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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.

Less Intense Surveillance Acceptable for Some Prostate Cancer Cases

Less Intense Surveillance Acceptable for Some Prostate Cancer Cases

Patients on active surveillance with stable disease may be candidates for less intense surveillance

Direct-to-Consumer Cancer Risk Tests Prompt Few Changes in Exercise, Diet, Cancer Screening

Direct-to-Consumer Cancer Risk Tests Prompt Few Changes in Exercise, Diet, Cancer Screening

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The majority of consumers do not change their health-related behaviors in the wake of personal genomic test results.

Most Common Reason for Prostate Cancer Second Opinions: More Information

Most Common Reason for Prostate Cancer Second Opinions: More Information

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Although many men obtain a second opinion regarding their prostate cancer care options, they seldom deviate from the original course of action.

Second Opinions Rarely Change Prostate Cancer Decisions

Second Opinions Rarely Change Prostate Cancer Decisions

The impact of additional opinions on patient decision-making is limited.

An App for Intubated Cancer Patients: Giving Voice to the Voiceless

An App for Intubated Cancer Patients: Giving Voice to the Voiceless

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A nurse develops a tablet app that helps intubated patients communicate with their nurses, caregivers, and families.

Study Suggests More Men With Prostate Cancer Would Choose Active Surveillance if it Were Offered

Study Suggests More Men With Prostate Cancer Would Choose Active Surveillance if it Were Offered

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Researchers analyzed data from the NPCR of Sweden to determine whether more US men with prostate cancer would choose active surveillance if it were presented as a treatment option.

POLST Programs Can Benefit from the Relationship Between Patients and Nurse Practitioners

POLST Programs Can Benefit from the Relationship Between Patients and Nurse Practitioners

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POLST Programs Can Benefit From the APRN-Patient Relationship

Novel Colonoscopy Prep Is Poised to Improve Screening Rates for Colon Cancer

Novel Colonoscopy Prep Is Poised to Improve Screening Rates for Colon Cancer

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Novel preparation formulation is as effective and safe as current colon prep for colonoscopy. Plus, study participants gave the prep experience a high satisfaction rating.

Cancer Patients Have Unrealistic Hopes When Entering Clinical Trials

Cancer Patients Have Unrealistic Hopes When Entering Clinical Trials

Questionnaires completed by patients with cancer considering enrollment in early-stage clinical trials indicate they may have unrealistic expectations.

Sexual Dissatisfaction Prevalent Among Cancer Survivors, Especially in Women

Sexual Dissatisfaction Prevalent Among Cancer Survivors, Especially in Women

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Older cancer survivors' self-reports of sexual activity and functioning are comparable to age-matched people without cancer; despite this, sexual dissatisfaction is more prevalent among cancer survivors than age-matched cancer-free persons.

Distress Increases Likelihood of Choosing Surgery for Localized Prostate Cancer

Distress Increases Likelihood of Choosing Surgery for Localized Prostate Cancer

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Emotional distress is associated with an increased likelihood of opting for surgery among men with localized prostate cancer.

Predictors Identified for Switching to Active Treatment in Prostate Cancer

Predictors Identified for Switching to Active Treatment in Prostate Cancer

Ethnicity influences patient decision to pursue active treatment and serial biopsies in active surveillance

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