Expert M.D. to address progress in cancer care on ‘Top Docs Radio’

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J. Leonard Lichtenfeld, M.D. – the deputy chief medical officer in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer with the American Cancer Society (ACS) – will address advancements in cancer care when he appears on the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs Radio’ program on the Business Radio-X Network at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8.

“We have made considerable progress over the past 25 years in the treatment of cancer,” Dr. Lichtenfeld says. “Unfortunately, we still are not able to help enough people survive.”

The oncologist and internist explains that, “There are many elements that have made this success possible, including research, education, access and advocacy. However, we still have a long way to go. Prevention, screening, access to high quality care, appropriate support through palliative care programs, and investing in research are all important parts of the cancer continuum.”

Having spent nearly 20 years as a practicing physician, Dr. Lichtenfeld also notes that, “We have seen exciting advances in cancer treatment in the recent past, with a better understanding of the genomics of cancer leading to targeted therapies, the introduction of new immunotherapies which have offered hope where little existed previously, and even newer treatments which have been effective in treating patients who have failed all other available therapies – such as CAR T, which was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of a specific form of leukemia.”

Finally, Dr. Lichtenfeld stresses that there is a real need to continue to support the research that’s needed to continue to make progress, stating that, “We need to find ways to get more drugs more quickly from the laboratory to the bedside, we have to wrestle with the cost of new drugs, which can sometimes be so prohibitive that patients and families can’t afford them, and we have to recognize that not everyone has access to the best and most appropriate care resulting in disparities throughout our state and nation that must be addressed.”

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