Patients expect more information regarding radiation-related tests

Patients expect more information regarding radiation-related tests

A gap exists between patient expectations and current practices for provision of information about radiation use.

Report shows U.S. cancer deaths on the decline

Report shows U.S. cancer deaths on the decline

According to a new report published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, there has been a continuing decline in cancer deaths in the United States between 2002 and 2011.

Male nurses still earn more than female nurses in the United States

Male nurses still earn more than female nurses in the United States

Female RNs are "shortchanged: more than 5,000 a year when compared to their male counterparts, researchers say.

Leafy green vegetables may slow mental deterioration

Leafy green vegetables may slow mental deterioration

Researchers have found that a single serving of leafy green vegetables each day may slow dementia.

Effective management of dietary cholesterol may prevent metastasis in patients with prostate cancer

Effective management of dietary cholesterol may prevent metastasis in patients with prostate cancer

New findings from researchers in Australia indicate dietary measures may prevent metastasis of prostate cancer.

Pulmonologist management helpful for NSCLC

Pulmonologist management helpful for NSCLC

Improved rates of stage-specific treatment for early- and advanced-stage non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with comorbid COPD were linked to a pulmonologist's management.

Vaccine may delay recurrence for advanced ovarian cancers

Vaccine may delay recurrence for advanced ovarian cancers

Researchers have found that a vaccine delayed cancer recurrence in women with stage III or IV ovarian cancers.

High fish intake may improve survival after breast cancer

High fish intake may improve survival after breast cancer

Long-chain ω-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid intake from fish and other dietary sources may provide a potential strategy to improve survival after breast cancer, a new study published online early in the journal Cancer has found.

Adding bevacizumab to standard chemotherapy improves overall survival for women with ovarian cancer

Adding bevacizumab to standard chemotherapy improves overall survival for women with ovarian cancer

Preliminary findings from the Gynecologic Oncology Group's (GOG) GOG 213 study show an improvement in overall survival for women with ovarian cancer when bevacizumab is added to standard chemotherapy.

Intervention improves hand hygiene practice for nurses

Intervention improves hand hygiene practice for nurses

A multifaceted intervention was seen to increase hand hygiene compliance among emergency nurses and technicians, according to a study.

Minority women less involved in breast cancer surgery decisions

Minority women less involved in breast cancer surgery decisions

Black and Hispanic women with breast cancer are less likely to select a surgeon or determine hospital based on reputation.

C-reactive protein levels an independent prognostic marker in melanoma

C-reactive protein levels an independent prognostic marker in melanoma

Link with overall, melanoma-specific survival; increase in CRP also linked to disease progression

Obesity greatly increases cancer risk for women

Obesity greatly increases cancer risk for women

A new British study found that obese women have a 40 percent higher risk for cancer than thinner women, but researchers stress that losing excess weight can lower the odds again.

Over 16 million Americans have gained coverage under ACA

Over 16 million Americans have gained coverage under ACA

White House announces largest drop in number of uninsured Americans in 50 years.

AAMC reports shows gender-specific variation in medical specialties

AAMC reports shows gender-specific variation in medical specialties

About 85 percent of ob-gyn residents are female, whereas more males are found in surgery, emergency medicine, and anesthesiology.

CDC releases cancer estimates of incidence and survival for 2011

CDC releases cancer estimates of incidence and survival for 2011

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that sixty-five percent of those with cancer now survive five years or more after diagnosis.

HHS aims to restore joy of medicine

HHS aims to restore joy of medicine

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is listening to physicians and addressing concerns including EHR usability, meaningful use, and other challenges.

Coalition aims for increased U.S. colorectal cancer screening

Coalition aims for increased U.S. colorectal cancer screening

Coalition aims for 80 percent participation rate in older adults screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.

Cervical cancer survivors benefit from psychosocial phone counseling

Cervical cancer survivors benefit from psychosocial phone counseling

A psychosocial telephone counseling (PTC) intervention for cervical cancer survivors can yield improvements in depression and lasting improvement in gynecologic and cancer-specific concerns.

