Patient Preferences

One-Quarter of Patients With Early Breast Cancer Strongly Consider CPM

One-Quarter of Patients With Early Breast Cancer Strongly Consider CPM

A majority of patients with early-stage breast cancer consider undergoing contralateral prophylactic mastectomy.

Worse Survival Seen for Alternative Versus Usual Cancer Therapy

Worse Survival Seen for Alternative Versus Usual Cancer Therapy

Alternative medicine was independently tied to greater mortality risk compared to conventional treatment, researchers found.

Financial Incentive Motivates Colorectal Cancer Screening

Financial Incentive Motivates Colorectal Cancer Screening

Researchers investigated whether a financial reward could help drive colorectal cancer participation.

Undergoing CT Lung Cancer Screening May Motivate Quit Attempts in Persons at High Risk

Undergoing CT Lung Cancer Screening May Motivate Quit Attempts in Persons at High Risk

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Contrary to some concerns, persons at high risk for lung cancer who undergo CT lung scans are more likely to attempt smoking cessation regardless of their test results compared with unscreened persons.

Deodorant, Antiperspirant Use During Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Not Detrimental

Deodorant, Antiperspirant Use During Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer Not Detrimental

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Use of antiperspirant or deodorant does not adversely affect potential for dermal toxicity or surface concentrations of aluminum in the axilla in women undergoing radiation therapy for breast cancer.

Accurate View of Prognosis Ensures Terminally Ill Make Value-Consistent EOL-Care Decisions

Accurate View of Prognosis Ensures Terminally Ill Make Value-Consistent EOL-Care Decisions

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Most terminally ill patients have accurate prognostic awareness of their condition and tend to become more aware as their condition deteriorates.

Long Term Survivors of Prostate Cancer Express Treatment Decision Regret for Up to 15 Years

Long Term Survivors of Prostate Cancer Express Treatment Decision Regret for Up to 15 Years

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Study results show that patients with prostate cancer express treatment decision regret, with concerns regarding sexual function, bowel function, and PSA most commonly associated with regret.

Poll: Many Seniors Struggling With Drug Costs Don't Seek Help

Poll: Many Seniors Struggling With Drug Costs Don't Seek Help

Roughly half of older Americans experiencing difficulty paying for needed drugs did not talk to their physicians about the issue, poll shows.

Fat Grafting May Lead to Better Outcomes in Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction

Fat Grafting May Lead to Better Outcomes in Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction

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Fat grafting provides benefits to women with breast cancer considering their options for postmastectomy breast reconstruction, even though this study shows that patient-reported outcomes are similar among women who did and did not undergo the procedure.

Significance of Prostate Cancer Treatment-Related Factors Differ in Black, White Men

Significance of Prostate Cancer Treatment-Related Factors Differ in Black, White Men

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A survey of men with prostate cancer revealed that treatment-related factors impact treatment decisions differently in black men compared with white men.

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Nurse Navigation Survey

Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Nurse Navigation Survey

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A patient survey was designed to examine patient views of their initial breast cancer diagnosis process and care management.

Positive Clinical Effects Seen for Placebos Without Deception

Positive Clinical Effects Seen for Placebos Without Deception

Open-label placebos can be effective, according to five studies involving patients with IBS, depression, allergic rhinitis, back pain, and ADHD.

Mastectomy vs BCT: Understanding Women's Treatment Choice for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Mastectomy vs BCT: Understanding Women's Treatment Choice for Early-Stage Breast Cancer

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Canadian investigators sought to understand the factors that influence the treatment choices of women with early-stage breast cancer.

PAS: Internet Info Can Affect Parent Trust in Doctors' Diagnosis

PAS: Internet Info Can Affect Parent Trust in Doctors' Diagnosis

Computer-generated diagnoses may mislead patients or parents, research indicates.

Health Care Expansion Tied to Increased Rates of Surgical Treatment of Thyroid Cancer

Health Care Expansion Tied to Increased Rates of Surgical Treatment of Thyroid Cancer

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Thyroid is more likely to be managed with surgical intervention when patients have access to expanded health insurance.

