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Out-of-pocket costs influence adherence to treatment

Out-of-pocket costs influence adherence to treatment

Many patients skip doses or stop taking medication entirely when their share of the costs becomes too high.

Cancer deaths continue to decline

Cancer deaths continue to decline

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has published its latest annual report on cancer incidence and mortality, and the news is good.

Navigator Notes: Cancer survivorship and health promotion

A new challenge for health care providers is emerging from the improved prognosis for patients with cancer: the need to include this growing group of patients in health promotion campaigns.

Breast cancer survivors troubled most by postmastectomy pain

Women with breast cancer who undergo surgery rate persistent postmastectomy pain as the most troubling symptom.

BMN 673 promising in BRCA cancers

BMN 673 promising in BRCA cancers

An investigational new PARP inhibitor, BMN 673, is showing early responses in patients with advanced, BRCA-related breast and ovarian cancers.

LLLT improves common HNSCC side effect

A definitive trial has indicated that low-level laser therapy (LLLT) reduces the occurrence of canker sores and improves quality of life in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.

Navigator Notes

Oncology nurse navigators (ONNs) are clinical professionals acting as a map or compass through the confusing process of diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.

Early mammography supported

Early mammography supported

New findings that run counter to federal recommendations indicate that women should be encouraged to initiate regular mammographic screening before age 50 years.

Swallowing exercises help keep throat open during head-and-neck radiation

Swallowing exercises help keep throat open during head-and-neck radiation

Persons with head and neck cancer who are undergoing radiation or chemoradiation can preserve swallow function by exercising involved muscles before, during, and after treatment.

Existing treatment may stop tamoxifen-induced fog

Existing treatment may stop tamoxifen-induced fog

Researchers have not only confirmed that tamoxifen induces cognitive dysfunction in users, they have also found an existing treatment that can prevent this adverse effect.

IOM responds to cancer care crisis

IOM responds to cancer care crisis

The US cancer care delivery system is in crisis and changes across the board are urgently needed to improve the quality of cancer care, concludes the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in its new report.

ONS engages distress screening

ONS engages distress screening

The Oncology Nursing Society has released a joint position statement on key issues surrounding the implementation of screening programs for psychosocial distress in cancer centers.

NCI reforms result in faster activation of cancer trials

Changes made 5 years ago to accelerate time-to-initiation of clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute have paid off in the form of faster activation of studies.

Nurses can validate patient navigation programs

Nurses can validate patient navigation programs

Demonstrating the value of patient navigation programs is essential for sustaining these initiatives in community cancer centers, and nurses play a key role.

Breast cancer prophylaxis updated

Breast cancer prophylaxis updated

Clinicians should discuss the prophylactic use of tamoxifen as well as two other agents with women 35 years and older and at increased risk of ER-positive breast cancer, per ASCO recommendations.

'Index patients' aid mCRPC guideline

'Index patients' aid mCRPC guideline

The AUA developed its new clinical guideline on castration-resistant prostate cancer by creating six index patients to represent the most common clinical scenarios encountered when managing the disease.

Fear of lymphedema after sentinel lymph node biopsy greater than risk

Fear of lymphedema after sentinel lymph node biopsy greater than risk

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Despite the low risk of lymphedema after sentinel lymph node biopsy, most women worry about this complication and practice risk-reducing behaviors to avoid it.

Social-network quality improves breast cancer survival

Investigators reported that levels of support within relationships were important risk factors for breast cancer mortality.

FDA Update November/December 2012

Paclitaxel protein-bound particles for injectable suspension, 90-minute infusion of rituximab, omacetaxine mepesuccinate receive FDA approval

ONS defines nurse leadership skills

ONS defines nurse leadership skills

The ONS Leadership Competencies provides a means for self-assessment and a foundation for future leadership education.

Toolkit helps manage life after cancer treatment

Toolkit helps manage life after cancer treatment

A new Survivorship Toolkit offers patients posttreatment self-care plans, wallet-sized information cards, and a calendar for keeping track of appointments.

ASCO updates breast cancer follow-up guidelines

These guidelines are the first clinical practice guidelines issued by ASCO since 2006.

HF/CM risks in breast chemotherapy

HF/CM risks in breast chemotherapy

Earlier study findings that anthracycline- or trastuzumab-based treatment for breast cancer raises the risk for heart failure and cardiomyopathy can be extended to a more general population of women.

Aspirin helps in some cancers

Aspirin helps in some cancers

Differences in the impact of aspirin in various forms of cancer are highlighted in two studies recently published in the oncology literature.

