ASH 2011 Conference Coverage

Cancer survivors need not be excluded from advanced stage lung cancer trials

A previous history of cancer cancer did not impact clinical outcomes in advanced lung cancer patients and these patients therefore should be considered for inclusion in clinical trials, according to a study .

Fried food consumption associated with increased risk for heart failure

Fried foods are associated with an increased risk for heart failure.

Focus groups identify support needs of patients who smoke

Series of focus groups shared their personal experiences with and ideas about smoking cessation.

Twitter smoking cessation program helps smokers quit

When participants of a smoking cessation program tweet each other regularly on Twitter, they are more successful at stopping smoking.

ASTRO applauds CMS decision to cover annual screening for high-risk lung cancer patients

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has signaled their approval of the decision by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide coverage for annual lung cancer screening for those at very high risk for lung cancer.

Additional PET/CT scans have value in follow-up of lung cancer patients

Research indicates a high value of scans that could lead to future change of reimbursement policies for follow-up PET/CT studies in lung cancer.

ASCO: High-Risk Prostate Cancer Diagnosis Up Since New PSA Recs

Researchers report 3 percent annual rise in intermediate- and high-risk cases

Two major studies strengthen case for prostate cancer drug before chemotherapy

The pioneering prostate cancer drug abiraterone can significantly extend the lives of men with advanced prostate cancer if administered prior to administering chemotherapy, according to phase III clinical trial data.

Single therapy offers improved survival in younger patients with limited brain metastases

Data clearly demonstrated stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) alone offered benefits for younger patients with limited metastases.

Use of adjuvant systemic therapy increasing for gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST)

Localized gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are rarely seen, but are the most common sarcomas in the gastrointestinal tract.

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