Special Issues

Current Oncology runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Alignment of Patient Preference, Recurrence Risk and Therapeutic Strategies in Localized Rectal Cancer
edited by Michael Vickers
submission deadline 30 Nov 2021
Keywords: rectal cancer; multi-disciplinary approach; gastroenterology; radiology; pathology; medical and radiation oncology; colorectal surgeons; staging investigations; MRI; prognostic factors; surgical technique; neoadjuvant therapy
Supportive Care Needs of Cancer Patients and Caregivers
edited by and Sylvie Lambert
submission deadline 30 Nov 2021 | 5 articles
Keywords: supportive care needs; patient; family; quantitative research; qualitative research; intervention research; mixed-methods; psychometric analysis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Palliative and Supportive Care)
The Evolving Landscape of Systemic Therapies and Oncology Outcomes
edited by and Arif Awan
submission deadline 1 Dec 2021
Keywords: Immunotherapy; survival outcomes; next-generation sequencing; oncology; clinical trials; new drug development; epidemiology; cancer
New Frontiers in Head and Neck Oncology
edited by George Shenouda
submission deadline 30 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Head and neck cancer; Oropharyngeal HPV-related cancer; Treatment de-intensification; Patient-reported outcomes; Quality of Life
(This special issue belongs to the Section Head and Neck Oncology)
New Frontiers in Management and Treatment for Soft Tissue Sarcoma
edited by Salvatore Tafuto, Antonio Pizzolorusso and Lucia Cannella
submission deadline 30 Dec 2021
Keywords: soft tissue sarcomas; sarcoma management; multidisciplinary approach; chemotherapy; target therapy; immunotherapy; sarcoma biomarkers; epigenomics
Recent Advancements in the Surgical Treatment of Brain Tumors
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: brain tumor; endoscopic surgery; exoscopic surgery; imaging technology; intraoperative monitoring; robotic surgery; skull base tumor; surgical device; surgical resection; surgical simulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surgical Oncology)
Personalized Care for Breast Cancer: Where Modern Technologies Meet an Integrated Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment Planning submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: breast cancer; diagnosis; image-guided biopsy; clinical pathways; surgery; organized breast assessment; high-risk breast lesions; treatment planning; biomarkers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Palliative and Supportive Care)
Improving Care for Older Adults with Cancer
edited by , Caroline Mariano and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: geriatric oncology; geriatric assessment; frailty; treatment decision making; quality of life; functional status; older adults
(This special issue belongs to the Section Palliative and Supportive Care)
Mental Health and Quality of Life for Cancer Patients before and during a Global Pandemic
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 5 articles
Keywords: cancer; diagnosis; treatment; survivorship; quality of life; psychosocial oncology; mental health; social isolation; oncological outcomes; supportive programs; survivorship care; pandemic; COVID-19; patients; health care providers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Palliative and Supportive Care)
Access to Cancer Drugs in Canada
edited by Paul Wheatley-Price
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 4 articles
Advances in Neuroendocrine Tumors Research
edited by Eva Segelov
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: neuroendocrine tumors; patient management; targeted therapies; molecular landscape; translational research
Precision Medicine for Cancer Care
edited by Quincy S.C. Chu
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: biomarkers; next-generation sequencing; oncogenic drivers; cancer therapeutics; prognosis; outcome
Gastrointestinal Cancer Imaging
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gastrointestinal Oncology)
The Mental Health and Well-Being of Oncology Providers
edited by Leeat Granek
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: psycho-oncology; well-being of healthcare professionals; grief and loss; qualitative methods
Next Gen Sequencing: Clinical Molecular Genetics Findings
edited by Leora Witkowski, Gardenia Vargas-Parra and Giovana Tardin Torrezan
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: cancer; genetic testing; molecular; sporadic; hereditary; NGS; DNA variants; interpretation
New Frontiers in Treatment for Gynecologic Cancers
edited by Laurie M. Elit and Taymaa May
submission deadline 1 Jan 2022
Keywords: gynecologic cancers (ovary/fallopian tube; uterus; cervix; vagina; vulva; GTN); immune inhibitors; PARP inhibitors; ERAS; minimally invasive surgery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gynecologic Oncology)
Management of Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Patients submission deadline 15 Jan 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: squamous cell carcinoma; cutaneous field cancerization; actinic keratosis; actinic damage; skin cancer prognostics; skin cancer treatment; skin cancer economics
Societal Perspectives in Economic Analyses and Real-World Cost-Effectiveness Studies in Cancer submission deadline 20 Jan 2022
Keywords: real-world outcomes; societal perspective; economic evaluation; out-of-pocket costs; patient income loss; cancer
