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Culturally Appropriate Cancer Patient Navigator Pilot Program Helps American Indians/Alaska Natives Secure Diagnoses, Care

Culturally Appropriate Cancer Patient Navigator Pilot Program Helps American Indians/Alaska Natives Secure Diagnoses, Care

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American Indians/Alaska Natives may face barriers to cancer diagnosis and care that can be overcome via cultural navigation services.

Underuse, Misuse of Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy for Breast Cancer Has Decreased

Underuse, Misuse of Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy for Breast Cancer Has Decreased

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Although significant variation in care persists, underuse and misuse of adjuvant endocrine therapy for breast cancer has decreased since 2004.

A Call for Greater Scrutiny of Industry-sponsored Patient Advocacy Groups

A Call for Greater Scrutiny of Industry-sponsored Patient Advocacy Groups

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Questions over potential bias in the activities of industry-supported patient advocacy groups spark the call for closer review and transparency.

Technology Issues, Price Are Obstacles to Real-time Reporting of Cancer Symptoms

Technology Issues, Price Are Obstacles to Real-time Reporting of Cancer Symptoms

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Real-time reporting and integration of patient symptom reports into clinical practice could benefit patients, but practical obstacles remain.

Shared Decision Making Will Require New Tools, Paradigms in Radiation Oncology

Shared Decision Making Will Require New Tools, Paradigms in Radiation Oncology

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A recent paper on the future of radiation oncology reports on the trend toward a greater role for shared decision making and patient-reported outcomes, such as the interrelated benchmarks of patient satisfaction, engagement, and treatment-plan adherence.

Omitting RT in Certain Older Women With Early Breast Cancer is Safe

Omitting RT in Certain Older Women With Early Breast Cancer is Safe

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Researchers report their study findings on the safety of omitting radiotherapy after breast-conserving surgery, sentinel node biopsy, and adjuvant endocrine therapy in older patients with early breast cancer and favorable histopathology at SABCS 2016.

Hospital Volume Linked to Odds of Appropriate Breast Cancer Locoregional Treatment

Hospital Volume Linked to Odds of Appropriate Breast Cancer Locoregional Treatment

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Investigators examined the extent to which hospital volume explains variations in diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

Standard of Care Underused for Advanced Cervical Cancer

Standard of Care Underused for Advanced Cervical Cancer

Despite improved overall survival with standard of care, less than half of patients with locally advanced cervical cancer receive SOC treatment.

Most Women Newly Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Perceive High PCP Quality

Most Women Newly Diagnosed With Breast Cancer Perceive High PCP Quality

Overall, 66.2 and 69.1 percent of women perceive high PCP engagement and communication

U.S. Cancer Survivors Aging, Battling Other Chronic Conditions

U.S. Cancer Survivors Aging, Battling Other Chronic Conditions

Likelihood of other chronic conditions will stress health care system in next two decades, as more patients with cancer live longer.

Assessment and Monitoring of Patients Receiving Chemotherapy for Multiple Myeloma: Strategies to Improve Outcomes

Assessment and Monitoring of Patients Receiving Chemotherapy for Multiple Myeloma: Strategies to Improve Outcomes

[Blood and Lymphatic Cancer: Targets and Therapy] This research reviews updates in the diagnosis and management of multiple myeloma, and provides for assessment and monitoring strategies for patients receiving chemotherapy for multiple myeloma.

Health Care Workers' Gloves Can Be a Contamination Risk

Health Care Workers' Gloves Can Be a Contamination Risk

Significant evidence indicates that gloves of health care workers contaminate hospital surfaces with bacteria.

ASCO: Aggressive Treatment Common in Terminal Cancer Patients

ASCO: Aggressive Treatment Common in Terminal Cancer Patients

Three in four of young or middle-aged patients with terminal cancer receive aggressive therapies in their last months of life.

Cancer Treatment Lacking for Many HIV-Infected Patients

Cancer Treatment Lacking for Many HIV-Infected Patients

Treatment gap exists, but the reasons for the care disparity aren't entirely clear.

CDC Introduces New 'Clean Hands Count' Campaign

CDC Introduces New 'Clean Hands Count' Campaign

Campaign urges health care professionals and patients and loved ones to keep hands clean.

FDA Reconsidering Safety Training for Doctors Prescribing Opioids

FDA Reconsidering Safety Training for Doctors Prescribing Opioids

Next week, FDA committee of outside experts will meet to review risk-management plans

Initiating Palliative Care in the Emergency Department

Initiating Palliative Care in the Emergency Department

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Despite the benefits of early palliative care intervention, palliative care is less frequently employed at the emergency department. Researchers sought to evaluate patient outcomes related to ED palliative care.

The Role of Physical Therapy in the Continuum of Cancer Care

The Role of Physical Therapy in the Continuum of Cancer Care

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Oncology rehabilitation is cost-effective; it lowers both direct and indirect health care costs and improves physical and psychological quality of life for patients with cancer.

Supportive-Care Hospital Visits Linked to Better Patient Outcomes

Supportive-Care Hospital Visits Linked to Better Patient Outcomes

Researchers have noted a link between supportive care and reduced risk of adverse outcomes.

Physicians Concerned By Rising Cost of Generics

Physicians Concerned By Rising Cost of Generics

Physicians in Pennsylvania call for state- and national-level medical associations to address drug pricing issue.

Satisfaction With Navigators Associated With Satisfaction With Cancer-related Care

Satisfaction With Navigators Associated With Satisfaction With Cancer-related Care

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A new study has linked satisfaction with nurse navigators to satisfaction with cancer-related care.

ICU Survivors Have Higher Five-Year Mortality and Hospital Costs

ICU Survivors Have Higher Five-Year Mortality and Hospital Costs

Intensive care unit survivors have higher mortality, use of hospital resources in five years after discharge.

Patient Satisfaction With Doctors Increasing

Patient Satisfaction With Doctors Increasing

Physician's expertise, time spent in exam room, and online access to info were key factors in trend.

Families Prefer Hospice Over Hospital Intensive Care Unit for Those Dying of Cancer

Families Prefer Hospice Over Hospital Intensive Care Unit for Those Dying of Cancer

Families of patients dying of cancer believe their loved one had better care when they died in a hospice rather than in a hospital's intensive care unit, according to new research.

More Sustainable Pricing Needed for Oral Treatments for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

More Sustainable Pricing Needed for Oral Treatments for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

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The high cost of for first-line oral targeted therapies for chronic lymphocytic leukemia needs to be addressed, based on model data examining CLL prevalence and patient affordability.

USPSTF suggests doctors talk to patients about tobacco use

USPSTF suggests doctors talk to patients about tobacco use

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) urges PCPs to offer interventions to help adults, including pregnant women, stop smoking.

Too few minority groups pursuing careers as physicians

Too few minority groups pursuing careers as physicians

The shortage of minority physicians may affect U.S. patient care, experts say.

Perioperative music lowers anxiety for breast cancer surgery patients

Perioperative music lowers anxiety for breast cancer surgery patients

A reduction in anxiety scores preoperatively with live or recorded music was observed vs usual care.

Use of patient navigators linked to shorter hospital stays

Use of patient navigators linked to shorter hospital stays

Use of patient navigators on general medical service was associated with shorter hospital stays and didn't affect readmissions, a recent study indicates.

Art program boosts medical students' visual observation skills

Art program boosts medical students' visual observation skills

An art-based learning approach can help students become better at observation and appreciate the importance of communication.

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