General Oncology

CDC: Fewer U.S. Families Struggling With Medical Costs

CDC: Fewer U.S. Families Struggling With Medical Costs

More Americans are experiencing relief with medical bills, but there is still room for improvement.

Smoking Cessation at Any Age Beneficial

Smoking Cessation at Any Age Beneficial

Even patients that quit smoking in their 60s can add years to their lives, researchers find.

Pediatric Patients Continue to Experience High-Intensity EOL Care

Pediatric Patients Continue to Experience High-Intensity EOL Care

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Studies of end-of-life (EOL) care for pediatric patients have been limited to single institutions or lacked detailed clinical data. Therefore, researchers conducted a retrospective cohort study to examine predictor of, and trends in, high-intensity EOL care in this patient population.

Cancer Patients Benefit From Exercise Both During and After Treatment

Cancer Patients Benefit From Exercise Both During and After Treatment

Studies show better physical function and quality of life for cancer patients who do strength training or aerobic activity.

'Just Bag It' Campaign Aims to Promote Safe Vincristine Handling

'Just Bag It' Campaign Aims to Promote Safe Vincristine Handling

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The NCCN campaign was developed to ensure the proper administration of vincristine and to render it impossible to accidentally administer the medication into the spinal fluid.

Age of Cancer Diagnosis Key in Determining Future Cardiac Risk

Age of Cancer Diagnosis Key in Determining Future Cardiac Risk

The younger the age at diagnosis, the greater the cardiac event risk, study suggests.

Making End of Life Discussions Easier on Patients and Caregivers

Making End of Life Discussions Easier on Patients and Caregivers

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A new card game helps patients and caregivers broach the difficult subject of end-of-life wishes and prioritize what's most important in their planning.

Gene Therapy Alleviates Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiotoxicity

Gene Therapy Alleviates Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiotoxicity

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Doxorubicin, commonly used to treat many cancers, can cause cumulative cardiac atrophy and body wasting in patients receiving the drug. Researchers investigated the potential of gene therapy to reverse those effects.

Gero-Oncology: Preparing for the Coming Wave of Elderly Cancer Patients

Gero-Oncology: Preparing for the Coming Wave of Elderly Cancer Patients

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A growing proportion of cancer patients are elderly—creating a demographic shift with important implications for cancer care, including radiotherapy. Integrating geriatric care into oncology nursing has never been more important.

Adherence to WCRF/AICR Diet Linked to Lower Cancer Risk Among Older Adults

Adherence to WCRF/AICR Diet Linked to Lower Cancer Risk Among Older Adults

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Adherence to World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF)/American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) dietary recommendations improves cancer risks. In this study, researchers determined whether adherence to these recommendations provides the same benefits for older persons.

An App for Intubated Cancer Patients: Giving Voice to the Voiceless

An App for Intubated Cancer Patients: Giving Voice to the Voiceless

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A nurse develops a tablet app that helps intubated patients communicate with their nurses, caregivers, and families.

Cancer Survivors Display Higher Rate of Antidepressant Use

Cancer Survivors Display Higher Rate of Antidepressant Use

Nearly one in five cancer survivors are taking medication for depression or anxiety years later.

Childhood Cancer Linked to Poor Diet Quality in Adult Survivors

Childhood Cancer Linked to Poor Diet Quality in Adult Survivors

Epidemiologic study reveals the impact of cancer and its treatment on diet quality among adult survivors of childhood cancers.

Atypical Teratoid/rhabdoid Tumors: Challenges and Search for Solutions

Atypical Teratoid/rhabdoid Tumors: Challenges and Search for Solutions

[Cancer Management and Research] This research examines treatment options for teratoid/rhabdoid tumors.

Understanding Biosimilar Drugs

Understanding Biosimilar Drugs

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There is a lot of talk about biosimilar drugs. What makes a drug a biosimilar?

