Follow-up PET/CT more than 95% sensitive for non-Hodgkin lymphoma

BALTIMORE, MD—For more aggressive cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), posttreatment surveillance with molecular imaging could mean the early start of a new, life-saving treatment. This was presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) 2015 Annual Meeting.

Racial differences in breast cancer survival

Racial differences in breast cancer survival

The links between demographic, treatment, and socioeconomic factors and breast cancer survival were examined in a recent study.

Partial versus entire breast radiation does not increase recurrence

Partial versus entire breast radiation does not increase recurrence

Women diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with a one-week regimen of partial breast radiation after tumor removal saw no increase in cancer recurrence or difference in cosmetic outcomes.

Endoscopic extraction of spinal tumor achieves diagnosis and successful treatment

The first reported case of endoscopic spinal tumor extraction enabled accurate diagnosis and allowed for patient reporting of sensations and motor testing.

Multimodality treatment for metastatic lung cancer with surgery may improve survival

Patients with an advanced form of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) may benefit from surgical resection of all or part of the lung if combined with chemotherapy and radiation therapy.

Spouses' mood may impact the well-being of cancer survivors

The emotional state and health of a cancer survivor's spouse can affect their own well being, a recent study indicates.

Benefit of surgery for ductal carcinoma in-situ investigated

Breast surgery performed at or shortly after a diagnosis of low-grade ductal carcinoma in-situ (DCIS) was not found to significantly impact patients' survival rate.

Sleep quality impacts breast cancer survival

Sleep quality impacts breast cancer survival

Poor sleep and snoring before breast cancer diagnosis is tied to poor survival outcomes.

Half of U.S. cancer deaths can be linked to smoking

Half of U.S. cancer deaths can be linked to smoking

Eighty percent of lung cancer deaths linked to smoking, researchers say, and the mortality rate of several other cancers is also strongly impacted by smoking status.

Immunotherapy combination increases progression-free survival (PFS) in advanced melanoma patients

Treating advanced melanoma patients with either a combination of nivolumab and ipilimumab, or nivolumab alone, significantly increases progression-free survival (PFS) when compared with ipilimumab alone.

Survivorship care plans: The shift back to primary care

Survivorship care plans: The shift back to primary care

New templates from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) will augment successful cancer survivorship care planning. But a stronger effort toward implementation is still needed.

Cardiac dysfunction in childhood cancer survivors reviewed

Cardiac dysfunction in childhood cancer survivors reviewed

Long-term childhood cancer survivors have greater prevalence of abnormal global longitudinal strain and diastolic function.

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

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.

ASCO: Mortality for childhood cancer survivors continues to decline

ASCO: Mortality for childhood cancer survivors continues to decline

Fewer childhood cancer survivors die of 'late effects' from radiation and chemotherapy, according to recent research.

Survival from rare bone cancer remains low

Mesenchymal chondrosarcoma, which often affects young adults, is among the deadliest cancers.

Information needs of cancer survivors vary over time and by cancer type

Information needs of cancer survivors vary over time and by cancer type

Cancer survivors' information needs differed over time depending on the topic, and these trends varied by cancer type.

Cancer survivors have evolving information needs

Depending on the type of cancer faced, the needs of survivors can vary.

Breastfeeding linked to lower childhood leukemia risk

Breastfeeding linked to lower childhood leukemia risk

One more potential benefit for breastfed babies, research suggests, is a lowered risk of childhood leukemia.

Adapting Pediatric Cancer Treatments to Spur Early Detection and Reduce Late Effects

Adapting Pediatric Cancer Treatments to Spur Early Detection and Reduce Late Effects

Modifying pediatric cancer treatments may reduce occurrence of late effects and promoting early detection, indicated data from a 5-year analysis of childhood cancers survivors presented at ASCO 2015.

CDC: Smoking rates drop in many U.S. states

CDC: Smoking rates drop in many U.S. states

Government estimates show smoking reduced in roughly half of U.S. states, but some people may be using alternative tobacco products in addition to cigarettes.

Aspirin Exposure after Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis Associated with Improved Survival

Aspirin Exposure after Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis Associated with Improved Survival

Aspirin exposure after a colorectal cancer diagnosis was independently associated with improved colorectal cancer-specific survival.

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

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.

Removing the Obstacles Associated With Survivorship Care

Removing the Obstacles Associated With Survivorship Care

As of 2012 in the U.S. there were 14 million cancer survivors, a number that is expected to grow to 18 million by 2022.

