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.

Many breast cancer patients overtreated with radiation therapy

Many breast cancer patients overtreated with radiation therapy

Two-thirds of breast-conserving surgical patients undergo six to seven weeks of radiation, but three weeks of higher-dose radiation could be more beneficial.

ASH: Carfilzomib increases survival in relapsed multiple myeloma

ASH: Carfilzomib increases survival in relapsed multiple myeloma

Improved progression-free survival in relapsed multiple myeloma has been seen with the addition of carfilzomib to lenalidomide and dexamethasone therapy.

Inherited mutations typical in triple-negative breast cancer

Inherited mutations typical in triple-negative breast cancer

Deleterious mutations were identified in 14.6 percent of patients in a cohort unselected for family history.

Prolonged TV watching may lower colorectal cancer survival chances

Prolonged TV watching may lower colorectal cancer survival chances

Researchers also found exercising seven hours or more a week boosted chances of living longer, whereas watching too much TV had the opposite effect.

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia benefits cancer survivors

Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia benefits cancer survivors

Significant and durable improvements in insomnia and sleep quality, with and without armodafinil

Blincyto now FDA-approved for precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia

Blincyto now FDA-approved for precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia

The drug, which spurs the body's immune system, has now been approved to treat patients with Philadelphia chromosome-negative precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Not enough prostate cancer patients receive bisphosphonates

Not enough prostate cancer patients receive bisphosphonates

Men receiving hormone therapy for prostate cancer may be missing out on protective meds, researchers say.

Antacids may improve survival odds for head and neck cancer

Antacids may improve survival odds for head and neck cancer

Using antacids to control acid reflux may improve survival chances for patients with head and neck cancer, but the reason for antacids benefit remains unclear.

Less cancer-related imaging in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system

Less cancer-related imaging in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system

Lower use of imaging seen in the VA than in fee-for-service Medicare; not associated with less geographic variation.

Breast cancer vaccine shows promise in early testing

Breast cancer vaccine shows promise in early testing

An experimental breast cancer vaccine boosts immune response and appears to slow spread in those with advanced disease.

Insight gained into care of cancer-related lymphedema

Insight gained into care of cancer-related lymphedema

Advances in treatment offer insight into lymphedema management, improvements in care

Current breast cancer treatments measure better than past therapies

Current breast cancer treatments measure better than past therapies

Significant improvements in breast cancer outcomes found despite similar patterns of relapse, research shows.

Obesity a factor in half a million cancers worldwide

Obesity a factor in half a million cancers worldwide

The largest number of obesity-related cancers are diagnosed in North America and Europe.

Nurse pracitioners (NPs) employ more diagnostic imaging than physicians

Nurse pracitioners (NPs) employ more diagnostic imaging than physicians

Across all patient groups and imaging services, more imaging is used by advanced practice clinicians (APCs) than primary care doctors.

Diagnostic grading system developed for cancer-related weight loss

Diagnostic grading system developed for cancer-related weight loss

New grading system for cancer-linked weight loss includes independent prognostic significance of BMI and percent weight loss.

Prosocial Internet support group not proving beneficial for breast cancer survivors

Prosocial Internet support group not proving beneficial for breast cancer survivors

Participants in prosocial versus standard group have higher level of depression, anxiety after intervention.

Mastectomy numbers on the rise in women eligible for lumpectomy

Mastectomy numbers on the rise in women eligible for lumpectomy

Better breast reconstruction outcomes may be one reason behind the trend of increasing mastectomy rates for early-stage breast cancer patients eligible for lumpectomy.

Combination treatments show promise for metastatic melanoma

Combination treatments show promise for metastatic melanoma

Nivolumab and dabrafenib plus trametinib up survival in melanoma without, with BRAF, respectively.

Variation seen in number of cancer survivors undergoing HIV testing

Variation seen in number of cancer survivors undergoing HIV testing

Proportion undergoing testing varies by demographic and health-related factors, and by state, a study found.

AHA: Even with weight gain, smoking cessation ups survival

AHA: Even with weight gain, smoking cessation ups survival

Research indicates smoking cessation boosts survival, even if there has been a weight gain.

Telephone Support Intervention Beneficial for BRCA Carriers

Telephone Support Intervention Beneficial for BRCA Carriers

Reduction in distress, unmet information needs with telephone-based, peer-support program

Physicians feeling more positive about the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Physicians feeling more positive about the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

There has been an increase in physicians grading health care reform as "A" and a decrease in those grading it as a failure, according to recent survey data.

Video-based tool informs patients about prostate health

Video-based tool informs patients about prostate health

A video-based educational tool increased comprehension of prostate health terms in patients with a mean literacy level of 7th grade or higher.

Prices soaring for some generic drugs in United States

Prices soaring for some generic drugs in United States

Supply and manufacturing problems, plus fewer companies in the market are among the causes for soaring generic prices.