FDA greenlights dinutuximab to treat high-risk neuroblastoma

FDA greenlights dinutuximab to treat high-risk neuroblastoma

First approval for a therapy aimed specifically to treat the rare pediatric cancer

Statins may slow prostate cancer progression

Statins may slow prostate cancer progression

Findings among men taking a statin alongside androgen deprivation therapy showed additional months of progression-free survival.

No correlation found between vitamin D variations and fatal prostate cancer

No correlation found between vitamin D variations and fatal prostate cancer

Neither circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) levels nor common variations in vitamin D pathway genes appear to be associated with risk of fatal prostate cancer, according to recent research.

First biosimilar drug approved by the FDA

First biosimilar drug approved by the FDA

Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz) is the first biosimilar product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States.

Goserelin reduces ovarian failure rate in breast cancer

Goserelin reduces ovarian failure rate in breast cancer

Use of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist, goserelin, protects against ovarian failure, according to a study.

Correlated spectroscopy pinpoints changes in BRCA1/2 carriers

Correlated spectroscopy pinpoints changes in BRCA1/2 carriers

Lipid and metabolite deregulation were seen in breast tissue of women carrying BRCA1/2 mutations.

Opdivo approval expanded by FDA to include lung cancer treatment

Opdivo approval expanded by FDA to include lung cancer treatment

FDA approves drug for NSCLC patients who have been treated with platinum-based chemotherapy

HPV-16 infection is associated with improved survival in advanced esophageal cancer

HPV-16 infection is associated with improved survival in advanced esophageal cancer

Improved survival and treatment response was seen in HPV-16 positive patients.

Research examines patient perception of clinician compassion

Research examines patient perception of clinician compassion

Patients perceive higher level of compassion among physicians who provide a more optimistic message, research shows.

Genetic mutations found in leukemia increase with age

Genetic mutations found in leukemia increase with age

An increase in genetic mutations that could trigger leukemia seems to be a part of aging, according to a new study, but just having cancer-linked DNA doesn't mean the disease will develop.

Oral bisphosphonate associated with decreased endometrial cancer risk

Oral bisphosphonate associated with decreased endometrial cancer risk

A reduction in endometrial cancer risk with oral bisphosphonate use in large cohort of postmenopausal women has been observed.

ASCO: High-risk prostate cancer diagnosis up since new PSA recommendations

ASCO: High-risk prostate cancer diagnosis up since new PSA recommendations

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

Link between nasal allergies increased risk of nasopharyngeal cancer

Link between nasal allergies increased risk of nasopharyngeal cancer

Patients with allergic rhinitis may have an increased risk of developing nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), according to a study.

Location of colorectal cancer impacts survival chances

Location of colorectal cancer impacts survival chances

Poorer outcome seen in study when tumor began on the organ's right side

Suicide deemed public health concern in those with genitourinary cancers

Suicide deemed public health concern in those with genitourinary cancers

Risk factors for suicide include male gender, distant disease, increasing age, race/ethnicity.

Farydak (panobinostat) now FDA-approved for multiple myeloma

Farydak (panobinostat) now FDA-approved for multiple myeloma

Drug is now sanctioned for people who have received at least two prior standard therapies.

ASCO: Testicular cancer history may indicate greater risk of developing prostate cancer

ASCO: Testicular cancer history may indicate greater risk of developing prostate cancer

Individuals who've had testicular cancer may be at increased risk for prostate cancer, but the overall risk is low, according to a study.

Post-cancer survival up for Americans, but disparities remain

Post-cancer survival up for Americans, but disparities remain

Study shows biggest improvements in post-cancer survival for people diagnosed between ages 50 and 64.

Women educated on overdiagnsosis are less likely to want mammogram

Women educated on overdiagnsosis are less likely to want mammogram

Risks and benefits of routine mammography continue to be debated, but educating women about the possibility of overdiagnosis from mammography screening may make some of them less likely to get the test.

Research finds no link between cancer and pimecrolimus

Research finds no link between cancer and pimecrolimus

Company-funded research followed nearly 7,500 children over 10 years, but established no increased cancer risk caused by the use of pimecrolimus (Elidel) cream to treat eczema in children.

Healthful lifestyle advice needed by cancer survivors

Healthful lifestyle advice needed by cancer survivors

Oncology care teams should provide more guidance on lifestyle change as part of survivorship care, according to recent research.

