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More than 40 melanoma-specific genes determine disease aggressiveness

Researchers have discovered more than 40 genes that predict the level of aggressiveness of melanoma and that distinguish it from other cancers with a poor prognosis.

HIV-positive patients are more likely to be untreated for early-stage cancer

HIV-infected people with early stage cancer are two to four times more likely to go untreated for their cancer compared to uninfected patients with cancer, according to a new, large retrospective study.

Genetics is the dominant risk factor for familial breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers

A study of people who were adopted identified genetics as the dominant risk factor in familial breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers.

New analysis method finds possible therapeutic targets for drug resistant melanoma

Researchers have developed a new way to identify possible therapeutic targets for patients with drug resistant melanoma.

Fewer cardiac scans in low-risk childhood cancer survivors can safely reduce costs

A less frequent screening schedule would both reduce health care charges and still protect low-risk childhood cancer survivors from heart ailments caused by drug therapy, according to recently published findings.

Everolimus does not improve overall survival of advanced liver cancer

Despite strong preclinical data, the drug everolimus failed to improve overall survival in patients with advanced liver cancer, compared to placebo, according to a study.

Presence of uterine cancers examined among women at the time of hysterectomy using morcellation

Among women undergoing a minimally invasive hysterectomy using electric power morcellation, uterine cancers were present in 27 per 10,000 women at the time of the procedure, according to a new study.

Idelalisib approved by FDA for three types of blood cancer

Idelalisib approved by FDA for three types of blood cancer

Zydelig (idelalisib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat relapsed forms of blood cancer, but label warns drug may be toxic to the liver.

Physicians cautioned about counterfeit medical devices

Physicians cautioned about counterfeit medical devices

Physicians should be aware of the prevalence and serious consequences associated with use of counterfeit medical devices.

New approach identifies cancer mutations as targets of effective melanoma immunotherapy

A new approach demonstrated that the recognition of unique cancer mutations appeared to be responsible for complete cancer regressions in two metastatic melanoma patients treated with a type of immunotherapy.

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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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