Young Women with Breast Cancer on Ovarian Suppression Need Early Intervention to Mitigate Poor QOL

Young Women with Breast Cancer on Ovarian Suppression Need Early Intervention to Mitigate Poor QOL

Early intervention should be offered to young women with breast cancer on ovarian function suppression and tamoxifen, who experience poorer quality of life (QOL) in the early survivorship period, according to a study presented at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting.

Certain treatments for childhood cancer may increase obesity risk later in life

Cancer treatments in early life can lead to obesity in later years, and counseling and weight loss interventions for certain childhood cancer survivors are important.

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.

Post-treatment surveillance linked to improved survival in head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC)

Adherence to posttreatment surveillance, income level, and follow-up care proximity had effects on survival in patients with head and neck squamous cell cancer (HNSCC), according to a recent report.

Combined radiation and hormone therapy improves survival in node-positive prostate cancer

Combined radiation and hormone therapy improves survival in node-positive prostate cancer

Men with prostate cancer that has spread to nearby lymph nodes may find the addition of radiation therapy to treatments that block the effects of testosterone beneficial.

ASCO: Docetaxel with hormone therapy may improve outcomes

ASCO: Docetaxel with hormone therapy may improve outcomes

Combination of docetaxel and hormone therapy can extend life by almost a year for prostate cancer patients, according to new research.

Breast cancer survivors can benefit from weight lifting

Breast cancer survivors can benefit from weight lifting

Slowly progressive weight lifting can reduce incidence of physical function deterioration.

Cancer survivors most frequently seek information about recurrence

Cancer survivors most frequently seek information about recurrence

Cancer survivors most frequently seek information about cancer recurrence.

Coping with the loss of fertility after cancer

Coping with the loss of fertility after cancer

The inability to have children as a result of cancer treatment can be a significant loss for patients and their caregivers. These tips can help nurses guide patients as they learn to cope.

Childhood cancer survivors more likely to claim social security support as adults

Childhood cancer survivors with a cancer diagnosis between 1970 and 1986 were found to be more than five times as likely as cancer-free individuals to be enrolled on a federal social security disability assistance program.

Childhood cancer survivors may be at risk for later obesity

Childhood cancer survivors may be at risk for later obesity

Certain cancer treatments can be linked to later weight gain.

Brachytherapy improves survival for inoperable early stage endometrial cancer

Brachytherapy, with or without external beam radiation, can improve survival in women with inoperable, early stage endometrial cancer.

Odds of survival mproving for women with ovarian cancer

Odds of survival mproving for women with ovarian cancer

Women diagnosed with ovarian cancer today are 50 percent less likely to die than they were in the 1970s.

Full compliance with follow-up improves head and neck cancer survival

Full compliance with follow-up improves head and neck cancer survival

Survival more likely with adherence to posttreatment surveillance, coupled with tobacco cessation.

Hodgkin lymphoma survivors have higher risk for cardiovascular diseases

Survivors of Hodgkin lymphoma seem to be at greater risk for cardiovascular events, according to recent research.

Childhood cancer treatments may increase obesity risk later

Childhood cancer treatments may increase obesity risk later

Certain treatments used to treat children with cancer may increase their risk for obesity later in life.

USPSTF: More data needed on e-cigarette effectiveness as cessation aid

USPSTF: More data needed on e-cigarette effectiveness as cessation aid

More and better data is needed, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says, to determine whether electronic cigarettes can help traditional smokers quit the habit.

Early use of palliative care in cancer improves patients' lives and outcomes for caregivers

A new randomized clinical trial has noted several significant benefits for those who began palliative care early.

Statin use associated with improved lung cancer survival

Statin use associated with improved lung cancer survival

The use of statins for a year before a diagnosis of lung cancer is associated with a lower risk of cancer-specific mortality, but more research is needed.

Physical activity benefits lung cancer patients and survivors

Exercise and physical activity should be considered as therapeutic options for lung cancer as they have been shown to reduce symptoms, increase exercise tolerance, improve quality of life, and potentially reduce length of hospital stay after surgery.

Transitioning High-Dose AML Chemo to Outpatient Setting Improves Quality of Life

Transitioning High-Dose AML Chemo to Outpatient Setting Improves Quality of Life

Transitioning a long-standing intensive chemotherapy regimen for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) to the outpatient setting is safe and feasible.

Dying patients' choices not always aligned to caregivers'

A recent study examined choices patients with cancer and their caretakers make with regard to willingness to purchase high-cost treatments that may only increase a patient's quality of life slightly.

Symptoms of Poor Sleep Suggests Sleep Disorders in Breast Cancer Survivors

Symptoms of Poor Sleep Suggests Sleep Disorders in Breast Cancer Survivors

A large percentage of survivors of breast cancer have symptoms suggesting underlying sleep disorders that require referral.

