Cancer Care

Support team aids decision-making by caregivers of terminal cancer patients

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Researchers devised an intervention that quickly integrates a cancer support team to guide caregivers and their patients through difficult end-of-life treatment and decisions.

New nanoparticle could improve MRI scanning for cancer diagnosis

New nanoparticle could improve MRI scanning for cancer diagnosis

A research team has created a new, self-assembling nanoparticle that can increase the effectiveness of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) cancer detection.

Added corticosteroid not effective for cancer pain

Added corticosteroid not effective for cancer pain

In advanced cancer patients receiving opioids, methylprednisolone does not add to analgesic effect.

Doctors steer prostate cancer treatment choices

Doctors steer prostate cancer treatment choices

Physicians who diagnosed low-risk prostate cancer had more influence over the decision to enter active surveillance than did the disease characteristics, according to a case review.

Those with HIV less likely to receive cancer treatment

Those with HIV less likely to receive cancer treatment

HIV-infected individuals with cancer are less likely to receive treatment, according to a study published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Central Venous Catheters Up Infection Risk in Cancer Patients

Central Venous Catheters Up Infection Risk in Cancer Patients

Long-term central venous catheters (CVCs) are associated with an increased risk of infection in older adults with cancer, according to research published online.

Can antihistamines be used to fight cancer?

Can antihistamines be used to fight cancer?

Researchers have found that as antihistamines do their job, they also interfere with the function of myeloid-derived suppressor cells—a type of cell known to hinder the body's ability to combat tumors.

Common clinical practice described for incompletely resected lung cancer

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A landmark survey of more than 700 specialists provides crucial real-world insight into the treatments that most oncologists choose for lung cancer patients whose tumor has been incompletely resected.

A few circulating tumor cells can indicate metastasis risk

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A simple, noninvasive blood test matched with state-of-the-art molecular imaging of individual cells could help oncologists understand their patients' chances of survival.

Specialists prefer treatments over surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer

Specialists prefer treatments over surveillance for low-risk prostate cancer

Specialists who treat prostate cancer agree that active surveillance is an effective option—yet according to a study most don't recommend it when appropriate for their own patients.

Acuity tool accurately assesses staffing needs at an ambulatory infusion clinic

Acuity tool accurately assesses staffing needs at an ambulatory infusion clinic

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A pilot program demonstrated that an acuity tool that accounts for more complex ambulatory infusion treatments allows nurses to increase their productivity.

Communication training helps oncologists deliver bad news

Communication training helps oncologists deliver bad news

A communication skills training program based on patient preferences regarding communication can help oncologists' communication performance, according to a study.

Shared decision making lacking in cancer screening discussions

Shared decision making lacking in cancer screening discussions

A national survey of patients reveals that physicians don't always fully discuss the risks and benefits of cancer screening, reports a new study.

Cancer survivors face mounting continuing care costs

Cancer survivors face mounting continuing care costs

People who survive cancer are likely to face a lifelong drain on their finances as they pay for mounting medical expenses year after year, a new government report finds.

One in five cancer patients postpone doctor visit

One in five cancer patients postpone doctor visit

One in five cancer patients typically wait more than three months to check in with a doctor about potentially serious symptoms, according to a new study.

ASTRO: Cancers that qualify for proton therapy limited

ASTRO: Cancers that qualify for proton therapy limited

Evidence to support reimbursement for proton-beam therapy remains limited to several relatively uncommon cancers.

Cancer patient demands rarely lead to unnecessary tests and treatments

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Despite claims suggesting otherwise, inappropriate cancer patient demands are few and very rarely lead to unnecessary tests and treatments from their health care providers, according to new results.

ASCO: Unneeded cancer care is rare

ASCO: Unneeded cancer care is rare

New study challenges belief that inappropriate cancer treatments fuel health care costs, researcher says.

Cancer patients require anxiety and depression screening

Cancer patients require anxiety and depression screening

It is important to recognize and treat anxiety or depression among cancer patients, according to a clinical guideline published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Adherence rates for prostate cancer quality of care measures low

Adherence rates for prostate cancer quality of care measures low

Adherence to established prostate cancer quality of care measures is frequently low, with considerable regional variation.

'White coat effect' proves less for nurses

'White coat effect' proves less for nurses

Mean blood pressures lower for nurses compared to readings made by doctors at same visit, according to research.

Physicians mixed on genetic testing usage

Physicians mixed on genetic testing usage

Plans to use multiplex tumor genetic testing and attitudes about results disclosure vary, with no clear consensus among clinicians.

Navigator Notes: Distress screening and support

Navigator Notes: Distress screening and support

As patients and oncology care teams strive to keep up with complex treatment plans, symptoms of distress in the patient may be missed. Distress screening tools can help nurse navigators identify which patients may need a referral for psychosocial support.

APS: Mindfulness Meditation Beneficial for Teens With Cancer

APS: Mindfulness Meditation Beneficial for Teens With Cancer

Mindfulness-based meditation is associated with a reduction in depressive symptoms in adolescents with cancer, with increased sleep quality for girls, according to a study.

Majority of U.S. oncologists dissatisfied with work-life balance

Majority of U.S. oncologists dissatisfied with work-life balance

About one-third of U.S. oncologists report being satisfied with work-life balance (WLB), which is lower than for other medical specialties. Women oncologists and those who devote greater time to patient care less likely to be satisfied.

ASCO: Demand for quality care increasing but millions lack access

ASCO: Demand for quality care increasing but millions lack access

Millions lack access to quality cancer care; one-quarter of uninsured forgo care because of costs.

Cancer care costs can be reduced without risk to patients

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Experts have identified three major sources of high cancer costs and argue that cancer doctors can likely reduce them without harm to patients. The cost-cutting proposals call for changes in routine clinical practice involved in end-of-life care, medical imaging, and drug pricing.

The Renaissance of Cancer Immunotherapy

The Renaissance of Cancer Immunotherapy

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The journal Science named cancer immunotherapy as "the breakthrough of the year"; but challenges still remain to overcome tumor immune suppression and genomic instability.

Delivery model for cancer care intelligently redesigned

Delivery model for cancer care intelligently redesigned

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Recent articles discussed the need to develop both a learning IT system for cancer that enables real-time data analysis from cancer patients in a variety of care settings.

Lasers in Cancer Treatment (Fact Sheet)

Lasers in Cancer Treatment (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet reviews the use of laser light to to remove cancer or precancerous growths or to relieve symptoms of cancer.

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