Recommendations Against Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Not Tied to Patient Satisfaction

Recommendations Against Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Not Tied to Patient Satisfaction

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Study finds patients are not more likely to report dissatisfaction, seek a second opinion, or change doctors due to physician recommendations against CPM.

Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomies for Early Stage Invasive Breast Cancer Vary by State

Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomies for Early Stage Invasive Breast Cancer Vary by State

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The proportion of women with invasive early-stage unilateral breast cancer electing CPM has increased significantly, and varies across US states.

Postoperative Outcomes Similar With Mobile App Follow-up for Ambulatory Breast Reconstruction

Postoperative Outcomes Similar With Mobile App Follow-up for Ambulatory Breast Reconstruction

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Follow-up via mobile app similar to in-person postoperative visits for low-risk ambulatory patients after breast reconstruction.

Survey Reveals Research Priorities for Cancer Patients, Oncology Nurses

Survey Reveals Research Priorities for Cancer Patients, Oncology Nurses

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Palliative care and end-of-life care are top research priorities for oncology patients and nurses.

Shared Decision-making Visits Improved Comfort With Lung Cancer Screening Decisions

Shared Decision-making Visits Improved Comfort With Lung Cancer Screening Decisions

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Patients were more comfortable with their decisions about lung cancer screening after a shared decision-making visit.

Many Breast Cancer Survivors Remain Inactive After Treatment

Many Breast Cancer Survivors Remain Inactive After Treatment

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Despite the known benefits of physical activity for breast cancer survivors, a large proportion of this population continues to be physically inactive after treatment.

Majority of Health Care Providers Can Offer Cost Estimates

Majority of Health Care Providers Can Offer Cost Estimates

Although 75 percent of provider organizations can offer estimate, less than 25 percent of patients request one.

Fewer Americans Trying to Lose Weight

Fewer Americans Trying to Lose Weight

More individuals in the United States are overweight and obese than two decades ago, but fewer are trying to shed pounds.

Financial Toxicity Impacts Prescription Drug Adherence in Patients With Cancer and Survivors

Financial Toxicity Impacts Prescription Drug Adherence in Patients With Cancer and Survivors

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Researchers found that non-elderly cancer survivors may be particularly vulnerable to financial toxicity.

False Positive Mammograms More Likely to Delay Subsequent Screening

False Positive Mammograms More Likely to Delay Subsequent Screening

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Women who experience a false positive mammogram were more likely to delay their subsequent screening, potentially increasing the risk of having late stage breast cancer at diagnosis.

Lung Cancer Screening Rates Low Among Present and Former Smokers

Lung Cancer Screening Rates Low Among Present and Former Smokers

Researchers estimate that out of the 6.8 million current and former smokers eligible for lung cancer screening in 2015, only a fraction received it.

New Study Shows Standard of Care for NSCLC Patients Leads to Improved Overall Survival

New Study Shows Standard of Care for NSCLC Patients Leads to Improved Overall Survival

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There are a growing number of NSCLC patients with advanced disease who are opting to forgo treatment despite the fact that receiving standard of care treatment leads to a higher OS.

Many VHA Patients Eligible for Lung Cancer Screening

Many VHA Patients Eligible for Lung Cancer Screening

Second study shows increase in lung cancer screening from 1.3 to 2.1 percent from 2010 to 2015

Cannabis Use Becoming More Common Among Older Patients

Cannabis Use Becoming More Common Among Older Patients

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Using data from previous analyses and several state medical cannabis programs, investigators assessed how social attitudes, health issues, and state laws affect the use of cannabis among persons older than 50 years.

Many Advanced NSCLC Patients Not Getting Helpful Treatment

Many Advanced NSCLC Patients Not Getting Helpful Treatment

Study found 21 percent of those with late-stage non-small cell lung cancer went without therapy, even though it could boost survival.

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