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.

Using genomic correlates of radiotoxicity to predict patient outcomes

Using genomic correlates of radiotoxicity to predict patient outcomes

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

Cancer survivors face unmet disease- and treatment-related physical, mental needs

Cancer survivors face unmet disease- and treatment-related physical, mental needs

Many cancer survivors face disease- and treatment-related physical and mental challenges even decades after being cured of their disease.

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

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

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

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.

Mistletoe: The holiday plant is making headlines as an alternative cancer treatment

Mistletoe: The holiday plant is making headlines as an alternative cancer treatment

Most people know of the traditional use of mistletoe to get a kiss from a loved one during the Christmas holiday. However, US oncologists are discovering a new use for the plant as a CAM treatment for cancer.

New kind of targeted drug is promising for patients with leukemia

New kind of targeted drug is promising for patients with leukemia

Patients with advanced leukemia, when treated with a new type of cancer therapy that blocks mutated IDH2 protein, showed dramatic results in a clinical trial.

Investigational cellular therapy promising for pediatric ALL and for lymphoma

Pediatric patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) showed a 90% response rate from the first trials testing an investigational personalized cellular therapy known as CTL019.

Immunotherapy shows clinical benefit in relapsed transplant recipients

Immunotherapy shows clinical benefit in relapsed transplant recipients

Almost half of patients with blood cancer who had relapsed following allogeneic stem cell transplantation benefitted from treatment with the immune checkpoint blocker ipilimumab.

Experience counts with radiation for head and neck cancer

The effectiveness of radiation therapy used to treat head and neck cancer could depend in part on clinician experience, according to a new study.

Managing oral side effects of irinotecan therapy

Managing oral side effects of irinotecan therapy

Is there an effective way to manage the oral side effects of irinotecan therapy?

Results confirm long-term success of laser treatment for vocal cord cancer

The first long-term study of a pioneering endoscopic laser treatment for early vocal cord cancer, previously shown to provide optimal voice outcomes, finds that it is as successful as traditional approaches in curing patients' tumors.

Clear excision margins vital for stage Ia1 squamous cervical cancer management

Clear excision margins vital for stage Ia1 squamous cervical cancer management

Women with clear surgical margins after the initial excision are more likely to remain disease-free.

Treatment-related cognitive issues in children with leukemia may have a genetic link

Common variations in four genes related to brain inflammation or cells' response to damage from oxidation may contribute to the problems with memory, learning, and other cognitive functions seen in children treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Life expectancy still not used to determine aggressiveness of prostate cancer treatment

More than half of prostate cancer patients age 66 years and older have life expectancies of less than 10 years, yet half of them were over-treated for their prostate cancer with surgery, radiation, or brachytherapy.

Many breast cancer patients do not receive shorter radiation treatment

Although the use of a radiation treatment that is shorter in duration and less costly has increased among women with early stage breast cancer who underwent breast conserving surgery, most patients who meet guidelines to receive this treatment do not.

Quantifying mental disorders in patients with cancer

Quantifying mental disorders in patients with cancer

Researchers in Germany interviewed more than 2,000 patients with cancer to gather epidemiologic data on mental health of patients with cancer.

Gefitinib effective in older, African American patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

Researchers have found that an FDA-approved therapy could be effective in treating both older and African American patients with advanced lung cancer who may not be candidates for chemotherapy.

Organ preservation in kidney cancer more likely at facilities that are early adopters of robotic surgery

Patients with operable kidney cancers were more likely to have a partial nephrectomy, which is the recommended treatment for localized tumors, when treated in hospitals that were early adopters of robotic surgery, according to a new study.

Antacids linked to better survival in patients with head and neck cancer

Patients with head and neck cancer who used antacid medicines to control acid reflux had better overall survival, according to a new study.

Long-term testosterone therapy does not increase risk of prostate cancer

Current evidence seems to indicated that withholding T therapy in hypogonadal men cannot be justified.

Mobile support system keeps up with a younger generation of breast cancer survivors

Mobile support system keeps up with a younger generation of breast cancer survivors

A new digital program using a Web site and social media aims to meet the unique support needs of women younger than 40 years with breast cancer.

Initial surgical therapy for advanced-stage laryngeal cancer may increase survival

A single academic center performing a high rate of surgical therapy, including total laryngectomy, to treat advanced-stage laryngeal cancer had a higher 5-year survival rate than national levels in a small study.

Fulvestrant improves survival over anastrozole for patients with advanced breast cancer

Fulvestrant did more to improve survival than anastrozole for patients with advanced, hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, according to data.

Study shows need for psychosocial support for patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant

Study shows need for psychosocial support for patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant

According to a recent study, patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) reported a steep problems and substantially worsening depression during hospitalization.

Breast cancer has different biological characteristics and outcomes in men and women

Results from the largest series of male breast cancer cases ever studied shows improvement in male survival, but not equal to that seen in women with breast cancer.

New imaging system may cut radiation exposure for liver cancer patients

An interventional x-ray guidance device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2013 may have the potential to reduce the radiation exposure of patients undergoing intra-arterial therapy for liver cancer.

Adding ultrasound to routine mammography improves cancer detection in dense breasts

Among women with denser breasts, an additional ultrasound can detect breast cancers not discovered by mammogram.

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