Considerable practice variation among surgeons in selecting patients for radical prostatectomy

Considerable practice variation among surgeons in selecting patients for radical prostatectomy

Variation was observed at a high-volume center when surgeons selected patients with low-risk prostate cancer to undergo radical prostatectomy, according to a study.

Observation used increasingly in younger men with prostate cancer

Observation used increasingly in younger men with prostate cancer

From 2004 to 2009, marked increase in observation among men with low-risk prostate cancer has been observed.

ASCO endorses ACS recommendations for prostate cancer survivor care

ASCO endorses ACS recommendations for prostate cancer survivor care

Guideline outlines recommended follow-up care for prostate cancer survivors

Patient involvement increases perception of cancer care quality

Patient involvement increases perception of cancer care quality

Patients who participate in their medical decisions have a better impression about their level of care, a new study suggests, but researchers still unclear as to whether shared decision-making results in better outcomes.

ASA: Older stroke survivors have higher risk of cancer

ASA: Older stroke survivors have higher risk of cancer

Older stroke survivors may a greater-than-average chance of developing cancer, according to a recent study.

Health benefits linked to moderate drinking may be overestimated

Health benefits linked to moderate drinking may be overestimated

Previous studies linking moderate alcohol consumption to health benefits may have omitted some important details, according to British researchers.

Americans' use of complementary health approaches evolving

Americans' use of complementary health approaches evolving

Yoga practice and fish oil use up, whereas some other supplement use is down.

HPV16 seropositivity common before anal cancer diagnosis

HPV16 seropositivity common before anal cancer diagnosis

Human papillomavirus type 16 seropositivity is fairly common before an anal cancer diagnosis, according to a study, and seropositivity tends to increase in blood samples drawn closer to time of cancer diagnosis.

Secondhand smoke exposure drops but still at unacceptable levels

Secondhand smoke exposure drops but still at unacceptable levels

Two out of five children are still exposed to secondhand smoke, health officials reported.

Lung cancer now most deadly cancer in developed nations

Lung cancer now most deadly cancer in developed nations

Leading cancer killer of American women for many years

Ibrance now FDA-approved to treat advanced breast cancer

Ibrance now FDA-approved to treat advanced breast cancer

Ibrance (palbociclib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for postmenopausal women with ER, HER2-negative metastatic breast cancer.

AICR: Less than half of Americans aware of key cancer risk factors

AICR: Less than half of Americans aware of key cancer risk factors

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) discovered that many Americans worry about unproven cancer risk factors, such as food additives, and less about factors established as impacting cancer risk.

Patient engagement initiatives can benefit outcomes and lower costs

Patient engagement initiatives can benefit outcomes and lower costs

Initiatives can decrease hospital visits, cut morbidity and mortality, and up treatment adherence.

New recommendations released for MRI use in multiple myeloma

New recommendations released for MRI use in multiple myeloma

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is gold standard for imaging axial skeleton, assessing painful lesions, and identification of benign fractures.

CIO: Bacteria could be new agent in battle against cancer

CIO: Bacteria could be new agent in battle against cancer

A weakened strain of Clostridium novyi-NT bacteria killed cancer cells when injected into tumors, investigators reported.

Colorectal cancer rates down overall but higher for younger Americans

Colorectal cancer rates down overall but higher for younger Americans

Research suggests that over the last 20 years colorectal cancer (CRC) rates been increasing among young and early middle-aged American adults.

Cancer diagnosis impacts patient adherence to diabetes meds

Cancer diagnosis impacts patient adherence to diabetes meds

When diagnosed with cancer, individuals with diabetes are less likely to take their diabetes medication, especially in cases of a poor cancer prognosis.

PDE-5 inhibitors linked to prostate cancer biochemical recurrence

PDE-5 inhibitors linked to prostate cancer biochemical recurrence

Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors up the risk of biochemical recurrence after radical prostatectomy, according to a recent study.

Combination prostate biopsy could yield improved results

Combination prostate biopsy could yield improved results

Prostate biopsies that combine both magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology and ultrasound appear to give more accurate results, according to a new study.

Current smoking lowers survival odds for prostate cancer

Current smoking lowers survival odds for prostate cancer

Former, as well as current, smokers saw higher risk for disease recurrence and radiation therapy-related urinary side effects.

