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De-escalated Radiation Therapy Improves Quality of Life in Throat Cancer

De-escalated Radiation Therapy Improves Quality of Life in Throat Cancer

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Aggressive de-escalation of chemoradiation after surgery in patients with HPV-associated OPSCC led to similar disease control and improved quality of life and safety profile compared with historical controls, according to data presented at the ASTRO 59th Annual Meeting.

Outcomes Similar With Postmastectomy Hypofractionation, Standard Radiation

Outcomes Similar With Postmastectomy Hypofractionation, Standard Radiation

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Researchers report that adjuvant HFRT and adjuvant CFRT offer similar benefits to women with high-risk breast cancer after mastectomy in an oral presentation at the 59th Annual Meeting of ASTRO.

Wait Times From Cancer Diagnosis to First Treatment Longer, Negative Impact on Survival

Wait Times From Cancer Diagnosis to First Treatment Longer, Negative Impact on Survival

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Data from the National Cancer Database are indicating that wait times from cancer diagnosis to initial treatment were substantially longer over a 5-year period.

Adding Pertuzumab to Adjuvant Therapy Is Beneficial for Some Women with Early Breast Cancer

Adding Pertuzumab to Adjuvant Therapy Is Beneficial for Some Women with Early Breast Cancer

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Adding a second HER2-blocker to standard care therapy after surgery for HER2-positive breast cancer may be modestly beneficial for some women.

Superior Tolerability, Efficacy With Alectinib in Treatment-Naïve ALK-poistive NSCLC

Superior Tolerability, Efficacy With Alectinib in Treatment-Naïve ALK-poistive NSCLC

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Phase 3 clinical trial results show fewer adverse effects and longer survival with alectinib compared with crizotinib in patients with treatment-naïve ALK-positive NSCLC.

Significance of Prostate Cancer Treatment-Related Factors Differ in Black, White Men

Significance of Prostate Cancer Treatment-Related Factors Differ in Black, White Men

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A survey of men with prostate cancer revealed that treatment-related factors impact treatment decisions differently in black men compared with white men.

Survivorship Care Plans: Providing A Blueprint for Health Care After Cancer

Survivorship Care Plans: Providing A Blueprint for Health Care After Cancer

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Survivorship care plans can ensure that cancer survivors know their cancer and treatment history, and are equipped to maintain proper follow-up care.

Eating and Exercising Towards Better Health in Cancer Survivors

Eating and Exercising Towards Better Health in Cancer Survivors

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Lifestyle changes that promote proper weight management, increased exercise, and a healthy diet have the potential to improve survivors' health and well-being.

Navigating Patients With Hematologic Cancers

Navigating Patients With Hematologic Cancers

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An effective nurse navigator approach involves removing barriers to good care, such as differences in health care delivery systems, poor communication, and financial impediments.

Oral Therapies: Strategies to Ensure Adherence

Oral Therapies: Strategies to Ensure Adherence

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Oral therapy brings new challenges to oncology practices, because more responsibility of adherence is placed under patient and caregiver control.

Oral Cancer Medications: New Paradigm Brings New Challenges

Oral Cancer Medications: New Paradigm Brings New Challenges

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Nurse navigators are charged with finding the method that suits a patient best to ensure adherence to oral cancer therapy regimens and monitor for adverse effects.

Multifaceted Role of the Nurse Navigator Includes Palliative, Supportive Care

Multifaceted Role of the Nurse Navigator Includes Palliative, Supportive Care

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Nurse navigators have the education, experience, and skill set to provide patients with effective palliative care, and to provide the family with the support they need.

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Nurse Navigation Survey

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Nurse Navigation Survey

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A patient survey was designed to examine patient views of their initial breast cancer diagnosis process and care management.

Feasibility of a Lay Cancer Patient Navigation Program to Meet The Needs of Cancer Patients

Feasibility of a Lay Cancer Patient Navigation Program to Meet The Needs of Cancer Patients

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Lay cancer patient navigators can address barriers to care such as financial burden and psychosocial distress, and can help reduce disparities across the continuum of care.

