ASH 2011 Conference Coverage

Intervention Improves Body Image-Related Distress in Survivors of Breast Cancer

A randomized study assessed the effectiveness of an Internet-based psychological intervention in helping women survivors of breast cancer cope with the changes brought by their disease and treatment.

Intensified Reduced-Intensity Conditioning May Improve Outcomes in CBT

Researchers compared survival outcomes of thiotepa-based intensified RIC vs standard RIC among patients undergoing cord-blood transplantation (CBT).

Cancer Survivors May be More Prone to Polypharmacy

In this study the records of 5,216 cancer survivors and 19,588 non-cancer controls were reviewed for patterns of prescription medication use and polypharmacy.

Too Much Information: When Prognosis Breaks Down Patient Communications

Overwhelmed by her poor prognosis, a patient with a newly diagnosed advanced cancer cuts off communicating with her health care team.

Breast Cancer Treatment-Related Financial Burden Greater for Black vs White Women

In a study that evaluated outcomes for younger, working age women with breast cancer, researchers identified differences in cancer-related financial adverse events in black women vs white women.

BRCA Mutations May Indicate Increased Cancer Risk in Men

Men with BRCA mutations may be at increased risk of several different types of cancer.

Support for Exercise Programs During, After Cancer Treatment

Which organizations recommend incorporating physical activity into cancer care and why?

Oncology Clinicians Disagree on School Attendance for Children With Cancer 

A survey of oncology providers demonstrated a mix of opinions as to whether immunosuppressed children with cancer should attend school.

False-Positive Cancer Screening Results May Increase Likelihood of Future Screenings

A logistic regression analysis determined the effect receiving a false-positive result had on future participation in cancer screenings.

Lenalidomide Alone or With Dexamethasone Effective in Relapsed Multiple Myeloma

A study of 133 patients with multiple myeloma who experienced a first relapse compared the efficacy of long-term therapy lenalidomide alone vs with dexamethasone.

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