Cancer Commons presents a publishing competition

Exceptional Responders in Oncology

Competition Entries

The entry period is now closed. Competition entries appear below as they are published. Now is your chance to score and discuss these articles. Remember, the article with the highest SIQ score will be chosen as the competition winner!


Eligible entries are limited to individual patient case reports, submitted and formatted via the template-driven, self-publishing Cureus platform. Case reports should aim for a 1,000 – 1,200 word target, with a 2,500 word maximum. A limit of five references is strongly encouraged (10 reference maximum).

Competition entry and case report submission is entirely free. All submitted work must be previously unpublished. For additional information on publishing with Cureus, please see our Author Guide.

Statement of Independence

  • Cureus Publishing Competitions are intended to encourage medical discovery, document clinical experiences – be they positive, negative, or neutral - and foster broader educational outreach through open access publication that is free to both authors and readers.
  • Article submissions must adhere to the described “call for articles” and are open to any and all related manufacturer or vendor technologies.
  • As a firewall to ensure objective and credible science, article selection, editorial review, peer review and publication are strictly independent of sponsoring company.
  • Winning articles are determined exclusively via peer review panel and community crowdsourced scoring. Neither sponsoring company, nor Cureus, can determine competition outcome.

Other Stipulations

  • All clinical studies must be compliant with applicable regulatory, ethics / IRB, and other rules governing protection of human subjects.
  • All non-clinical studies must be compliant with applicable AAUC, AAALAC, and other related regulations.
  • This program is not intended to promote or otherwise encourage unapproved, un-cleared use of products or any product for unapproved new use.
  • This program in no way promotes or purports to encourage any research that is not in compliance with any local, federal, or other applicable governing laws.
Article Type
Case Reports
Word count

Peer Review Panel

We’ve assembled a world-class peer review panel to review all submitted case reports. Click on a reviewer name to learn more.

Article analysis and commentary performed by the peer review panel are strictly independent of the sponsor.

BJ Rimel

BJ Rimel

MD, Assistant Professor | Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute
David E. Fisher

David E. Fisher

MD, PhD | Dermatology

Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School | Melanoma Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
Heinz-Josef Lenz

Heinz-Josef Lenz

MD, Professor | Oncology

Adult Oncology, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ravi Salgia

Ravi Salgia

MD, PhD, Professor | Dermatology

Pathology and Dermatology, The University of Chicago Medicine
Kevin Knopf

Kevin Knopf

MD, MPH | Oncology

Medical Oncology Department, Sutter Pacific Medical Center Research Institute
Charles S. Cobbs

Charles S. Cobbs

MD | Neurological Surgery

The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment, Swedish Neuroscience Institute, Seattle, USA
Lincoln Nadauld

Lincoln Nadauld

MD, PhD | Oncology

Cancer Genomics, Intermountain Healthcare
Jimmy Caudell

Jimmy Caudell

MD, PhD | Radiation Oncology

Department of Radiation Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center
Peter K. Bryant-Greenwood

Peter K. Bryant-Greenwood

MD | Pathology

Clinical and Translational Research, The University of Hawaii Cancer Center
Emma Shtivelman

Emma Shtivelman

PhD | Neurology

Cancer Commons
Mae Zakhour

Mae Zakhour

MD | Obstetrics and Gynecology

Gynecologic Oncology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Key Dates

  • Thursday, October 22, 2015 – Competition begins; case reports may now be submitted.
  • Monday, November 23, 2015 – Case report submission deadline @ 11:59 pm PT.
  • Monday, December 14, 2015 – Peer review of all eligible case reports concludes @ 11:59 pm PT.
  • Monday, January 18, 2016 – Community post-publication review (SIQ) ends @ 5 pm PT.
  • Monday, January 25, 2016 – Winning case report announced; the winning author(s) will be contacted and formally announced on the Cureus website.