Research: What’s on the Horizon?

“With more sophisticated testing we can move away from
general estimates to more precise ones, guiding treatment.”
– Dr. Brian Burnette

Dr. Ryan and Dr. Burnette join us today to discuss what’s on the horizon for cancer research. We discuss the exciting progress that has been made in cancer research, particularly immunotherapy treatments, and how it has revolutionized cancer treatment over the past five years. We discuss its potential in treating early-stage cancers in conjunction with surgery and radiation. We explore the concept of circulating tumor DNA and its implications for personalized treatment plans and early disease detection. We also discuss the advent of adjuvant therapies, how they help enhance cancer-free survival rates – particularly in colon cancer patients – and the importance of ongoing clinical trials in refining these revolutionary approaches in cancer treatment.

Originally from Upper Michigan, Dr. Brian Burnette, MD, is a renowned medical oncologist and hematologist committed to providing the best possible care to his patients in Green Bay and beyond. A celebrated alumnus of Michigan State and the Mayo Clinic, he brings his wealth of experience to the table, treating a wide range of cancers and adult blood disorders. Known for his empathetic and pragmatic approach, Dr. Burnette places great emphasis on creating individualized treatment plans, keeping his patients’ priorities at heart. As a respected name in his field, he has published and lectured internationally on cancer-related topics, further demonstrating his dedication to improving oncology practices. When he’s not making a difference in the medical world, Dr. Burnette cherishes his time with family and indulges in his passion for baseball, sailing, fishing, and hunting.

Dr. Matthew Ryan, MD, a distinguished medical oncologist and hematologist, brings a unique blend of compassion, focus, and expertise to his patients. Born and educated in Iowa, Dr. Ryan’s educational journey began with an aerospace engineering degree from Iowa State University before pivoting to medicine at the University of Iowa. This versatile background fuels his thoughtful approach to treating all types of cancer and adult blood disorders. He honed his skills during a residency and fellowships at the acclaimed Mayo Clinic, and his contributions extend beyond patient care, having developed clinical practice guidelines for the Mayo Clinic’s oncology tumor group. Away from the hospital, he relishes family time and delves into his reading hobby, providing a well-rounded persona that resonates with his patients.

This week on Cancer Covered:

  • Recent advancements in immune therapy and its increasing role in cancer treatment
  • The shift of immunotherapy application to adjuvant areas and its potential in improving overall survival rates
  • The concept of using immunotherapy in conjunction with surgery or radiation
  • Understanding the term ‘advent’ and its implication in cancer treatment
  • Personalized treatment approaches using tools like immunotherapy
  • Promising techniques currently used to treat breast cancer and improve patient care
  • The role of complete path0logic response in predicting long-term outcomes in curing cancer
  • Using circulating tumor DNA assay in refining treatment approaches
  • The importance of sophisticated testing in providing more precise estimates of a patient’s recurrence risk
  • The potential use of circulating tumor DNA in determining the presence of microscopic disease and improving outcomes in cancer treatment

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