ASH 2010 Conference Coverage

Impact of ET Treatments on Secondary Malignancies Not Statistically Significant

Treatments for essential thrombocythemia (ET) comprising hydroxyurea and alkylating agents did not appear to impact development of secondary malignancies in patients with ET.

Lack of Transfusion Services a Barrier to Hospice Care for Patients With Blood Cancers

A lack of needed transfusion services was cited as why many hematologic oncologists are less likely to refer their patients with blood cancers to home hospice care.

Education, Counseling on Caregiving Role for Spouses Improves Outcomes for Women With Breast Cancer

An educational counseling intervention delivered by nurses directly to spouses of women with breast cancer improved marital communications and patients' appraisal of their spouse's interpersonal support.

IL-11 Plus Glucocorticoids Safe, Effective for ITP in Adults

Recent study results demonstrate that recombinant IL-11 with glucocorticoids is a safe and effective treatment for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) in adults.

Testosterone and Prostate Cancer Treatment

Testosterone may offer an inexpensive alternative to other prostate cancer therapies, new research indicates.

Comprehensive After Surgery Recovery Program Reduces Complication Rates and Improves Surgical Outcomes

Postoperative program improves complication rates, opioid prescribing, and hospital mortality and increases home discharge rates after colorectal or hip fracture surgery.

Eradication of Infection Improves Outcomes for H Pylori+ patients with ITP

Approximately 40% of ITP cases are caused by gram-negative H pylori infection; therefore, researchers sought to determine the effectiveness of infection eradication on platelet count in these patients.

One in Five Cancers in the United States Is Classified as Rare

Little-known malignancies are harder to diagnose and treat, and appear with far greater frequency in children and teens.

Risk of Bladder Recurrence Reduced With Chemotherapy Flush After Tumor Resection

Flushing the bladder with a chemotherapeutic agent after tumor resection significantly reduced recurrence rates of bladder cancer.

Patients Often Prescribed Ineffectual Drugs in Last Months of Life

Researchers find many still prescribed long-term disease-preventing medications

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