Irinotecan promising in some patients with stage III colon cancer

A subset of patients with stage III colon cancer had improved survival rates when treated with irinotecan-based therapy, according to recent research.

Genetic sequence of rare kidney cancer reveals unique alterations involving telomerase

An international scientific collaboration has revealed clues about genetic alterations that may contribute to a rare form of kidney cancer, providing new insights not only into this rare cancer but other types as well.

ACCR: Oral olaparib with chemotherapy beneficial for ovarian cancer

ACCR: Oral olaparib with chemotherapy beneficial for ovarian cancer

Olaparib has been deemed safe in combination with carboplatin/paclitaxel in advanced ovarian cancer.

Double mastectomy rates are up, but survival is not improved

The percentage of women that underwent a double mastectomy increased substantially between 1998 and 2011, even though the procedure was not associated with a lower risk of death than breast-conserving surgery plus radiation.

Women with severe, chronic health issues undergo breast cancer screening less often

Women with severe disabilities and multiple chronic conditions are screened for breast cancer less often than women with no disabilities or no chronic conditions.

Meta-Analysis: Prediabetes tied to increased risk of cancer

Meta-Analysis: Prediabetes tied to increased risk of cancer

Prediabetes has been linked to an increased risk of cancer overall and with increased risks of site-specific cancers, including liver, endometrial, and stomach/colorectal cancer.

Joint ASCO/CCO guidelines for advanced prostate cancer issued

Joint ASCO/CCO guidelines for advanced prostate cancer issued

Recommendations are for men whose tumors have grown resistant to hormonal therapies were issued jointly by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) in Canada.

Robotic surgery for prostate cancer is widespread in the United States

There has been widespread adoption in the United States of robot-assisted prostatectomy to treat prostate cancer in recent years.

Weekend hospitalization linked to longer stays for pediatric patients with leukemia

Weekend hospital admission for pediatric patients with newly diagnosed leukemia is associated with a longer length of stay, slightly longer wait to start chemotherapy, and higher risk for respiratory failure.

Health care spending rise expected over next decade

Health care spending rise expected over next decade

Insurance coverage under ACA, population aging, and economic growth will likely drive future spending increases.

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Unique cancer mutations may be targets for effective melanoma immunotherapy

Adoptive T-cell therapy, a type of immunotherapy, appears to recognize unique cancer mutations that stimulate immune responses.

Same-day results increase community use of lung screening service

A new lung screening service for persons at high risk for lung cancer with incorporates a same-day visit by a nurse practitioner after the patient undergoes low-dose CT to discuss test results and recommendations.

Needs-assessment survey identifies knowledge gaps of novel therapeutics for CACS

Although nurses are familiar with palliative care guidelines related to cancer anorexia-cachexia syndrome, a needs-assessment survey revealed they are less familiar with novel therapeutic interventions in development.

Weekly classes on healthy coping techniques reduces compassion fatigue

Burnout was reduced and secondary trauma improved by a 6-week initiative to prevent compassion fatigue.

Assessment process evaluation confirms nurse comprehension and improved completion time

Pre- and postimplementation surveys are effective tools to confirm staff understanding of and adherence to a new neurologic assessment process for patients receiving high-dose cytarabine.

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