Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month: Treatment Advances and Tools for Maximizing Tolerability With Joseph Kalis, PharmD, BCOP; Matthew Hadfield, DO; Samuel Kareff, MD, MPH

This April, Oncology Data Advisor is raising awareness for Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month. In this interview, Oncology Data Advisor Editorial Board and Fellows Forum members Dr. Joseph Kalis, Dr. Matthew Hadfield, and Dr. Samuel Kareff discuss rising trends, treatment advances, and emerging management strategies for esophageal cancer, including the following:

  • The rising rate of adenocarcinoma in the context of pre-existing esophageal dysplasia and Barrett esophagus
  • Risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol
  • The roles of healthy eating and smoking cessation in esophageal cancer prevention
  • How the rise of immunotherapies such as pembrolizumab, nivolumab, and trastuzumab have changed practice
  • This month’s approval of fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)–positive solid tumors
  • Lifestyle interventions such as following the Mediterranean diet and United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) exercise guidelines that can make maximize tolerability of therapy

I always remember that it's not only on the clinician in the primary care setting to talk about cancer prevention. Today, we've clearly shown several ways we can apply this knowledge in the clinic for the benefit of patients who are on their active cancer journey. So, take a moment to spend a minute of that clinic visit talking about some of these complementary interventions. I hope that your patients will find that they do a lot better when it comes to tolerating cancer-related therapies, especially when it comes to esophageal cancers.

About the Speakers

Matthew Hadfield, DO, is a Hematology/Oncology Fellow at Brown University/Legoretta Cancer Center in Providence, Rhode Island. His research focuses on melanoma and early-phase clinical trials, including development, novel immunotherapeutic combinations to overcome therapeutic resistance, and predictive biomarkers for immunotherapy toxicities.

Samuel Kareff, MD, MPH, is a Medical Oncologist and a Hematology-Oncology Fellow at the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida. He has special research interests in health advocacy, public policy, and the development of cancer therapies.

Joseph Kalis, PharmD, BCOP, is an Ambulatory Oncology Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the University of Colorado Health. In this position, he educates patients about their chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments, reviews treatment plans and dose adjustments, and assists with supportive care for patients with multiple myeloma and other hematologic malignancies.

For More Information

American Association for Cancer Research (2024). April is Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month. Available at: 

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