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Brief Review: The Role of Genomics in the Care of Surgical Patients with Cancer

In this issue of Bulletin Brief, we present the first entry in a new series of current literature reviews called Brief Reviews. This entry is part one of a two-part concise review of current literature relevant to the use of genomic testing to optimize care for surgical patients with cancer. Part one was authored by Angela Lee, MD, and Ryan Fields, MD, FACS, department of surgery, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Read the full text of The Role of Genomics in the Care of Surgical Patients with Cancer.

The Editorial Board of the Bulletin Brief would be happy to receive other concise reviews that have educational value for surgeons. All submissions, which have a word count limit of approximately 2,000 words (excluding tables and references), will be peer-reviewed by the Editorial Board and readers will be eligible to claim CME credits after reading the reviews. Authors will be notified when reviews are scheduled for publication and a statement indicating that the accepted submission was peer-reviewed will be provided so that the reference can be included in the author's list of peer-reviewed publications. Please send your submission to Matthew Fox, MSHC, Digital Managing Editor, ACS Division of Integrated Communications at

Pathologist Column in Tampa Bay Times Breaks Down COVID-19 Delta Variant for Lay Audience

As infections from the delta variant of COVID-19 continue to increase across the U.S., it is becoming ever more important that all physicians, including surgeons, speak to patients in understandable terms about the new wave of the virus. On August 10, the Tampa Bay Times released a column by J. Stacey Klutts, MD, MPH, Special Assistant to the National Director of Pathology and Lab Medicine, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, explains to the lay reader in plain language "why you should get vaccinated and wear a mask."

Dr. Klutts covers a range of topics, including the uniquely effective spike protein in the delta variant, the up to 1,000-fold increase in viral loads in the throats of infected patients versus the original strain, the variant's increased ability to cause severe disease in younger people, and the effectiveness of vaccines, among other points.

This column provides useful talking points for surgeons engaging patients in conversations about the importance of taking precautions against COVID-19, including the necessity of getting vaccinated, and may be particularly effective in combination with a conversation guide included in the ACS Talk It Up campaign.

Read the full column, What we now know about how to fight the delta variant of COVID.