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Wild berry may up chemotherapy effectiveness for pancreatic cancer

Wild berry may up chemotherapy effectiveness for pancreatic cancer

Chokeberry extract enhances cytotoxicity of gemcitabine on a single cancer cell line, according to research.

Indeterminate melanoma cases reduced by three-quarters by diagnostic test

Malignant melanoma was differentiated from benign skin lesions with high accuracy in a pivotal clinical utility study of the Myriad myPath Melanoma test.

High-risk leukemia subtype becomes more common with age

Many young adults with the most common form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) have a high-risk subtype with a poor prognosis and could benefit from drugs used to treat other types of leukemia.

ASTRO: Sexual function not compromised in prostate cancer combo treatment

ASTRO: Sexual function not compromised in prostate cancer combo treatment

High rates of preserved sexual function seen with combination beam plus brachytherapy for prostate cancer.

Screening elderly women for breast cancer not efficacious

Screening elderly women for breast cancer not efficacious

Mammograms for those aged 69 to 75 could result in over-treatment, researchers caution.

AACR: Targeted drugs and prevention reduce cancer mortality

AACR: Targeted drugs and prevention reduce cancer mortality

About 14.5 million U.S. cancer survivors are alive today, but aging population and increasing obesity threaten progress.

ASTRO: Radiotherapy helps remedy dysphagia in esophageal cancer

ASTRO: Radiotherapy helps remedy dysphagia in esophageal cancer

For patients with advanced esophageal cancer, dysphagia is improved with radiotherapy alone, according to a study.

Better classifications improve treatment planning for breast cancer

Scientists have developed a tool to distinguish each breast cancer subtype, research that could improve treatments and targeting of treatments for the disease.

ASTRO: Prostate cancer recovery faster with less androgen deprivation therapy

ASTRO: Prostate cancer recovery faster with less androgen deprivation therapy

Shorter time to testosterone recovery with 18 versus 36 months androgen deprivation therapy.

Over a quarter of hospital orders were classified as defensive

Over a quarter of hospital orders were classified as defensive

More than 25% of hospital medicine services were rated by ordering physicians as at least a partially defensive order, according to recent data.

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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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