General Oncology

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

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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

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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

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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

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Which vaccines should be avoided in patients receiving chemotherapy?

Rates of Infection with <i>Clostridium Difficile</i> Increase Over Time in Patients With Cancer

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

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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

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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

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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.

Study Questions Safety of E-cigarettes vs Regular Tobacco Cigarettes

Study Questions Safety of E-cigarettes vs Regular Tobacco Cigarettes

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E-cigarettes used with nicotine-based liquid have the same potential to produce cancer-causing DNA damage as unfiltered regular cigarettes.

Clinical Trials May Benefit Oncology Patients

Clinical Trials May Benefit Oncology Patients

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Research on the effects of research demonstrated that oncology-related clinical trials provide measurable benefits in terms

Sharp Increase in Opioid-Related Hospitalizations for Women

Sharp Increase in Opioid-Related Hospitalizations for Women

U.S. cases of opioid-related hospitalizations rose 75 percent for females versus 55 percent for males over a decade, researchers say

Wait Times From Cancer Diagnosis to First Treatment Longer, Negative Impact on Survival

Wait Times From Cancer Diagnosis to First Treatment Longer, Negative Impact on Survival

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Data from the National Cancer Database are indicating that wait times from cancer diagnosis to initial treatment were substantially longer over a 5-year period.

Screening Recommendations for Children with Common Cancer Predisposition Syndromes

Screening Recommendations for Children with Common Cancer Predisposition Syndromes

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The Pediatric Cancer Working Group of the AACR released its first consensus screening guidelines for children with common cancer predisposition syndromes.

Can Biosimilars Help Achieve the Goals of US Health Care Reform?

Can Biosimilars Help Achieve the Goals of US Health Care Reform?

[Cancer Management and Research] This research examines the pros and cons of the Affordable Care Act enactment and the possible beneficial role biosimilars may play in this environment.

Adherence to Geriatric Assessment-Based Recommendations Probed

Adherence to Geriatric Assessment-Based Recommendations Probed

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Older patients with cancer most frequently adhere to recommendations to see a dietitian for nutritional issues.

Symptom Burden Predictive of Hospital Discharge Location

Symptom Burden Predictive of Hospital Discharge Location

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Greater symptom burden in hospitalized advanced cancer patients ups the likelihood of being discharged to a post-acute care facility or hospice.

Positive Clinical Effects Seen for Placebos Without Deception

Positive Clinical Effects Seen for Placebos Without Deception

Open-label placebos can be effective, according to five studies involving patients with IBS, depression, allergic rhinitis, back pain, and ADHD.

Cognitive Computing Expedites Matching Patients to Clinical Trials

Cognitive Computing Expedites Matching Patients to Clinical Trials

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IBM Watson for Clinical Trial Matching compares study enrollment criteria with patient data in electronic medical records.

Obesity Increases Costs Across Health Care Settings

Obesity Increases Costs Across Health Care Settings

Percentage increases in costs associated with obesity were highest for medications, higher for women

Videos, Movies Eliminates Need for Anesthesia During Pediatric Radiation Therapy

Videos, Movies Eliminates Need for Anesthesia During Pediatric Radiation Therapy

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Pediatric patients are better able to tolerate radiation therapy without anesthesia when video movies are projected on the inside of the machine during treatment.

Proposed Health Care Act Could Result in 23 Million Losing Insurance

Proposed Health Care Act Could Result in 23 Million Losing Insurance

Although premiums may lower over the long-term, many would face much higher out-of-pocket costs under the new plan.

Oncolytic HSV-1 Promising in Refractory Incurable Non-CNS Solid Tumors in Pediatric Patients

Oncolytic HSV-1 Promising in Refractory Incurable Non-CNS Solid Tumors in Pediatric Patients

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Oncolytic variants of the HSV-1 have successfully treated melanoma, glioma, and other cancers in adults; in this study, researchers test the effectiveness of an oncolytic HSV-1 in pediatric patients.

Comprehensive After Surgery Recovery Program Reduces Complication Rates and Improves Surgical Outcomes

Comprehensive After Surgery Recovery Program Reduces Complication Rates and Improves Surgical Outcomes

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Postoperative program improves complication rates, opioid prescribing, and hospital mortality and increases home discharge rates after colorectal or hip fracture surgery.

One in Five Cancers in the United States Is Classified as Rare

One in Five Cancers in the United States Is Classified as Rare

Little-known malignancies are harder to diagnose and treat, and appear with far greater frequency in children and teens.

New Safety Concerns in One-Third of FDA-Approved Drugs 3 Years After Approval

New Safety Concerns in One-Third of FDA-Approved Drugs 3 Years After Approval

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New safety issues are detected in almost one-third of drugs approved by the US FDA in the first 3 years after approval.

Plan Suggests Ways for Reducing Health Care Costs

Plan Suggests Ways for Reducing Health Care Costs

Nine-point plan includes streamlining billing, reducing high facility fees, and reducing drug costs.

Rare Cancers Pose a Challenge for Patients, Clinicians

Rare Cancers Pose a Challenge for Patients, Clinicians

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A diagnosis of a rare cancer is compounded by a greater sense of isolation because patients often struggle to find "someone like me." Support measures need to provide a sense of inclusion as well as meet unique needs.

PAD4 Inhibition Repairs, Reverses Cancer Tumor-Induced Kidney Damage

PAD4 Inhibition Repairs, Reverses Cancer Tumor-Induced Kidney Damage

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A potential treatment targeting neutrophils holds promise for limiting kidney damage and improving renal function in cancer.

PAS: Internet Info Can Affect Parent Trust in Doctors' Diagnosis

PAS: Internet Info Can Affect Parent Trust in Doctors' Diagnosis

Computer-generated diagnoses may mislead patients or parents, research indicates.

Handheld Endoscopic Probe Set to Improve Cancer Diagnosis

Handheld Endoscopic Probe Set to Improve Cancer Diagnosis

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An endoscopic imaging tool in development could aid diagnosis of cancer without the delay of pathologic review of tissue sampling and staining.

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