ASH 2011 Conference Coverage

Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Safe as Standard of Care in Patients With HIV-Associated Lymphoma

Recent results from a multicenter, phase 2 trial suggest that patients with HIV and aggressive lymphoma should receive autologous stem cell transplant as standard of care. Risk of serious complications after transplant in these patients is equal to that of patients without HIV.

Surgery Improves Quality of Life for Patients With Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

Undergoing pleurectomy and decortication for malignant pleural mesothelioma generally leads to improved quality of life after the surgery.

Markers Found on Solid Tumors Are a Target for CAR T Cell Therapy

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy is now moving toward effectiveness against solid tumors, based on recent work in mouse models. CAR T cell therapy has already had successes against aggressive blood cancers.

Treating Patients With Cancer and Mental Health Disorders

Serious mental illness can both challenge and compromise cancer care. To ensure these patients receive optimal cancer care, the oncology team should include the patient's mental health care team.

Type of End-of-Life Care Received Varies Based on Type of Disease

Cancer and dementia patients get more access to palliative care than do patients with many other chronic conditions, recent research indicates.

Overall Survival and Progression-Free Survival Are Improved With Ibrutinib for del17p CLL

Ibrutinib treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia with the deletion of chromosome 17p (del17p CLL) increases the percentage of patients alive at 30 months over other therapies for del17p CLL.

Nonadherence to Noncancer Medication Schedules Predicts Adherence to Adjuvant Hormone Therapy for Breast Cancer

Patients who do not adhere to their medication schedules for chronic conditions prior to a breast cancer diagnosis were twice as likely to skip oral adjuvant hormonal therapy.

Health Care Workers' Gloves Can Be a Contamination Risk

Significant evidence indicates that gloves of health care workers contaminate hospital surfaces with bacteria.

Premedication With Antiemetic Improves Length of Stay and Readmissions for a Liver Cancer Procedure

Including an antiemetic in the preprocedure medications for patients with liver cancer undergoing drug eluting bead chemoembolization (DEB TACE) can shorten hospital stays and reduce the chance for readmission due to complications.

Aspirin Use Found to Prevent Cholangiocarcinoma

Aspirin's anti-inflammatory action is protective against another aggressive cancer: cholangiocarcinoma. Furthermore, it is beneficial regardless of daily use or dose.

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