Ezetimibe not tied to higher cancer risk or mortality

Ezetimibe not tied to higher cancer risk or mortality

Findings based upon 21 months of follow-up from original SEAS lipid therapy trial did not find the lipid-lowering therapy ezetimibe/simvastatin to be associated with an increased risk of developing cancer.

Cancer patients in hospice less likely to receive aggressive treatment

Cancer patients in hospice less likely to receive aggressive treatment

Researchers found that non-hospice patients used significantly more health care resources, mainly for acute conditions not directly related to their cancer.

Urologists key to informing patients of tobacco-bladder cancer link

Urologists key to informing patients of tobacco-bladder cancer link

Active smokers more knowledgeable than former smokers or nonsmokers, and often cite urologist as source of information.

CDC: Skin cancer treatment costs doubled within a decade

CDC: Skin cancer treatment costs doubled within a decade

The rapidly escalating costs of skin cancer treatment outstripped other cancer type treatment costs, increasing five times faster. The findings underscore importance of prevention efforts.

Large percentage of nursing students demonstrate hazardous drinking

Large percentage of nursing students demonstrate hazardous drinking

In nursing students, dangerous drinking is prevalent, and more problem drinking among younger students and smokers.

Lung cancer screening with computed tomography (CT) can be cost-effective

Lung cancer screening with computed tomography (CT) can be cost-effective

Benefit seen in long-term smokers when CT testing is done by skilled experts.

Colorectal cancer rates increasing for U.S. adults under 50

Colorectal cancer rates increasing for U.S. adults under 50

Reasons behind this colorectal cancer trend are unclear, and it's happening even as rates decline among older Americans.

Many women are not screened for cervical cancer despite need

Many women are not screened for cervical cancer despite need

The CDC notes that more than half of cervical cancer cases occur among women never or rarely screened.

Combination therapy for advanced melanoma found to increase survival

Combination therapy for advanced melanoma found to increase survival

Pairing ipilimumab with sargramostim gives patients about five extra months survival time for patients with advanced melanoma, researchers report.

ASCO endorses guideline for adjuvant and salvage radiotherapy after prostatectomy

ASCO endorses guideline for adjuvant and salvage radiotherapy after prostatectomy

The endorsed guideline outlines use of adjuvant and salvage radiotherapy after surgery for prostate cancer.

Repeated annual FITs may be viable alternative to colonoscopy

Repeated annual FITs may be viable alternative to colonoscopy

Annual FIT IDs all colorectal cancer, and may be equivalent to colonoscopy in detecting advanced neoplasia in first-degree relatives of patients with colorectal cancer (CRC).

ASTRO: Reducing biopsy could slash diagnosis costs for lung cancer

ASTRO: Reducing biopsy could slash diagnosis costs for lung cancer

For patients not diagnosed with cancer, the median diagnostic cost per patient was about 28 times higher for those with versus without biopsy.

Link between obesity and breast cancer confirmed for blacks and Hispanics

Link between obesity and breast cancer confirmed for blacks and Hispanics

For black women and Hispanic women, obesity increases postmenopausal risk of estrogen receptor (ER)-negative and progesterone receptor-positive breast cancer.

MicroRNAs can accurately identify pancreatic cancer

MicroRNAs can accurately identify pancreatic cancer

Increased expression of a microRNA (miRNA) panel seems highly accurate for diagnosis of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), according to a study published online.

AMA: Health insurer competition lacking in many regions

AMA: Health insurer competition lacking in many regions

A significant absence of health insurer competition was seen in 72 percent of the metropolitan areas examined.

Generic aromatase inhibitors may help breast cancer patients stick to therapy

Generic aromatase inhibitors may help breast cancer patients stick to therapy

Cost is a key factor for women to maintain their hormone treatment regimen, researchers report.

Digital mammography plus tomosynthesis cost-effective for dense breasts

Digital mammography plus tomosynthesis cost-effective for dense breasts

The combined breast screening cost-effective over a range of incremental improvements in test performance.

Radiologist performance improved on own recalled mammogram screens

Radiologist performance improved on own recalled mammogram screens

The researchers found that the sensitivity, false-positive rate, and cancer detection rate of screening mammography increased with increasing numbers of radiologist work-ups for their own recalled mammograms.

Knowledge of genetic colorectal cancer risk doesn't affect behavior

Knowledge of genetic colorectal cancer risk doesn't affect behavior

Those who know they have greater risk of colorectal cancer were found no more likely to be screened than others at lower risk, according to research.

Challenges exist in treating HPV oropharyngeal cancer patients

Challenges exist in treating HPV oropharyngeal cancer patients

Mixed views have been expressed in relation to explaining the causal role of HPV in oropharyngeal cancer.

ASCO: Burnout prevalent among palliative care clinicians

ASCO: Burnout prevalent among palliative care clinicians

A majority of of palliative care clinicians report burnout, according to a study, with the greatest risk of burnout for younger clinicians and those working more than 50 hours per week

Views on Affordable Care Act split by political affiliation

Views on Affordable Care Act split by political affiliation

Health care is third most important issue to Americans in fall elections, according to polls

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.

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