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FOREWORD – EUROPEAN ONCOLOGY & HAEMATOLOGY – VOLUME 15 ISSUE 2 – WINTER 2019

European Oncology & Haematology. 2019;15(2):81

Abstract

Axel Merseburger is Professor of Urology and Chairman of the Department of Urology at University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Germany. After graduating from Hannover Medical School in 2002, he carried out a residency in surgery and urology at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, Germany, followed by a research fellowship at the Miller School of Medicine, Miami, USA, in 2006. He became Associate Professor in 2009 and Professor in 2012 at Hannover Medical School. Professor Merseburger is a member of various uro-oncology organisations. He serves as an advisor for the European Association of Urology (EAU) Guideline Group for Renal Cancer and was the Chairman of the EAU Guideline Group for Lasers and Technologies. He acts as reviewer and editorial board member for several urology and oncology indexed journals and is Associate Editor of the World Journal of Urology and Editor-in-Chief of European Oncology & Haematology. Professor Merseburger’s research activity encompasses both molecular and clinical aspects of uro-oncology, with specific interest in biomarkers and prognostic factors for prostate cancer, renal cell carcinoma and transitional cell carcinoma. He has authored and co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and he is the principal investigator in multiple phase II and III clinical trials.

Published Online

December 19, 2019

Welcome to the winter edition of European Oncology and Haematology, a bi-annual journal that features a wide variety of topical articles of interest to oncologists and haematologists as well as the wider medical community.

We begin with some of our popular expert interviews, which provide a snapshot of some of the hottest topics in oncology and haematology. Sir John Burn provides an insight into the evolving role of molecular diagnostic techniques in the management of cancer. Y-Long Wu discusses the rationale for targeting MET gene alterations in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and the clinical development of tepotinib, a c-MET tyrosine kinase inhibitor. Finally, Antonis Kattamis discusses the key findings of the DEEP2 Trial, which assessed paediatric patients affected by hereditary haemoglobinopathies requiring chronic transfusions and chelation.

In recent years, novel hormonal therapies targeting the androgen-receptor axis, including abiraterone acetate and enzalutamide, have transformed the treatment landscape for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).
In a review article, Maughan and Gschwend consider the clinical evidence for the optimal sequencing of these agents in the treatment of patients with mCRPC.

Case studies are a valuable means of highlighting unusual manifestations of common conditions. Garcia et al. present a case of a young man with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) with chromosomal alteration i(7q10) a rare cytogenetic abnormality in MDS, especially in young people. In addition, Jayawickreme et al. present a rare case of a woman with multiple myeloma complicated by immunoglobulin light chain (AL) amyloidosis.

Advances in understanding of molecular mechanisms and resistance to chemotherapy is informing the development of new targeted chemotherapy and immunotherapeutic agents for the treatment of patients with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). In our final article, Schimieguel et al. present a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies exploring the role of new immunophenotypic markers on the prognosis and overall survival of patients with ALL.

European Oncology and Haematology would like to thank our Editorial Board for their continuing support and guidance. Special thanks also go to our expert authors, who gave their time and effort to produce an insightful selection of articles. We are also grateful to all organisations and media partners for their ongoing support. The expert discussions and the range of topics covered ensure there is something of interest for every reader and we hope you find this edition useful and thought-provoking.

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