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FDA Approves Fostamatinib for ITP After Insufficient Response to Previous Treatment

FDA Approves Fostamatinib for ITP After Insufficient Response to Previous Treatment

The US FDA granted approval to fostamatinib (Tavalisse), a kinase inhibitor, for the treatment of thrombocytopenia in patients with chronic IPT who have had an insufficient response to a previous treatment.

Elderly Patients Are Underrepresented in Trials For Soft Tissue Sarcoma

Elderly Patients Are Underrepresented in Trials For Soft Tissue Sarcoma

With median age of participants in clinical trials for soft-tissue sarcoma younger than most patients who develop the disease, these researchers sought to determine the prevalence of including persons older than 65 in clinical trials and the efficacy of first-line chemotherapy for STS in older patients.

Combination Effective as First-Line Therapy in Advanced ER-Positive HER2-Negative Breast Cancer

Combination Effective as First-Line Therapy in Advanced ER-Positive HER2-Negative Breast Cancer

In this open label phase 2 BOLERO-4 study, researchers evaluated the effect of everolimus plus endocrine therapy on progression-free survival.

Screening Colonoscopy Improves CRC-Related Mortality in Veterans

Screening Colonoscopy Improves CRC-Related Mortality in Veterans

Researchers conducted a case-control study to determine whether colonoscopy is associated with decreased CRC mortality in veterans and whether its effect differs by anatomical location of CRC.

Progression-Free Survival Extended With PANEX Protocol in R/R Multiple Myeloma

Progression-Free Survival Extended With PANEX Protocol in R/R Multiple Myeloma

This treatment-expansion study evaluated the tolerability and safety of the PANEX (panobinostat plus bortezomib with dexamethasone) protocol in heavily treated patients with R/R multiple myeloma.

Physical Inactivity Linked With Increased Risk of Hodgkin, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Physical Inactivity Linked With Increased Risk of Hodgkin, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

In a case-control study using PEDS data, researchers determined the impact of inactivity on risk for Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Following ACS Guidelines Shown to Improve Outcomes for Colon Cancer Survivors

Following ACS Guidelines Shown to Improve Outcomes for Colon Cancer Survivors

A prospective study assessing the outcomes of a cohort of participants in the CALGB 89803 study determined the effect of following the American Cancer Society guidelines on survival for persons with colon cancer.

Pivot Nurse Improves Patients' Navigation Through Lung Cancer Care

Pivot Nurse Improves Patients' Navigation Through Lung Cancer Care

Researchers in Montreal presented results of a study on the effects of using a pivot nurse in oncology (PNO) on continuity of care, outcomes, and quality of life for patients with lung cancer at the 2018 European Lung Cancer Congress.

Tobacco Use Data Supports Efforts to Reduce Burden of Smoking-Associated Cancers

Tobacco Use Data Supports Efforts to Reduce Burden of Smoking-Associated Cancers

Analysis of data from more than 1 million people demonstrates the value of tobacco-use data in tailoring public health programs to prevalence of smokers in local populations.

Factoring in Breast Density Improves Long-Term Risk Models for Breast Cancer

Factoring in Breast Density Improves Long-Term Risk Models for Breast Cancer

A study using a cohort of women from Kaiser Permanente Washington evaluated the accuracy of risk assessment models for breast cancer that included classic risk factors with and without breast density as an additional factor during more than 10 years of follow-up.

Conference Coverage

Patients With Cancer Experience Greatest Symptom Burden Soon After Diagnosis

An analysis of ESAS scores identified factors that increased the odds patients with cancer would experience greater symptom burdens and at what points in the cancer experience this was more likely to occur.

Nursing Model of Flexibility, Collaboration Enhanced Overall Care, Outcomes, Practices

A study presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference focused on redesigning CNS practice to mirror patient transitions throughout the continuum of care.

Aspiration Screening Reduces Aspiration Pneumonia Rates Among Hospitalized Patients

Routine screening initiative results in improved aspiration rates in multiple units across an academic medical center, according to a study presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference.

Inpatient Sperm Banking Shortens Time to Fertility Consultation Before Cancer Treatment

Collaboration with fertility nurse specialists can improve the timeliness of fertility consultations for patients of reproductive potential with cancer, a project presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference has shown.

Evidence-Based Approach Improves Rate of Colon Surgical Site Infections

Study results presented at the NACNS 2018 Annual Conference demonstrate the efficacy of SSI bundle element compliance and multidisciplinary clinical collaboration in reducing colon surgical site infections.

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