Navigating Colorectal and Pancreatic Cancer Patients in a Multidisciplinary Cancer Center

Navigating Colorectal and Pancreatic Cancer Patients in a Multidisciplinary Cancer Center

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By identifying incidence, prevalence, and risk factors for colorectal and pancreatic cancer in our communities, nurse navigators can develop screening and prevention programs to better serve these populations.

ASCO: CAR T-Cell Therapy Promising for Multiple Myeloma

ASCO: CAR T-Cell Therapy Promising for Multiple Myeloma

Findings from trial of chimeric antigen receptor T cells targeting B-cell maturation protein demonstrated promising results.

Lay Navigation Program Improves Health Care, Health System Use, Costs for Older Cancer Survivors

Lay Navigation Program Improves Health Care, Health System Use, Costs for Older Cancer Survivors

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Survivorship care plan successfully improves the overall survivorship care of older cancer survivors using lay navigators.

Navigating the Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Patient: CT Lung Cancer Screening Development

Navigating the Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Patient: CT Lung Cancer Screening Development

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Developing a lung cancer screening program involves a number of challenges, including identifying patients in need of screening, patient follow-up, and community support.

Personalized Medicine and the Role of the Oncology Navigator

Personalized Medicine and the Role of the Oncology Navigator

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As molecular testing becomes the standard of care for many cancers, nurse navigators have an important role to play ensuring molecular testing of suitable patients, providing patient education, and managing of patient expectations.

Innovative Navigation Strategies: The Patient Care Connect Program

Innovative Navigation Strategies: The Patient Care Connect Program

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Older cancer survivors typically have higher severity of disease and pre-existing conditions, which makes their cancer treatment additionally challenging. The Patient Care Connect Program was created to help address these issues.

Older Patients Under-Represented in Cancer Drug Clinical Trials

Older Patients Under-Represented in Cancer Drug Clinical Trials

Older adults are underrepresented in clinical trials of cancer drugs, according to study findings presented at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting.

Self-Reports on Adverse Effects From Younger Patients Are Reliable, Accurate

Self-Reports on Adverse Effects From Younger Patients Are Reliable, Accurate

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Children and adolescent patients with cancer are able to accurately report subjective adverse events (AEs) they experience during their cancer treatment, and they are willing to do so.

Checkpoint Inhibitors Appear Safe for Pediatric Cancer Patients

Checkpoint Inhibitors Appear Safe for Pediatric Cancer Patients

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The medications so far show little efficacy in children with cancer, but new studies may provide clues to how to change this, pediatric oncologist says.

Pembrolizumab Use With CRT Safe in Locally Advanced HNSCC

Pembrolizumab Use With CRT Safe in Locally Advanced HNSCC

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Small study also showed that pembrolizumab does not significant impair radiation or chemotherapy dosing.

Ovarian Function Recovery May Increase Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

Ovarian Function Recovery May Increase Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence

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Ovarian function recovery (OFR) in women with chemotherapy-induced ovarian function failure decreases residual 5-year disease-free and overall survival.

Adjuvant + Neoadjuvant Pembrolizumab Safe in Patients Undergoing HNSCC Surgery

Adjuvant + Neoadjuvant Pembrolizumab Safe in Patients Undergoing HNSCC Surgery

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Study also provides evidence supporting an anti-tumor effect associated with a single preoperative dose of pembrolizumab.

Older Adults Under-Represented in Cancer Drug Clinical Trials

Older Adults Under-Represented in Cancer Drug Clinical Trials

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Patients aged 80 years and older had a cancer incidence of 16% in 2013 yet made up only 4% of cancer drug clinical trial participants during 2005-2015.

Better Understanding of Prostate Cancer Genetic Test Results Needed

Better Understanding of Prostate Cancer Genetic Test Results Needed

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Some men who undergo multigene testing for inherited prostate cancer misinterpret findings of variants of uncertain significance.

Neurocognitive Function Impacts Health-Related QOL in Advanced Lung Cancer

Neurocognitive Function Impacts Health-Related QOL in Advanced Lung Cancer

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Study finds a correlation between various measures of neurocognitive function and health utility scores.

Adherence to Geriatric Assessment-Based Recommendations Probed

Adherence to Geriatric Assessment-Based Recommendations Probed

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Older patients with cancer most frequently adhere to recommendations to see a dietitian for nutritional issues.

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