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Patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) improves communication between patients, caregivers, and health care team

A novel web-based, patient-centered toolkit (PCTK) helped patients develop their plan of care.

Variation in Medicare reimbursement for radiation therapy not attributed to patient or cancer characteristics

Variation in Medicare reimbursement for radiation therapy not attributed to patient or cancer characteristics

Differences in radiation therapy costs for Medicare patients often have little to do with patient specifics, researchers found.

Coffee consumption may improve survival in patients with colon cancer

Coffee consumption may improve survival in patients with colon cancer

Regular consumption of caffeinated coffee may help prevent the return of colon cancer after treatment and improve the chances of a cure, according to a new, large study.

Imaging technique allows pediatric brain tumors to be classified noninvasively at diagnosis

Researchers have discovered that determining a tumor's medulloblastoma subgroup can be achieved noninvasively, using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS).

Genetic test helps identify risk for more aggressive disease, improving myeloma treatment

New research has identified as few as nine genetic features would need to be tested to identify high-risk patients who might benefit from intensive myeloma treatment.

Two-cycle technique improves determining optimal treatment doses in clinical trials

A new technique has been developed by statisticians to help doctors optimize dosing new cancer treatments in phase I/II clinical trials.

New biomarker in breast and prostate cancer may help identify patients who will respond to taxanes

Researchers have pinpointed a novel genetic biomarker responsible for the progression of many breast and prostate cancers.

Neutrophil and cancer cell 'crosstalk' underlies oral cancer metastases

New research reaffirms the association between inflammatory response and the spread of oral cancer.

New combination treatment effective against cutaneous metastatic melanoma

A novel combination therapy incorporating interleukin (IL)-2 was found to be highly effective at treating patients with skin metastases.

Molecular partnership with nerve-guiding protein aids spread of pancreatic cancer

Scientists have identified a molecular partnership in pancreatic cancer cells that might help to explain how the disease metastasizes.

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