Cancer Care

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)

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

Chemotherapy drug shortages common to oncologists

Chemotherapy drug shortages common to oncologists

More than 80 percent of oncologists report being unable to prescribe preferred drug at least once in past six months.

Web-based tool reduces cancer symptom distress

Web-based tool reduces cancer symptom distress

The intervention reduces Symptom Distress Scale-15; benefit strongest for those over 50 years of age.

Cancer incidence is increasing as baby boomers age

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As 10,000 baby boomers reach 65 years old each day, the incidence of cancer since 2010 is estimated to increase by 67% by 2030, bringing attention to the nation's response to cancer care.

Nurse navigator intervention beneficial for early cancer care

Nurse navigator intervention beneficial for early cancer care

For patients with early cancer, a nurse navigator intervention can improve patient experience and reduce problems with care, according to a study published online Nov. 25 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Hyperthermia in Cancer Treatment (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet reviews hyperthermia, a type of cancer treatment in which body tissue is exposed to high temperatures to damage and kill cancer cells.

Young have higher suicide risk after cancer diagnosis

Young have higher suicide risk after cancer diagnosis

Adolescents and young adults are more likely to attempt or complete suicide after a cancer diagnosis, with the risk highest in first year after diagnosis.

Cryosurgery in Cancer Treatment (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet reviews the basics of cryosurgery, including availability, advantages and disadvantages, and known side effects.

Specialty pharmacies and cancer care

Specialty pharmacies and cancer care

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Where does the use of specialty pharmacies fit into cancer care?

IOM identifies six ways to improve cancer care

IOM identifies six ways to improve cancer care

Based on current challenges, Institute of Medicine recommendations given for patient-centered, high-quality care.

Head and neck cancer care increasingly regionalized

Inpatient care for head and neck cancer is becoming concentrated at teaching hospitals.

Increase in complications after cancer surgery

Increase in complications after cancer surgery

Hospital-acquired preventable adverse events after major cancer surgery increased over past decade.

Cancer in the very elderly: Three programs designed especially for frail patients

Cancer in the very elderly: Three programs designed especially for frail patients

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These programs are designed to address the unique challenges of providing cancer care to patients older than 65 years.

'Prehab' may benefit cancer patients

'Prehab' may benefit cancer patients

Interventions, such as exercise and counseling, may improve physical and psychological outcomes for cancer patients.

Psychosocial support: Meeting the standard for quality patient care

Psychosocial support: Meeting the standard for quality patient care

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Clinicians and even patients themselves tend to undervalue the need for help with nonclinical concerns.

Gene patent ruling should have little impact on cancer care

Gene patent ruling should have little impact on cancer care

Authors point to previous rulings, scientific advances that will minimize decision's impact on care.

Rationing some cancer care has broad support

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Cutting health care costs by refusing to pay for drugs that do not improve survival or quality of life has the support of the majority of cancer doctors, patients, and members of the general public, according to a new study.

New payment reform system proposed for more accountable cancer care

New payment reform system proposed for more accountable cancer care

A novel structural and payment-reform system is proposed to foster accountable cancer care, according to a viewpoint piece published online April 29 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Research findings show how rural hospitals can make cancer care more accessible

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Significant portions of Iowa's population were found to be an excessive distance from full-service cancer care centers, according to a recent study. However, that number drops significantly if visiting consultant clinics in rural hospitals are taken into consideration.

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