Number of childhood cancer survivors is increasing and most have morbidities

Childhood cancer survivors are more likely than the general population to suffer at least one chronic health condition.

Oncology Triage Nurse Serves as 'Pivotal Conduit' in Facilitating Transitional Care Clinic

Oncology Triage Nurse Serves as 'Pivotal Conduit' in Facilitating Transitional Care Clinic

The oncology triage nurse has the potential to improve patient outcomes along the continuum of care when serving as a pivotal conduit.

Program Improves Transitioning Young Cancer Survivors to Adult Survivorship Care

Program Improves Transitioning Young Cancer Survivors to Adult Survivorship Care

A program improves the transition from pediatric to adult survivorship care has had a 100% increase in referrals.

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.

Survivors of childhood cancer suffer chronic conditions

Survivors of childhood cancer suffer chronic conditions

An estimated 388,501 survivors of childhood cancer are living in the United States today and nearly one-third of them have a severe, disabling, or life-threatening condition, according to a new study.

Researchers map genomic landscape of childhood adrenocortical tumors for first time

Genomic mapping of malignant pediatric adrenocortical tumors has revealed unprecedented details, not only of the aberrant genetic and chromosomal changes that drive the cancer, but the sequence of those changes that trigger it.

Steady decline in U.S. cancer rates observed

Steady decline in U.S. cancer rates observed

An annual report shows steady, if slow, progress in the battle against cancer.

Smoking cessation: Helping patients with cancer quit

Smoking cessation: Helping patients with cancer quit

The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology for Smoking Cessation can help you plan a successful quit program for your patients who smoke.

Early palliative care interventions improves advanced cancer survival

Early palliative care interventions improves advanced cancer survival

Second study shows benefits for caregivers with early palliative care intervention.

Prevalence of childhood cancer survivors increasing

Prevalence of childhood cancer survivors increasing

Prevalence of childhood cancer survivors is increasing, and those who survived at least 5 years beyond diagnosis have at least one comorbidity.

Chromosomal rearrangement is key to progress against aggressive infant leukemia

Current research indicates that a rare but aggressive subtype of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has surprisingly few mutations beyond the chromosomal rearrangement that affects the MLL gene.

Risk of thyroid cancer increases after a breast cancer diagnosis

Risk of thyroid cancer increases after a breast cancer diagnosis

Breast cancer survivors have a higher risk of developing thyroid cancer, especially within 5 years of their breast cancer diagnosis, according to a national database analysis.

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.

Childhood leukemia study reveals disease subtypes and new treatment options

Childhood leukemia study reveals disease subtypes and new treatment options

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has been found to have two distinct subtypes, and evidence indicates that roughly 13% of ALL cases may be successfully treated with targeted drugs used in the treatment of lymphomas in adults.

CDC releases cancer estimates of incidence and survival for 2011

CDC releases cancer estimates of incidence and survival for 2011

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that sixty-five percent of those with cancer now survive five years or more after diagnosis.

Active surveillance of intermediate-risk prostate cancer associated with decreased survival

An analysis of data on 945 patients with prostate cancer followed with active surveillance displayed outcome differences, depending on whether the patient was low- or intermediate-risk at diagnosis.

Prolonged therapy with trabectedin recommended for soft-tissue sarcoma

Data from a phase 2 trial supports continuation of trabectedin for patients with advanced soft-tissue sarcoma (STS) who have not progressed after six courses of treatment.

Adult cancer survivors continue to face variety of unmet needs years after treatment

Adult cancer survivors continue to face variety of unmet needs years after treatment

Adult cancer survivors continue to face a variety of unmet needs years after treatment, including anxiety and chronic pain.

HPV-16 infection is associated with improved survival in advanced esophageal cancer

HPV-16 infection is associated with improved survival in advanced esophageal cancer

Improved survival and treatment response was seen in HPV-16 positive patients.

Inherited gene variations tied to treatment-related hearing loss in cancer patients

Investigators linked inherited genetic variations to rapid hearing loss experienced by young cancer patients treated with the drug cisplatin.

Improvements in cancer survival better for younger patients

Survival has improved, among those of younger age, for patients with cancers of the colon, rectum, breast, prostate, lung, and liver.

HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer has cure potential

HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer has cure potential

A prospective study found that patients with human papillomavirus-related disease had better treatment response than HPV-negative patients.

Cell signaling pathway goes awry in common pediatric brain tumor

A new study links a well-known cell communication pathway called Notch to pilocytic astrocytoma (PA), one of the more common brain tumors found in children.

