Patient Outcomes

Breast Cancer Therapy and Cardiotoxicity Risk in Older Women

Breast Cancer Therapy and Cardiotoxicity Risk in Older Women

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A study examined the relation between various forms of breast cancer therapies and risk of congestive heart failure.

Patients With Hodgkin Lymphoma Resistant to Brentuximab Vedotin Have Poor Outcomes

Patients With Hodgkin Lymphoma Resistant to Brentuximab Vedotin Have Poor Outcomes

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Patients with classical Hodgkin lymphoma who are resistant to the CD30-directed antibody-drug conjugate brentuximab vedotin have poor outcomes.

High Neutrophil to Lymphocyte Ratio Prognostic in Early Breast Cancer

High Neutrophil to Lymphocyte Ratio Prognostic in Early Breast Cancer

High neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is linked to worse prognosis in Caucasian patients with early breast 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.

Exercise Does Not Improve Functioning With Advanced Breast Cancer

Exercise Does Not Improve Functioning With Advanced Breast Cancer

An exercise intervention did not improve physical functioning for women living with advanced breast cancer, according to a study.

Inferior Outcomes for African Americans With Pediatric Hodgkin Lymphoma

Inferior Outcomes for African Americans With Pediatric Hodgkin Lymphoma

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African-American pediatric patients with Hodgkin lymphoma still display a considerable survival disparity when compared to their white and Hispanic peers.

Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Linked to Favorable Survival in Uterine Cancer

Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Linked to Favorable Survival in Uterine Cancer

Use of minimally invasive hysterectomy is linked to favorable morbidity profile and does not compromise long-term survival for patients.

Pelvic Exams Common Among Asymptomatic Older Women

Pelvic Exams Common Among Asymptomatic Older Women

Ob-gyns report external examinations are important for cancer detection and lesion identification.

IMRT Outcomes for Head and Neck Cancer Impacted by Provider Volume

IMRT Outcomes for Head and Neck Cancer Impacted by Provider Volume

Improved survival for patients treated by higher-volume radiation oncologists was observed.

Nipple-sparing Mastectomy Offers Better Cosmetic and Psychological Outcomes for Patients With Breast Cancer

Nipple-sparing Mastectomy Offers Better Cosmetic and Psychological Outcomes for Patients With Breast Cancer

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Nipple-sparing mastectomy and immediate breast reconstruction results in higher reported patient body image, when compared to skin-sparing partial mastectomy (SS-PM), and may lower risk of local recurrence.

Effect of Patient Navigation on Satisfaction With Cancer-Related Care

Effect of Patient Navigation on Satisfaction With Cancer-Related Care

Despite growing popularity of patient navigation (PN) in cancer care, few studies have evaluated the impact of PN on patient outcomes.

Prognosis for patients with breast cancer is not impeded by family history

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A new study found that prognosis after treatment for women with breast cancer with a family history of the disease is no worse than it is for other women with breast cancer.

Narrow Excision Margins in High Risk Primary Melanoma Associated with Higher Cancer-Related Death

Narrow Excision Margins in High Risk Primary Melanoma Associated with Higher Cancer-Related Death

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Higher mortality is associated with more narrow margins for high-risk primary melanoma, per research presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago.

A positive family history alone may not affect breast cancer outcomes

A positive family history alone may not affect breast cancer outcomes

No difference seen in distant disease-free intervals for those with versus those without a positive family history, say researchers.

Likelihood not to return to work after head and neck cancer treatment is high

Likelihood not to return to work after head and neck cancer treatment is high

Current unemployment for head and neck cancer survivors linked to harder physical work, surgical treatment, and risky alcohol consumption.

Pulmonologist management helpful for NSCLC

Pulmonologist management helpful for NSCLC

Improved rates of stage-specific treatment for early- and advanced-stage non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with comorbid COPD were linked to a pulmonologist's management.

ASCO: Active surveillance for prostate cancer may decrease survival odds for some

ASCO: Active surveillance for prostate cancer may decrease survival odds for some

When active surveillance is chosen, survival for intermediate-risk disease may be decreased.

Considerable practice variation among surgeons in selecting patients for radical prostatectomy

Considerable practice variation among surgeons in selecting patients for radical prostatectomy

Variation was observed at a high-volume center when surgeons selected patients with low-risk prostate cancer to undergo radical prostatectomy, according to a study.

Women with atypical hyperplasia are at higher risk of breast cancer

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A new study has better established the future risk of developing breast cancer for those with atypical hyperplasia of the breast.

Test predicts response to treatment for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD)

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A new test may reveal which patients will respond to treatment for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a serious complication that can arise from stem cell SCT.

Risk for leukemia after treatment for early stage breast cancer higher than reported

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According to results of a new, retrospective study, the risk of developing leukemia after radiation therapy or chemotherapy for early stage breast cancer is double that previously reported.

International collaboration sets stage for better lung cancer surgery outcomes

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The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the European Society of Thoracic Surgery (ESTS) plan to link their outcomes data on chest procedures, in an effort to improve patient care.

Laparoscopic surgery for bladder cancer leads to good long-term cancer control

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The long-term survival rates following laparoscopic surgery for bladder cancer are not unlike survival rates for open surgery, according to research.

Trastuzumab improves long-term survival of HER2-positive breast cancer patients

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Trastuzumab significantly improves the long-term survival of HER-2 positive breast cancer patients, according to a large national study.

Effectiveness of drugs to prevent hepatitis among patients receiving chemotherapy

Use of the antiviral drug entecavir resulted in a lower incidence of hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related hepatitis and HBV reactivation among patients with lymphoma undergoing a certain type of chemotherapy.

Using genomic correlates of radiotoxicity to predict patient outcomes

Using genomic correlates of radiotoxicity to predict patient outcomes

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Radiogenomics is maturing into a predictor of patients' likelihood of experiencing radiotoxicities and late radiation effects.

Time to treatment initiation increasing for patients with head and neck cancer

Time to treatment initiation increasing for patients with head and neck cancer

Biggest increase for time to treatment initiation seen for head and neck cancer patients with advanced disease, chemoradiation, or undergoing treatment at academic center.

Hispanic women less likely to survive endometrial uterine cancer

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Hispanic women in the United States were significantly less likely to survive endometrial uterine cancer than non-Hispanic white women.

Young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) benefit from therapies developed for children

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There is increasing evidence that adolescent and young adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) tend to fare better when treated with high-intensity pediatric protocols than standard adult regimens.

Older patients with breast cancer still undergo radiation despite its limited benefit

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Women over 70 years with early stage breast cancer are very likely to receive radiation therapy, despite evidence of that it might not be the best form of treatment.

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