A Collection of Hematology & Oncology Articles

The practice of oncology and hematology is in constant evolution. These articles highlight some of the most notable advancements and discoveries in the modern medical world. We invite you to use this site frequently and collaborate with medical professionals across the globe.


At Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), our physicians and advanced practice providers are deeply vested in clinical research to provide the most cutting-edge treatment options available to our patients. In our own practices we are fortunate to offer over 300 clinical trials across 37 locations including 3 dedicated Phase 1 Drug Development Units. We value every opportunity to share best practices and the latest research both within and outside of our institution. We welcome you to use this collection as a resource to support your own research and understanding as we strive together to advance cancer care one step at a time.

Maem Hussein MD
Dr. Maen Hussein
Anjan J Patel MD
Dr. Anjan J. Patel

Recent Articles

Final results of RIGHT Choice: Ribociclib plus endocrine therapy vs combination chemotherapy in premenopausal women with clinically aggressive HR+/HER2− advanced breast cancer

Nicely done study comparing Ribociclib + ET vs chemotherapy in premenopausal high-risk HR+, HER2-neg patients felt to be high risk. Results showed better efficacy (PFS), tolerability and similar response rates. Of note, >80% of patients had visceral disease or were felt to be rapid progressors. Anti-hormone-based therapy remains king in the HR+ setting.

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Exagamglogene Autotemcel for Severe Sickle Cell Disease

Very exciting development in CRISPR-based therapy for transfusion-dependent sickle cell disease (SSD). 100% of patients avoided hospitalization for occlusive crisis. Long-term risks and concern for off-target gene editing will remain a concern. An argument can be made that for frequently admitted patients that this could be cost effective.

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FCS Physician Focus

Plasma Proteome–Based Test for First-Line Treatment Selection in Metastatic Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer

FCS medical oncologist and hematologist Ernesto Bustinza-Linares, MD has co-authored an abstract published in the American Society of Clinical Oncology Journal, JCO Precision Oncology, that uncovers a new testing method to determine personalized care options for patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The abstract’s authors address the limitations of existing guidelines that recommend checkpoint immunotherapy, sometimes in combination with chemotherapy, for treating NSCLC, which often discounts patient variability and immune factors. The findings from the study show that by incorporating additional plasma proteome-based testing, combined with the standard protein inhibitor testing, clear differences in patient outcomes were observed after applying targeted treatments based on the testing results.

Ernesto Bustinza-Linares, MD
Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute