Poor staging linked to mortality in bladder cancer

Poor staging linked to mortality in bladder cancer

In cases of bladder cancer, omission of muscle in specimen or its mention in pathology report is linked to increased mortality.

Daily aspirin may lower mortality in nonmetastatic prostate cancer

Daily aspirin may lower mortality in nonmetastatic prostate cancer

Even a small daily dose of aspirin may help lower mortality among men with nonmetastatic prostate cancer, according to research.

Irinotecan plus bevacizumab ups outcome for metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC)

Irinotecan plus bevacizumab ups outcome for metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC)

Findings show benefits compared with FOLFIRI for patients with untreated metastatic disease.

ASCO: Coping strategies typically employed for cancer-related financial distress

ASCO: Coping strategies typically employed for cancer-related financial distress

Most patients use lifestyle-altering strategies and about 40 percent adopt a care-altering strategy to manage financial distress associated with their cancer care.

Hospice increase doesn't offset end-of-life care for ovarian cancer

Hospice increase doesn't offset end-of-life care for ovarian cancer

Findings among older patients with terminal ovarian cancer showed that an increase in hospice care did not offset intensive end-of-life care in older women.

Benefit seen for adding trastuzumab to breast cancer chemotherapy

Benefit seen for adding trastuzumab to breast cancer chemotherapy

Herceptin in addition to chemotherapy boosts survival, reduces risk of cancer recurrence

Unplanned hospitalizations among gastrointestinal cancer patients common

Unplanned hospitalizations among gastrointestinal cancer patients common

Among elderly patients with gastrointestinal cancer, unplanned hospitalizations are common, according to online research.

70-Gene signature not likely to be cost-effective for breast cancer

70-Gene signature not likely to be cost-effective for breast cancer

Findings in comparative economic analysis of patients with node-negative breast cancer showed the 70-gene signature is unlikely to be cost-effective for guiding adjuvant chemotherapy decision making.

Many clinicians feel mobile apps can improve patient outcomes

Many clinicians feel mobile apps can improve patient outcomes

Many physicians believe digital communication technologies, including mobile apps, can be of benefit to their patients.

Overdetection of PSA recurrence after radical prostatectomy more likely in older patients

Overdetection of PSA recurrence after radical prostatectomy more likely in older patients

For some men, prostate cancer recurrence may be overdetected, especially in those aged over 70.

Medicare subsidy program helps breast cancer patients afford treatment

Medicare subsidy program helps breast cancer patients afford treatment

'Extra Help' program allows more women of varying racial and ethnic backgrounds to continue their hormone therapy.

Nearly 5 percent of cancer patients die a month after surgery

Nearly 5 percent of cancer patients die a month after surgery

In a study of more than 1.1 million cancer patients who had surgery, almost 5 percent died within one month of their operation. Lack of access to quality care a major factor in these deaths, researchers say.

Elevated cholesterol associated with prostate cancer recurrence

Elevated cholesterol associated with prostate cancer recurrence

Findings suggest that elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides may be linked with greater risk of the prostate cancer recurrence, but normalization of blood fats may reduce risk.

Laxative type might alter colorectal cancer risk

Laxative type might alter colorectal cancer risk

Fiber-based formulations seem to lower the odds for developing colorectal cancer, non-fiber products seem to raise them.

Ovarian cancer mutations may be detected in vaginal fluid

Ovarian cancer mutations may be detected in vaginal fluid

Preliminary finding may bring doctors one step closer to and ovarian cancer screening test.

Cancer diagnosis often adversely affects mental health

Cancer diagnosis often adversely affects mental health

Patients diagnosed with breast cancer, head and neck cancer, and malignant melanoma are particularly at risk for disorders such as anxiety or depression.

Study reviews LMWH treatment for cancer-related deep vein thrombosis

Study reviews LMWH treatment for cancer-related deep vein thrombosis

Presence of residual vein thrombosis may help determine the optimal duration of anticoagulant therapy in cancer patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the lower limbs.

Use of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) in spinal arthrodesis doesn't increase cancer risk

Use of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) in spinal arthrodesis doesn't increase cancer risk

No increased invasive cancer risk from bone morphogenetic protein exposure in men or women has been observed.

Low-dose computed tomography an effective lung cancer screening technique

Low-dose computed tomography an effective lung cancer screening technique

Low-dose computed tomography has been determined to be both an effective and low cost means of detecting lung cancer in Medicare beneficiaries.