Cancer survivors need not be excluded from advanced stage lung cancer trials

A previous history of cancer cancer did not impact clinical outcomes in advanced lung cancer patients and these patients therefore should be considered for inclusion in clinical trials, according to a study .

Focus groups identify support needs of patients who smoke

Focus groups identify support needs of patients who smoke

Series of focus groups shared their personal experiences with and ideas about smoking cessation.

Twitter smoking cessation program helps smokers quit

Twitter smoking cessation program helps smokers quit

When participants of a smoking cessation program tweet each other regularly on Twitter, they are more successful at stopping smoking.

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.

Multiple studies are exploring whether e-cigarettes help smokers quit or continue smoking

Multiple studies are exploring whether e-cigarettes help smokers quit or continue smoking

Research continues into whether e-cigarettes help smokers quit or actually worsen their habit.

Post-cancer survival up for Americans, but disparities remain

Post-cancer survival up for Americans, but disparities remain

Study shows biggest improvements in post-cancer survival for people diagnosed between ages 50 and 64.

Healthful lifestyle advice needed by cancer survivors

Healthful lifestyle advice needed by cancer survivors

Oncology care teams should provide more guidance on lifestyle change as part of survivorship care, according to recent research.

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.

The unmet needs of cancer survivors: Quantifying the long-term effects of cancer

The unmet needs of cancer survivors: Quantifying the long-term effects of cancer

Long-lasting effects of cancer can plague patients for years after they complete their treatments. In this study, researchers sought to measure which problems plagued patients the most and for the longest time.

ASCO endorses ACS recommendations for prostate cancer survivor care

ASCO endorses ACS recommendations for prostate cancer survivor care

Guideline outlines recommended follow-up care for prostate cancer survivors

Adult survivors of pediatric cancer who underwent brain irradiation at risk for hormone deficiencies

Adult survivors of pediatric cancer who underwent brain irradiation at risk for hormone deficiencies

Adult survivors of pediatric cancer are at risk for developing pituitary hormone deficiencies that may worsen their health and quality of life.

Potential therapeutic strategy against a very aggressive children's bone cancer

Inhibiting the protein Sirtuin1 could play a part in fighting Ewing sarcoma, a common bone cancer in adolescents and children.

Patient treatment: The constancy of vulnerability

Patient treatment: The constancy of vulnerability

Transitions from one stage of cancer care to another are pivotal points of vulnerability for patients. The most significant point comes at the end of treatment, as patients face life forever changed.

Research promising for reducing risk of breast cancer spreading to the brain

New research seeks to better understand why breast cancer spreads to the brain, with the goal of developing a way to reduce the risk of this phenomenon.

Children of melanoma survivors need better sun protection

A recent, groundbreaking new study found that children of melanoma survivors are not adhering to sun protection recommendations.

Biological factors account for most of the variations in breast cancer survival rates

A study of approximately 375,000 U.S. women with invasive breast cancer showed differences in likelihood of diagnosis occurring at an early stage, and survival after stage I diagnosis, based on by race and ethnicity.

Nutrition intervention leads to dietary behavior changes in Latina breast cancer survivors

Nutrition intervention leads to dietary behavior changes in Latina breast cancer survivors

An intervention aimed at an under-represented group of Latina breast cancer survivors helped encourage better eating habits and nutrition.

Novel tool predicts postoperative liver cancer recurrence after transplant

The risk of disease recurrence in liver cancer patients who have undergone a liver transplant can now be more accurately calculated, thanks to new tool.

Higher vitamin D levels associated with markedly improved survival in advanced colorectal cancer

Higher vitamin D levels associated with markedly improved survival in advanced colorectal cancer

Patients in a a phase III study with higher vitamin D levels demonstrated better outcomes after treatment for their colorectal cancer with chemotherapy and targeted therapy.

Combination therapy can reduce chance of recurrence from small HER2+ breast tumors

Women with stage 1 HER2-positive breast tumors who received a combination of lower-intensity chemotherapy and a targeted drug following surgery were unlikely to suffer cancer recurrence within 3 years of treatment.

Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) plus chemotherapy improves survival among patients with stage 4 lung cancer

Combining stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) with a specific chemotherapy regimen more than doubled survival rates for certain patients with stage 4 lung cancer, according to recent research data.

Single genetic abnormality important in Ewing sarcoma

Single genetic abnormality important in Ewing sarcoma

Better understanding of the two distinct processes at the heart of the genetic abnormality driving Ewing sarcoma development could lead to new, more effective therapies.

Women with atypical hyperplasia are at higher risk of breast cancer

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)

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

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

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

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

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.

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