Core needle biopsy more sensitive for cervical lymphadenopathy examination

Core needle biopsy more sensitive for cervical lymphadenopathy examination

Findings compared to fine-needle aspiration cytology, especially for lymphoma, found that the sensitivity and negative predictive value for critical disease were significantly higher.

Biopsies with DCIS diagnosis increase for women undergoing mammography

Biopsies with DCIS diagnosis increase for women undergoing mammography

Biopsy frequency went up after diagnostic, but not screening, mammographies.

Many breast cancer patients lack basic knowledge about their disease

Many breast cancer patients lack basic knowledge about their disease

Many women with breast cancer lack basic knowledge about their disease, and the problem is more pronounced among minority women.

Exercise beneficial for patients with head and neck cancers undergoing radiation therapy

Exercise beneficial for patients with head and neck cancers undergoing radiation therapy

Significant benefits of exercise regimen in reducing the effect of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy placement on swallowing function for patients with head and neck cancer.

HPV vaccination often administered at less beneficial age

HPV vaccination often administered at less beneficial age

Researchers note that CDC recommends vaccination at age 11 or 12, but only half of girls receiving the vaccination get it at the proper age.

Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment

Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment

Use of therapy dogs could help encourage cancer patients to continue treatment and provide emotional comfort.

Coffee drinkers have lower risk of malignant melanoma

Coffee drinkers have lower risk of malignant melanoma

Individuals who drank more coffee daily had a lower risk of melanoma compared with those who drank little to no coffee.

Physicians report barriers in making cancer referrals

Physicians report barriers in making cancer referrals

Sixty percent of physicians report encountering a barrier when making cancer specialty referrals.

Screening based on family history of prostate cancer linked to prostate cancer-specific mortality

Screening based on family history of prostate cancer linked to prostate cancer-specific mortality

Focusing screening efforts on those with a positive family history of prostate cancer could be more effective.

Sputum biomarker testing may identify malignant lung nodules

Sputum biomarker testing may identify malignant lung nodules

An experimental test which checks sputum for three microRNA (miRNA) biomarkers of lung cancer was more than 80 percent correct in ID of cancerous nodules, but accuracy still needs improving.

Insulin resistance increases breast cancer risk

Insulin resistance increases breast cancer risk

Study of postmenopausal women suggests hormone levels matter more than excess weight, with regard to predicting breast cancer risk.

Aerobic exercise reduces fatigue in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer

Aerobic exercise reduces fatigue in women undergoing radiotherapy for breast cancer

Findings in a quasi-experimental study of Taiwanese women with early-stage breast cancer showed the potential for exercise to reduce fatigue in women undergoing radiotherapy.

ASCO: Vitamin D associated with progression of colon cancer

ASCO: Vitamin D associated with progression of colon cancer

Certain types of cancer patients tended to have lower vitamin D levels

Breast cancer prognosis impacted by race and ethnicity

Breast cancer prognosis impacted by race and ethnicity

The odds of being early breast cancer development and survival chances vary greatly depending on race and ethnicity, according to a new study.

Metabolic syndrome linked to increased risk of endometrial cancer

Metabolic syndrome linked to increased risk of endometrial cancer

A metabolic syndrome diagnosis is linked with higher risk of endometrial cancer; excess weight likely a big factor, but other conditions also appear to play a part.

Lung cancer incidence less at higher altitudes

Lung cancer incidence less at higher altitudes

Lower oxygen levels may play a role in study findings of lower lung cancer incidence, researchers say.

Increased risk of colorectal cancer with type 2 diabetes

Increased risk of colorectal cancer with type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is associated with increased risk of colorectal cancer, particularly with an obesity duration of four years or longer, according to research published online.

Providers urged to address post-cancer concerns

Providers urged to address post-cancer concerns

Many U.S. survivors have unresolved physical, mental health issues long after cancer treatment ends.

Guidance issued for HPV test As Pap test alternative

Guidance issued for HPV test As Pap test alternative

ACOG still recommending women aged 30 to 65 be screened with Pap or HPV/Pap combination, however.

Cancer increases risk of stroke

Cancer increases risk of stroke

Compared to cancer-free seniors, those with cancer had a much higher risk of stroke; the risk appeared to be highest in the first three months after diagnosis.