FDA Update - September/October 2012

News from the FDA on bosutinib (Bosulif), ziv-aflibercept (Zaltrap), and everolimus oral suspension tablets (Afinitor Disperz).

Patients could use more pointed guidance on exercise

Patients could use more pointed guidance on exercise

Support from oncology clinicians can encourage people with cancer to adopt an exercise regimen that can help relieve their symptoms and improve their function.

New credential for blood, marrow transplant nurses

A certification program in blood and marrow transplantation nursing is being offered by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, with the first BMTCN examination scheduled for February 2014.

ACS applauds Supreme Court health care ruling

ACS applauds Supreme Court health care ruling

The ruling preserves vital provisions that are already improving the ability of people with cancer to access needed care.

FDA Update - July/August 2012

News about pertuzumab injection (Perjeta); ondansetron (Zofran); carfilzomib (Kyprolis); Therascreen KRAS RGQ PCR Kit; Prostate Health Index (phi); and Prepopik

MyCancerCircle creates a community of caregivers

MyCancerCircle creates a community of caregivers

People with cancer and their caregivers can turn to a new Web site to help answer the question from concerned relatives and friends, "What can I do to help?"

Oncology clinicians work to cope with patient deaths

The grief experienced by the oncologists had unique elements beyond sadness, crying, and sleep loss.

"Inoperable" pancreatic cancer may be treatable after all

"Inoperable" pancreatic cancer may be treatable after all

Oncologists at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center found the key to screening for pancreatic cancer lies in the interpretation of preoperative CT scans.

Multidrug approach fights resistance

Multidrug approach fights resistance

Research results suggest that of the billions of cancer cells that exist in a patient, only about one in a million is resistant to drugs using targeted therapy.

New program to help nurses build their "soft skills"

New program to help nurses build their "soft skills"

Nurses seeking to hone their leadership, communication, technological, and professional "soft skills" can receive such training and education through a new interactive program.

USPSTF: 'No' for all PSA screening for prostate cancer

USPSTF: 'No' for all PSA screening for prostate cancer

USPSTF has issued a final recommendation against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer for all men, regardless of age.

Diagnosis delayed for certain cancers and certain patients

A large UK study found a wide variation between cancer types in patients who had visited their general practitioner 3 or more times before cancer diagnosis.

PET/CT changes brain tumor treatment plans

PET/CT changes brain tumor treatment plans

Physicians have changed management recommendations for almost half of patients with known or suspected brain tumors after PET/CT findings.

Virtual colonoscopy is an accurate screen in seniors

Virtual colonoscopy is an accurate screen in seniors

CT colonography accurately detects cancer and precancerous polyps in persons aged 65 years and older.

Congress 2012 and all that jazz

Congress 2012 and all that jazz

More than 3,000 oncology nurses gathered in New Orleans for the 2012 Oncology Nursing Society Annual Congress.

Risk factors can guide screening decisions for younger women

Risk factors can guide screening decisions for younger women

Younger women at increased risk for breast cancer may benefit from mammography screening once every 2 years beginning at age 40 years.

Weight and inactivity impact cancer rates

Weight and inactivity impact cancer rates

Overall US cancer death rates have continued to decline since the early 1990s, but excess weight and lack of sufficient activity contribute to the increased incidence of many cancers.

Bisphosphonates reduce fractures, pain of multiple myeloma

Adding bisphosphonates to myeloma treatment decreases fractures of the vertebra and bone pain, affirm the results of a review of 20 trials.

FDA Update: May/June 2012

Drug Safety Communication on lenalidomide (Revlimid); FDA approval for pazopanib (Votrient)

Cancer hospitalizations rated

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released Statistical Brief #125 Cancer Hospitalizations for Adults, 2009.

A second gene may predispose women to breast cancer

Scientists have discovered that the Abraxas gene may advance the mission of BRCA1 and may even act on its own to help breast cancer develop.

ACP issues new colorectal screening guidance

New guidelines call for screening at age 50 years in average-risk adults and age 40 years or 10 years younger than age of diagnosis in the youngest affected relative in high-risk adults.

FDA acts on cancer drug shortages

FDA acts on cancer drug shortages

In response to critical shortages, the FDA has issued draft guidance on mandatory and voluntary notifications to the agency.

On-site lab reduces repeat surgeries

A new service has helped reduce the number of women who need additional surgery after an initial resection for breast cancer.

FDA Update: Latest cancer drug approvals and warnings

Enhanced coverage of this issue's FDA Update plus a video on the Hedgehog pathway.

Cancer screening rates reflect disparities

Cancer screening rates reflect disparities

Several recommendations have been made in light of federal studies that revealed significant disparities in cancer screening rates.

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