UH Cancer Center Abstracts Selected for ASCO's Annual Meeting

June 2021

Eight abstracts for projects being conducted by researchers at University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center have been selected by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to be shared at its annual conference. This year’s conference will be held virtually on June 4-8.

ASCO is a diverse network of oncology professionals, whose mission is to conquer cancer through research, education, and promotion of the highest quality of patient care. The society promotes and provides lifelong learning for oncology professionals, cancer research, an improved environment for oncology practice, access to quality cancer care, and a global network of oncology experts, and educated and informed cancer patients.

ASCO’s annual meeting allows attendees to stay up to date with the latest research advances, engage in interactive sessions, and become part of a global oncology community that is committed to achieving equitable cancer care. Abstract submissions are reviewed by ASCO’s Scientific Program Committee and are selected based on the strength of the science, trial design, collaboration, and relevance to the annual meeting.

“It’s exciting to have this many researchers being recognized for their important work. It’s an honor to be recognized by ASCO, and this just goes to show how impactful our research at the UH Cancer Center really is,” said UH Cancer Center Director Randall Holcombe, MD, MBA. “All of these projects address cancer among Hawaiʻi’s unique racial and ethnic populations, which may benefit minority and underserved groups all over the world.”

UH Cancer Center research projects for which abstracts were selected were led by Jared Acoba, MD, Jeffrey Berenberg, MD, MACP, Jami Fukui, MD, and Izumi Okado, PhD. Fukui and collaborators had four abstracts for studies on breast cancer selected for online publication. Berenberg and his colleagues had one abstract selected for presentation and another for online publication. One study on genetic predictors of disparities of medication side effects used in breast cancer, and the other on epithelial ovarian cancer survival rates in different racial/ethnic groups. Okado and her collaborators’ abstract was accepted for an online presentation regarding cancer care coordination, and Acoba’s abstract on a colorectal cancer study was accepted for a poster discussion during the conference. The title and list of authors for each abstract can be found below. Several of the abstracts included medical students and residents who worked on projects under the direction of UH Cancer Center faculty.

Abstracts accepted by ASCO 2021

ASCO Abstract #330741 accepted for presentation
“Prospective validation of genetic predictors of aromatase inhibitor-associated musculoskeletal symptoms (AIMSS) in a racially diverse cohort: Results from ECOG-ACRIN E1Z11.” Vered Stearns, Opeyemi Jegede, Victor T. Chang, Todd C. Skaar, Jeffrey Berenberg, Ranveer Nand, Alan P. Lyss, Nisha L. Jacobs, William Luginbuhl, Paul B. Gilman, Al B. Benson, Judie R. Goodwin, Gary L. Buchschacher Jr, N. Lynn Henry, Charles L. Loprinzi, Patrick J. Flynn, Edith P. Mitchell, Michael J. Fisch, Joseph A. Sparano, Lynne I. Wagner

ASCO Abstract # 334637 accepted for presentation
“Patients’ perceptions of care coordination among NCORP therapeutic clinical trial participants: a matched case-control study.” Izumi Okado, Ian Pagano, Jessica Rhee, Jeffrey L. Berenberg, Randall F. Holcombe

ASCO Abstract #336717 accepted for poster discussion
“Baseline and short-term financial burden (FB) in colorectal cancer (CRC) treated with curative intent: Early results of ECOG-ACRIN EAQ162CD” Kircher SM, Duan F, Gareen I, Underwood E, Sicks J, Suga J, Kehn H, Mehan P, Acoba J, Taylor M, Wagner L, Carlos R

ASCO Abstract #334385 accepted for on line publication
“Epithelial ovarian cancer survival by race/ethnicity in an equal-access healthcare population” Zhaohui L. Arter, MD, Daniel Desmond, MD, Jeffrey L. Berenberg, MD, Melissa A. Merritt, PhD

ASCO Abstract #333717 accepted for on line publication
"OncotypeDx scores according to race/ethnicity and age in a diverse cohort of breast cancer patients" Eileen Chen, Corinne Jones, Ian Pagano, Jami Fukui

ASCO Abstract #338137 accepted for on line publication
"Genomic Landscape of Cell-Free DNA in a Diverse Cohort of Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients" Shirley Cheng, Edward Nguyen, Ian Pagano, Jami Fukui

ASCO Abstract #333729 accepted for on line publication
“Weight changes according to treatment in a diverse cohort of breast cancer patients” Jami Fukui, Kami White, Tim Frankland, Caryn Oshiro, Lynne Wilkens

ASCO Abstract #333743 accepted for on line publication
"Racial Disparities Among Ethnic Minority Women Who Develop Invasive Secondary Breast Cancer: An Analysis of the NCI SEER Hawaii Tumor Registry Database" Kekoa Taparra, Jami Fukui, Jeffrey Killeen, Kenneth Sumida, Lenora Loo, Brenda Hernandez