ASH 2011 Conference Coverage

The Affordable Care Act Has Increased the Use of Mammography But Not Colonoscopy

An assessment of the use of mammography and colonoscopy among fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries before and after the Affordable Care Act demonstrates the impact of out-of-pocket costs in this population.

Screening for Breast Cancer Correlates with Significant Overdiagnosis

A review of data from 2 Danish cancer registries revealed the incidence of overdiagnosis of tumors not likely to affect a patient's health during her lifetime and diagnosis of advanced tumors in a program offering biennial mammography for women aged 50 to 69 years.

Customers Find Useful Information in Results from Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

Results of a series of Internet surveys revealed customers' perceptions of harms, benefits, and limitations of genetic information received from direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

Nilotinib for CML Associated With Improved Quality of Life

Results of this study reveal the impact on quality of life and consequent adherence to therapy for patients with CML-CP receiving nilotinib as second-line therapy.

Adding Pioglitazone to Imatinib May Improve Response in CML

Researchers evaluated the molecular response in patients with CML-CP treated with pioglitazone in combination with imatinib, the results of which suggest that adding pioglitazone to a kinase inhibitor may have a synergistic effect.

No Differences in Lung Cancer Mutations Between White, Black Patients

Analyses of lung tumor specimens were used to determine whether mutational profiles of lung cancers differ between black and white patients. Such differences could explain differences in prognosis and lead to reductions in outcomes disparities.

Second-line Weekly Nab-paclitaxel Noninferior to Paclitaxel for Gastric Cancer

In a phase 3 trial, researchers determined if weekly nab-paclitaxel was noninferior to weekly solvent-based paclitaxel with respect to overall survival in patients requiring second-line treatment for advanced gastric cancer.

Recombinant human endostatin in combination with CHOP regimen for peripheral T cell lymphoma

[OncoTargets and Therapy] This research examines the efficacy and safety of recombinant human endostatin in combination with CHOP regimen (ECHOP) for patients with peripheral T cell lymphoma.

Role of Oncology Nurse Navigators Has Evolved and Expanded in 5 Years

Oncology Nursing Society conducted a role delineation survey (RDS) on oncology nurse navigators (ONNs) to determine how the role has evolved since the previous RDS and to determine if an ONN certification is needed.

Frailty Classifications Associated With Prognosis Among Older Patients

A comparison of frailty classifications of older patients with cancer was conducted to evaluate their performance in predicting outcomes.

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