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Patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) improves communication between patients, caregivers, and health care team

A novel web-based, patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) helped patients develop their plan of care.

Prophylactic surgery rates among men with breast cancer nearly double

Prophylactic surgery rates among men with breast cancer nearly double

The rates of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy (CPM) among men with breast nearly doubled between 2004 and 2011.

Fungal infection drug for lung transplant recipients may increase cancer, death risk

Fungal infection drug for lung transplant recipients may increase cancer, death risk

Prescription drug that is commonly used to treat fungal infections in lung transplant recipients may significantly increase the risk for skin cancer.

Long-term denosumab therapy safe for patients with breast, prostate cancer

Long-term denosumab therapy safe for patients with breast, prostate cancer

No new safety signals were identified for long-term denosumab therapy in patients with metastatic breast or prostate cancer and bone metastases.

Children receiving intermediate, high dose MTX experience poor CINV control

Children receiving intermediate, high dose MTX experience poor CINV control

Children with cancer receiving methotrexate had a poor complete chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) rate.

Variation in Medicare reimbursement for radiation therapy not attributed to patient or cancer characteristics

Variation in Medicare reimbursement for radiation therapy not attributed to patient or cancer characteristics

Differences in radiation therapy costs for Medicare patients often have little to do with patient specifics, researchers found.

Coffee consumption may improve survival in patients with colon cancer

Coffee consumption may improve survival in patients with colon cancer

Regular consumption of caffeinated coffee may help prevent the return of colon cancer after treatment and improve the chances of a cure, according to a new, large study.

Imaging technique allows pediatric brain tumors to be classified noninvasively at diagnosis

Researchers have discovered that determining a tumor's medulloblastoma subgroup can be achieved noninvasively, using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS).

Antibiotic use was associated with increased risk for some cancers

Antibiotic use was associated with increased risk for some cancers

Recurrent exposure to antibiotics may increase the risk for cancer in specific organ sites.

ADT impacts mood of patients with prostate cancer, as perceived by partners

ADT impacts mood of patients with prostate cancer, as perceived by partners

Androgen deprivation therapy negative impacts the mood of patients with prostate cancer.

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PET-adapted treatment improves outcomes for patients with stage I/II Hodgkin lymphoma

Early FDG-PET adapted treatment improves the outcome of early FDG-PET-positive patients with stages I/II Hodgkin lymphoma, according to the results of a randomized trial.

Managing oral oncology/hematology treatments in your practice

An increasing number of oncology/hematology treatments will consist of oral oncolytics, and oncology programs are needed to manage the treatment of patients following these regimens.

Follow-up PET/CT more than 95% sensitive for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

BALTIMORE, MD—For more aggressive cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), posttreatment surveillance with molecular imaging could mean the early start of a new, life-saving treatment. This was presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) 2015 Annual Meeting.

Distinct triple-positive subtypes identified in breast cancer

CHICAGO, IL—Functional subtyping with a multigene classifier resulted in 1 in 5 tumors being reclassified compared with conventional immunohistochemistry/fluorescent in situ hybridization (IHC/FISH) analysis. This study was presented at the 2015 American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting.

Removing more breast tissue reduces the need for a second cancer surgery

Expanded surgical margins during a partial mastectomy could be beneficial for patients, preventing further surgery.

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