Survivorship

Fewer cardiac scans in low-risk childhood cancer survivors can safely reduce costs

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A less frequent screening schedule would both reduce health care charges and still protect low-risk childhood cancer survivors from heart ailments caused by drug therapy, according to recently published findings.

Lifestyle choices may lower metabolic syndrome risk of for cancer survivors

Lifestyle choices may lower metabolic syndrome risk of for cancer survivors

A study conducted by researchers based at the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has determined that healthy lifestyle choices can help cancer survivors avoid the metabolic syndrome.

Robot-assisted surgery effective in controlling prostate cancer for 10 years

Robot-assisted surgery effective in controlling prostate cancer for 10 years

Results of a new study show that robot-assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is effective in controlling the disease for 10 years.

Risk of hospitalization increased for childhood cancer survivors, even years after treatment

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Survivors of childhood cancers were hospitalized more often and had longer hospital admissions many years after cancer treatment was completed, compared with the general population.

'Financial Toxicity' tool created to assist cancer patients

'Financial Toxicity' tool created to assist cancer patients

A four-step process involving 155 patients with cancer was used to develop patient-reported outcome measure.

Specialized apps extend the reach of community

Specialized apps extend the reach of community

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In Alabama, smartphone technology brings regional resources to patients with cancer; in New Jersey, it motivates adolescent survivors to exercise.

Growing pains noted in survey on moving toward quality patient-centered care

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In order to meet new cancer program accreditation standards, institutions have placed new focus on patient navigation, psychosocial distress screening, and survivorship care plans.

Patient navigation: Is it a process or person?

Patient navigation: Is it a process or person?

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Optimum, risk-based survivorship health care is a provision of lifelong care that integrates cancer and survivorship experiences in survivors' overall health care needs.

 Integrative model of nurse navigation enhances survivorship care

Integrative model of nurse navigation enhances survivorship care

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A new cancer diagnosis encompasses multiple physician visits and procedures, and can produce overwhelming stress for all involved.

Survivorship program helps patients embrace life after treatment ends

Survivorship program helps patients embrace life after treatment ends

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Nurses at a community cancer center in Minneapolis described the Celebration of Life Cancer Survivorship Evening Program they developed in a presentation at the 2014 NCONN Conference.

ACS predicts that cancer survivors will number nearly 19 million by 2024

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The number of cancer survivors in the United States, currently estimated at 14.5 million, will grow to almost 19 million by 2024, according to an updated report by the American Cancer Society.

New care guidelines issued for prostate cancer survivors

New care guidelines issued for prostate cancer survivors

New guidelines have been developed for clinical follow-up care for prostate cancer survivors. Issues addressed include health promotion, surveillance for recurrence, and new primaries.

MRI catches breast cancer early in at-risk survivors of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma

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The largest clinical study to evaluate breast cancer screening of female survivors of childhood Hodgkin lymphoma, showed that MRI detected invasive breast tumors at very early stages, when cure rates are expected to be excellent.

ACS Releases Long-Term Primary Care Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Survivors

ACS Releases Long-Term Primary Care Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Survivors

The American Cancer Society released a set of guidelines addressing the long-term primary care for survivors of prostate cancer. The guidelines outline follow-up care, monitoring for recurrence, and screening for secondary primary cancers. They also reiterate the need to educate survivors about physical exercise and smoking cessation.

Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors Report Cognitive, Sexual Late Effects

Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors Report Cognitive, Sexual Late Effects

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Adult and young adult cancer survivors face cognitive and sexual late effects from cancer and its treatment, according to data compiled from an online cancer survivorship care planning tool presented at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting.

How men used humor to cope with the devastating physical consequences of penile cancer

How men used humor to cope with the devastating physical consequences of penile cancer

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Despite the seriousness of cancer, patients may use humor as part of their coping armamentarium. They may also appreciate when their health care team does, too, as these researchers found.

Cancer survivors lack consistent follow-up care

Cancer survivors lack consistent follow-up care

Few oncologists or primary care physicians consistently provide survivorship care plans and more effort is needed to improve the follow-up care of cancer survivors.

Common sense health needed for young adult cancer survivors

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Many common factors influence the life expectancy of childhood cancer survivors, and these factors can severely impact the longevity of adult survivors of childhood cancer.

Aging is sped up in breast cancer survivors who underwent adjuvant chemotherapy

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Adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer is gerontogenic, defined as accelerating the pace of physiologic aging, a new study reported.

Health gap between childhood cancer survivors and siblings widens with age

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Adult survivors of childhood cancer face significant health problems as they age and are five times more likely than their siblings to develop new cancers.

Younger men benefit most from surgery for localized prostate cancer

Younger men benefit most from surgery for localized prostate cancer

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A new study found substantial long-term reduction in mortality for men with localized prostate cancer who undergo a radical prostatectomy.

Elevated morbidity long-lasting for childhood cancer survivors

Elevated morbidity long-lasting for childhood cancer survivors

The increased risk of a severe, disabling, life-threatening, or fatal health condition persists to age 50 years for many childhood cancer survivors.

Yoga improves fatigue and reduces inflammatory markers in breast cancer survivors

Yoga improves fatigue and reduces inflammatory markers in breast cancer survivors

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Improvements in fatigue, IL-6, TNF-a, and IL-1B seen in a clinical trial that measured the effects of yoga practice in women survivors of breast cancer.

Yoga beneficial for breast cancer survivors

Yoga beneficial for breast cancer survivors

Twelve-week intervention linked to improved fatigue, vitality, lower levels of proinflammatory cytokines in participants.

Study shows pregnancy is possible for many female childhood cancer survivors

Study shows pregnancy is possible for many female childhood cancer survivors

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Many women who are survivors of childhood cancer can become pregnant. This good news comes from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, in which nearly two-thirds of the women in the survivor group, initially unsuccessful at becoming pregnant, eventually conceived.

Fertility preservation neglected at most cancer centers

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The leading National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers may not adequately help patients protect their fertility.

A cancer diagnosis is more likely to be career-limiting for patients in rural areas

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Compared with their counterparts in cities, cancer patients living in rural areas tend to retire early after a cancer diagnosis, and are less likely to go on paid disability leave while undergoing treatment. These are some of the insights drawn from research that sought to determine the impact of a cancer diagnosis on life choices.

Exercise improves drug-associated joint pain in breast cancer survivors

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Breast cancer survivors taking AIs, such as anastrozole, letrozole, and exemestane, experienced a reduction in joint pain if they exercised while on treatment. These results were presented at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Older breast cancer survivors should keep exercising

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Older breast cancer survivors should follow an ongoing exercise program of resistance and impact training. Newly published research found that the bone benefit from 1 year of such training could be maintained, even with less exercise, up to a year later, which could help prevent bone fractures in the long run.

Supporting others brings healing to breast cancer survivors

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A new study finds that survivors of hematopoietic stem cell transplant, an aggressive treatment for blood cancers, benefited from a two-part peer support process. The authors called this peer support process "expressive helping."

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