General Oncology

Frailty Classifications Associated With Prognosis Among Older Patients

Frailty Classifications Associated With Prognosis Among Older Patients

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A comparison of frailty classifications of older patients with cancer was conducted to evaluate their performance in predicting outcomes.

When Noncompliance With Cancer Treatment Isn't Really Noncompliance

When Noncompliance With Cancer Treatment Isn't Really Noncompliance

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The patient seemed to demonstrate typical noncompliance behaviors. Until one day her appearance suggested another explanation, prompting an investigation that revealed a surprising cause.

Hypnosis and Its Use in Cancer Treatment

Hypnosis and Its Use in Cancer Treatment

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A cursory look at hypnosis and where it may be used to offer an alternative and side-effect-free management of several aspects of care that can be beneficial to patients with cancer.

Cancer Mortality Rates Continue to Drop in the United States

Cancer Mortality Rates Continue to Drop in the United States

Cancer mortality rates in the United States have dropped, according to a new ACS report.

Escalating Drug Prices Central to Value Discussion of Cancer Treatment Regimens

Escalating Drug Prices Central to Value Discussion of Cancer Treatment Regimens

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In his plenary lecture at 2016 SABCS, Peter P. Bach, MD, MAPP, reviewed the factors contributing to escalating drug prices and the significance of drug prices in the value of a cancer treatment regimen.

Can Depression Reduce Chemotherapy Tolerability, Effectiveness in Advanced Lung Cancer?

Can Depression Reduce Chemotherapy Tolerability, Effectiveness in Advanced Lung Cancer?

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New evidence indicates that depression can impact cancer outcomes following chemotherapy.

Direct-to-Consumer Cancer Risk Tests Prompt Few Changes in Exercise, Diet, Cancer Screening

Direct-to-Consumer Cancer Risk Tests Prompt Few Changes in Exercise, Diet, Cancer Screening

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The majority of consumers do not change their health-related behaviors in the wake of personal genomic test results.

Urgent Need for Sustainable Cancer Registries Around the World

Urgent Need for Sustainable Cancer Registries Around the World

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Cancer registries are very valuable epidemiologic tools, but their global coverage varies.

Comparing Popular Commercial Cancer Gene Tests Yield Different Results

Comparing Popular Commercial Cancer Gene Tests Yield Different Results

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A head-to-head comparison of two commercial gene sequencing tests yielded differing results.

Chemo-related Cardiotoxicity May Be Worse in Diabetes Patients

Chemo-related Cardiotoxicity May Be Worse in Diabetes Patients

Patients with diabetes showed more early warning signs of heart failure following chemotherapy.

Shared Decision Making Will Require New Tools, Paradigms in Radiation Oncology

Shared Decision Making Will Require New Tools, Paradigms in Radiation Oncology

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A recent paper on the future of radiation oncology reports on the trend toward a greater role for shared decision making and patient-reported outcomes, such as the interrelated benchmarks of patient satisfaction, engagement, and treatment-plan adherence.

Palliative Care Provides Benefits, But Does Not Extend Life for Patients With Cancer

Palliative Care Provides Benefits, But Does Not Extend Life for Patients With Cancer

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A new meta-analysis examines the impact of palliative care services on patients' and caregivers' quality of life and outcomes.

Number of Cancer Cases and Deaths Up Globally

Number of Cancer Cases and Deaths Up Globally

Researchers cite population aging and growth as a factor in rising cancer incidence.

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.

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