HPV vaccine could prevent most cervical cancers

HPV vaccine could prevent most cervical cancers

Research suggests the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could prevent 90 percent of cervical malignancies.

Providers received billions from drug and device companies

Providers received billions from drug and device companies

Doctors, hospitals received billions of dollars from drug and device makers in second half of 2013, according to the new Open Payments program (created under the Affordable Care Act).

Increased toxicity seen in many newly approved anticancer drugs

Increased toxicity seen in many newly approved anticancer drugs

Managing toxicity costs are higher for treatment with less-specific targeted agents and chemotherapies.

Professional liability for not performing esophageal cancer screening low

Professional liability for not performing esophageal cancer screening low

Risks of claims alleging failure to screen for esophageal cancer arising from acts of commission, omission are similarly low.

AACR: Dim light at night may increase breast cancer tumor resistance

AACR: Dim light at night may increase breast cancer tumor resistance

Tumors in rodents exposed to dim light seemed to develop resistance to a common cancer drug.

Obesity linked to greater secondary cancer risk for colorectal cancer survivors

Obesity linked to greater secondary cancer risk for colorectal cancer survivors

A higher obesity-driven risk of secondary cancer has been identified for kidney, pancreatic, esophageal, endometrial cancers.

ESMO: Herceptin may be best option for HER2 breast cancer treatment

ESMO: Herceptin may be best option for HER2+ breast cancer treatment

Drug should remain standard of care for HER2-positive tumors, according to new research.

ESMO: Combination treatments increase metastatic melanoma survival

ESMO: Combination treatments increase metastatic melanoma survival

Studies show improved progression-free melanoma survival for both cobimetinib combined with vemurafenib, and dabrafenib combined with trametinib.

Lung infections may lessen chance of detecting lung cancer

Lung infections may lessen chance of detecting lung cancer

Certain conditions make it harder to reliably detect tumors, and regions with locally-endemic infectious lung diseases pose an added hurdle for lung cancer detection.

Report identifies new directions for U.S. health care

Report identifies new directions for U.S. health care

A report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics notes 10 "harbingers of change" expected to alter the delivery of health care and medicine use over the next decade.

E-cigarettes don't help cancer patients stop smoking

E-cigarettes don't help cancer patients stop smoking

Smokers with cancer who used e-cigarettes along with traditional cigarettes were more dependent on nicotine, and the long-term safety of the devices still unclear, researchers caution.

Pancreatic cancer risk not increased with dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 inhibitors (DPP-4i)

Pancreatic cancer risk not increased with dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 inhibitors (DPP-4i)

Findings based on comparison to sulfonylureas and thiazolidinediones

Wild berry may up chemotherapy effectiveness for pancreatic cancer

Wild berry may up chemotherapy effectiveness for pancreatic cancer

Chokeberry extract enhances cytotoxicity of gemcitabine on a single cancer cell line, according to research.

ASTRO: Sexual function not compromised in prostate cancer combo treatment

ASTRO: Sexual function not compromised in prostate cancer combo treatment

High rates of preserved sexual function seen with combination beam plus brachytherapy for prostate cancer.

Screening elderly women for breast cancer not efficacious

Screening elderly women for breast cancer not efficacious

Mammograms for those aged 69 to 75 could result in over-treatment, researchers caution.

AACR: Targeted drugs and prevention reduce cancer mortality

AACR: Targeted drugs and prevention reduce cancer mortality

About 14.5 million U.S. cancer survivors are alive today, but aging population and increasing obesity threaten progress.

ASTRO: Radiotherapy helps remedy dysphagia in esophageal cancer

ASTRO: Radiotherapy helps remedy dysphagia in esophageal cancer

For patients with advanced esophageal cancer, dysphagia is improved with radiotherapy alone, according to a study.

ASTRO: Prostate cancer recovery faster with less androgen deprivation therapy

ASTRO: Prostate cancer recovery faster with less androgen deprivation therapy

Shorter time to testosterone recovery with 18 versus 36 months androgen deprivation therapy.

Over a quarter of hospital orders were classified as defensive

Over a quarter of hospital orders were classified as defensive

More than 25% of hospital medicine services were rated by ordering physicians as at least a partially defensive order, according to recent data.

