For the first time, researchers have found that exposure to radioactive iodine is associated with more aggressive forms of thyroid cancer, according to a careful study of over a thousand individuals.
Psychosocial decline occurs in an estimated one-third of patients undergoing radiotherapy for cancer. These declines may sometimes be ameliorated by vigilant recognition of the need to refer patients for psychosocial support interventions.
Proportion undergoing testing varies by demographic and health-related factors, and by state, a study found.
Patients with non-small lung cancer (NSCLC) that received postoperative radiation therapy (PORT) lived an average of 4 months longer, when compared with patients who had the same disease progression and treatment criteria.
Excellent long-term, local control for medically inoperable, early stage lung cancer patients is possible, according to a review of data from an institutional patient registry on stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT).
Research indicates smoking cessation boosts survival, even if there has been a weight gain.
Treatment with a combination of the drugs sargramostim plus ipilimumab, rather than ipilimumab alone, yielded longer overall survival and lower toxicity for patients with metastatic melanoma.
Researchers have demonstrated that employing mindfulness meditation or being a member of a support group has a positive physical impact at the cellular level in breast cancer survivors.
A new correlation discovered between specific molecular disease features and subgroups of patients with different prognoses could make identification of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) prognosis at the time of diagnosis possible.
Researchers have demonstrated for the first time that the quality level of diagnostic staging using biopsy in patients with bladder cancer is directly linked with their survival.
Significant advances have been made in screening for lung cancer and in targeting those patients who will benefit most from it. This study examines the impact of screening and treatment modalities on elderly patients.
Hospital readmission rates after colorectal cancer surgery showed little variation when the data was adjusted to account for patient characteristics, coexisting illnesses, and operation types.
Oncology Nurse Advisor talked with Diane Meier, MD, about the components of quality palliative care. Dr. Meier is director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care and vice-chair for Public Policy and a professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City; she is also the co-author of a new book on palliative care.
Diffuse optical spectroscopic tomographic imaging (DOST) may be useful in predicting which patients will best respond to chemotherapy used to reduce breast cancer tumors before surgery, according to a new study.
A new, collaborative model in cancer care aims to reduce the rates at which patients go to intensive care or are readmitted to the hospital after discharge.
A new study has found that patients who received chest radiation for Wilms tumor may be more susceptible to breast cancer later in life, due to their radiation exposure.
The addition of trastuzumab to chemotherapy significantly improved the overall and disease-free survival of women with early stage HER2-positive breast cancer.
Oncology nurses at a New York cancer center successfully reduced the rate of CAUTIs at their facility to zero with a novel program that gives nurses autonomy in making care decisions for patients with urinary catheters.
Location of a breast cancer tumor, on the left or right side, does not impact overall survival in patients treated with breast-conserving surgery and adjuvant external beam radiation therapy.
By utilizing both facial scanning software and 3-D printing, researchers have developed an inexpensive way to make facial prostheses for patients with eye cancer.
Telephone counseling sessions increase likelihood that childhood cancer survivors receive cardiac screening
Written heart screening guidelines plus telephone counseling doubled the probability of childhood cancer patients receiving cardiac monitoring.
Removal of an entire lung lobe may offer patients with early stage lung cancer better overall survival compared with a partial resection.
As cancer care evolves toward anticipatory rather than reactionary care, oncology nurses should consider developing important new skills.
A new drug in development may offer analternative to standard chemotherapy for patient with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, according to new research.
A federal prescription-subsidy program for low-income Medicare recipients has increased adherence to hormone therapy to prevent breast cancer recurrence after surgery, according to recent data.
Young men who have a high risk of becoming sterile the option to bank a small piece of testicular tissue prior to cancer treatment.
In cases of bladder cancer, omission of muscle in specimen or its mention in pathology report is linked to increased mortality.
Examination of the DNA of a thyroid cancer survivor has revealed details about resistance to the drug everolimus, according to researchers.
A new technique to treat retinoblastoma may help prevent eye loss, blindness, or death in children with advanced forms of the disease.
Clinical trials could benefit from a greater number of participants with a dedicated cooperative network to support rural community cancer centers.
Lung cancer can remain dormant in the body for many years before emerging in an aggressive form, according to new research.
Improved tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) selectively activates in tumor tissue, minimizing side effects in patients
A new strategy developed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers aims to reduce the side effects connected to use of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs).
Coupling immunotherapy to radiotherapy treatment could help prevent cancers from becoming resistant to treatment, according to a new study.
A recent review has found insufficient consistent data exist to recommend a change in use of levothyroxine as the only drug needed to treat hypothyroidism.
Is sequencing important when administering chemotherapy on the same day?
In a study of more than 1.1 million cancer patients who had surgery, almost 5 percent died within one month of their operation. Lack of access to quality care a major factor in these deaths, researchers say.
Treatnent with high-dose radiotherapy after chemotherapy and surgery for malignant pleural mesothelioma does not achieve improvements in local relapse and overall survival, according to phase II trial data.
