive disease after standard chemotherapies? PDF
T.K. Taniyama, K. Hashimoto, N. Kastumata, A. Hirakawa, K. Yonemori, M. Yunokawa, C. Shimizu, K. Tamura, M. Ando, Y. Fujiwara 84-90

Psychosocial Oncology

Patient preferences for stopping tyrosine kinase inhibitors in chronic myeloid leukemia PDF
D. Sanford, R. Kyle, A. Lazo–Langner, I. Chin–Yee, K. Howson–Jan, C. Hsia e241-e249

Radiation Oncology

Effects of dna-dependent protein kinase inhibition by NU7026 on dna repair and cell survival in irradiated gastric cancer cell line N87 PDF
M.T. Niazi, G. Mok, M. Heravi, L. Lee, T. Vuong, R. Aloyz, L. Panasci, T. Muanza 91-96
Publication rates of abstracts presented at the 2007 and 2010 Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology meetings PDF
A. Meissner, G. Delouya, D. Marcovitch, D. Donath, D. Taussky e250-e254

Review Article(s)

The road ahead for cervical cancer prevention and control PDF
J.E. Tota, A.V. Ramana–Kumar, Z. El-Khatib, E.L. Franco e255-e264

Practice Guideline(s)

Evidence-based guidelines for the use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors in adults with Philadelphia chromosome–positive or BCR-ABL–positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a Canadian consensus PDF
S. Couban, L. Savoie, Y. Abou Mourad, B. Leber, M. Minden, R. Turner, V. Palada, N. Shehata, A. Christofides, S. Lachance e265-e309
Extracorporeal photopheresis in the management of graft-versus-host disease PDF
C. Bredeson, R.B. Rumble, N.P. Varela, J. Kuruvilla, C.T. Kouroukis, Stem Cell Transplant Steering Committee e310-e325

Special Article(s)

Cancer System Indicator Snapshots

Geographic disparities in surgery for breast and rectal cancer in Canada PDF
T. Forte, G. Porter, R. Rahal, K. DeCaria, J. Niu, H. Bryant, the System Performance Steering Committee and Technical Working Group 97-99

Short Communication(s)

Practice and documentation of palliative sedation: a quality improvement initiative PDF
M. McKinnon, C. Azevedo, S.H. Bush, P. Lawlor, J. Pereira 100-103
Predictors of recurrence after radiotherapy for non-melanoma skin cancer PDF
L. Khan, D. Breen, L. Zhang, J. Balogh, G. Czarnota, J. Lee, M.N. Tsao, E.A. Barnes e326-e329
Screening for distress in patients with cancer: methodologic considerations PDF
A. Feldstain, M. Bélanger, C. Tomei, S. Lebel e330-e333
Challenges and outcomes of a randomized study of early nutrition support during autologous stem-cell transplantation PDF
N. Kiss, J. Seymour, M. Prince, G. Dutu e334-e339

Case Report(s)

Metabolic syndrome–related hepatocellular carcinoma treated by volumetric modulated arc therapy PDF
J. Klein, L.A. Dawson, T.H. Tran, O. Adeyi, T. Purdie, M. Sherman, A. Brade e340-e344
FDG-PET in two cases of neurofibromatosis type 1 and atypical malignancies PDF
P. de Blank, K. Cole, L. Kersun, A. Green, J.J. Wilkes, J. Belasco, R. Bagatell, L.C. Bailey, M.J. Fisher e345-e348
Lack of toxicity in a patient with germline TP53 mutation treated with radiotherapy PDF
P. Wong, K. Han e349-e353
Localized synchronous squamous cell carcinomas of the esophagus and hypopharynx treated with definitive concurrent chemoradiotherapy with a unified radiotherapy plan PDF
J.B. Wallach, M.M. Rosenstein, S. Kalnicki e354-e357

Meeting Abstract(s)

Proffered papers and posters submitted to the Fifth International Symposium on Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer, BRCA: Twenty Years of Advances PDF
Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Foundation, Program in Cancer Genetics, McGill University e358-e391

Cancer Narratives: Words Beyond Disease

Remembrance day PDF
A.C. Swan e392
Taking count PDF
A.C. Swan e393


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