Autologous breast reconstruction shows higher satisfaction rate

Autologous breast reconstruction shows higher satisfaction rate

For women undergoing breast reconstruction, autologous reconstruction leads to higher satisfaction than alloplastic reconstruction, but secondary correction is often required.

Time to treatment initiation increasing for patients with head and neck cancer

Time to treatment initiation increasing for patients with head and neck cancer

Biggest increase for time to treatment initiation seen for head and neck cancer patients with advanced disease, chemoradiation, or undergoing treatment at academic center.

Less alcohol and plant-based diet can decrease obesity-related cancer risk

Less alcohol and plant-based diet can decrease obesity-related cancer risk

Research supports recent expert guidelines on an anti-cancer lifestyle from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Financial considerations are the biggest factor in nurses' retirement choices

Financial considerations are the biggest factor in nurses' retirement choices

Other factors in nurses' retirement choices include health and partner's retirement age.

Few oncologists discuss supplement use with patients

Few oncologists discuss supplement use with patients

Many physicians cite a lack of knowledge as a primary reason for not discussing supplements, survey finds.

Cancer risks associated with atypical hyperplasia of the breast discussed

Cancer risks associated with atypical hyperplasia of the breast discussed

Considerations for women with atypical hyperplasia include screening and chemoprevention, and more patient education is often needed.

H. pylori may not be risk factor for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

H. pylori may not be risk factor for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

Rates of positive serologyand rapid urease tests were not different for head and neck cancer patients and controls, according to researchers.

Radiotherapy does not increase secondary cancer risk in pelvic cancer patients

Radiotherapy does not increase secondary cancer risk in pelvic cancer patients

Compared to patients who were treated with surgery alone

Opdivo for advanced melanoma approved by FDA

Opdivo for advanced melanoma approved by FDA

Medication helps harness immune system to attack melanoma.

FDA approves lynparza to treat advanced ovarian cancer

FDA approves lynparza to treat advanced ovarian cancer

For advanced ovarian cancer associated with defective BRCA genes

Bisphosphonates linked to lower endometrial cancer risk

Bisphosphonates linked to lower endometrial cancer risk

Nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates have been associated with reduced risk of endometrial cancer, according to research.

Surgeon General's role in public health still important

Surgeon General's role in public health still important

Former surgeon general addresses role in educating, mobilizing public about public health issues.

Medical marijuana can help mitigate cancer-related symptoms

Medical marijuana can help mitigate cancer-related symptoms

Cannabis and cannabinoid pharmaceuticals can prove beneficial for nausea and vomiting, pain, weight loss; but more research is needed on potential harmful side effects.

No higher risk of breast cancer seen for women with migraines

No higher risk of breast cancer seen for women with migraines

Since both conditions involve hormone levels, researchers suspected a possible connection.

Tips offered for clinicians to for online reputation management

Tips offered for clinicians to for online reputation management

Tips for reputation management include searching for yourself, updating information, and including a professional headshot.

SABCS: Novel breast cancer drugs show promise in early trials

SABCS: Novel breast cancer drugs show promise in early trials

Pictilisib and pembrolizumab may prolong survival for women with advanced breast cancer, according to data from preliminary studies.

SABCS: Male breast cancer prognosis falls behind that for women

SABCS: Male breast cancer prognosis falls behind that for women

Although survival in male breast cancer has improved, treatment lags behind when compared to the cancer therapy women receive.

Utilizing home therapy for cancer-related lymphedema can lower costs

Utilizing home therapy for cancer-related lymphedema can lower costs

Home use of pneumatic compression devices to treat lymphedema can reduce annual treatment costs.

Mortality rates not increased in pregnancy-associated malignant melanoma

Mortality rates not increased in pregnancy-associated malignant melanoma

Cause-specific mortality similar for women and girls with pregnancy-associated MM or non-PAMM.

SABCS: Combined therapy can help younger breast cancer patients

SABCS: Combined therapy can help younger breast cancer patients

Adding tamoxifen to ovarian suppression doesn't provide a significant benefit over tamoxifen alone among premenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive early breast cancer, but the addition of ovarian suppression does benefit some of these women.

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