Addition of the experimental drug cediranib to standard chemotherapy improves tumor shrinkage and adds a modest improvement in progression-free survival for patients with cervical cancer that has recurred after treatment.
After failure of platinum-based chemotherapy, the tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) afatinib significantly improved progression-free survival in patients with recurrent or metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.
Guidelines for managing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting direct management toward risk assessment and prophylactic antiemetics.
Findings suggest that elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides may be linked with greater risk of the prostate cancer recurrence, but normalization of blood fats may reduce risk.
Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) mutations may offer an important treatment target in a subset of patients with non-small cell lung cancer.
For younger patients with an acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) subtype, modifying treatment based on chemotherapy response can make a vital difference.
Successful colonoscopy is closely dependent on good bowel preparation, and poor bowel prep often leads to missed precancerous lesions.
After surviving pancreatic cancer, a patient learns the disease metastasized to his liver. But this patient was not ready to give up. With the support of a liver surgeon, he underwent surgery and beat his disease.
Smokers with cancer using e-cigarettes (in addition to traditional cigarettes) were found to be more nicotine dependent and equally or less likely to have quit smoking traditional cigarettes than nonusers.
Combination treatment for melanoma achieves significant progression-free survival and response rates
Combination therapy with both BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib and MEK inhibitor cobimetinib achieved superior results over vemurafenib plus placebo for BRAF-mutation positive melanoma.
Adjuvant Lapatinib and/or Trastuzumab Treatment Optimization (ALTTO) study confirms use of trastuzumab for HER2-positive breast cancer
The use of trastuzumab (Herceptin) as the standard-of-care treatment for HER2-positive breast cancer has been supported by the Adjuvant Lapatinib and/or Trastuzumab Treatment Optimization (ALTTO) study.
Researchers have successfully tested a new tool that will help surgeons better distinguish cancerous breast tissue from normal tissue, which should lower the mount of repeat procedures needed.
A targeted combination drug therapy has shown efficacy for metastatic melanoma, showing reduction in both mortality and disease progression.
A newly developed antifungal has proved as effective against invasive mold disease in cancer patients as the standardly used drug, voriconazole, with fewer side effects.
A shoulder surgical aid, known as the Spider Limb Positioner, was adapted successfully to conduct a left hip disarticulation on a patient with melanoma.
Patients that have inoperable advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) may live significantly longer by receiving a combined therapy, according to recent trial results.
An experimental regimen of once-weekly breast irradiation after lumpectomy provides more convenience to patients at less expense, and results in better completion rates of prescribed radiation treatment.
Studies show improved progression-free melanoma survival for both cobimetinib combined with vemurafenib, and dabrafenib combined with trametinib.
Prostate cancer treatment controversy continues as study finds watchful waiting not enough for some men
An active controversy among oncologists concerns watchful waiting versus more active treatment for prostate cancer.
Radiation therapy with concurrent paclitaxel chemotherapy after surgery can be effective to treat patients with high-risk endometrial cancer, according to new research.
A medical center in New Jersey makes the most of a rare opportunity to rebuild from the ground up. Its innovative patient rooms follow evidence-based design, a new concept in health care architecture.
A PARP inhibitor in oral tablet form, given in combination with chemotherapy, was deemed safe for heavily pretreated patients with ovarian cancer.
Smokers with cancer who used e-cigarettes along with traditional cigarettes were more dependent on nicotine, and the long-term safety of the devices still unclear, researchers caution.
Malignant melanoma was differentiated from benign skin lesions with high accuracy in a pivotal clinical utility study of the Myriad myPath Melanoma test.
Patients with cancer who use e-cigarettes as a form of smoking cessation are equally or less likely to quit smoking.
About 14.5 million U.S. cancer survivors are alive today, but aging population and increasing obesity threaten progress.
Scientists have developed a tool to distinguish each breast cancer subtype, research that could improve treatments and targeting of treatments for the disease.
Shorter time to testosterone recovery with 18 versus 36 months androgen deprivation therapy.
Breast cancer cells can lay the groundwork for their own metastasis throughout the body by coaxing cells within lymphatic vessels to send out tumor-welcoming signals.
Protein deletion predicts length of progression free survival (PFS) in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)
Deletion of the Bcl-2-like protein 11 (BIM) in advanced non-small cell lung cancer has been associated with shorter progression free survival (PFS).
Women treated for Hodgkin lymphoma will be able to better understand their risks of future infertility after researchers estimated their risk of premature menopause with different treatments.
Researchers in Australia examined patient and tumor characteristics of melanomas for higher mitotic rates (a marker of tumor cell growth) in an effort to increase early detection.
For men with early-stage prostate cancer, watching waiting is not always the best course of action, especially for black patients.
A subset of patients with stage III colon cancer had improved survival rates when treated with irinotecan-based therapy, according to recent research.
Weekend hospital admission for pediatric patients with newly diagnosed leukemia is associated with a longer length of stay, slightly longer wait to start chemotherapy, and higher risk for respiratory failure.
Study raises questions about the effect of soy's estrogen-like properties.