(This special issue belongs to the Section Health Economics)
Chemotherapy and Novel Treatment Combinations in Breast Cancer
edited by Eleni Timotheadou
submission deadline 30 Jan 2022
Keywords: breast cancer; adjuvant; neoadjuvant; advanced; HER2-positive; triple-negative; BRCA-mutations; CDK4/6 inhibitors; endocrine therapy
Treatment of Recurrent High Grade Glioma
edited by John Sinclair
submission deadline 31 Jan 2022
Keywords: high-grade glioma; glioblastoma; astrocytoma; oligodendroglioma; recurrence; awake craniotomy; 5-ALA fluorescence-guided surgery; spectroscopy perfusion MRI; stereotactic radiosurgery; chemotherapy; immunotherapy; physiological rehabilitation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Neuro-Oncology)
In Search of More Effective and Less Invasive Ways to Treat Esophagus and Stomach Cancer
edited by Peter Thuss-Patience, and Severin Daum
submission deadline 31 Jan 2022
Keywords: esophageal cancer; gastric cancer; predictive biomarker; prognostic biomarker; molecular subgroups; checkpoint inhibitor; minimal invasive surgery; robotic surgery; endoscopy; perioperative treatment; chemoradiotherapy; adjuvant treatment; palliative treatment; immunotherapy; HER2-directed therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gastrointestinal Oncology)
Smoking Cessation after a Cancer Diagnosis
edited by William K. Evans, Meredith Giuliani and Lawson Eng
submission deadline 15 Feb 2022
Keywords: smoking cessation; surgery; radiation therapy; systemic therapy; quality care; implementing smoking cessation
Advances in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck
edited by
submission deadline 20 Feb 2022
Keywords: head and neck carcinogenesis; laryngopharyngeal cancer; hypopharyngeal cancer; cause; prevention; and therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Head and Neck Oncology)
Patient-Reported Outcome Use in Radiation Oncology Research and Routine Clinical Care
edited by Robert Anton Olson
submission deadline 28 Feb 2022
Keywords: patient-reported outcomes; patient-reported experience measures; quality of life; toxicity; radiation oncology; radiotherapy; stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR)
New Directions in Stereotactic Radiotherapy
edited by
submission deadline 1 Mar 2022
Keywords: stereotactic radiotherapy; stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy
Cancer Survivorship Research, Practice and Policy
edited by
submission deadline 1 Mar 2022
Keywords: cancer survivor; survivorship; late effects; models of care; psychosocial; supportive care; care plan
(This special issue belongs to the Section Palliative and Supportive Care)
2021 Article Series of Canadian Association of General Practitioners in Oncology
edited by Genevieve Chaput and Evan Lilly
submission deadline 10 Mar 2022 | 1 articles
New Frontiers in Treatment for Retroperitoneal Sarcoma submission deadline 31 Mar 2022
Keywords: retroperitoneal sarcoma; surgery; chemotherapy; radiation therapy; neoadjuvant therapy; histology-specific therapy; targeted therapy; immunotherapy; biomarkers; recurrence; metastasis
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gastrointestinal Oncology)
Psychosocial Effects of Head and Neck Cancer
edited by Melissa Henry
submission deadline 31 Mar 2022
Keywords: head and neck cancers; sociocultural aspects of cancer; cancer disparities; alcohol and tobacco use; stigma; caregiving; anxiety and depressive disorders; palliative care; pre- and re-habilitation; impact of COVID-19; psychosocial interventions
(This special issue belongs to the Section Psychosocial Oncology)
Advanced Care Planning in Oncology
edited by Robin Urquhart
submission deadline 31 Mar 2022
Keywords: advance care planning; advance directives; cancer; implementation science; communication
(This special issue belongs to the Section Palliative and Supportive Care)
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: Therapy and Outcome
edited by
submission deadline 31 Mar 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: chronic lymphocytic leukemia; microenvironment; BTK inhibitors; BCL2 inhibitors; PI3K inhibitors; infection; prognostic factors; predictive factors; Richter syndrome
(This special issue belongs to the Section Hematology)
Pseudomyxoma Peritonei 2021: State of the Art and Trends for the Future in Tumor Biology, Treatment and Outcomes
edited by , Konstantinos Ioannis Votanopoulos and Wim P. Ceelen
submission deadline 31 Mar 2022
Keywords: pseudomyxoma peritonei; mucinous carcinoma peritonei; peritoneal metastases; cytoreductive surgery; heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy; appendix; LAMN; mucinous adenocarcinoma; appendiceal cancer; mucinous neoplasm
Multidisciplinary Management of Hepatocellular Cancer
edited by
submission deadline 31 Mar 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: liver function; hepatocellular cancer; liver function; liver nutrition; ascites; encephalopathy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gastrointestinal Oncology)
Cancer Care during COVID-19 Pandemic
edited by Shahid Ahmed
submission deadline 31 Mar 2022 | 2 articles
Keywords: COVID-19; corona virus; pandemic; cancer care; cancer treatment; COVID-19 vaccine; mental health; cancer outcomes; cancer screening; virtual care
(This special issue belongs to the Section Palliative and Supportive Care)
Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors in Cancer Therapy: State of Art and Future Perspectives