Cognitive Function Impacts Oral Cancer Therapy Adherence

Cognitive Function Impacts Oral Cancer Therapy Adherence

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Cognitive function is an important factor when considering oral therapy as an option for cancer treatment, particularly for elderly patients with cancer.

Fee-for-service Medicare Plans Linked to Improved Care During Last Year of Life

Fee-for-service Medicare Plans Linked to Improved Care During Last Year of Life

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Sociodemographic, insurance, and clinical characteristics are associated with experience with physicians and medical care among patients with cancer in their last year before death.

Cancer Mortality Decrease Observed for Children and Adolescents

Cancer Mortality Decrease Observed for Children and Adolescents

A twenty percent decrease in cancer death rate among children and adolescents has taken place from 1999 to 2014.

Doctor Assessment of Drug Importance Doesn't Affect Adherence

Doctor Assessment of Drug Importance Doesn't Affect Adherence

About 20 percent of drugs considered important by physicians were not taken correctly by patients.

Half of Patients With Advanced Cancer Believe They Will Be Cured

Half of Patients With Advanced Cancer Believe They Will Be Cured

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Nearly half of patients with advanced cancer around the world believe they will be cured, with the perception of curability significantly differing by education, performance status, and country of origin.

Oral Nutrition Supplements Improve QALY for Older Hospitalized Patients

Oral Nutrition Supplements Improve QALY for Older Hospitalized Patients

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Oral nutritional supplements are a cost-effective method for improving nutritional status, estimated life years, and quality adjusted life years (QALYs) of older adults who are hospitalized.

Drug Prevents Heart Damage in Pediatric Patients Receiving Chemotherapy

Drug Prevents Heart Damage in Pediatric Patients Receiving Chemotherapy

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Dexrazoxane has cardioprotective properties that can prevent long-term cardiotoxicity in pediatric patients receiving chemotherapy, according to a review of the medical literature on cardiotoxic effects of anthracycline treatment.

Nearly One-Third of Older Patients With Cancer Are Exposed to Severe Drug Interactions

Nearly One-Third of Older Patients With Cancer Are Exposed to Severe Drug Interactions

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Nearly one-third of older patients with cancer are exposed to severe drug interactions and potentially inappropriate medications.

Technique Provides Accurate Radiation Dosimetry in Cancer

Technique Provides Accurate Radiation Dosimetry in Cancer

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Novel technique uses injected microbubbles for dosimetry in radiation therapy in patients with cancer.

Cancer Screening Guidelines Need to Address Higher Risk in SOTRs

Cancer Screening Guidelines Need to Address Higher Risk in SOTRs

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Solid organ transplant recipients (SOTRs) are 3 times more likely to develop cancer; however, clinical practice guidelines for cancer screening in this population do not reflect this increased risk.

Managing IRAEs in Patients Receiving Checkpoint Inhibitors

Managing IRAEs in Patients Receiving Checkpoint Inhibitors

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How should side effects of the new checkpoint inhibitor drugs be managed?

Risks for Injuries Increase During Period Before and After a Cancer Diagnosis

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Patients with cancer experience higher risks for injuries — both unintentional and intentional — in the weeks before and after a diagnosis of cancer is made.

Epigenetic Profiling Improves Identification of Primary Tumor in CUP

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DNA methylation profiling identified the primary cancer in cases of cancer of unknown primary, informing tumor-type specific treatment that improved overall survival in these patients.

Resources Informing Coverage of Off-label Cancer Drug Use Are Inconsistent

Resources Informing Coverage of Off-label Cancer Drug Use Are Inconsistent

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Resources used to inform coverage of off-label uses of cancer drugs are inconsistent and the evidence used to support these uses is of weak quality.

MASCC Updates Guidelines for Controlling N/V With Chemo of Low Emetic Potential

MASCC Updates Guidelines for Controlling N/V With Chemo of Low Emetic Potential

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The Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer has updated their consensus recommendations for controlling nausea and vomiting.

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