Chest radiation may be useful for combating advanced lung cancers

Chest radiation may be useful for combating advanced lung cancers

The addition of chest radiation reduces recurrence rate and, improves survival when added to chemo in extensive stage small-cell lung cancer.

Market changes needed as patients take on greater care costs

Market changes needed as patients take on greater care costs

As consumers take on more costs of care, access to data for informed decisions is deemed crucial.

For black men with prostate cancer, watchful waiting may be unwise

For black men with prostate cancer, watchful waiting may be unwise

For men with early-stage prostate cancer, watching waiting is not always the best course of action, especially for black patients.

Half of staff feel dignified death is a possibility in cancer centers

Half of staff feel dignified death is a possibility in cancer centers

Compared with staff from other wards, palliative care staff reported much better conditions for the dying, with 95 percent indicating that patients die with dignity in palliative care wards.

ACCR: Oral olaparib with chemotherapy beneficial for ovarian cancer

ACCR: Oral olaparib with chemotherapy beneficial for ovarian cancer

Olaparib has been deemed safe in combination with carboplatin/paclitaxel in advanced ovarian cancer.

Meta-Analysis: Prediabetes tied to increased risk of cancer

Meta-Analysis: Prediabetes tied to increased risk of cancer

Prediabetes has been linked to an increased risk of cancer overall and with increased risks of site-specific cancers, including liver, endometrial, and stomach/colorectal cancer.

Joint ASCO/CCO guidelines for advanced prostate cancer issued

Joint ASCO/CCO guidelines for advanced prostate cancer issued

Recommendations are for men whose tumors have grown resistant to hormonal therapies were issued jointly by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) in Canada.

Health care spending rise expected over next decade

Health care spending rise expected over next decade

Insurance coverage under ACA, population aging, and economic growth will likely drive future spending increases.

Soy may be detrimental for women with breast cancer

Soy may be detrimental for women with breast cancer

Study raises questions about the effect of soy's estrogen-like properties.

New myeloma treatment options promising

New myeloma treatment options promising

New multiple myeloma treatment options have shown promise for patients aged 65 years and younger and for newly diagnosed individuals ineligible for stem-cell transplantation, according to two studies.

Melanoma incidence higher in airline pilots and crew

Melanoma incidence higher in airline pilots and crew

Airline pilots and cabin crew have an increased incidence of melanoma, nearly twice that of the general population, according to a meta-analysis published online.

ASCO: Family doctors can improve mammogram return rates

ASCO: Family doctors can improve mammogram return rates

Women overdue for mammogram respond better to postcard plus reminder letter from family physician.

Guidelines issued for HER2-negative breast cancer

Guidelines issued for HER2-negative breast cancer

Evidence-based recommendations have been developed for chemotherapy and targeted therapy for women with HER2-negative advanced breast cancer.

ASCO: Angelina Jolie announcement responsible for BRCA1/2 testing boost

ASCO: Angelina Jolie announcement responsible for BRCA1/2 testing boost

Celebrity story helped double rates of genetic testing in following six months at one cancer center.

ASCO: Risks greater for double mastectomy

ASCO: Risks greater for double mastectomy

Women with breast cancer who have a double mastectomy are at higher risk of certain complications than those who have a single mastectomy, though the overall complication rate associated with breast cancer surgery is small.

ASCO: Factors that influence contralateral preventive mastectomy

ASCO: Factors that influence contralateral preventive mastectomy

Survey of women with breast cancer explores factors in the decision to remove a healthy breast as a measure to prevent breast cancer.

Bilateral mastectomy rates rise from 1998 to 2011

Bilateral mastectomy rates rise from 1998 to 2011

Bilateral mastectomy-linked mortality rates are up for women diagnosed with stage 0 to III breast cancer.

Factors associated with late hospice admission for cancer patients identified

Factors associated with late hospice admission for cancer patients identified

For patients with cancer, late admission more likely for younger patients, married men, hematologic malignancies.

Risk of diabetes elevated in Hodgkin lymphoma survivors

Risk of diabetes elevated in Hodgkin lymphoma survivors

Para-aortic radiation correlates with increased diabetes mellitus (DM) risk for Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) survivors, according to a study.

United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) recommends indoor e-cigarettes ban

United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) recommends indoor e-cigarettes ban

WHO recommendation came a day after similar calls for e-cigarette regulation by American Heart Association.