edited by Aparna Jayachandran, George Kannourakis and Prashanth Prithviraj
submission deadline 31 Mar 2022
Keywords: immune checkpoint inhibitors; drug resistance; immune related adverse events; biomarkers; personalized treatment
(This special issue belongs to the Section Medical Oncology)
Breast Cancer Imaging and Therapy
edited by Jean Seely
submission deadline 1 Apr 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: breast cancer screening; dense breast tissue; disparities
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thoracic Oncology)
Current Advances in Clinical Genomics and Treatment of Urothelial Carcinoma submission deadline 15 Apr 2022 | 3 articles
Keywords: urothelial carcinoma; genomics; genetics; molecular alterations; biomarker; sensitivity; resistance; therapeutics; immunotherapy; antibody– drug conjugates
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genitourinary Oncology)
Oncological Decision-Making in Theory and Practice submission deadline 22 Apr 2022
Keywords: decision-making; cognitive bias; shared decision-making; patient involvement; clinical decision support systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Psychosocial Oncology)
Treatment of Bone Metastasis
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2022 | 5 articles
Keywords: bone metastases; imaging; prognostic factors; prognostic score; novel therapies; medical treatments; interventional radiology; surgery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Bone and Soft Tissue Oncology)
Cancer Screening, Diagnosis and Theragnosis Using Artificial Intelligence
edited by
submission deadline 30 Apr 2022 | 2 articles
Keywords: artificial intelligence; machine learning; computer aided diagnosis; computer aided theragnosis; medical imaging; quantitative digital pathology imaging; radiomics; imaging biomarkers
Evolving Paradigm of Curative Intent Breast Cancer Management
edited by Patricia Tang and Jeffrey Cao
submission deadline 30 Apr 2022
Keywords: Breast neoplasms; Carcinoma; ductal; breast; Carcinoma; lobular; Triple negative breast neoplasms; Estrogen antagonists; Estrogen receptor modulators; Exercise; Genomic testing; HER-2 positive breast cancer; Hormone-receptor positive breast cancer; Breast Surgery/Axillary Surgery; Radiotherapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thoracic Oncology)
Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Colorectal Cancer: State of Art and Future Perspectives
edited by Noelia Tarazona, and
submission deadline 1 May 2022
Keywords: localized colon cancer; pathological staging; adjuvant chemotherapy; circulating tumor DNA; CDX2 expression; clinical trials
New Frontiers in Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer
edited by , Knut Jørgen Labori and Arne Westgaard
submission deadline 1 May 2022
Keywords: pancreatic cancer (adenocarcinoma); chemotherapy; immunotherapy; radiotherapy; personalized medicine; predictive biomarkers; prognostic biomarkers; symptom management; cachexia; pain management
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gastrointestinal Oncology)
New Insights into Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer
edited by Stefano Caruso
submission deadline 1 May 2022
Keywords: gastric cancer; surgical oncology; upper gastrointestinal surgery; radical gastrectomy; open gastrectomy; minimally invasive surgery; laparoscopic gastrectomy; robotic-assisted gastrectomy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Surgical Oncology)
New Frontiers in Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
edited by Sazan Rasul
submission deadline 15 May 2022 | 4 articles
Keywords: prostate cancer; prostate-specific membrane antigen; tumor staging; PET-CT/MRI; theranostics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genitourinary Oncology)
New Frontiers in Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment submission deadline 15 May 2022 | 6 articles
Keywords: breast cancer; oncology; personalized medicine; radiomics; radiogenomics; breast imaging; artificial intelligence; transitional oncology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Thoracic Oncology)
Novel Approaches in the Management of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: From Surveillance to Treatment submission deadline 31 May 2022
Keywords: biomarkers; cirrhosis; diagnosis; HBV; HCC; HCV; immune checkpoint inhibitors; liver transplant; liquid biopsy; loco-regional therapy; microbiota; NAFLD/NASH; next-generation sequencing; omics; precision medicine; prognosis; surgery; surveillance; systemic therapy
Beyond Immunotherapy in the Management of Genito-Urinary Malignancies
edited by Ricardo Fernandes and
submission deadline 31 May 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: immunotherapy; immune checkpoint inhibitors; genito-urinary malignancies; precision medicine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Genitourinary Oncology)
Management of Cardiovascular Disease in Cancer Survivors through Lifestyle Modification submission deadline 10 Jun 2022 | 2 articles
Keywords: lifestyle interventions; cancer survivors; physical activity; cardiovascular disease
Radiologic Approach to Soft Tissue Sarcomas
edited by Alexander Loizides and Hannes Gruber
submission deadline 15 Jun 2022
Keywords: musculoskeletal masses; soft tissue sarcomas; magnetic resonance imaging; sonography; contrast-enhanced ultrasound; diagnostic features
(This special issue belongs to the Section Bone and Soft Tissue Oncology)
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