A protein named p66ShcA shows promise as a biomarker to identify breast cancers with poor prognoses, according to new research.
Rates of death resulting from opioid analgesic overdoses are lower in states that allow medical use of marijuana compared with states without such laws.
Patients with advanced laryngeal cancer appear to have better survival if they are treated with surgery than with nonsurgical chemoradiation.
A select team of immune-system cells from patients with leukemia can be multiplied in the laboratory, creating a horde of natural killer cells that can be used to target and destroy the cancer cells.
For patients with cancer, late admission more likely for younger patients, married men, hematologic malignancies.
A drug originally used to treat ovarian cancer has shown promising results in patients with advanced peritoneal cancers during a phase I clinical trial.
Scientists have known for decades that cancer can be caused by genetic mutations, but more recently they have discovered that chemical modifications of a gene can also contribute to cancer.
By analyzing the DNA sequence of patients at different stages of leukemia, researchers have discovered mutations in genes that lead to childhood leukemia of the acute lymphoblastic type, the most common childhood cancer.
Needle-guided tumor destruction procedures offer near equivalent lengths of cancer control when compared with surgery for patients with small kidney cancer tumors.
The transition to a primary care provider after completing cancer treatment should begin with a plan that documents treatments and follow-up care.
Researchers have identified a gene that contributes to the development of several childhood cancers, research that could lead to new strategies for targeting certain childhood cancers at a molecular level.
Postmenopausal women who in the past 4 years had undertaken regular physical activity equivalent to at least 4 hours of walking per week had a lower risk for invasive breast cancer compared with women who exercised less
Diet and nutrition are significant factors in preventing hepatic diseases progressing to hepatocellular carcinoma, and coffee is high on the list of good foods.
A new analysis confirms that US lung cancer rates are declining overall, but it also uncovers previously unrecognized trends related to cancer subtype, sex, race/ethnicity, and age.
Writing down fears, emotions, and the benefits of a cancer diagnosis may improve health outcomes for Asian American survivors of breast cancer, according to a new study. The research investigated methods of reducing the psychological burden among minority patients, particularly among breast cancer survivors.
Routine use of a molecular testing panel greatly decreased the need for an initial lobectomy to confirm diagnosis in patients with thyroid nodules and cancer, reported researchers. The test improved the chances of patients undergoing the correct initial surgery by 30%.
Having survived cancer as a child does not necessarily have a ripple effect.
Single-fraction radiation therapy (SFRT) as effective as multiple-fraction (MFRT) for palliating bone metastases
Standardizing prescribing practices for single-fraction radiation therapy (SFRT) for palliation of bone metastases could lead to cost savings and improvement in patients' quality of life, according to a new study.
Scientists have identified a protein that could help doctors decide which patients with bladder cancer would benefit from a treatment that makes radiotherapy more effective, according to a new study.
In what is believed to be the largest genetic analysis of what triggers and propels progression of tumor growth in a common childhood blood cancer, researchers report that they have identified a possible new drug target for treating the disease.
Anxiety regarding inconclusive cancer screening test results among some patients is real and is only natural. However, as evidenced by a recent study, the incidence and effects of anxiety associated with false positive or other results of CT lung cancer screening exams are far less than claimed by some in the medical community.
By failing to follow a heart-healthy lifestyle, 73% of adult survivors of childhood cancer more than doubled their risk of developing metabolic syndrome and related health problems, according to a new study.
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening is associated with a lasting reduction in prostate cancer mortality, according to a study published online.
A genomic tool can help doctors and patients make a more informed decision on the need for radiation therapy after surgery for prostate cancer.
A study sheds new light on the risks associated with the growing popularity of endoscopic resection in the treatment of localized, early stage esophageal cancer. Researchers found that the more traditional surgical resection, while more invasive, provided significantly better outcomes for patients than endoscopic resection.
Adequate hydration via a saline drip is essential during surgery, but recent reports suggest that getting the balance of salt and water just right could have an important impact on patient recovery.
Women who recently used birth control pills containing high-dose estrogen and a few other formulations had an increased risk for breast cancer, whereas women using some other formulations did not, according to recent data.
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- Risk prediction improved by new classification in chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Treatment options for HER2-positive breast cancer
- Antimicrobial agent triclosan, used in soaps and detergents, may cause cancer
- The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) and co-researchers issue a report card on complementary therapies for breast cancer
- Disparities in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treatment based on race, treatment center
- A New Era is Coming up in the Treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
- Early palliative care can cut hospital readmissions for cancer patients
- ONA Interview: Breaking the barriers to effective palliative care
- Fluorescent tattoos may improve self-esteem in patients receiving radiotherapy for breast cancer
- Cancer prehabilitation: One step toward improved outcomes
- Radiation exposure linked to aggressive thyroid cancers
- More patients opt for mastectomy despite limited, early-stage breast cancer
- Calcium channel blockers not found to increase risk of breast cancer
- Being overweight or obese may hide true nutritional status of patients with cancer
- Monitoring psychosocial function in radiotherapy
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