ASH 2011 Conference Coverage

Cancer Nutrition (Infographic)

Diet and nutrition can reduce cancer treatment side effects and keep patients strong. This infographic contains tips for better nutrition during treatment.

New combination treatment effective against cutaneous metastatic melanoma

A novel combination therapy incorporating interleukin (IL)-2 was found to be highly effective at treating patients with skin metastases.

Critical illnesses have a significant impact on overall survival among patients with cancer

1 in 20 patients with cancer were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) for a critical illness within 2 years of their diagnosis.

If severe toxicity does not affect daily living, clinicians may not modify treatment

If a severe toxicity does not have a long duration of impact on elderly patients, oncologists are less inclined to modify treatment.

Religious, spiritual statements during ICU goals-of-care discussions important

Discussion of religious or spiritual considerations occurred in fewer than 20% of goals-of-care conferences in intensive care units.

Clinicians are rallied to view emotional harm as the new 'human' error in health care

Following the call to arms of the Institute of Medicine's landmark report on the impact of medical errors, a multidisciplinary team of health care providers turn the focus toward emotional harms to patients.

Molecular partnership with nerve-guiding protein aids spread of pancreatic cancer

Scientists have identified a molecular partnership in pancreatic cancer cells that might help to explain how the disease metastasizes.

Common class of channel blockers may find a role in cancer therapy

Ion channel blockers, drugs commonly used to treat cardiac, neurologic, and psychiatric disorders, might prove useful in cancer therapy, according to new research.

Robotic inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombectomy successfully removes thrombus associated with kidney cancer

Inferior vena cava (IVC) thrombectomy is typically is performed via a large open incision, but recently the procedure was successfully performed robotically, using only seven small incisions.

Clinical scoring system suggests more precise colon cancer screening is possible

A clinical scoring system for colon cancer risk could help physicians determine which patients require colonoscopies and which could be adequately screened using less invasive methods.

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