American Heart Association (AHA) issues guidelines for electronic cigarette use

American Heart Association (AHA) issues guidelines for electronic cigarette use

AHA supports inclusion of e-cigarettes in state and federal laws prohibiting sale and marketing to minors.

Colonic diverticular disease not linked to subsequent colorectal cancer

Colonic diverticular disease not linked to subsequent colorectal cancer

Increased risk of subsequent colorectal cancer (CRC) in first year of diagnosis may be a screening effect, according to research.

United States to tighten controls on narcotic painkillers

United States to tighten controls on narcotic painkillers

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to enact tough new controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone, which has been tied to a surge in addictions across the United States.

Surgery for advanced laryngeal cancer provides survival benefit

Surgery for advanced laryngeal cancer provides survival benefit

A small but significant advantage in disease-specific, overall survival, is seen for patients with advanced laryngeal cancer, even after adjustment.

Endogenous hormones improve breast cancer risk prediction

Endogenous hormones improve breast cancer risk prediction

Inclusion of endogenous hormones in prediction models improves prediction of invasive breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women, according to a study.

Bisphosphonate use may not prevent breast cancer

Bisphosphonate use may not prevent breast cancer

Data from two randomized controlled trials suggest that bisphosphonate use does not protect against postmenopausal breast cancer, according to research.

Patients with Medicaid or no coverage show higher cancer mortality

Patients with Medicaid or no coverage show higher cancer mortality

Patients with Medicaid insurance or no insurance coverage are less likely to receive cancer-related surgery and/or radiation and are more likely to die from cancer than those with insurance, according to an online study.

Once-only flexible sigmoidoscopy screening lowers colorectal cancer incidence

Once-only flexible sigmoidoscopy screening lowers colorectal cancer incidence

Once-only flexible sigmoidoscopy screening, with or without fecal occult blood testing (FOBT), is associated with reduced colorectal cancer incidence and mortality, according to a study.

CDC breast and cervical cancer screening program benefits millions

CDC breast and cervical cancer screening program benefits millions

Millions of American women have benefited from a breast and cervical cancer screening program offered by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to a new report.

Unrecognized lung cancer trends identified

Unrecognized lung cancer trends identified

An updated and expanded analysis has revealed some new observations about patterns in lung cancer incidence in the United States, according to research.

New mutations may increase breast cancer risk

New mutations may increase breast cancer risk

Mutations in PALB2 and germline mutations in the multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) tumor-suppressor gene causing MEN1 correlate with increased breast cancer risk, according to two studies.

Herpes zoster vaccine effective with chemotherapy

Herpes zoster vaccine effective with chemotherapy

Vaccine is effective even among older adults who subsequently undergo chemotherapy.

Lasting drop in prostate cancer mortality with prostate-specific antigen (PSA)

Lasting drop in prostate cancer mortality with prostate-specific antigen (PSA)

Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening is associated with a lasting reduction in prostate cancer mortality, according to a study published online.

Women 75+ may still benefit from routine mammograms

Women 75+ may still benefit from routine mammograms

Breast cancer survival has been found to be better in women whose cancer was detected by mammography.

Prophylactic aspirin may aid cancer prevention

Prophylactic aspirin may aid cancer prevention

Daily aspirin appears beneficial for men and women between ages 50 and 65 in the general population.

Acupuncture reduces comorbid symptoms of cancer pain

Acupuncture reduces comorbid symptoms of cancer pain

Electroacupuncture may reduce comorbid symptoms of pain in women with breast cancer who have aromatase inhibitor-related arthralgia, according to research.

Patients rate nursing care higher than nurses

Patients rate nursing care higher than nurses

A survey has revealed that patients at a single level-1 trauma center emergency room consistently rate the nursing care received higher than do the nurses, according to research.

Healthy lifestyle reduces metabolic syndrome risk for cancer survivors

Healthy lifestyle reduces metabolic syndrome risk for cancer survivors

Reduced risk of metabolic syndrome (MetS) has been observed in male and female childhood cancer survivors who adhere to WCRF/AICR guidelines.

Noncervical cancers related to HPV on the increase in Canada

Noncervical cancers related to HPV on the increase in Canada

Registry data show increase in incidence rates of HPV-related oropharyngeal and anal cancers are up in Canada.

Repeat colonoscopies not always beneficial for some patients

Repeat colonoscopies not always beneficial for some patients

Little benefit seen for repeat colonoscopy within 10 years in patients with no polyps on initial exam.

