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Palliative Cancer Care Should Focus on Symptoms, Not Diagnoses

Palliative Cancer Care Should Focus on Symptoms, Not Diagnoses

Results of a cross-sectional study determined that symptoms and care needs dictate palliative care needs of patients with cancer.

COX-2 Inhibitors Can Improve Response to Immunotherapy of Some Cancer Tumors

COX-2 Inhibitors Can Improve Response to Immunotherapy of Some Cancer Tumors

Tumors that express the protein IDO1 constitutively respond to the COX-2 inhibitor celecoxib and have increased infiltration of certain T-cell subsets, making them more responsive to anti-PD1 treatment.

Opioids Overprescribed in Patients Undergoing Surgery

Opioids Overprescribed in Patients Undergoing Surgery

A significant variation in opioid prescribing practices was observed for each of 25 common elective procedures.

Gay Men and the Stigma of a Cancer Diagnosis

Gay Men and the Stigma of a Cancer Diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis often further stigmatizes gay men, particularly those who have not revealed their sexual orientation to others. In this review, CancerCare's Bill Goeren discusses the psychosocial challenges inherent to cancer care for gay men.

New Evidence Shows Metastases May Spread Independently of Lymph Nodes

New Evidence Shows Metastases May Spread Independently of Lymph Nodes

A recent study found that nodal tumors and distant metastases originate from different areas of the primary tumor, suggesting that cancer spreads independently of the lymph nodes.

FDA Expands Clearance for Cooling Cap Use With Chemotherapy for Solid Tumors

FDA Expands Clearance for Cooling Cap Use With Chemotherapy for Solid Tumors

The US FDA has granted expanded clearance for the DigniCap Cooling System to include use in patients undergoing chemotherapy for solid tumors in other areas of the body besides the breast.

Recommendations for Vaccine Administration During Chemotherapy

Recommendations for Vaccine Administration During Chemotherapy

Which vaccines should be avoided in patients receiving chemotherapy?

Rates of Infection with Clostridium Difficile Increase Over Time in Patients With Cancer

Rates of Infection with Clostridium Difficile Increase Over Time in Patients With Cancer

Patients with cancer experience several risk factors for developing Clostridium difficile, and results of a recent study have shown that infection with C difficile is increasing in frequency and negatively affects clinical and care outcomes.

Rates at Some Milestones May Indicate Clinical Trial Results for Immunotherapeutics

Rates at Some Milestones May Indicate Clinical Trial Results for Immunotherapeutics

An analysis of rates at certain milestones in clinical trials of treatments for mNSCLC suggests these rates reflect end point results for immunotherapies vs targeted and conventional therapies.

Cancer Risk Not Increased by Childhood Exposure to Diagnostic Radiation

Cancer Risk Not Increased by Childhood Exposure to Diagnostic Radiation

Risk of developing cancer as a result of childhood exposure to medical imaging radiation is not increased in children or adults, a new study reports.

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