Adolescent cancer patients risk heavy menstrual bleeding

Adolescent cancer patients risk heavy menstrual bleeding

Oncologist and gynecologist should collaborate to provide appropriate treatment

Lymphoma treatment type affects sperm production

Lymphoma treatment type affects sperm production

Lymphoma treatment type and pretreatment spermatogenesis status are linked to recovery.

Oncology clinicians and fellows report similar burnout frequency

Oncology clinicians and fellows report similar burnout frequency

Oncology fellows may underestimate future workload of actual practice.

Tool Assesses Psychosocial Problems in Genetic Counseling

Tool Assesses Psychosocial Problems in Genetic Counseling

A questionnaire can help counselors address psychosocial issues in genetic counseling for cancer.

Gynecologists advised on the effects of specific cancer treatments

Gynecologists advised on the effects of specific cancer treatments

Cancer and its treatment may have an immediate or delayed impact on reproductive health.

Idelalisib approved by FDA for three types of blood cancer

Idelalisib approved by FDA for three types of blood cancer

Zydelig (idelalisib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat relapsed forms of blood cancer, but label warns drug may be toxic to the liver.

Physicians cautioned about counterfeit medical devices

Physicians cautioned about counterfeit medical devices

Physicians should be aware of the prevalence and serious consequences associated with use of counterfeit medical devices.

Women undergoing morcellation have in 27 in 10k uterine cancer prevalence

Women undergoing morcellation have in 27 in 10k uterine cancer prevalence

For women undergoing hysterectomy by morcellation, the prevalence of uterine cancers is 27 per 10,000, with increased prevalence with advanced age, according to a research letter published online.

Gene marker may help predict breast cancer response to tamoxifen

Gene marker may help predict breast cancer response to tamoxifen

Researchers have identified genes that may help predict whether a patient with estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer is likely to benefit from tamoxifen therapy.

Bike riding may up prostate cancer risk

Bike riding may up prostate cancer risk

Researchers found that cyclists who bike more may face a higher risk of prostate cancer, but not a greater chance of infertility or erectile dysfunction.

Poor parent-provider communication seen in advanced pediatric cancer

Poor parent-provider communication seen in advanced pediatric cancer

For pediatric patients with advanced cancer, parent-provider concordance is poor regarding prognosis and goals of care, according to a study.

Testicular cancer on the rise for young U.S. Hispanics

Testicular cancer on the rise for young U.S. Hispanics

An increase in incidence of testicular germ cell tumors in Hispanic adolescents and young adults in the United States has been observed.

Rates of observation as prostate cancer management vary

Rates of observation as prostate cancer management vary

Rates of observation as management for low-risk prostate cancer vary widely, and primary ADT is not tied to better survival for men with localized prostate cancer.

Link between vasectomy and prostate cancer greater in high-grade cases

Link between vasectomy and prostate cancer greater in high-grade cases

Vasectomy is associated with an increased incidence of prostate cancer overall during extended follow-up, with an elevated risk seen for high-grade and lethal cancer.

Depressed men with prostate cancer have worse outcomes

Depressed men with prostate cancer have worse outcomes

Depressed men with a diagnosis of intermediate- or high-risk prostate cancer have worse overall outcomes.

Surgical biopsy safe for advanced lung cancer

Surgical biopsy safe for advanced lung cancer

Surgical biopsy samples can be safely collected in patients with stage IV non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and can inform appropriate personalized therapy, according to a study.

Breast cancer screening costs on the rise for Medicare patients

Breast cancer screening costs on the rise for Medicare patients

Although use of newer technologies and costs associated with breast cancer screening have increased, no change in stage at diagnosis has been observed in Medicare beneficiaries.

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.

ESHRE: Low evidence of fertility drug and cancer link

ESHRE: Low evidence of fertility drug and cancer link

Use of fertility drugs doesn't appear to increase a woman's long-term risk of breast, ovarian, and uterine cancers, new research indicates, but researchers still urge long-term monitoring.

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.

ESC: Hyperlipidemia increases breast cancer risk

ESC: Hyperlipidemia increases breast cancer risk

The presence of hyperlipidemia has been linked to 1.64-fold increased risk of breast cancer.

ACA offers opportunities to improve quality of care

ACA offers opportunities to improve quality of care

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is fostering collaboration between the public health and health care systems and can potentially improve quality of care and advance population health.

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